IPL Hair Removal or Laser Hair Removal: Know the Difference In Methods

IPL Hair Removal or Laser Hair Removal: Know the Difference In Methods

Nowadays you’ll find a wide range of devices and salon services for light-based hair removal. All methods will leave your skin smooth and hair-free, yet how do you decide between laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal methods?

The difference between Laser and IPL hair removal

The key difference between laser and IPL is the type of light. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a broadband pulsed light source, whereas laser is a monochromatic coherent light source. Both methods target the melanin in the hair follicle and permanent results can be expected from both. Professional laser treatment is working more selective and therefore the very high energy will focus on the hair follicle rather than surrounding skin. Therefore, Professional laser will lead to fast results as well as being suitable to 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 flashlight plays a minor role. Read more about Braun IPL hair removal machine.

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Laser Hair Removal

Monochromatic Coherent Light Source

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IPL Hair Removal Method

Broadband pulsed light source

The Methods

Both IPL light and laser impulses reach the root of the hair via the melanin. This stimulation has a ‘damaging’ effect on the root and after a few treatment sessions, will inhibit the root to produce new hair. Dark hair and fair skin are the perfect combination to get the most effective results.

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Are Hair Removal Salons Worth It?

Which do you prefer, hair removal at home or in a salon? Doing it yourself at home will save time, yet you’ll have to do it more regularly to begin with. Having hair removal treatment in a salon requires the know-how from a professional and can lead to faster results. In either case, results will be similar – a considerable reduction in body hair.

Check out the Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 PL5137 IPL Hair Removal Device.


The only IPL with an intelligent SensoAdapt™ skin tone sensor

Continuously reads your skin tone and adapts the intensity for a safe, most effective treatment.

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