Ulike Hair Removal: Everything to Know About the Innovative Sapphire Air3 Device (2024)

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As body care becomes a bigger category in the U.S. (it’s much more common abroad), many of us are taking a closer look at our skin and body hair from the neck down. For me, shaving can feel like a chore, so I’ve embraced at-home treatments like Ulike hair removal devices. These high-tech hair zappers use IPL (intense pulsed light) to keep hair growth halted for much longer than shaving can. But, the best part is that the painful zapping that made me wince is a thing of the past with the new crop of innovations hitting the market today.

One of the newest innovations from K-beauty brand Ulike is the Sapphire Air3, which is a hair removal device unlike any other I’ve tried in the comfort of my own bathroom. It makes pesky hair removal so easy, and it’s gentler, especially on more sensitive areas like the bikini line. You can use it pretty much anywhere hair grows, from your upper lip to your armpits, and the technology is FDA-cleared to be safe. The addition of cooling mimics in-office hair-removal lasers, providing one of the most advanced at-home treatments you can get right now. To learn more about the beauty breakthrough, I spoke to BerylHwang, leadproductmarketingmanager for Ulike’s North Americadivision.

What makes Ulike different?

“Our at-home hair removal device, the Air3, is different from others on the market because of our patented Sapphire Ice-cooling technology,” says Hwang. “This technology is based on clinical Sapphire contact cooling and is specifically designed for at-home hair removal devices. It protects the skin and ensures a comfortable user experience while performing an effective hair removal IPL treatment. Our technology is unique and we’re the first and top company to have it. We’re also proud that Ulike is recommended by top dermatologists worldwide.

You can use this one device on all areas as well. Soft Mode works on facial hair, the bikini area and any other sensitive areas. Body Mode works on the arms and legs, and Power Mode is recommended for the chest and the armpits.”

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What is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and how does it get rid of stubborn hairs?

“IPL is a type of FDA-cleared light treatment that uses strong pulses of a broad-spectrum of polychromatic light to target the melanin in hair follicles to achieve permanent hair removal results,” Hwang explains. “As the pigment absorbs light, it gets heated up and destroyed. Hairs will grow back more sparsely and slower after each treatment, permanently reducing hair growth.”

Is this device a good option for both beginners and experts?

“Our Sapphire AIR3 at-home hair removal device is suitable for both beginners and experts,” Hwang says. “It’s incredibly easy to use. When you power on the device, the ice-cooling technology operates instantly. You can select the power level on the packaging based on your preference, and then press the treatment button, and the device will flash. Plus, this device also features our upgraded Auto Glide Mode, which can deliver flashes every 0.7 seconds. This allows users to get a full-body hair removal session in as little as seven minutes. There’s no need to take extra time to learn how to use it.”

How does the Sapphire cooling technology work exactly?

“Once the device is turned on, the active cooling system inside the AIR3 is activated, and you can even can see the sapphire light window gets frosty in five seconds,” explains Hwang. “Our cooling technology works by instantly cooling the sapphire light window in the device. When the sapphire light window is in full contact with the treatment area, it provides real-time cooling throughout the treatment. This cooling protects the skin and allows for higher fluences to be delivered to the skin. This increases the effectiveness of the IPL hair removal treatment.

The flat sapphire also applies light pressure to the treatment area, increasing the absorption of the target chromophore. The sapphire ice-cooling not only protects the skin and provides comfort, but also ensures a highly effective IPL hair removal treatment. This technology is unique to our product. It is not found in any other at-home hair removal device on the market.”

What tips do you have for anyone who is new to DIY laser hair removal?

“For people who are new to at-home hair removal, we recommend checking if your skin tone and hair color are suitable for IPL before using our Ulike device. [Below are the skin tones and hair colors the device is cleared to treat.] Our device also has a skin sensor that ensures safe and accurate treatment. Also, before using the device, shave the area you plan to treat,” Hwang says.

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“We also recommend starting with the lightest power mode (soft), and then proceeding with the higher modes (body and power). You should also wear protective eyewear during each treatment. And afterwards, be sure to moisturize and avoid exposing your skin to sunlight. If you wear shorts, remember to apply sunscreen.”

How often should you use the device, and what results can you expect?

“During the first and second weeks, use it every other day,” Hwang says. “Weeks three through five, use it twice per week. Then, after the initial treatment phase—12 weekly treatments—treat the target area once a month, or as required, to maintain your results.

Most people begin to see evident hair reduction after three to four weeks. After each regular treatment, hair will grow much more sparsely and thinly, and eventually, the hair reduction becomes permanent. Both the outcome and frequency of the treatment are different for each user. According to FDA’s regulations, permanent hair removal means ‘continued and steady reduction of hair over a prolonged period’, which we provide. However, some may interpret the term ‘permanent’ differently. Please know that even the photo-therapy used in clinics is not entirely permanent.”

Price/Where to Buy:

$329, ulike.com

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Does the Ulike Air 3 really work? ›

Summary: It WORKS! It does not burn (tested with fair-medium skin and thick PCOS dark brown/black hairs, and also thinner brown arm hair, and underarm hair) The cooling system is perfect and keeps it comfortable. It also has an auto-flash feature so you don't have to keep pressing the button.

How often can you use the Ulike Air 3? ›

Delivering 1 flash every 0.7 seconds, the Air 3 boasts unlimited flashes for a lifetime of smooth, hair-free skin. Use 3 times per week during your first month, twice per week during the second and third month, and finally once every month to maintain.

Do I have to shave every time I use Ulike hair removal? ›

Q: Do I need to shave everytime before I use the device or just shave before I use it the first time? Hi dear, Thanks very much for contacting us. We suggest you shave every time before us

How long does it take for Ulike to work? ›

Yes, Ulike IPL can be used on the skin around your genitals, such as the bikini area, Brazilian wax area, and buttocks. However, please do not use them directly on your genitals. Hair reduction of 90% after 4 weeks. Visible results in just 2 weeks.

What are the cons of Ulike hair removal? ›

Cons: 1) There is pain, very brief, acute, minor pain, but it is there. You are burning hair follicles with an intense beam of light, so to think you won't feel it is naive. This isn't a big con, because waxing and plucking are so much worse.

How many times a week should I use Ulike? ›

Use up to 3 times a week for best results.

Is Ulike Air 3 permanent? ›

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.

Is Ulike hair removal FDA-approved? ›


The devices are FDA-approved, clinically tested and dermatologist recommended. Since inception, the brand has grown to be a global leader of IPL at-home beauty devices with over 4 million units sold in 17 countries worldwide.

Can I use my Ulike everyday? ›

During the first and second weeks, use it every other day,” Hwang says. “Weeks three through five, use it twice per week. Then, after the initial treatment phase—12 weekly treatments—treat the target area once a month, or as required, to maintain your results.

How many flashes does Ulike have? ›

With its high power output and a capability of 1 million flashes, surpassing the 600,00 flashes ordered by the Nood flasher. This greater number of flashes ensures that the Ulike devices enjoy an extended overall lifespan, offering users long-term usage and value.

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.

Is Ulike hair removal safe? ›

Versatility: Ulike devices are designed to treat various skin types and hair colors, making them suitable for a wide range of individuals. Safety: Ulike Laser Hair Removal is FDA-approved, assuring users of its safety and efficacy when used as directed by trained professionals.

What are the cons of Ulike? ›

Cons of Ulike Hair Removal Tool

Requires Patience: IPL treatments are not instantaneous; they require patience and consistency. Users typically need multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve desired results. This might not be suitable for those seeking immediate hair removal.

Does Ulike work on dirty blonde hair? ›

Unfortunately, not all hair and skin types are suitable for IPL treatment. Generally speaking, IPL and laser hair removal do not work on blonde and red hair or very dark skin.

How often can I use Ulike hair removal? ›

Visible results are usually seen in 4 weeks of use, and permanent hair removal is achieved in 8 weeks, It is recommended to use it 3 times a week during the first month, 2 times a week during the second month.

Is Ulike Sapphire Air 3 really painless? ›

Nearly Painless Hair Removal From Home: Patented Sapphire Ice-Cooling touch eliminates unwanted hair through entirely painless treatment. Ulike Air 3 IPL hair removal device uses advanced technology with a cooling system to sustain an ice-cooling sensation on the skin while delivering a painless hair solution at home.

Can Ulike damage skin? ›

Potential Side Effects: While rare, some individuals may experience temporary side effects such as redness, swelling, or skin irritation following Ulike Laser Hair Removal treatments.

What's the best hair removal device? ›

  • Best Overall. Ulike Sapphire AIR+ Ulike. ...
  • Best Budget. nood The Flasher 2.0. NOOD. ...
  • Best for Travel. RoseSkinCo. Lumi. ...
  • Best for Lighter Hair. Iluminage Home Permanent Hair Removal System. Skinstore. ...
  • Best for Sensitive Skin. Silk'n Infinity Hair Removal Device. ...
  • Best for Beginners. Jovs Venus Pro II. ...
  • Best for Bikini. SmoothSkin Pure Mini.
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