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Laser (and IPL) Hair Removal at Salon versus Use of HPL Devices at Home

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light techniques are widely used in salons to get you complete freedom from body hair. In addition, there is also a certain Home Pulsed Light technology that is becoming increasingly popular for its ability to provide with laser level hair removal sessions in comfort of home.

Laser hair removal is a breakthrough permanent body hair reduction method and is widely popular especially amongst those who find frequent waxing and shaving sessions taxing and less effective. In addition to laser, many professional practitioners also make use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology to carry out effective body hair removal. Both the technologies use light energy to disable hair follicles from growing hair without damaging the surrounding skin tissues.

A newer technology called Home Pulsed Light (HPL) is created by scientists at Home Skinovations Ltd. HPL is specially engineered to provide with professional level benefits at home-setting environment. Popular home-based devices such as Silk’n Glide 50,000 and other Silk’n hair removal devices make optimum use of this technology to provide with the desired results.

Both, professional laser treatments and home-based devices have unique set of features and learning about them can help you decide which of the two hair removal options is best suited to your needs.

Laser and IPL

What are they?

Laser hair removal is a process whereby a single concentrated beam of light is directed at the melanin in a particular hair follicle to impair its growth process. IPL on the other hand uses a broad spectrum of light to disrupt body hair growth.

What you should know

  • Laser hair removal and IPL are strictly used in beauty salons and professional clinics. Laser, being a narrow wavelength of light, requires very high energy. Directing such high beam lights to human body can trigger side effects and hence, it is performed only by professionals. IPL technology also uses high energy light pulses and therefore, is not fit for home use.
  • Laser and IPL work best if you have a lighter complexion and darker and thicker hair growth. Candidates with darker skin tone and sun tanned skin are not suitable candidates for these technologies.
  • Depending on the size of the body area you wish to treat, treatment of each area can be carried out in several sittings and can take up to several weeks of time.
  • These technologies possess risk of undesirable side effects.
  • These are expensive techniques.


What is it?

Simply put, HPL is a safer version derived from IPL technology used in salons. Unlike IPL in salons, which uses high levels of energy to clear out your skin of undesired hair, HPL technology in home based devices uses low energy light pulses to provide with equally effective hair reduction benefits. This home version of IPL is specially created to provide you the flexibility of enjoying professional level treatments safely and in the comfort of your home.

What you should know

  • You do not need any professional aid to use HPL devices. These are skilfully designed and can be used easily and as per your own convenience.
  • These work to permanently reduce your body hair at a cost that you can easily afford.
  • These use low energy levels of light pulses and hence are safe for use and do not trigger any potential side effects. With clinically tested HPL devices like Silk’n Glide 150,000, safety features such as in-built skin sensor identifies the skin areas that are too dark to be treated thereby, preventing you from using the device on such areas. Moreover, these only emit pulses when brought to direct contact with skin and thus, eliminates all the chances of you flashing your eyes.
  • Silk’n Glide devices have 5 different energy settings for maximum efficiency.
  • On energy setting 1, these can be used on dark and recently sun-exposed skin. However, if the area is too dark to treat, the in-built sensor will tell you about it. Also, the skin and hair colour chart these devices come with can help you know if you are a suitable candidate or not.
  • These can be used anytime you want but for maximum safe results, use only as recommended in the instructional of the HPL devices.