(SPOT.ph) If you spend any time on social-media app TikTok, you know that something goes viral on that app every other day be it a silly sound, a fun dance routine, or a mind-boggling filter. Some time in the past few months, the talk of the FYP was what's commonly known as a crystal hair remover. This nifty tool gained traction quickly on the notoriously addicting video platform thanks to creators raving about its easy-to-use and pain-free hair-removing abilities. But does it work? We decided to put it to the test with a tool from local brand Truly Bare.
SPOT.ph Roadtest: Does the TikTok-Viral Crystal Hair Remover Actually Work?
So how the heck does the crystal hair remover work?
To use the crystal hair remover, all you have to do is continuously rub the rough side of the tool in circular motions on any part of the body where you’d like to remove hair including the legs, arms, chest, back, knuckles, and bikini area. The sand-like texture of the tool also promises an exfoliating treatment as you rub, so you can get rid of dead skin as you go. It promises no pain and no ingrown hair and is reusable for up to five years. Keep in mind that the hair-removal process is closer to shaving—which gets rid of the top layer of hair that's grown past the surface of the skin and is visible to the eye—than it is to waxing or epilating, both of which pull hair straight from the root. That means the hair will likely grow back faster as compared to the latter two types of hair removal.
How much does the crystal hair remover cost compared to other methods of hair removal?
Truly Bare's version of the crystal hair remover is priced at P999. For comparison, a basic pack of disposable razors is typically around P200 or so—cheaper if you buy the kind they make for men—while a wax can run you at least P500 for your legs and thighs and upwards of P1,000 for your whole body. Though the crystal hair remover may not be the most affordable option at first glance, it can be the wiser option for your budget over time. Razors, for example, need to be replaced every few months or so while a wax needs to be maintained every month or two, depending on how quickly your hair grows back, meaning both usually end up costing more in the long run. And since the crystal hair remover can be used for up to five years, you will be saving money as long as you take care of the tool and use it consistently.
Epilators—similar to the crystal hair remover—can be used over and over for long periods, but a high-quality model can cost well over P2,000, so you'll have to decide which method you'd rather spend money on. It should be noted that epilators, however, take hair out from the root and not just from the surface, which is why they can be a bit pricey.
What it's like using the crystal hair remover?
As far as actually using the crystal hair remover goes, you can get right to it. We recommend making sure the area you're targeting is totally clean, dry, and free of any irritations. From there, the user-friendly tool is pretty much dummy-proof. Just put it on the area that you'd like to remove hair and start rubbing away. All that in mind, the crystal hair remover may be a good option for those who are intimidated with more complex tools like epilators, more painful methods like waxing, or shaving, which involves sharp objects and can cause irritation when done incorrectly.
This writer has tried most of the popular at-home hair-removal techniques and normally you can go in a linear pattern around the legs or arms, so you can clearly see—as you shave or wax—which parts of the skin are now hair-free. With the crystal hair remover—which is irregularly shaped—you'll tend to take hair off in patches. While the process itself doesn't actually take much time, you may need to keep checking your skin to see if you've removed all the hair in a certain area or repeat the rubbing process any surfaces you may have missed.
We started off by using the crystal hair remover on the legs and with the easy-to-use tool, we found we were able to remove hair pretty effortlessly. It should be noted that this writer (who is a woman) has long hair on the legs, but the strands are not particularly thick so results may vary depending on the texture of your hair. It took about 15 minutes to completely remove the hair on an entire leg (not including the thighs) and touch up any spots that were missed. The rubbing motion and rough texture weren't bothersome at all on that part of the body and the result was smooth, hair-free skin with no bumps or darkness, at least upon initial inspection.
We repeated this process on the arms after giving the tool a quick wipe. While the process was pretty much the same, we struggled a bit more on the arms compared to the legs. For one, the skin on the arms is a little more delicate than that of the legs, so after repeat rubbing, we noticed some redness on the skin. Now, this isn't necessarily a deal breaker—waxing, after all, can also cause some redness—but something to keep in mind if you've got dry or sensitive skin that's prone to irritation. We also noticed some dead skin flake on the arms, in line with the exfoliation benefit that the tool claims to have.
Aside from the skin on the arm being more delicate, we also noticed hair removal seemed to be faster and more effective on the leg. It's unclear whether that's because it was easier to put more force and speed in the rubbing process on the tougher skin of the legs or because the finer hair strands of the arms was harder for the crystal hair remover to target. Though it required more effort, we still ended up with smooth, bump-free, and hairless skin.
Conclusion: Should you buy the crystal hair remover?
Right off the bat, we must say that the crystal hair remover is not for everyone. It's a great option for those who don't like other forms of hair removal like waxing or shaving or those who religiously get rid of hair on the body and would like to save money on tools and salon services over time. It's also a worthy choice if you find that shaving or other forms of hair removal leave you with bumps, ingrown hair, and other forms of irritation. Is the best possible option out there? Well, that's for you to decide.
Truly Bare's crystal hair remover is available on Shopee. As of writing, the tool is sold out.
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