I’m originally from the Philippines but currently living in Japan, a new mom to a beautiful baby girl. I have a Fitzpatrick Skin Type IV. I am currently treating my underarms and lower legs which both have thick coarse black hair with a home laser device. I got tired of waxing my whole life.
Due to my skin type, it was a challenge to find an at-home light-based hair removal device. I have done an intensive amount of research about the features and specs of all popular over-the-counter IPL and laser brands. All of them claimed that their device work for individuals with Fitzpatrick Skin Type I – IV. However, upon talking to my dermatologist, if you fall under Type IIIb – IV, the permanent hair reduction result takes long, and, in often cases, difficult to achieve, especially if using an over-the-counter IPL machine. Discouraging to hear!
I turned to Youtube and found out that some women who are also skin Type IV have found success with some IPL and laser brands for their unwanted body hair. That was when Hair Buff Mama started. A simple blog about my search for a device for Type IV. That search has ended. Now, I am a proud owner of Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X. I swear. This device works wonderful. As of writing this (January 2017), I am on my 3rd session and the result is impressive so far. Soon, I will do a definitive review of the Tria device and would also share my before and after photos.
If you are Type I – III and the hair to be treated are thick dark brown to dark, you are lucky. You can basically choose any light-based device you want.
Other hair removal methods
Due to my long term experience of DIY waxing, this blog also covers product that I have used and worked wonderfully in the past. I am a user of Gigi wax and I would still continue to do so for my bikini line. I am not ready to use a light-based device for my crotch yet.
Why Hair Buff Mama
There are tons of blogs and websites on the internet about hair removal methods. Hair Buff Mama is different as I have used the products personally. There are some products mentioned on my ‘Buying Guide’ articles that I have not used. Even so, I have researched those products intensively only to deliver accurate information. If you happen to be a longtime user of a certain product, please contact us or leave a comment to share your experience. I will happily update an article about the information you posted.
Thank you very much for visiting my blog.
Catherine Mae Rivera-Paisley