At-Home vs. Professional Laser Hair Removal

Today we’re here to settle the score when it comes to at-home laser hair removal. Is TikTok telling you everything you need to know? Does it work? What are the pros and cons? 

IPL vs. True Laser

First, let’s talk about the difference between intense pulse light (IPL) and a true laser. IPL is the energy used in at-home hair removal devices, which uses a broad-spectrum light with varying wavelengths that penetrate the skin at different depths. This light energy is weak, more dispersed, and less targeted. Think: light emitted in the shape of a broom, only penetrating the top layer/visible part of the hair, and the area of skin around it (ouch).

True laser uses a single spectrum light emitting a single wavelength of light that is specifically focused on the targeted area, resulting in optimum penetration. The light emitted is absorbed by the dark color (pigment) in the hair, zooming in on the hair shaft, destroying it, and preventing contact with the surrounding skin. Think: a stereotypical laser beam–one singular and powerful light energy emitted directly into the hair follicle at a depth capable of destroying the hair at the source.

Kind of a no-brainer, but we can totally understand wanting fast/convenient/at-home solutions. With that being said, we want you to be happy with PERMANENT hair reduction that doesn’t need weekly maintenance. Let’s break it down into three easy comparison points:

At-home: low intensity IPL, patchy results

In-office: high intensity true laser, destroys hair follicle so it can’t grow back

At-home: areas, even small ones, take a long time to treat

In-office: most areas treated in 5-15 minutes

At-home: no guarantee for results, hair will grow back if you stop using this device regularly

In-office: guaranteed results, 95% hair free in 8-12 treatments depending on body area, maintenance every 1-2 years

ALSO: friendly reminder that our laser at santāl skin treats every single skin tone! From our fair babes to our dark beauties… because permanent hair reduction should be for EVERYONE!

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