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If you’re looking at what is the best permanent hair removal solution, it can become confusing as to what is the difference between laser hair removal and IPL hair removal. Both of these hair removal options have been around since the 1990s and both use pulses of light to remove hairs permanently.

Although both of these practices used to be carried out by practitioners only there are now products you can use at home. An HPL device has been created by silkn for permanent hair removal at home. This uses the same technology as IPL removal but is completely safe and effective to use in the home environment. So what are the differences between laser hair removal and IPL hair removal and which one is best?

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is more expensive than IPL or HPL hair removal. Professional salons often use different lasers for different types of skin, as lasers pulse precise light onto the skin. Not every laser is suitable for every type of skin. Lasers hair removal tends to be carried out on smaller areas of skin as it is so concentrated in its reach.

Lasers are so precise in the area they target as they use a single wavelength of light. They have to be adjusted to make sure they work correctly for your hair and skin colour.

IPL hair removal

IPL hair removal is far cheaper than laser hair removal, especially when you have the option of the equally effective HPL hair removal that can be safely used in the comfort of your own home. Like lasers, IPL hair removal uses pulses of light to create heat when attracted to the pigment in hairs, without damaging any of the surrounding skin.

Because IPL has been specifically adapted for home use, using HPL technology, it is a very safe method of home hair removal. Unlike laser technology it uses a wide spectrum of light. This means it can be used on a wide selection of hair colours with no problem or adjustment.

You can see that this gives HPL home hair removal devices a far greater range of use than laser devices which can each only be used for certain skin and hair tones and shades.

IPL and HPL devices also do not use the same high levels of energy that lasers use which means they don’t heat the skin and you don’t need to use cooling gels.

Of course, you don’t have to opt for permanent hair removal. Many people still stick with methods such as shaving or hair removal creams. The thing with permeant hair removal is that you don’t need to worry about having to carry it out all the time.

If you are going to opt for permanent hair removal then IPL, in the form of HPL hair removal technology, is cheaper than laser hair removal and is specifically created to be safe and high performing in the home environment.