We Tried Ulike's At-Home Hair-Removal Laser (2024)

We Tried Ulike's At-Home Hair-Removal Laser (1)

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Societally, women are often expected to be hairless. (Whether or not that's fair is hotly debated.) Biologically, my body disagrees, as it tends to sprout new hairs every single day.

The most daunting part of my grooming routine has to be shaving my armpits, which I do every day to avoid looking like a hairy girl, so when I learned about Ulike's brand-new Sapphire AIR3 ($379) hair-removal device, I was immediately intrigued. Similar to professional laser hair-removal treatments, with continued use, this at-home tool promises to not only get rid of your hair but also cause it to grow back more slowly over time.

My underarm hair is pretty average in terms of density and is a dark brown color, so to be honest, I'm over having to shave before hitting the gym or a Pilates class every day. (It's a real fear of mine for people to see my armpit hair. Don't ask.) With the Ulike Sapphire AIR3, which utilizes cooling technology and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, you can expect to reduce your shaving sessions. And that sounded right up my alley.

Continue reading to see how it went when I took the tool for a road-test.

About the Ulike Sapphire AIR3

  • This hair-removal device comes with three operating modes for different parts of the body: soft (for your face, upper lips, and bikini); body (legs and arms); and power (chest and armpits).
  • IPL uses beams of light to target the pigment in the hair follicles, which then heats up to remove the hair.
  • The tool is equipped with a cooling sensation (at 20 degrees Celsius) to minimize any pain from the zap.
  • The packaging also comes with safety goggles and a razor.

What I Like About the Ulike Sapphire AIR3

I'll be honest: I was afraid of the pain going into using the Ulike Sapphire AIR3 device, but to my surprise, it was virtually painless. All I felt were little zaps, which felt like a little tickle or tingle to my skin. The device itself is lightweight and easy to handle, and I also appreciated that the directions were super easy to follow.

I can't speak to the decrease in hair density or the reduction of hair count quite yet because it requires multiple uses, with one or two weeks in between each session, but I have high hopes that after continued use, I'll be seeing results in just a few months.

How to Use the Ulike Sapphire AIR3

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This was my first foray into laser hair removal, so I was shocked to learn I needed to shave all visible hair before using the laser. (I later learned this is so the light can target the dark hair follicle.) After using the provided razor to remove the visible hair on my armpits, I connected the adapter to the handset and plugged it in. From there, I popped on the ultrastylish IPL safety goggles — which honestly just look like black sunnies — and was ready to get my laser on.

Since I decided to focus on my armpits for this review, it was recommended to use the Power operating mode, and that's exactly what I did. After switching it over to my desired setting (and doing a skin patch test), I pressed the treatment button and got to work. The light would go off, effectively zapping the area I had the device on, and I'd move it over to a new area each time.

I wanted to ensure I got each and every area, so I pressed the button each time I wanted to activate the laser. However, I would like to note there is the option to hold the button down for two seconds, which activates the "gliding" mode. I think this is better suited for larger areas of the body, like the legs.

What to Consider Before Trying the Ulike Sapphire AIR3

Like many other laser hair-removal devices, it's important to note that this one won't work as well on all skin tones and hair colors. The Ulike Sapphire AIR3 isn't deemed safe for those who have deeper pigmentation (like dark brown, brown black, and darker skin) and is considered to be ineffective for people who have light-blond, white, gray, or red hair.

My skin tone and hair color fall under the "safe" and "effective" scales, so I was able to accurately test it out, but I do think that's something the brand can work on for the future to be more inclusive. I'm sure there's a bunch of science behind it that goes beyond my comprehension, but it would be nice to see an option out there for people with darker complexions and lighter hair.

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Is the Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Worth the Splurge?

At $379, the Ulike Sapphire AIR3 is not cheap, but when you factor in how much you spend on razors and shaving cream each month, in the long run, it might actually save you money. Plus, if you were to go to a treatment center to get laser hair removal, you'd be spending thousands of dollars and have to go multiple times. This at-home option might require more sessions than if you were to go to a professional, but to me, this is a great alternative and worth the splurge.



We Tried Ulike's At-Home Hair-Removal Laser (2024)


Does Ulike remove hair permanently? ›

Permanently remove unwanted facial and body hair comfortably from home. FDA-approved IPL (intense pulsed light) handset for salon-quality hair removal. Adjust the intensity for every treatment area with 3 comfort modes.

Does laser hair removal at home really work? ›

The Flash & Go Lux home-use laser can effectively reduce hair at a slower rate than the Diode laser. The home-use laser device offers protection against accidental exposure to light and use on darker skin types. Risks of retinal damage due to long-term exposure to home-use laser light are still cause for concern.

Is Ulike really painless? ›

The product is, however, as painless as it claims. If I have skin irritation when I use the laser I will feel a little zap, but by the time my brain registers it, it's already gone again. It kind of feels like pulling a hair out with tweezers, it's not bad at all.

Why didn't I feel anything during laser hair removal? ›

Treatment cannot be completely painless

If you have dark, strong hair, the pricking will be stronger, and if your hair is weak, so will be the pricking. If you don't feel anything during the treatment, it means your hair is too light or the laser is not working well, so there will be no effects.

How many flashes are needed for Ulike hair removal? ›

The flash of this Ulike Sapphire IPL hair removal device is a single person unlimited number of rounds, a person is not used up Oh, a single person to carry out a full body hair removal only need about 3200 flash!

Can Ulike be used on private parts? ›

Yes, Ulike IPL devices can be used on nearly every part of your body. However, please refrain from using them directly on your genitals, eyes, tattooed areas, birthmarks, or on skin with open wounds. Will hair ever regrow in the areas treated by IPL? Each individual's body and hair growth vary.

What are the downsides of at home laser hair removal? ›

Downsides of At-Home Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Although the FDA clears most at-home laser hair removal devices, there's still some risk of side effects such as injuries, burns, and skin irritation. The risk is especially high if you use a machine that's incompatible with your hair color and skin tone.

Does Ulike IPL really work? ›

But it actually works. After the first session you will already notice less hair growing back but treat it like antibiotics, follow their guidelines, don't just stop when you feel fine (or do I'm not your boss). As reason will tell you it does not take just 10 minutes to do.

Does Ulike work on pubic hair? ›

The Ulike Sapphire Air 3 IPL Hair Removal Device is a permanent hair reduction tool that whittles, and eventually destroys, body hair of all types, including coarse underarm hair, prickly leg hair, and errant bikini-line stragglers.

Can I use Ulike for Brazilian? ›

In conclusion, the Ulike IPL Hair Removal device offers a convenient and effective solution for achieving smooth, hair-free skin in the Brazilian area.

Why do I still have so much hair after laser? ›

Patients may notice more hair 1 – 3 weeks after laser hair removal sessions as follicles in the growing cycle begin to shed. During this process, exfoliating the skin, once swelling and redness have dissipated, can help hairs shed faster, leaving skin feeling smoother.

What happens if you get hard during laser hair removal? ›

There is a possibility that men will have an erection during waxing or Laser Hair Removal. Why does this happen? It is not really the sexual turn-on but is more of a physical reaction that sometimes can't be avoided. Relax and don't worry.

Why is my hair still there after laser? ›

And yes, you may still notice some hair a couple of days after your session, but this is often part of the natural shedding process or due to hairs that were in a different growth phase during treatment. Remember, quality laser hair removal is an investment in your confidence and well-being.

Which is the best permanent hair removal method? ›

Laser hair removal is considered the longer-term hair removal method. This procedure targets the hair follicle. It works by destroying the follicle with high-heat lasers to prevent new hair growth.

Is IPL hair removal permanent? ›

IPL isn't going to make every single hair on your legs (or bikini line, or wherever) permanently vanish, but both in-office treatments and many quality at-home IPL devices are FDA-approved for permanent hair reduction. You may need a few sessions to see results, though, and IPL treatments aren't for everyone.

Does laser hair removal keep hair away permanently? ›

Most people experience hair removal that lasts several months, and it might last for years. But laser hair removal doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. When hair regrows, it's usually finer and lighter in color. You might need maintenance laser treatments for long-term hair reduction.

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