Discover all you need to know about IPL hair removal with this informative post! Learn 10 facts on why this hair removal technology has become increasingly popular.

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About IPL Hair Removal

TL:DR Summary

  • IPL Pain Factor: IPL hair removal can be uncomfortable, but the results are worth it.
  • Not for Everyone: IPL works best for light skin and dark hair, less effective for others.
  • Facial Hair Challenges: IPL is less effective on facial hair due to texture and hormonal factors.
  • Skin Damage Risk: IPL may cause skin damage, especially in darker skin tones.
  • Avoid Plucking/Waxing: Don’t pluck or wax before IPL; it removes the target pigment in hair follicles.
  • Home IPL Option: At-home IPL devices offer convenience but have limitations and safety concerns.
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Facts you didnt know about IPL hair removal

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About IPL Hair Removal

As an Aesthetic Director with a rich background in the aesthetics field, I’ve had the opportunity to delve deep into various hair removal techniques, including Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy. Over the years, through my interactions with clients and continuous research, I’ve gathered some fascinating insights about IPL hair removal that are often overlooked or unknown.

In this article, I’m excited to share 10 intriguing facts about IPL hair removal that might surprise you. These insights stem from my firsthand experiences, discussions with industry experts, and comprehensive studies in the field of aesthetic science. Whether you’re considering IPL for the first time or are just curious about this popular method, these facts will provide a deeper understanding of what IPL is, how it works, and its unique aspects compared to other hair removal techniques.

Stay tuned as we explore these lesser-known facets of IPL hair removal, shedding light on its science, effectiveness, and the nuances that make it a preferred choice for many.

IPL generally requires more treatments in order to remove hair permanently.
 While IPL is a non-invasive and pain-free option for hair removal, some people may experience mild discomfort during the treatment.

Fact 1: IPL Hair Removal can be Painful

At Wellaholic, we understand that unwanted hair can be a frustrating problem for many people. That’s why we offer IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal services that are safe, effective, and long-lasting. While IPL is a non-invasive and pain-free option for hair removal, some people may experience mild discomfort during the treatment.

But don’t worry, our professional staff is well-equipped to adjust the settings to ensure maximum comfort while maintaining effectiveness. Plus, the results of IPL are worth the temporary discomfort, as it can provide significant hair reduction in as little as 6 to 12 sessions.

IPL safely zaps hair, discomfort short-lived, results fast

According to Dr. Dendy Engelman, board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon: “IPL hair removal is a safe and effective way to reduce unwanted hair on most areas of the body. It is important to note that there is some discomfort associated with the treatment, but it is usually mild and temporary. The results are definitely worth it, with most patients seeing significant hair reduction after just a few sessions.”

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Fact 2: IPL Hair Removal does not work for Everyone

At Wellaholic, we understand that choosing the right hair removal method can be a daunting task. That’s why we offer both IPL and SHR hair removal options to cater to all skin types and hair colors. Here’s what you need to know about these two popular hair removal treatments:

IPL Hair Removal:

  • Works best for individuals with lighter skin and darker hair
  • May require more sessions for individuals with darker skin
  • May not be effective for individuals with blonde, white, or red hair

SHR Hair Removal:

  • Effective for all skin types and skin colors, including darker skin tones
  • Uses a different technology than IPL, making it a suitable option for a wider range of individuals
  • Provides long-lasting results with minimal discomfort

Fact 3: IPL Hair Removal works less well on the Face

At Wellaholic, we understand that not all hair removal methods are created equal, and this is particularly true when it comes to facial hair. While IPL hair removal can be an effective solution for many areas of the body, it may not be the best choice for facial hair removal for everyone. Here’s what you need to know:

  • IPL hair removal can be less effective on facial hair: Due to the texture and color of facial hair, IPL may not be as effective at removing facial hair as it is on other parts of the body.
  • Hormonal imbalances can also affect IPL effectiveness: Hormonal imbalances, particularly in women, can cause hair growth on the face that is more resistant to IPL treatment.
  • Other factors can impact IPL results: Factors such as skin type, hair color, and thickness can also affect the effectiveness of IPL hair removal on the face.

Fact 4: IPL Hair Removal May Damage the Skin

Risks of IPL Hair Removal IPL Hair Removal is an effective hair removal method, but it does come with certain risks. One of the potential drawbacks is the risk of skin damage caused by the light energy used during the procedure. This can lead to burns, blisters, and discoloration, particularly in people with darker skin tones. Dr. Whitney Bowe, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City: “IPL can cause skin damage, especially in people with darker skin tones. The most common side effects are hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin). These side effects are usually temporary, but they can be permanent in some cases.”

Minimizing Risks of IPL Hair Removal The good news is that these risks can be minimized by taking proper precautions. Choosing a reputable and experienced provider, following proper aftercare instructions, and ensuring that your skin is not overly tanned or sunburned prior to treatment can all help to reduce the risk of skin damage during IPL hair removal.

Wellaholic’s Approach to IPL Hair Removal At Wellaholic, we prioritize safety and take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of skin damage during IPL hair removal procedures. Our trained staff are experienced in providing safe and effective IPL hair removal treatments. In addition, we offer a range of alternative hair removal methods, including Super Hair Removal (SHR), which uses a lower energy level and is gentler on the skin. So, you can be sure that you are in safe hands when you choose Wellaholic for your hair removal needs.

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Fact 4: Plucking and waxing shouldn’t be done before IPL Hair Removal

At Wellaholic, we want to make sure that you get the best possible results from your IPL hair removal treatments. That’s why we always recommend that you avoid plucking or waxing the area you want to treat before your appointment. Here’s why:

  • IPL targets the pigment in your hair follicles, and if you remove the hair with plucking or waxing, there won’t be any pigment left for the light to target.
  • Plucking and waxing can also irritate the skin and make it more sensitive, which can lead to discomfort during IPL treatment.
  • Furthermore, plucking and waxing can cause inflammation or even scarring of the skin, which can negatively impact the effectiveness of the IPL treatment.

Instead, we recommend that you shave the area or use depilatory creams to remove the hair before your IPL treatment. This will leave the hair shaft intact, allowing the light to target the pigment in the follicle for optimal results. “If you do pluck or wax the area before your laser hair removal session, it is important to wait at least six weeks before your appointment. This gives the hair follicles time to fully recover and produce new hairs, which are the ones that the laser will be targeting.” – Dr. Jeannette Graf, board-certified dermatologist and author of Stop Aging, Start Living: Your Complete Guide to Staying Young at Any Age.

Fact 5: IPL Hair Removal can prevent ingrown hairs

At Wellaholic, we believe in the power of IPL Hair Removal not just for the benefits of smooth and hair-free skin, but also for preventing ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs can be a painful and unsightly problem for many people, especially in areas like the bikini line or underarms. But with IPL Hair Removal, the light energy targets the hair follicle, which reduces the chances of ingrown hairs forming. This is because IPL Hair Removal destroys the hair follicle, preventing it from growing back and potentially becoming ingrown. So, not only can IPL Hair Removal give you the smooth skin you desire, but it can also help you avoid the discomfort and irritation of ingrown hairs. Trust us, your skin will thank you!

An ingrown hair is a strand of hair that grows back into your skin after shaving, tweezing or waxing.

Fact 6: IPL Hair Removal can be done at Home

At-home IPL hair removal devices have become increasingly popular, as they offer a convenient alternative to traditional salon treatments. However, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before investing in an at-home device.


  • Convenience: At-home devices allow you to achieve hair-free skin from the comfort of your own home, saving time and money on salon visits.
  • Cost-effective: Although they may not be as powerful as professional-grade machines, at-home devices are generally more affordable.
  • Privacy: For those who are uncomfortable with receiving hair removal treatments in a salon, at-home devices offer a more private solution.


  • Limitations: At-home devices may not be as effective as professional treatments, especially for those with darker or coarser hair.
  • Safety concerns: Without proper safety procedures, at-home devices can cause harm such as burns or discoloration.
  • Learning curve: To achieve the best results, it’s important to properly familiarize yourself with the device and follow instructions carefully.

Overall, at-home IPL hair removal can be a helpful option for those looking for a more convenient hair removal solution. However, it’s important to keep in mind the limitations and potential risks involved, and to take proper safety precautions when using at-home devices.

Fact 7: IPL Hair Removal was invented in 1997

IPL Hair Removal Technology. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal technology has been around for 25 years. In August 1997, IPL was reported to have permanently removed terminal hair in two patients who underwent multiple treatments to their beards. In October of that year, the first IPL system developed for hair removal resulted in a 60% hair reduction after 12 weeks.

SHR Hair Removal Technology. SHR (Super Hair Removal) is a newer technology as compared to IPL. Developed by Alma Lasers, SHR combines 755nm, 808nm, and 1064nm laser wavelengths to target all skin types. Simultaneous contact cooling prevents burns and allows for a more comfortable treatment. This technology is ideal for skin and hair of all types and causes minimal irritation to the skin. Wellaholic’s SHR Prestige plan allows you hair reduction treatments on all body parts.

At Wellaholic, we offer both IPL and SHR hair removal technologies to cater to your specific needs and preferences. Our experienced professionals can guide you through the process and recommend the best treatment options based on your individual requirements.


Fact 8: Hairs can grow back after IPL hair removal

It’s true that IPL hair removal is not a guarantee for permanent hair removal. While the treatment may reduce hair growth, it does not completely eliminate hair follicles. Some hair may still grow back, albeit finer and sparser. The effectiveness of IPL hair removal varies from person to person, depending on several factors such as hair color, skin tone, and hormonal changes. In some cases, maintenance treatments may be required to achieve optimal results.

Nevertheless, IPL hair removal remains one of the most popular and effective methods for long-term hair reduction. At Wellaholic, our experienced therapists will guide you through the entire process, from pre-treatment preparation to aftercare, to ensure that you get the best possible results from your IPL hair removal treatments.

IPL hair removal not only targets hair follicles but also improves the texture and color of your skin.

Fact 9: IPL can also improve the color and texture of your skin

IPL hair removal not only targets hair follicles but also improves the texture and color of your skin. It can help with various skin issues such as hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and rosacea. IPL emits light energy that penetrates deep into the skin and stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that gives the skin its elasticity and firmness. As collagen increases, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration fade away.

IPL also helps with pore reduction and skin tightening, giving you a smoother, more youthful appearance. According to American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), “Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a non-invasive treatment that uses light energy to improve the appearance of the skin.

IPL can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns, including uneven skin tone, rosacea, age spots, sun damage, and fine lines and wrinkles. IPL works by delivering pulses of light to the skin, which target and destroy melanin-producing cells. This can help to even out the skin tone and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. IPL can also stimulate collagen production, which can improve the overall texture of the skin.”

Fact 10: SHR is much safer and more effective as compared to IPL Hair Removal

At Wellaholic, we prioritize safety and effectiveness in all of our hair removal treatments. That’s why we use Super Hair Removal (SHR) technology, which offers several benefits over traditional IPL hair removal:

Effective and Safe SHR technology gradually delivers heat to the hair follicles using lower energy levels, making it more effective and safer than IPL hair removal. It is virtually pain-free and can be used on all skin types, including tanned or darker skin.

Comfortable Experience IPL delivers higher energy levels, which can result in discomfort and potentially harm the skin. With SHR technology, you can expect a comfortable hair removal experience.

Suitable for All Hair Types IPL hair removal is less effective on fine or light-colored hair. With SHR technology, you can achieve effective hair removal regardless of your hair color or type.

Our experienced therapists at Wellaholic will guide you through the entire process, ensuring that you get the best possible results from your SHR hair removal treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is IPL hair removal and how does it work?

A: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal is a non-invasive procedure that uses light energy to target and damage hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. The light energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, generating heat that disables the follicle.

Is IPL hair removal suitable for all skin types?

A: IPL hair removal is generally effective for light to medium skin tones with dark hair. It may not be as effective on very light or very dark skin tones due to the contrast required between the hair and skin pigment.

Can IPL hair removal be used for facial hair removal?

A: Yes, IPL can be used for facial hair removal on areas such as the upper lip, chin, and cheeks. It is essential to use appropriate settings and precautions when treating facial areas.

Is IPL hair removal considered permanent hair removal?

A: While IPL can provide long-lasting hair reduction, it is not guaranteed to offer permanent results. Maintenance sessions may be necessary to ensure hair stays at bay.

Can IPL hair removal be done for body hair removal?

A: Absolutely, IPL can effectively target body hair on areas such as the legs, arms, underarms, and bikini line. The larger treatment area may require more sessions for optimal results.

Is IPL hair removal the same as SHR (Super Hair Removal)?

A: No, SHR (Super Hair Removal) is an advanced version of IPL that delivers multiple pulses at lower energy levels. This allows for gradual heating of the hair follicle and is known for being more comfortable.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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