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Hair Removal 101: Is Laser Right for You?


The multi-billion dollar hair removal industry is always changing and improving; according to the American Laser Center, the average woman will spend roughly 58 days and $15,000 on temporary solutions dedicated to removing arm, leg, and facial hair over the course of her lifetime. Think about all the time and money that could be saved with more effective, efficient solutions!

For some people, temporary solutions like waxing, sugaring, or threading get the job done. However, many are on the hunt for more permanent solutions like laser treatment or IPL.

Which of these treatments are right for you?

How Laser Works

Laser hair removal uses an intensely concentrated beam of light to zap hair follicles. The energy is focused and extremely precise, giving some incredible results to most patients. Technicians adjust laser settings for different skin and hair types, ensuring that hair removal is optimized each and every session. Regardless of skin tone.

Some lasers work better for certain skin types than others; for example: the ruby laser (the first laser that received FDA approval for permanent hair reduction) works well on lighter skin and fine hair, but is generally does not work well with darker skin tones. The Nd:YAG laser, referred to as the ‘gold standard’ of laser treatments, can treat a wider range of skin tones.

The science behind laser hair removal sounds complicated, but the process is actually pretty simple. Selective photothermolysis targets only the follicle without damaging the skin around it. When the heat is absorbed by the hair’s melanin, the follicle is destroyed.

How IPL Works

First things first: IPLs are not lasers. In fact, these devices can be purchased for at-home use for those who prefer to zap hair away in the privacy of their own home. IPL machines used during treatment produce a broad spectrum of light wavelengths that are not as accurate as lasers, as they cannot be focused in the same way. Only certain beam wavelengths are effective for hair reduction on certain skin types, making treatment less effective in the short term. However, the ability to purchase at-home units is very convenient.

IPLs target the melanin inside the hair follicle. The melanin soaks up the light, which damages the follicle and inhibits the hair growth cycle. Just like with laser treatments, hair and skin color are important factors to consider when undergoing IPL therapy. Intense pulsed light typically works best on clients with light skin and dark hair, and does not always provide ideal results for darker skinned clients.

Alternative Options


The most gentle of all hair removal techniques, threading is very popular in the Middle East and throughout China. It is very precise and safe for all skin types. Best of all, proper threading reduces hair regrowth in the long-term, meaning you won’t have to keep heading back!


This safe and convenient option doesn’t strip away layers of skin with unwanted hair, making it a great choice for those with sensitive skin. Also, the mixture doesn’t dry after application, so you can say goodbye to the ‘dipping and stripping’ of waxing treatments!

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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