About SmoothTech Pro
Compared to shaving, painful waxing, or using rebranded women’s depilatories, the SmoothTech Pro hair removal system promises to be the “first triple-action hair removal system specifically formulated for men, by men.”
Specifically, we’re told SmoothTech Pro’s triple-action system was designed to provide quick, easy, pain-free, long lasting, and guaranteed smooth results that protect the skin and clear pores.
Not only will you be able to remove unwanted hair, but the company claims SmoothTech Pro’s “built-in skin therapy” will also condition skin, restore moisture, reduce new hair regrowth, and help skin look and feel its best.
Safe for all skin tones and hair colors, we’re told SmoothTech Pro’s system is odorless and works over two simple steps:
- Step 1: Eliminate – Shower off the hair removal lotion, which removes unwanted hair and impurities, restores moisture, exfoliates, and fights free radicals and hard water damage.
- Step 2: Reduce – The Regrowth Minimizer helps impair new hair growth, uses Water Magnet & NMF Technology to hydrate skin, helps reduce trans epidermal water loss, and helps promote healthy skin cell growth.
Once we clear away all the marketing though, is SmoothTech Pro really designed to be an end-to-end system? Can you expect smoother, easier results? Is it really a revolution in men’s hair removal?
These are just a few of the important questions we’ll help you answer in this review.
How Does Hair Grow? What Are Some Common Removal Methods?
We won’t go into excessive detail here, but briefly, hair goes through three distinct stages during its life cycle:
- Anagen – This is the phase where cells divide rapidly and hair grows at a rate of approximately 1cm per month over the course of 2-6 years. About 90% of the hairs on your head are in this phase.
- Telogen – Here, the hair goes dormant and “rests” for about 100 days.
- Catagen – This is when hair moves between anagen and telogen phases.
Pro tip: For more, be sure to read Everything You Need to Know About Hair Supplements.
Now, keep in mind that hair growth can be affected by factors like time of year (hair tends to grow a little faster in the summer than in the winter), genetics, diet, and more.
When we’re talking about hair removal, it’s also important to consider that growth is just one factor that determines which methods work best for you. Other ones include hair color, thickness, curl, and more.
Regardless, you really only have three options: 1) Complete removal from the root-up, such as plucking, waxing, and electrolysis; 2) shaving using a razor or some other type of specialized blade (whether manual or electronic); or 3) using a chemical depilatory cream.
The latter option works by breaking down certain bonds in keratin, the main protein in hair, thereby weakening the hair to the point where it breaks off from the follicle.
Now, these creams have been around for a long time (think brands like Nair and Veet) and are known to be inexpensive, fast, and pain-free methods of removing hair.
However, they also have reputations for delivering short-lived results (often somewhere in the 2-4 day range), creating shadows of darker hair underneath skin, and causing irritation. Are SmoothTech Pro’s products any different?
SmoothTech Pro’s (Technically) Six-Part Hair Removal System
Although SmoothTech Pro claims their hair removal system only involves two parts, they actually offer six different products:
Eliminate ST1 Shower Off Hair Removal Lotion
According to SmoothTech Pro’s website, their Eliminate organic lotion works to hydrate and moisturize while it removes hair.
To accomplish this, the company claims it creates an additional barrier that prevents trans-epidermal water loss and allows the cream to target keratin in the hair, without causing irritation. Just use the no-mess applicator, wait 6-8 minutes, and shower off.
In fact, we’re told Eliminate ST1’s ingredients can even nurture the skin’s ability to address “back acne, ingrown hair, bumps, irritation, dry patches,” and more. Key ingredients include:
- Potassium Thioglycolate,
- Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
- Theobroma Cacao Cocoa Butter
- PPG-15 Stearyl Ether
- Jojoba Seed Oil
- Propylene Glycol
- Camellia (Green Tea) Extract
- Chamomilla Flower Extract
- Aloe Leaf Extract
- Octenidine HCI
- Tetrasodium EDTA
Reduce ST2 Regrowth Minimizer
While Eliminate ST1 is focused on hair removal, SmoothTech Pro tells us their Reduce formulation’s ingredients will refine and weaken new regrowth by “destroying the chemical connection of the hair shaft at the root.”
And over time, the formula will impair overall hair quality and minimize the need for body hair removal, while still soothing, hydrating, and stimulating collagen production.
In fact, SmoothTech Pro calls Reduce ST2 “like a face lift for your entire body.”
Another difference is that Reduce can be used on all parts of the body, including the groin and genitals, and that its rub-in solution can be applied in just a minute.
Key ingredients include:
- Centella Asiatica Extract
- SD-40 Alcohol
- Larrea Divaricata
- Saccharide Isomerate
- Pentylene Glycol
- Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone
- Rosemary Leaf Extract
- Pinus Sylvestris Bud Extract
- Aloe Leaf Extract
- Vitamin E, C, & B6
- Beta Glucan
- Vitamin B3
Important note: Remember the phases of hair growth we discussed earlier? The SmoothTech website notes that Reduce only “works to disable the actively growing hair, which is typically about 25% of a certain area.”
However, it “does not work on the hair in its resting or transition phase. Much like laser removal you must have several sessions (around 8 to 10) with SmoothTech Pro to realize the benefits and again you must be consistent with DAILY use.”
Prevent Ingrown & Blemish Prevention
Called a “professional grade treatment” by SmoothTech Pro, their Prevent formula is intended to help address ingrown hairs, back acne, and “other irritation problems on various parts of the body men may experience after depilation or shaving procedures.”
To accomplish this, we’re told Prevent hydrates and exfoliates skin and uses an easy applicator to apply to all parts of the body. Key ingredients include:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Propylene Glycol
- Glycolic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
Scrub Ultimate Power Wash
Another “professional grade” treatment, Scrub exfoliates skin, reduces the presence of fungus and bacteria, and neutralizes the skin’s pH. We’re also told it works in conjunction with the other products to further slow hair regrowth.
Furthermore, SmoothTech Pro claims Scrub helps protect against free radical damage, promote new cell growth, enhance skin’s elasticity, and leave you with a healthy look. Key ingredients include:
- Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil
- Sodium Chloride
- Sodium Hyaluronate
- Beta Glucan
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine
- Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Wingman Back Applicator
Consisting of a plastic handle that folds in the middle, along with a medium density piece of foam at one end, SmoothTech Pro’s Wingman is a DIY tool that allows you to apply creams to areas you otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach.
When you’re finished, Wingman’s handle unlocks and folds down for easy storage and travel.
Exfoliator Professional Exfoliating Cloth
SmoothTech Pro’s Exfoliator is a hygienic exfoliating washcloth that, if used 1-2 times per week, promises to smooth rough areas, prevent body acne, address ingrown hair, and improve your skin’s look and feel. Just:
- Apply a small amount of the Scrub Power Wash onto the Exfoliator cloth.
- Massage over your entire body.
- Rinse thoroughly and hang dry.
Alright, now that we’ve talked about SmoothTech Pro’s product lineup, let’s discuss what kinds of hair removal results you might realistically expect from them.
Are SmoothTech Pro’s Ingredients Effective?
Not to split hairs here (pun totally intended), but the answer to this question largely depends on what you mean by “effective.”
In other words, the only ingredient in any of SmoothTech Pro’s formulas (and only found in Eliminate) that removes hair is potassium thioglycolate, the same ingredient found in popular national-brand hair removal creams like Nair and Veet.
So, from a hair removal perspective, SmoothTech Pro’s ingredients don’t appear to provide any improved effectiveness.
However, SmoothTech Pro’s formulas also contain many other ingredients that act as emollients, skin conditioners, and water-binding agents, which might help provide moisturization and reduce the irritation sometimes caused by potassium thioglycolate.
Outside of this, most of the other ingredients found in SmoothTech Pro’s formulations act as texture enhancers, preservatives, antimicrobial agents, and more, which—while they might improve product feel and quality—might not do much for your skin.
What about side effects?
SmoothTech Pro’s Potential Side Effects
As we just discussed, depilatory creams are known to cause temporary redness and irritation, which generally fade soon after being washed off.
However, according to the Truth In Aging link above, there seems to be some ambiguity as to whether or not Tetrasodium EDTA should be classified as a hazard, since it’s likely not absorbed by the skin. However, they do classify it as an “ecotoxin.”
Finally, in some instances, niacin can cause mild, temporary flushing.
How Much Does SmoothTech Pro’s Hair Removal Products Cost?
SmoothTech Pro’s a la carte products are priced as follows:
- ST1 Eliminate (8 fl oz / 240 ml): $24.99
- ST2 Reduce (4 fl oz / 118 ml): $19.99
- Wingman: $14.99
If you choose, they also offer complete kits featuring multiple products:
- 2-Step Kit – Includes Eliminate lotion and Reduce regrowth minimizer: $39.99 ($29.99 w/auto-refill)
- 2-Step Advanced Kit – Adds the Wingman back applicator and Exfoliator washcloth: $56.99 ($39.99 w/auto-refill)
- Complete Kit – Adds Prevent ingrown hair and blemish prevention cream, as well as Scrub ultimate power wash: $79.99 ($49.99 w/auto-refill)
If you choose the auto-refill option, you’ll be sent a fresh kit (matching your original choice) once every one, two, or three months, your choice, and your credit card will be charged accordingly.
All full priced SmoothTech Pro orders (i.e. not products ordered through an auto-refill program) come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request one, you’ll have to send a message to customer service through their contact form.
What’s Everyone Saying In Their SmoothTech Pro Reviews?
SmoothTech Pro’s Advanced Kit had 29 customer reviews on Amazon at the time of our research, with an average rating of 3.3 stars.
There, most compliments seemed to reference effective results without side effects, ease of use, and improved skin feel. However, more than one complained about ineffective hair removal and high price compared to the competition.
Similar feedback was found for their 2-Step Kit and Complete Kit, although we didn’t encounter any customer reviews outside of Amazon. We did find an old Indiegogo campaign though, where the company raised just over $1,000 on a goal of $7K.
From a company perspective, SmoothTech Pro was founded by Eric Brooks and Andrew Lofts. Prior to joining forces, Eric worked as co-founder of MyBlueBirdie.com and Incline Financial, while Andrew is a serial entrepreneur.
Will SmoothTech Pro Deliver Better Results Than Traditional Products Like Nair?
From a marketing perspective, there’s little doubt that SmoothTech Pro is spot on. After all, most of us do a little manscaping now and again, and it seems that no other company is focusing so intently on this market segment.
From a performance perspective though, the only ingredient in SmoothTech Pro that removes hair is shared by nearly every other depilatory cream on the market, including industry giants like Nair and Veet.
On the other hand, SmoothTech Pro’s formulas seem to contain a meaningful amount of soothing ingredients that might help avoid the redness and irritation often caused by the competition.
Perhaps SmoothTech Pro’s biggest stumbling block, though, is price. Even if you purchased the base two-step kit at $39.99 (so you can retain the ability to process a refund), this is nearly 7X the cost of some competitors.
Need help applying depilatory cream to your back? Although they might not feature the same collapsible handle as Wingman, you can find dozens of back sponges online that are functionally identical to SmoothTech Pro’s Wingman—for as little as $4!
What does this mean for you? In the end, it’s your money, so you get to decide where to spend it. But if you don’t have sensitive skin, then lower cost options might provide more bang-for-your-buck than SmoothTech Pro’s luxury offerings.
Did you order SmoothTech Pro’s products? Which ones? Did they meet your expectations? Help other manscapers make more informed purchases by leaving your feedback below!
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Helped with my back hair
Yeah, this stuff really helped. It's kind of like Nair, but for men. It smells fine, but most importantly, you get no more razor burn.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
I'll stick to shaving for now
For me shaving is easy, quick, and dirt cheap, so for this product to be an alternative it has to offer something more. This is advertised as a simple two-step process with longer lasting results. The former is objectively not true and neither, in my experience, is the latter.
The first thing I learned after receiving the product is that "Hair must be 1/8-inch - 1/4-inch for product to work. Trim or grow as needed." (In case, like normal humans, you can't measure your hair at a resolution of 1/8-inch, this happens to be the diameter of the common headphone jack). There goes the "two-step" part. Instead, depending on how long your hair before you decide to remove it, you now have 3 or 4 steps. It's actually worse because no matter how diligent you plan to be, there is no way to maintain a smooth body since all the time since you always need to wait for it to grow back. One point for shaving!
The 2nd step on the bottle instructs that you apply a "thick, even layer." I never trust products like these when they say "thick" and "generous" since they always benefit from you over-using the product and having to buy more. For the first try, I applied a somewhat minimal layer, thin enough for my skin to be fairly visible and waited for the required 6-10 minutes. I ended up with a partial result, so I realized I needed a thicker layer.
Tip: unscrew the bottle head and use a ketchup-and-squeeze movement to get the lotion out more easily. Keeping the head on got me tired in no time, and I'm a rock climber, I pinch stuff for a workout.
I came out of the shower to re-apply and was already feeling some irritations here and there (one more point for shaving). I applied again to the surviving areas, waited, and got back to shower. Note that when I miss a spot after shaving, the fix is quick and easy (shaving scores again.) This time it worked (almost, I still had a small, yet visible patch of hair. Again, this wouldn't be a problem for shaving).
I should mention that the hair won't immediately come off just by rinsing. You need to gently remove it off using the supplied spatula or do something with that effect.
The final result was actually pretty good. My skin looked and felt very smooth and in all directions. I would need to shave my chest in at least two directions to get the same result. (SmoothTech finally scores).
Now it's fair to point out that the next time around I can do all the above in only two steps and far less time. Except that I'm not done yet. Now I need to apply the growth minimizer (which, by the way, will give a burning sensation if applied to irritated areas), namely "5 times within 40 hours of hair removal" and then once a day. That's a lot of maintenance!
At that point, I had already lost faith in the product, so I decided to do an experiment. I applied the minimizer as instructed but skipped one side of my chest to compare the effect. On day two, the hair growth was definitely less than after shaving, but I was already able to feel the hair. Day three was already like day two after shaving and with equal growth on both chests, so the minimizer didn't really make a difference.
You might think it's fair to claim one more point for SmoothTech since it lasted one day more than shaving. Not so fast! The warning section says that you should "avoid direct sun exposure or excessive physical activity" for 24 hours after hair removal. So I can't go to the gym, nor hang out at the beach, swimming pool, or park with my shirt off. What is this for, then? So, no, this does not count as an extra day as far as I'm concerned.
Compared to shaving, this product is expensive and cumbersome with results that last practically the same time, not to mention that it has minor side effects. What would make me buy an improved version of this product? Any of the following or a combination thereof:
A) If it's exactly as advertised (apply and rinse, period) and with no side effects.
B) If the results last at least one week and I can re-apply it immediately afterward without waiting for the hair to grow back.
C) If I can use it for my private parts (definitely no side effects allowed here).
Otherwise, I'll stick to shaving.
P.S. A week or so later I had a sudden bloom of pimples in some areas on my back. This could be just a coincidence, but all the clues point otherwise.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend