Trying Out the Ulike Home Laser Hair Removal Device

In society, there’s often an expectation for women to be hairless. (Whether this is fair is a topic of heated debate.) Biologically speaking, my body disagrees as it sprouts new hair every day.

The most dreaded part of my daily beauty routine is shaving my underarms; I do it every day to avoid looking like a fuzzy girl. So when I heard about the new Sapphire AIR3 from Ulike ($259), a home hair removal device, I was immediately intrigued. I was very interested. Similar to professional laser hair removal treatments, this at-home tool not only removes hair but, over time, can slow down regrowth.

My underarm hair density is pretty average, and it’s a deep brown, so to be honest, I’m tired of shaving every day before heading to the gym or Pilates class. (I’m really scared of anyone seeing my underarm hair. Don’t ask.) With the Ulike Sapphire AIR3, which uses cooling technology and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, you can reduce the frequency of shaving. That sounded right up my alley.

Keep reading to find out how my road test with this tool went.


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About the Ulike Sapphire AIR3

This hair removal device features three operation modes tailored to different parts of the body:

Gentle (for the face, upper lip, and bikini area);

Gentle (suitable for the face, upper lip, and bikini area);

Body (for legs and arms); and Power (for the chest and underarms).

IPL targets the pigment in the hair follicle and heats it to remove hair.
The device features a cooling sensation (20 degrees Celsius) to minimize the pain from the zaps.
The packaging also includes safety goggles and a shaver.

Why I Love the Ulike Sapphire AIR3

Honestly, I was afraid that using the Ulike Sapphire AIR3 device would be painful, but to my surprise, it was almost painless. I only felt a slight vibration, akin to my skin feeling a bit itchy or prickly. The device itself is lightweight, easy to maneuver, and I also appreciated that the instructions were very easy to follow.

I can’t yet speak to the decrease in hair density or the reduction in the number of hairs because it requires multiple uses, with one to two weeks between each session, but I’m really hopeful that after continued use, I’ll see results in just a few months.

How to Use the Ulike Sapphire AIR3

This was my first time trying laser hair removal, so I was shocked to find out that I needed to shave off all visible hair before using the laser. (I later learned this was to allow the light to target the dark hair follicles.) After removing visible hair from my underarms using the provided shaver, I connected the adapter to the handset and plugged it in. From there, I popped on the super chic IPL safety goggles – they honestly look like black sunglasses – and was ready to put on the laser.

Since I decided to focus on my underarms for this review, I opted for the Power operation mode, which was just what I needed. After switching it to my desired setting (and doing a skin patch test), I pressed the treatment button and got to work. The light would flash, effectively targeting the area where I placed the device, and I would move it to a new area each time.

I wanted to make sure I got every area, so I would press the button each time I wanted to activate the laser. However, I’d like to point out that there’s an option to hold the button for two seconds to activate the “glide” mode. I think this is more suitable for larger areas of the body, like the legs.

Things to Consider Before Trying the Ulike Sapphire AIR3

Like many other laser hair removal devices, it’s worth noting that this device is not suitable for all skin tones and hair colors. The Ulike Sapphire AIR3 is not considered safe for those with deeper pigmentation (such as dark brown, brown-black, and dark skin tones) and is deemed ineffective for those with light blonde, white, gray, or red hair.

My skin tone and hair color fall within the “safe” and “effective” range, so I was able to test it accurately, but I do think it’s something the brand could strive to be more inclusive about in the future. I’m sure there’s a lot of science behind it beyond my comprehension, but it’s good to see an option for people with darker skin tones and lighter hair colors.

Is the Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Worth the Money?

The Ulike Sapphire AIR3 retails for $259, which isn’t cheap, but when you consider how much you spend each month on razors and shaving cream, in the long run, it could actually save you money. Plus, if you were to go to a treatment center for laser hair removal, you’d be spending thousands of dollars and have to make multiple visits. This at-home option might require more sessions than you would go to a professional for, but for me, it’s a good option and worth splurging on.

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