Mythbusters: Hair Removal vs. Hair Reduction

Whether you’re already well on your journey to smoothville or still waiting to board the hairless express, there’s one thing that we want to make very clear about the IPL process – and that’s your expectations.

More often than not, when people ask us about IPL, they want to know if it really removes all hair on a completely permanent basis. The honest answer – and the answer that any reputable IPL clinic should give you – is both yes and no.

Put simply, IPL guarantees permanent hair reduction rather than removal. This is an important distinction, and we believe that it’s only fair for our clients to understand that factors beyond our (and sometimes their) control can sometimes cause limited hair regrowth, even after successful IPL.

So what causes previously zapped hair to spring back from the dead like a zombie? Well, as we examined in this Mythbusters article, IPL heats the hair bulb, damaging it and causing the hair to fall out. What it doesn’t do it totally remove the follicle, and so from time to time, you may experience some regrowth.

In addition, pregnancy, certain medications and hormonal imbalances like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may stimulate hair growth, including in areas previously treated with IPL.

The good news is that any regrowth will be much finer and lighter than your original hair and is unlikely to appear for many months, if not years after your successful course of IPL treatments. In many cases, the hair never reappears at all, meaning that you continue to enjoy super-smooth results for years to come.

If you experience regrowth, a quick follow-up IPL session is usually enough to tame any stragglers, having you silky again in no time at all.

It’s time to check in on beauty blogger Rachel Read of Through The Looking Glass, who’s now on her third session of IPL sessions with STRIP. Here’s how she’s getting on…

So here’s where my testimonials start to get a bit boring… because frankly it’s yet more of the same awesomeness with each session!

Following my third round of IPL treatments, the amount of hair left on my lower legs is so minimal that I’ve already thrown away my disposable razors. However, it is worth mentioning that as I have fair skin with dark hair, I’m one of the most responsive types of candidate for IPL (as explained in this Mythbusters article) – so I’m definitely one of the lucky ones!

There are still a few last stragglers around my right knee; it’s worth remembering that with IPL, the hair on your legs doesn’t grow back evenly, so don’t be worried if you are also left with a few random patches. I’m already looking forward to the rest of my sessions and saying hello to totally hairless legs soon!