What is IPL Hair Removal?
IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal is a method of hair removal where, unlike laser treatments which just have one specific wavelength, it releases multiple wave lengths of light energy that scatter within the skin. As with all light based treatments, IPL emits a wavelength into the skin, which targets the pigments within your hair folicles. “It works in the same way black clothing absorbs heat on a hot day, versus white clothing which reflects it,” explains laser specialist Debbie Thomas. “The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. It quickly turns to heat which then kills the growing cells that make the hair,” Thomas adds.
Also unlike laser treatments, which emit a specific wavelength, IPL works like a flash-lamp, sending out scattered wavelengths of light, making IPL very targeted. That also means it affects the pigment in your skin too, so IPL only really works for those with fair skin and dark hair.
IPL is a safe method of semi-permanent hair removal. Studies show that it is effective at reducing hair re-growth up to 80%. It is recommended that clients receive 7-10 sessions, which will be the most effective in targeting all hairs in the growth cycles. Some clients have gone months and even years without hair growing back. IPL also covers larger patches of hair rather than single points like most laser treatments.
Once you’ve completed your initial 7-10 sessions, you will only need to come back every couple of months or every year for maintenance.
- It is less painful than other hair removal methods.
- The strong light quickly destroys the root of the hair.
- You won’t have to worry about timing treatments and your hair growing back
- It is very precise, affecting the hair not the skin
- Treatments do not take much time
- More affordable than laser hair removal
What to expect?
Before your IPL hair removal appointment, please shave the area the day before. Avoid direct sunlight exposure on your skin as well as darker, freshly tanned skin, may be more suceptible to burning. Avoid using any skin medication a few days before. Make sure you keep the area of treatment clean (no make-up or deodorant) before your appointment.
IPL hair removal is known to be less painful than waxing. It will feel like tiny pin pokes or someone flicking an elastic on your skin in a very targeted area.
Treatment area may feel sensitve after your hair removal. This is absolutely normal, and should fade within the day.
- Continue to avoid the sun
- Avoid any irritants on your skin
- Avoid tweezing or plucking any excess hair – it will be removed
- Only shave in between sessions, don’t pluck.