Updated on April 5, 2018 6.27PM by Gabby
The question of whether laser or IPL is better, is a often view as a ‘grey area’ within the beauty world and is generally open for debate. But in today’s blog post, you will find out which method will actually remove hair permanently for you!
If you haven’t read it yet, you need to read my blog post about: Top 5 At-Home Hair Removal Machines
If you ask one beauty therapist, they will swear that Laser is better for hair removal. Others believe the IPL gives better results for hair removal. I guess at the end of the day each therapist will only promote the type of machine they have in their business to ensure their clients are happy with their results.
Basically, BOTH Laser and IPL will remove hair, but one is more efficient than the other. But in different scenarios!
But what about when it comes to home hair removal machines?
On the market exists, both Laser systems and IPL systems to buy and remove your unwanted hair at home. So which one do you pick? (See the Recommended Safe & FDA Approved Machines Here)
Basically, the best advice I can give is this; it all depends on the type of skin you have and the type of hair that you have. Read on for what I mean exactly….
The results will differ for each person and that is why we all need a different number of sessions. This is the same based on Laser vs IPL. For example, read my blog post about all Laser and IPL FAQ’s, such as ‘How Many Treatments of Laser or IPL Will I Need’ for a better understanding of where I’m coming from.
The easiest way to remember the difference is that laser machines work best with dark coarse hair. The ideal combination for permanent hair reduction, whether it is IPL or Laser is the light skin and dark hair combination. If you have this combination, you are a winner and if you do either IPL or Laser for permanent hair removal you will yield impressive results. However, if you don’t, don’t worry, because you can still do IPL hair removal at home (refer to the link above for the Top 5 Machines to read which one you can use or under Gabby’s Helpful Tips below!).
In one of my posts I have already written about what the difference between IPL and Laser is, and in this post I have kind of alluded to what machine is better but I am going to go into more detail here.
Based on the fact that Laser machines provide a single spectrum of concentrated light directly to the hair follicle, it goes without saying that more light energy that penetrates the hair instead of the surrounding skin tissue, the better. Therefore, the thicker your hair, the less effective an IPL machine becomes in removing unwanted hair. Another argument against using IPL machines for darker skin people is that there is a higher risk than lasers in regards to burns and pigmentation to the skin (however, you can avoid burns, and any skin injuries, by using these products here).
Although I have said in my previous article that both Laser and IPL machines can produce pigmentation you need to ensure that you use the best machine for the right hair colour and skin colour that you have.
Which is Better?
Overall, Laser machines are more effective for permanent hair reduction as they create more heat and light energy which is directly concentrated to the hair follicle, therefore yielding better, longer lasting results for permanent hair reduction with the chance of lower side effects. Because there is less heat being absorbed by the dark skin surrounding the follicle as opposed to IPL machines, there is a decreased risk of burning and/or pigmentation occurring.
When we refer to Laser, we are referring to this machine here. It is the best laser machine to use at home.
When we refer to IPL, we are referring to this machine here. It is the best IPL machine to use at home.
In saying this however, I am of Italian heritage and I guess that you need to read my reviews for both Laser and IPL machines for yourself to ensure you purchase the right machine. I yield good results with both Laser and IPL so I don’t really have a favourite at the moment between the two. Like I have said before, I have a different machine for different areas of the body as you would all know that the hair under our underarms is different to facial hair and pubic region hair.
Gabby’s Top Tips:
- My Recommended Machine for Laser Home Hair Removal is the Tria Laser 4X (read my review about it here)
- My Recommended Machine for IPL Home Hair Removal is the Remington iLight (NEW!) (read my review about it here)
- Other Safety Products You Need to Reduce Skin Injury: IPL & Laser Accessories
- If you have Dark Skin, you can only use this machine HERE (read my review about it here)
- If you have Red or Blonde Hair, you can only use this machine HERE (read my review about it here)