Ultimate Guide: IPL & Diode Laser Hair Removal

Understanding laser hair removal and, more importantly, the differences between IPL and diode laser hair removal is essential. Whilst the treatments themselves may be non-evasive, preparing yourself by doing research and being armed with as much information as possible can only be a good thing. As they say, knowledge is power. Natural Beauty take a look at the differences between IPL and diode and provide you with the ultimate guide on all you need to know about laser hair removal.

What exactly is laser hair removal?

First and foremost, understanding what’s involved and what you can expect from laser hair removal is fundamental. In a nutshell, laser hair removal is a process that uses wavelengths of light targeted to the hair follicle and, in particular, the melanin surrounding it to destroy it, thereby preventing regrowth.

Is laser hair removal a permanent solution?

Many people believe that laser hair removal is a permanent solution to unwanted hair. However, the results achieved will depend on your specific situation, and your therapist will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment. Most clients that opt for laser hair removal report a 90% reduction in hair regrowth, but ultimately hormones can make hair grow again. Even after the end of the entire course of treatments recommended, you may require top-up sessions.

Understanding Diode laser hair removal

Diode is a laser hair removal process that produces a single wavelength of light that directly focuses on the hair follicle and the melanin surrounding it while avoiding the surrounding tissue. As the melanin heats up, it destroys the follicle, disabling hair growth. The Natural Beauty Salon are proud to offer diode laser hair removal, which is great for all skin types, but especially recommended for Asian skin because the diode is so focused on targeting the hair follicle.

Understanding IPL laser hair removal

IPL or intense pulsed light technology is technically not a laser system but more an intense pulsed light, as the name suggests. Unlike the diode process, it uses a wide range of wavelengths of light that focuses energy around the hair area, ultimately heating the hair follicle to prevent regrowth. Whilst IPL is suitable for the majority of skin types; it is not recommended for Asian skin.

How many treatments will I need?

A consultation with your therapist will determine how many treatments are likely to be needed, but typically 6 to 9 sessions are required, with additional ongoing top-up treatments possible. It will depend on your hair density, skin type, and the area treated. As your hair reaches its growth stage at different times, several sessions are required to ensure every hair follicle is targeted. The number of treatments needed will also depend on which hair removal process you opt for. The diode laser removal system focuses specifically on the hair follicle, so treatment time and the number of treatments needed will likely be less than using the IPL technology. Typically, IPL hair removal will require additional sessions simply because its process is less focused.


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