If you’ve ever wanted to cross your razor with a laser for the perfect shave then look no further.
While Skarp looks quite like a conventional razor, it works in a completely different way. Instead of using blades, Skarp uses lasers to cut your hair. The laser is designed to cut through the hair very close to the skin, making it smoother than previously possible.
As well as the close shave, there are several other advantages to using a Skarp razor, as listed below.
2 billion disposable razors or razor heads are thrown away in the United States each year according to the EPA, and they usually end up in landfills.
One Skarp razor is estimated to last you a very long time, thanks to the laser’s 50,000 hour lifespan, and the razor uses a standard AAA battery.
The ability to cut hair with lasers isn’t a new one, a certain wavelength of light capable of cutting thick hair has already been discovered. However, it had very limited application since people with light hair wouldn’t be able to benefit from it.
In 1989 Morgon Gustavsson MBBS invented and patented IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which is still a preferred method of hair removal in dermatology treatments. Morgon had the idea for a laser razor in 2001 and spent a decade investigating.
In 2009, after a decade of research, Morgon discovered a chromophore in human hair that gets cut when it comes in contact with a certain wavelength of light. What is interesting about the discovery is the fact that this chromophore is present in every human hair, of all colors.
In 2013, Morgon partnered with Paul Binun to attempt to make the world’s first laser powered razor. On September 22nd, 2015 their product Skarp was launched on kickstarter seeking $160,000. So far the campaign has reached over $3 million with another 13 days to go.