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The Difference Between Laser and IPL Hair Removal

You’ll find that there are a wide range of options when it comes to light-based hair removal. All methods will leave your skin looking smooth and hair-free but do you know the differences beween IPL and laser removal?

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The difference between Laser and IPL hair removal

The primary difference between laser and IPL is the type of light that is used in the procedure. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a broadband pulsed light source, whereas laser is a monochromatic coherent light source. Both light methods target the melanin in the hair follicle and permanent results can be expected from both. The laser treatment method works by narrowly focusing high energy on the individual hair follicle rather than surrounding skin. Laser will therefore lead to quicker results and be more suitable for clients with darker skin tones. Energy, frequency, and hair colour are all determining factors in the efficacy of the treatment, while the light source, whether it is a laser or an intense pulsed flash light plays only a minor role.

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Monochromatic coherent light source

IPL Removal


Broadband pulse light source

How Does It Work?

Both IPL light and laser impulses are able to reach the root of the hair via the melanin. Stimulating the root in this way has a “damaging” effect after several treatments, leaving the root unable to produce new hair.

What Types of Skin and Hair Colour Perform Best?

Dark hair and fair skin are the best skin and hair types that lead to the most effective removal results.

Is It Possible To Achieve The Same (Or Better) Results At Home?

Professional laser machines are designed specifically for efficacy.  Their lights are more powerful, and more precise than any consumer product.  Client satisfaction for hair removal is higher when receiving this service at a professional clinic.

Laser Hair Removal

Cost: $$$$
How Long It Lasts: Permanent (unless hormonal changes)
Method: Machine
Pros: Permanent/Long Lasting Results


Cost: $$
How Long It Lasts: 4 Weeks
Method: Strips
Hair becomes thinner and less course the more you wax.


Cost: $$$
How Long It Lasts: 4 Weeks
Method: Rolling Ball
Pros: Better for your skin. All natural. Less in-grown hairs.