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10 Facts IPL Hair Removal

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About IPL Hair Removal

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About IPL Hair Removal

IPL works thanks to a pigment in hair called melanin: much like a dark sheet on a hot day, the melanin helps the hair absorb the light from the flashes, stimulating it to go into its resting phase. This leaves you with smooth, hair-free skin. If you are considering IPL hair removal, you might want to learn more about these 10 interesting facts on IPL hair removal.

IPL generally requires more treatments in order to remove hair permanently.

Fact 1: IPL Hair Removal can be Painful

The amount of pain from IPL hair removal depends on the skin type and area being treated. The sensation is described to be as a rather painful tingling. The feeling can be compared to the sting of a rubber band on the skin. Pain is proportional to the hair type. The thicker and the darker the hair is, the more painful it can become. In these days, there are other technologies such as SHR hair removal which is less painful than IPL hair removal.

Fact 2: IPL Hair Removal does not work for Everyone

The IPL hair removal is typically more effective where the contrast between skin and hair color is more obvious and differentiated. For best results, white skin and black hair is ideal. For dark skin, hair removal with the last generation devices is possible, but requires a few more sessions than for lighter skin. And hair removal is ineffective for people who have blond, white or red hair. Generally, if you have darker skin, do opt for SHR hair removal, which uses a different technology and hence is effective for all skin types and skin colours.

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

Due to the longer hair growth cycle for the face, it will take more hair removal sessions to achieve permanent hair removal for the face. When used for hair removal specifically, IPL usually requires six to eight treatments to see a complete removal of hair in an area, but relatively more treatments are needed for hair removal in the facial area.

Fact 4: IPL Hair Removal damages the Skin

IPL Hair Removal targets the hair follicles and not the skin. However, there are possible causes that may lead to damaged skin. This includes the incompetence of the practitioner, defective devices, and if you do not take the precautionary measures given by your doctor. Hence, if you are choosing IPL hair removal, always choose an experienced practitioner for your IPL zaps. Otherwise, opt for SHR hair removal, which is less intense but in higher frequency – making SHR hair removal more gentle on the skin, with less pain and irritation.

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

If you pluck or wax the hair before the procedure, IPL will have no target. This is because IPL hair removal fully relies on the melanin (the black pigment of the hair) to target the hair follicle. Without this, the effectiveness of IPL hair removal will be limited. However, you will be advised to shave the hair two days before the treatment. This is because if the hair to be treated is long, it can be painful.

Fact 5: IPL Hair Removal can prevent ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs occur where the uneven or sharp tip of a regrowing hair grows back into the skin. This results in a trapped hair under the skin that continues growing, which can be very painful and uncomfortable. And it can be especially uncomfortable when it leads to skin irritation like pimples or an inflammation of the hair follicle. IPL hair removal, by preventing hair growth, will prevent ingrown hairs.

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

There are IPL devices that can be used at home. However, there may be differences in the effects. The results may never be as successful as with professional practitioner, due to the limitations of the energy level (e.g. home devices are not powerful enough to send adequate energy to your hair follicles for permanent hair removal). But taking precautions and proper procedure might save you. It is always better to get yourself familiar with the device you are using.

Fact 7: IPL Hair Removal was invented in 1997

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 and resulted in 60% hair reduction after 12 weeks.

Because of this, IPL hair removal technology is 25 years old! Since there, there has been other hair removal technologies. For example, SHR hair removal  technology 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. In addition, simultaneous contact cooling prevents burns and allows for a more comfortable treatment. This 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.


Fact 8: Hairs can grow back after IPL hair removal

IPL hair removal can also only treat active hairs (in the ‘anagen’ cycle). So after a course of IPL hair removal, we will have destroyed the suitable treated follicle’s and they will never grow back, but there is a strong possibility that a brand new follicle may activate or follicles, not in the ‘anagen’ phase will still grow. This is the reason why multiple sessions are needed for permanent hair removal.

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

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, aka photofacial, is a way to improve the color and texture of your skin without surgery. It can undo some of the visible damage caused by sun exposure — called photoaging. You may notice it mostly on your face, neck, hands, or chest.

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

Because of the gradual accumulation of the energy into the skin, there is less trauma and irritation on the skin – making SHR hair removal ideal and suitable for everyone, regardless of skin tone and even for customers with sensitive skin. In fact, SHR is often considered to be one of the best laser hair removal treatments in Singapore given the various technologies. SHR hair removal is very ideal for Brazilian Hair Removal as it is more gentle on the skin. 

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SHR’s Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) In-Motion laser hair removal technology is a breakthrough in customer comfort and effectiveness of treatments. SHR or Super Hair Removal technology heats the skin gently through the melanin and the stem cells with low energy but high frequency. SHR uses only 50% of the energy for permanent hair removal. The remaining 50% is absorbed into the stem cells responsible for hair production.

SHR technology is newer and more effective than IPL hair removal. SHR causes minimal pain due to the cool touch laser hair removal methodology as compared to IPL. SHR can cover all parts of the body such as hair removal for face, arms, legs, underarms, etc. SHR causes less discomfort as compared to IPL hair removal. SHR is also suitable for all hair types and skin tones as compared to IPL, making it an effective means for permanent hair reduction.

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Pricing of SHR Hair Removal Treatments by Wellaholic 

Wellaholic believes in providing pricing transparency, and hence all prices are published and updated on its website. Choose from unlimited monthly hair removal plans (with unlimited SHR hair removal shots) for unlimited body parts, or choose from per-session hair removal price plans. Wellaholic’s hair removal prices are generally divided into the following categories: 

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