Difference between IPL & Laser Hair Removal

IPL and laser hair removal are both long-term procedures for reducing hair growth. They work in similar ways, and can both be very effective. In addition, both treatment methods can significantly reduce the growth speed of remaining hairs, as well as hair thickness.

ipl hair removal

Home IPL (intense pulse light technology) hair removal devices apply very gentle pulses of light to the hair root. This makes the hair go into its resting phase: the hair falls out, and gradually grows less in that area. 

IPL uses broad spectrum of light with multiple / scattered wavelengths of light,  which has more unfocused energy around the hair and skin area.  It is also a gentle and effective treatment for those suffering from rosacea and facial flushing, as well as for hair removal.

laser hair removal

Laser hair removal, on the other hand, uses laser beam which precisely control pulses of energy.  This laser energy targets the melanin or pigment in the hair, reaching into right down to the bottom of the root.  It safely destroys hair without damaging surrounding tissue or skin. 

This hair removal treatment can achieve much quicker results than IPL because single hairs are heated to damaging temperatures quicker. laser hair removal can be more suited to people who have darker skin. This is because darker skin also absorbs more light than paler skin due to the amount of melanin (pigment) it contains, like darker hairs absorb more light than paler hairs. 

Both hair removal options require up to four to eight treatments to see complete removal of hair. However, this also depends on the person’s skin color, hair color and also the thickness of the hair.

Can we use either of these treatment on the face?

Both hair removal treatments are techniques that are suitable for use on the female face. However, neither should be used on the scalp or eyebrows. Glare of the light during treatment may damage your sight. Therefore, it is important to use sufficient eye protection whenever you are using IPL or laser hair removal, even if you are not treating your face.

Choosing between the two is a personal choice.  To help you decide which is better for you, here are the benefits of both hair removal treatment:


  • Used to treat multiple conditions
  • Cheaper
  • Session times can be quicker
  • Can be more suited to paler hair


  • More suitable for darker skin
  • Quicker Results
  • Often fewer sessions are required
  • More precise

Checkout our IPL Hair Removal Handset which can be used at your convenience at home without paying a hefty sum at the spa.

Leave a comment

Shopping cart