What is IPL Laser Hair Removal

I’ve assembled some questions you might have when you’re new to Laser Hair Removal. If you do have any questions left after reading this post, leave a comment down below! I will get back to you asap:)

So what is IPL laser hair removal and how does it work?

First off, IPL is short for Intense Pulse Light. And what this does in relation to Laser Hair Removal is; the IPL flash, which is visible to the naked eye but can also be damaging to your eyes, goes into the skin. So make sure, when you’re using any IPL at-home device, to wear tinted glasses to protect your eyes from the laser light.

How does the IPL cause hair removal?

So now you know what IPL stands for but you’re wondering how it actually works? Ok, the laser flash we just talked about goes into the skin and will be absorbed by the (darker) hair follicle. The heat from the laser will destroy the hair follicle (the little hair sack at the end of the hair root). Sometimes the hair follicle doesn’t completely die the first time around. And because our hair normally grows so tight together the laser will get to most of them but maybe not all of them. This is why you have to get multiple treatments before your hair doesn’t grow back again.

Is the hair gone forever? 

You’d think so right? with a name like laser hair removal, you’re expecting it to completely remove any sign of hair growth. And when it’s done properly and you’re not going through any life changes this can be true for you. But oer time we might go through life changes like; getting pregnant or going on or off the pill, or any other hormone related changes. These changes will have an effect on your body’s hair production. Some of these changes will boost your hair production and restore some of the previously destroyed hair follicles. Even if your not really going through any changes. Keeping up with the treated area will be a life time type a thing. I have treated my bikini area and legs. And although there’s nary a hair in sight, I do feel tiny little blonde fuzz-like hairs peek through every now and then. Meaning that my body is sort of recovering some of the hair follicles.

So what do they use in clinics?

In clinics they use more intense lasers than IPL. There are several different types of professional lasers out there.

There are 5 main types of lasers:


Most painful laser and similar effectiveness to the Alexandrite. But the Diode is more painful because the laser goes deeper into the skin than other lasers so it might be more painful but equally more effective also in the long term. So if you don’t hurt easily or know that your skin isn’t too sensitive this laser will b e very effective on you. I didn’t like it. it hurt like hell haha, especially you know, down there..


This laser is most effective to treat the larger body areas like: back, legs & arms. Also this laser is most successful on light skin tones. This laser is less painful than the Diode laser.


This long pulsed laser is the only laser truly the most effective for people with darker colored skin tones. It’s even said to be less effective on light skin tones with blonde or red hairs. Because the laser goes so deep into the skin people do report that it can be quite painful. The long-pulsed 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser is a safe and effective method of long-term hair removal for people with darker skin tones.

Cutera CoolGlide

Like I already once mentioned this laser uses a cooling method through 2 adjustments. 1, it uses cold air simultaneously with the hot laser flash so you don’t feel much of the burning sensation & 2, the laser technician will put gel on the treatment area which also cools it down. This Cutera CoolGlide Laser they use in clinics is the BEST laser for ALL skin types. Compared to the Nd:YAG and Diode a lot less painful. I’ve had treatments with all 3 of them and the CoolGlide is by far the least painful laser out there.


This is the oldest type of laser on the market. It works only on light skin tones and CANOT be used on darker or even sun-tanned skin tones.

Should I choose an in-clinic treatment or at-home device?

Last but not least, you might be wondering which treatment you should choose? The in-clinic one or at-home IPL one. To keep it as simple and straight forward as possible this is my opinion:

  • Do you want fast results, no hassle & have enough money saved up? The go for the In-Clinic Treatments. 
  • If you don’t want to spend hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars on in-clinic treatments or just want to be able to get laser hair treatment in the comfort of your own home? Then Go for an Ath-Home IPL laser Tool.

Help me choose

One more element you might want to keep in mind is the difference between cheaper & more expensive At-Home IPL Laser HR tools. The more expensive devices are usually a little more effective in a shorter amount of time. So basically; if you have no patience go for in-clinic treatments. If you have a little patience go for an at-home IPL laser from around $200-$400 dollars. And if you have all the patience go for an at-home IPL laser from around $60-$150.


Always read the reviews (here on this website) or under the product description on Amazon or visit the website to get a little bit more information about it.



So in essence that’s it. You either get fast, amazing results or equally great results over a longer period of time.

Thank You

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Thanks again and hopefully I’ll see you back soon!

X- Iris G.


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