Does IPL Hair Removal Get Rid of Hair Permanently

Permanently Hair-Free: Does IPL Hair Removal Really Work?

TL:DR Summary

  • IPL Hair Removal Explained: Uses intense light pulses to damage hair follicles, reducing hair growth.
  • Effective on Dark Hair: Targets dark pigment in hair, ideal for darker hair types.
  • Not Completely Permanent: Offers significant hair reduction, not total permanence; maintenance treatments may be needed.
  • SHR Technology: Super Hair Removal (SHR) combines IPL and laser benefits, suitable for all skin types.
  • Laser Hair Removal: Kills hair follicles in active growth cycles, requires multiple treatments.
  • Maintenance Sessions: Occasional follow-up sessions ensure long-lasting results, tailored to individual needs.
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Facts you didnt know about IPL hair removal

Introduction: Does IPL Hair Removal Get Rid of Hair Permanently?

As an Aesthetic Director, I have explored different hair removal techniques, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a popular topic among clients and professionals. The question often arises: “Does IPL hair removal really work for permanent hair reduction?”

IPL can effectively benefit many people, based on my experience with clients and industry research. However, its effectiveness depends on factors such as hair colour, skin type, and the specific area being treated.

In this article, I will talk about IPL hair removal, including how well it works, which skin types it’s good for, and what results to expect.

In 2022, we reached out to 38 of our valued customers to get their honest feedback on our services. 95% of them preferred our laser and SHR hair removal treatments to IPL due to their gentle effect on the skin and reduced irritation.

Customers Speak: Why 95% Prefer Wellaholic’s Gentle Hair Removal (Straw Poll 2022)

In 2022, we reached out to 38 of our valued customers to get their honest feedback on our services. 95% of them preferred our laser and SHR hair removal treatments to IPL due to their gentle effect on the skin and reduced irritation. This insight is a testament to Wellaholic’s commitment to providing top-notch, customer-approved beauty solutions.

SHR is considered one of the best diode laser hair removal treatments in Singapore because of its effectiveness and compatibility with various skin types

Can IPL, SHR or Laser Hair Removal Permanently Remove Hair?

I have over ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. During this time, I have witnessed many customers’ journey to achieve smooth and hair-free skin. At Wellaholic, we often get asked whether IPL, SHR, or Laser Hair Removal can permanently remove hair. These treatments greatly reduce hair growth but usually do not lead to permanent hair removal.

Efficacy of Different Laser Treatments in Hair Reduction

Studies have shown that treatments like the Tria laser can lead to a significant reduction in hair—about 41 percent after six months. Similarly, IPL has been successful across various skin types, with an average hair reduction of 72 percent after three months. Comparing different technologies, a study found that after three treatments, Alexandrite, diode, and Nd: YAG lasers resulted in 70.3%, 59.7%, and 47.4% hair reduction, respectively. However, it’s important to note that these results are not permanent. Maintenance treatments are often needed to keep the skin smooth over time.

The Superiority of SHR Diode Laser in Long-Term Hair Reduction

Laser hair removal remains the gold standard in our industry due to its precision and semi-permanent results. It’s particularly effective for individuals with light skin and dark hair, but advancements in technology have made it a viable option for those with darker skin as well. While IPL offers benefits and are sometimes marketed as more comfortable, they may not provide the same level of precision or long-term results as laser treatments such as SHR diode laser.

 light source heats and destroys hair follicles in the skin, which disrupts hair growth.

What is IPL Hair Removal?

IPL hair removal is a game-changer in the world of hair removal. It’s a non-invasive procedure that uses light to target the hair follicles, causing them to go into a resting phase. This results in the hair you have falling out, and your body growing less hair in that area over time. The smoothness lasts for weeks, and after a few treatments, you can enjoy up to 8 weeks of freedom from hair.

IPL works by targeting the pigment in the hair, which is called melanin. The light is absorbed by the melanin, which stimulates the hair to go into its resting phase. This leaves you with smooth, hair-free skin.

IPL is a safe and effective method for hair removal, but it’s important to note that it’s not suitable for everyone. It works best on fair to medium-brown skin tones and dark hair. It’s not recommended for people with black skin or light blonde or red hair

While IPL is a great option for hair removal, it’s not a one-time treatment. You’ll need to do several treatments, typically every 4-8 weeks, to maintain the results.

IPL is a popular choice because it’s less painful than waxing or sugaring and doesn’t require downtime. However, it’s not completely painless, and some people may experience mild discomfort during the treatment.

Is IPL Hair Removal Permanent?

As an industry expert with over a decade of experience, I can confidently say that IPL hair removal is not a permanent solution, but it offers long-lasting results. Through my interactions with clients at Wellaholic and Laser Clinics Australia, I’ve seen firsthand how IPL can significantly reduce hair growth by up to 95% with multiple treatments. However, some regrowth is expected as the hair follicles can recover over time.

The Longevity of IPL and Laser Hair Removal Treatments

The key is to complete the full treatment course, typically 6-8 sessions spaced 4-8 weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. While maintenance treatments may be needed every 1-2 years, IPL provides a more permanent reduction compared to shaving or waxing. Laser hair removal is an effective method for getting smooth, hair-free skin that lasts for years. It is considered the best option for permanent hair removal.

The SHR process is more mild on the skin, making it excellent for sensitive areas such as Brazilian Hair Removal

IPL hair removal is more ideal for dark hair types

IPL hair removal is a popular choice for those looking to get rid of unwanted body and facial hair, especially for those with darker hair. The treatment works by emitting a light that targets the dark pigment in the hairs, causing them to absorb heat energy and weaken. This leads to thinner hairs and, over time, a reduction in hair growth.

One of the key benefits of IPL is its effectiveness on darker hairs. It’s particularly suited for individuals with darker hair and lighter skin, as the contrast between the hair and skin color helps the IPL device to target the hair more effectively. However, IPL devices are not suitable for darker skin tones due to the risk of burning the skin.

IPL sessions are relatively quick compared to other hair removal methods, and most people require six to eight treatments to achieve permanent results. The treatment is also less painful than other methods like waxing or threading, and the recovery time after the session is minimal.

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.

What is SHR Hair Removal?

As someone with over a decade of experience in the aesthetics industry, I’ve seen many advancements in hair removal technology. One method that stands out is SHR or Super Hair Removal. It’s a game-changer that offers a safe, effective, and virtually pain-free solution for permanent hair reduction.

SHR uses gentle pulses of light to gradually heat the hair follicles, damaging them and preventing future growth. What makes it unique is that it targets both the hair pigment and the stem cells responsible for hair production. This dual-targeting approach makes SHR effective on all hair types, from fine to coarse.

Wellaholic’s Recommendation: SHR for Sensitive Areas

At Wellaholic, we often recommend SHR to our clients, especially for sensitive areas like Brazilian hair removal. The gradual heating method ensures minimal discomfort, making it a comfortable experience even in delicate regions.

One of the biggest advantages of SHR is its suitability for all skin tones, including tanned and darker complexions. Traditional laser hair removal can be risky for these skin types, but SHR’s gentle approach eliminates the risk of burns or pigmentation issues.

Quick Sessions, Long-Lasting Results: The Advantage of SHR

The treatment itself is quick and efficient, with sessions lasting anywhere from 10 minutes for small areas to an hour for larger regions like the back or legs. And the best part? There’s virtually no downtime, so you can resume your daily activities immediately after the treatment.

While multiple sessions are required for optimal results, the long-lasting effects of SHR make it a worthwhile investment. Many of our clients achieve significant, permanent hair reduction after completing the recommended course of treatments.

Advantages of SHR Hair Removal over IPL Hair Removal

The table below summarises the advantages of SHR hair removal over IPL hair removal:

Comparison table showing the advantages of SHR (Super Hair Removal) over IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal

Please note that the number of sessions needed for SHR depends on various factors such as the area treated, the hair density, the hair growth cycle, and the individual response.

Most people need multiple laser hair removal treatments to achieve desired results. Treatment frequency depends on the individual's hair growth cycles. Typically, treatments are scheduled 4-6 weeks apart.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal devices work by killing the hair follicle. But hair grows in cycles, and the lasers only damage follicles during an active cycle of hair growth. So it takes multiple treatments, about a month apart, to completely stop hair from regrowing. 

You might need a maintenance treatment every year or so to keep stray hairs from cropping up

For some people, laser hair removal treatment is not entirely permanent. You might need a maintenance treatment every year or so to keep stray hairs from cropping up. After your laser session, the growth of new hair will be less noticeable. However, even though laser treatments damage hair follicles, they’re not destroyed completely. Over time, the treated follicles may recover from the initial damage and grow hair again. Many women suffer from the frustrating and embarrassing problem of ingrown hair, and this can be treated with laser hair removal.

Please see the table for the effectiveness of laser hair removal on different body parts.

Body PartEffectiveness of Laser Hair Removal
FaceVery effective
UnderarmsVery effective
LegsVery effective
Bikini areaVery effective
Feet and toesNot very effective
Effectiveness of Laser Hair Removal on Different Body Parts
At Wellaholic, we use as many shots as needed for the most effective SHR permanent hair removal. SHR Unlimited Plan allows you hair removal on unlimited body parts.

Whether it’s IPL, SHR or Laser Hair Removal, There is a Caveat

As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic in Singapore, I’ve seen firsthand the transformative effects of hair removal treatments on our clients. While IPL, SHR, and Laser Hair Removal are often marketed as “permanent” hair removal solutions, it’s crucial to understand that these treatments only reduce the number of unwanted hairs in a given area. They don’t completely eliminate hair growth.

For instance, a clinical trial with the Silk’N home hair removal device found an average hair reduction of 72% after three months of treatment, but this doesn’t mean the hair was gone for good. Similarly, a study comparing Alexandrite, Diode, and Nd: YAG lasers after three treatments showed a reduction in hair of 70.3%, 59.7%, and 47.4% respectively, but this doesn’t equate to permanent removal.

The Mayo Clinic also confirms that while laser hair removal effectively delays hair growth for long periods, it doesn’t result in permanent hair removal. This is because hair growth is a dynamic process influenced by factors like the hair growth cycle and androgen status, which can impact the longevity of the result.

Therefore, while these treatments can significantly reduce hair growth, they are not a one-time fix for unwanted hair. Clients should be aware that maintenance treatments may be necessary to sustain the desired level of hair reduction.

From what I've observed, the success of IPL largely depends on individual factors like hair color, skin type, and the treatment's adherence to the right protocols. While it may not result in complete permanent hair removal for everyone, many individuals experience a significant reduction in hair growth that can be long-lasting.


From what I’ve observed, the success of IPL largely depends on individual factors like hair color, skin type, and the treatment’s adherence to the right protocols. While it may not result in complete permanent hair removal for everyone, many individuals experience a significant reduction in hair growth that can be long-lasting.

It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that multiple sessions are usually required for optimal results. Additionally, I always emphasize the importance of consulting with a qualified professional who can provide personalized advice based on one’s unique skin and hair characteristics.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is IPL hair removal, and how does it work?

A: IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, hair removal is a non-invasive method that uses light energy to target hair follicles. The light energy is absorbed by the hair pigment, which then heats up and damages the follicle, inhibiting future hair growth.

Is IPL hair removal really effective for achieving permanent hair reduction?

A: IPL hair removal can lead to long-lasting hair reduction, but it might not result in complete permanent hair removal for everyone. Results can vary based on individual factors such as hair color, skin tone, and hormonal influences.

How many sessions of IPL hair removal are typically needed to see noticeable results?

A: Multiple sessions are usually required to achieve noticeable and lasting results with IPL hair removal. The exact number of sessions depends on factors like the treatment area, hair thickness, and the individual’s response to the treatment.

Can IPL hair removal be used for facial hair removal?

A: Yes, IPL hair removal can be used for facial hair removal. It’s effective for areas like the upper lip, chin, and cheeks. However, caution is needed around the eyes and eyebrows due to the sensitivity of the skin.

Is IPL hair removal a safe procedure?

A: When performed by trained professionals, IPL hair removal is generally considered safe. However, there might be some side effects like temporary redness or mild discomfort during the treatment.

Can you achieve permanent hair removal at home using IPL devices?

A: Yes, there are IPL devices available for home use. However, professional treatments at established clinics like Wellaholic tend to offer more powerful and effective results due to the expertise and technology they provide.

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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