While it’s obviously your choice what you do with your body hair (if anything), if you’re wondering what the best at-home laser hair removal options are, we get it. Whether your usual salon is still closed due to COVID-19 safety concerns or you’re looking to save some cash, your first instinct might just be to hit “add to cart” on the first IPL device you see on Amazon. But it’s a little more complicated than that.
There’s a reason laser hair removal services are usually left to the pros, and doing your research is key to getting actual results—and more importantly, for avoiding burns or discoloration. So to help you make a more informed decision, we scrolled through thousands of reviews and rounded up the highest-rated, best at-home laser hair removal devices out there. Read on for our recommendations below, but first, here’s some info to keep in mind while you’re shopping.
What exactly is laser hair removal?
“Laser hair removal is a procedure that slows down and eventually eliminates hair growth in the area treated,” says Shereene Idriss, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City. Basically, the laser emits a specific wavelength of light that targets pigmentation in your hair and, after a few treatments, stops your hair from growing altogether. “Once the energy of the light is absorbed by the pigment in your hair, it’s converted into heat, which destroys the hair cells that produce the hair,” says Idriss. Actual