If you’ve spent any time browsing this blog, or any hair removal blog, or you’ve just searched the web looking for info on the subject, you no doubt have heard a few product names thrown around a lot. Amidst a sea of ineffective gizmos and gadgets there are but a few that really deliver: The Silk’n SensEpil, The Tria, and The No No. The first two use light to do the trick, while the No No uses heat. In this article, I’ll compare the better of the two light-based products with the heat-based one. So without further ado, it’s time for a showdown: The NoNo VS Tria Laser.
What About The Form Factor?
One of the things that makes the Tria better than the SensEpil is it’s size. The SensEpil is a pretty bulky thing, so it’s much easier to reach any part of your body with the Tria. The NoNo is even smaller, but not inconveniently so.
The shape of the NoNo also makes it more portable, as it’s like a little box, rather than a weird hair dryer-looking thing like the Tria. I’ve taken it to Canada and I didn’t think twice about putting it my admittedly overstuffed backpack.
How Do They Work?
Both the Tria and NoNo are handheld devices, and they’re both remarkably easy to use: simply hold them against a patch of skin you wish to treat, and then move them along to the next patch, and so on and so forth. If you can shave, you can definitely use either one, though the No No might be a slight bit easier because it rolls along the skin.
As far as the science behind the products go, they’re very similar to each other and to professional laser hair treatments. With the Tria, the laser is absorbed by the hair and converted to heat, which travels down the shaft and affects the root within. The No No skips the laser and just uses heat directly, and it travels the same path to the same target.
Because the No No uses heat instead of light, it doesn’t have the problem the Tria shares with the SensEpil, and even with professional laser treatments- it just doesn’t work for everybody! Because the Tria’s laser targets melanin, which is the pigment that makes both skin and hair dark, it won’t work if you have very dark skin or very light hair.
Both the NoNo and the Tria are painless to use. They’re designed to target the skin, rather than the hair, so with the Tria you feel a light snapping on the higher levels of its adjustable intensities, while the NoNo feels like a gentle heat.
Now, the biggest difference is probably this: while the intensity of the Tria’s laser creates heat strong enough to eventually kill the root and stop hair growth forever, the Thermicon tip of the No No is only strong enough to weaken it substantially- it takes a couple months for it to start growing back, and the growth will be so minimal that a light touch up with the No No will take care of it.
So Let’s Talk Results
If you use either one of these products, you’re going to end up with smooth, hairless skin. There’s no question about that. But I bet you’re wondering how much effort it takes to get there, and how long this journey is going to be.
The Tria is only effective on hairs in their active growth cycle, and only a third of them are in this stage at any given time. For this reason, the treatment schedule is staggered: you use it once every 2-4 weeks for a few months, and then move down to a month.
With the Tria, it takes at least 3 treatments to see any results, and 5-8 to see significant ones.
So, to really start looking good with the Tria, it’s going take a few months before you start getting where you want to be. Most people use it for about 6-8 months before they’re good and hair free.
Each treatment with the Tria takes a while because of the size of the laser. We’re talking about an hour per leg, which is more than shaving, but most users consider the end result to be worth it.
Treatments with the NoNo, on the other hand, are significantly faster. When I started using it on my legs and bikini line, the whole process took about 45 minutes. And each time I did it, it took much less time.
The NoNo is always effective, not just during the growth stage, so you can use it more often. In fact, it’s really best to use it a lot, 2-3 times a week, when you first get it. As you progress, less and less hair comes back, and it takes longer.
It typically takes just 4-8 weeks to start seeing really good results with the NoNo.
In my case, I had removed about 80% of the hair within 7 weeks. My treatments were getting quicker and the length of time between them kept growing, until I could go months between couple-minute touch-ups.
Which Would I Recommend?
If your skin is too dark or hair too light to use the Tria, I’d naturally suggest you use the one that works, the NoNo. For anyone else, I’d say it depends on what you’re after.
Looking for the most convenient, minimal effort way of achieving long term hair removal? Look no further than the No No. It’s great for basically anybody, from teenagers to stay-at-home moms, even men and bloggers traveling through Canada 🙂
But if you want truly permanent results, and you’re will to put a little more work into it, the Tria is probably the option for you. Just be ready for longer treatment times, and more waiting until you start seeing great results.
So, there you have it, the NoNo vs Tria Laser showdown, with no real clear winner. They’re both great products, and it’s really just a matter of personal preference about how much time you’d like to allocate to body hair removal. For more info on either product, check out my Tria and No No reviews.