Hair Length & IPL Hair Removal How Long Should My Hair Be for Best Results?
When you first start down the road to permanent hair removal with your IPL device, you’ll want to do as much research and learning as possible to ensure that you get the gorgeous, smooth, hair-free skin that you’ve always wanted. There are many questions that you will inevitably have about how an IPL device works, what you can do to speed up the entire process, and how to get the maximum effect from each treatment.
One of the questions that many new IPL users ask is how they should handle hair regrowth in between treatments, and how long their regrowth should be in order to get the best results. Do hair removal devices work better on longer hair, or on shorter hair? Well, that’s the question we are going to answer here today!
First, it’s very important to understand the science behind light-based hair removal, and how IPL devices are able to achieve long lasting hair removal results through the power of light energy.
How does intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal really work?
Most common hair removal methods, like shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams are only temporary, and the hair will always come back no matter how many times you do them. This is because these methods only deal with the actual hair itself, and do nothing to affect the ability for each follicle to regrow new hairs.
In order to achieve long lasting hair removal, a different kind of treatment must be conducted that ultimately ends with the hair follicles becoming unable to regrow new hairs. This is how light-based hair removal methods such as intense pulsed light (IPL) achieves best results.
An IPL device consists of a special light emitter that is capable of producing very intense bursts of light, which is applied directly to the surface area of the skin to be treated. These bursts of light are absorbed by the dark pigment in the hairs, and is converted in to heat energy.
This heat is then transferred to the cells surrounding the root of the hair, deep down inside the follicle of the hair. The effect of this process inhibits the ability of these cells to generate new hairs. With each successive treatment hair becomes less and less, until the hair ceases to grow back.
The process of achieving permanently smooth, hair-free skin using an IPL device does take time, as not all of your hair follicles will be affected at the same rate or at the same time. Multiple treatments are needed at regular intervals This is because the natural hair growth cycle we all have means that some follicles will be further along than others as the cycle repeats itself and new hairs grow in.
This can be more noticeable on areas of your body that you may have previously had waxed, sugared, or used an epilator on. The reason is because those methods remove the entire hair right down to the root, which gives you a longer amount of time before you notice the hair growing back, but can reduce the effectiveness of your IPL treatments.
Why does IPL require there to be hair in the follicles?
The effects of IPL are achieved by the absorption of light energy and its transformation in to heat energy deep down inside the hair follicles. If there is no existing hair present in the follicle because it was removed by waxing or some other similar method, there is no way for the light energy to be effectively absorbed and converted to the necessary heat energy to efficiently affect the cells.
In a nutshell, if there’s no hair, there’s nothing to absorb the light and create the heat you need to get permanent results. You’ll need to wait for that hair to grow back enough for the treatment to work properly.
Would it be better to allow for more regrowth between IPL treatments?
Not exactly, no. You also don’t want your hair regrowth to swing too far in the other direction before your IPL treatment and be too long. With hair that is too long, you may encounter some inefficiencies in your treatment. These may include such factors as the IPL device not sliding as smoothly over the treatment area, or the visible portion of the hair absorbing too much of the light and not passing enough of the heat energy deep enough in to the follicle.
How can I make sure my skin and hair are prepared for an IPL treatment?
There are a few simple guidelines to follow to ensure that the area you wish to treat is in ideal condition prior to your IPL hair removal treatment. Let’s use a typical leg hair removal treatment scenario as our example here, along with a Silk’n IPL hair removal device.
First, you’ll want to freshly shave your legs so that they have a smooth surface for the IPL device to glide on, but there still retains a portion of the hair inside the follicles that can properly absorb the light pulses. When you shave, use a gentle shaving lotion or gel to avoid potential irritation and keep the razor gliding smoothly. Also, be sure to not use a worn-out razor blade, as dull blades are more likely to rip out hair follicles, as well as produce nicks, cuts, and scrapes.
It also helps to follow a sensible regimen of skin care habits to help maintain the health and resilience of your skin. Drinking lots of water, moisturizing regularly, avoiding excessive sun exposure, using SPF sunscreen protection, and eating a healthy diet rich in nutrients that are proven to improve skin health are all very important habits.
You should always perform your treatment according to the instructions provided with your Silk’n IPL hair removal device. For a larger treatment area like your legs, you’ll want to use the ‘glide’ function of your Silk’n IPL device. This innovative feature automatically generates each light pulse at regular intervals as you smoothly move the device over your legs. The Silk’n glide feature saves significant time, as you will not need to manually press a button to generate each individual light pulse.
Meet the Silk’n Infinity IPL Hair Removal Device
For the absolute best at-home IPL hair removal results, there’s no other device that matches the Silk’n Infinity. The Infinity was designed as the next-generation of IPL hair removal technology. It features all the advancements that have made Silk’n IPL devices famous, as well as some new innovations to help produce silky-smooth, permanently hair-free skin in less time and even greater comfort.
The Silk’n Infinity combines IPL with galvanic energy, which is transferred to the skin during treatment through an integrated electrode on the tip of the device. Galvanic energy provides a warming stimulation effect to the skin, thereby increasing blood flow, boosting the skins natural rejuvenation processes, and opening up the pores. This helps to allow the light energy to penetrate deeper in to the follicles and more effectively reach the roots of the hair for better hair removal results in less time.
The Infinity also features a long-lasting emitter bulb that is capable of generating over 400,000 intense light pulses. This is more than enough to provide a lifetime of IPL hair removal treatments without ever needing to change or replace the bulb. It truly is the last hair removal device that you’ll ever need!
Become an IPL Hair Removal Pro with Silk’n
Now you know that short hair will provide better results with an IPL hair removal treatment device, and that you should shave the treatment area prior to your IPL session.
It’s simple tips like these that can help you get incredible results from your Silk’n IPL hair removal device, and achieve the smooth, beautiful, permanently hair-free skin that you’ve always wanted.
We certainly hope that you have found this information helpful, and that is has answered some of your questions about the way IPL hair removal really works, and what you can do to ensure you get excellent results from each treatment.
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