Thanks to both advances in technology and miniaturization of hair removal devices, hair removal at home is finally becoming accessible to individuals with depilator devices based on intense pulsed light or IPL technology.
Advances in Technology
Several permanent hair removal devices exist. They provide long lasting depilation with professional results and are safe, painless and less expensive than beauty centers or medical offices.
However, since these devices are using the technology of intense pulsed light or strobe light, derived from that used in medical offices and beauty salons, make sure you have read the corresponding IPL depilation page as well as the tips below.
Is Permanent Hair Removal at Home the Right Treatment for me?
Also used in beauty centers, these new IPL hair removal devices are particularly effective on dark hair and white skin. However, they are not so effective on white hair, red, light blond and dark skin but they remain acceptable.
All areas of the body can be flashed such as legs, breast, chest, back, arms, underarms, hands, stomach, bikini, except the face.
Are There Warnings for IPL Hair Removal Devices?
To ensure safe operation, these devices should not be used on pregnant women, on varicose veins, scars, moles or tattoos. You should avoid sun exposure a few weeks before and after depilation sessions so your skin remains without unwanted long-lasting marks.
It is also important to know that between each hair removal session, the traditional hair removal techniques are prohibited; only the razor may be used.
How Much do Home Permanent Hair Removal Devices Cost?
Various devices exist in a variety of prices ranging from $250 to $850 depending on the model and options such as built-in skin tone sensor, flash rate, time for recharging…etc.
For example, one of the most used devices for both men and women is the FDA cleared and clinically proven Remington IPL6000 Hair Removal System.