Laser Hair Removal?

laser hair removal

Whether you’re trying to treat a lot of unwanted body hair or just a little, it’s likely that you’re tired of always waxing or shaving. I certainly am! After all, why bother if the hair is just going to regrow within a week?

Of course there are ways now to get rid of hair for much longer than that, but I find myself a bit confused about the options, so I’ve never actually given them a try. Most of them fall under the category of light treatments, but that category branches off into Intense Pulsed Light procedures and laser light procedures. I didn’t actually know the differences between these and have been thinking about giving them a go for a while. Conveniently I had an email waiting for me in my inbox explaining the differences, so keep reading if you want more info!* 

A Brief Overview of Light Treatments for Hair Removal

Each treatment uses different forms of light
IPL uses a broad form of light. It’s essentially flashes of light directed at the skin. Those light pulses are directed by a hand-held wand device used by the clinic technician. In IPL treatments, the light gives off very little heat.

Laser treatments are quite different because each one uses a single light beam in a really concentrated form. Those concentrated beams of light are very powerful, and also very warm, whereas IPL light beams don’t usually give off much heat at all.

Treating a Small Area
If you have “problem hairs” located in very specific areas, laser hair removal machines can be very effective at getting rid of them. The machines can target even single strands of hair with extreme accuracy.

On the other hand, if you are trying to keep unwanted hair from growing back on a larger surface area, like your legs, you may want to undergo IPL treatments instead. The wider beams can be run across larger sections of skin much faster than most laser beams.

At-Home Kits for Both Treatment Types Exist
It’s also important to note that there are at-home lasers an at-home IPL devices available today. It might be tempting to just try one of them instead of going to a clinic to be treated, but there’s a catch. The strongest laser devices should only be used by trained professionals, so the ones made for at-home use lack the power of clinical machines. The same is true for IPL devices too, so you’re likely to get much better and faster results in a clinic.

Picking One of the Two Treatment Types
If you’re interested in having a laser treatment to get rid of unwanted hair then you may have a bit of a long road ahead to find one that will do the job on your skin type. It all depends on your skin color, how oily or dry it is, and what other skin conditions you are dealing with. Some lasers are meant to treat very specific skin types. It won’t do much good to remove hairs with laser treatments if you accidentally damage your skin in the process, so make sure you find the right laser for you!

IPL is a bit easier because these devices aren’t as harsh or as particular as far as which skin types they can treat. However, they also don’t work as quickly or as well as laser treatments. If you don’t mind a slow progression into getting rid of unwanted hair they’re great. But if you want immediate results right away then laser treatments may be a better solution.

Personally, I’m still a bit undecided about which to go for, have you had experience with either? I’d love to know.

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  • Emma White

    I get fed up of shaving and waxing hurts so these might be worth a try

  • Tori Gabriel

    This was interesting. I’ve always been confused by the various treatments too.

  • With so many choices to make when it comes to hair removal, it’s so helpful to have extra information like this particularly when some of the treatments can be quite pricey.

  • I really want to try laser hair removal, I’m getting so fed up with shaving everyday, it’s just annoying! I have a couple of concerns about IPL though which leaves me undecided. I’ve got a friend whose about to have a few treatments so I can’t wait to hear the results!

    Sarah :)

    Saloca in Wonderland

  • Rhian Westbury

    I’ve had a few IPL sessions on my underarms and have really loved it but I want to try the cool laser for some other areas x

  • Jessica

    This is an enlightenment! I guess I have filtered better the choices now. Thanks for this.

  • This is so helpful, I didn’t look into laser hair removal and I had no idea there are different options. I would love to try it, but I’m reluctant at the same time.

  • Cassandra Mayers

    Ive never had it done and never thought about it, I guess ive always been lucky and never had any hair growing anywhere it shouldn’t. And always managed to keep ontop and never had any shaving problems so never thought about laser hair removal

  • Laura

    I tried out laser hair removal last year and it worked for a few months and then was just as bad as before :(

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Ive always wondered how useful laser hair removal is, ive never had it done, but a friend of mine said it is the best thing she ever did x

  • I stick to old fashioned methods of hair removal but if I had the money I would go for something more permanent.