We’re proud to bring in our new IPL machine for long term hair removal. So should you throw away the razor and waxing strips? No not just yet. Suzanne explains why.
Although IPL treatments are effective – they do not work on all skin types. Firstly let me give you the short summary of how it works. IPL stands for “Intense Pulsed Light”. IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which in the case of hair removal targets pigment. It works in the same way black clothing absorbs heat on a hot day, versus white clothing which reflects it.
The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. It quickly turns to heat which then kills the growing cells that make the hair.
Hair has to be living for it to work, however, in that, we mean it has to be attached to the bulb of growing cells – when you pull out a hair and it has that little jelly bulb around it, it’s one of the 20 to 40 percent of living hair on you body. If you pull it out and it doesn’t, it’s a dead hair which can stay on your skin for up to three weeks. That’s why you need to have up to 6 – 12 treatments of IPL to catch all hairs in their living cycle.