Hair removal can be annoying and time-consuming, so you may be after something a bit more permanent. Laser treatment is great for hair removal, but is it better to have it done professionally, or go for a home IPL (intense pulsed light) device? Here’s what you need to know:
Laser hair removal uses a laser to target hair follicles, which prevents regrowth. Unlike waxing or shaving, this is a very targeted treatment which will, over time, prevent your hair from growing back again and again. Qualified practitioners have to undergo training to use this equipment, so you’ll know that you’re in safe hands.
The good news is that the laser can be calibrated depending on skin type (which is not the case with at-home IPL’s). People with lighter hair may not have as effective results.
How does it work?
The hair follicle is targeted during the growing cycle (the ‘anagen’ phase of growth). As your hairs grow at different rates, you may need to undergo regular treatments at different intervals to target all of the hairs.
You can’t wear make up on the skin being treated, and it has to be shaved first (not waxed) – your practitioner will be able to advise you about this before you go in for treatment.
What is a home IPL?
You may have seen home IPL devices advertised. The light energy produced by a home IPL device is much less concentrated, which means it is perfectly safe to use at home. However, this means it is less powerful, and you’ll need to spend more time using it to get the same results you would get from a professional.
How Does it Work?
It works in a similar way, destroying hair follicles and disrupting hair growth. The results can vary, and it’s not suitable for those with blonde, grey, or red hair.
It can also be difficult to get to those hard-to-reach areas, which means you may need help to use it.
Which One is Better?
Overall, we think that laser hair removal treatment is better than at-home IPL devices, for several reasons:
- It’s easier. You won’t have to worry about reaching around to the back of your legs – all you have to do is lay back and relax. Plus, because the laser used in a professional setting is much more focused and intense, you won’t have to spend hours doing at-home treatments.
- It can be personalised. Your practitioner will be able to set the laser for different hair colours, which isn’t the case for at-home IPL’s.
- It can work out better, cost-wise. Although you might feel that laser hair treatment is expensive, at-home IPL devices can be expensive too – plus, you’ll have to use them a lot more often, so if you’re short on time, getting it done professionally is a better choice.
If you’re fed up with the rigmarole of hair removal and you want to try a new treatment, why not talk to the expert team at Koha Clinics about laser hair removal today.