When we talk about adulting, there are a lot of things that come to mind. We think about unending bills, emerging personal needs, and physical changes - wrinkles, weight gain, and even excessive hair growth, which can be the most frustrating change of them all.
Most people will agree that battling unwanted hair can be infuriating. It doesn’t matter how many times you wax, shave, or tweeze because the hair will always grow back. Everyone is different, and hair can grow almost anywhere on the body, but the most annoying place of them all has to be without a doubt - the bikini area.
Unless body hair and growing a full bush is your cup of tea (which we are totally here for!), then pubic hair can be a pain. Let us rephrase that - dealing with unwanted pubic hair can be a pain, literally. Razor bumps, wax burns, and not to mention ingrown hairs on the most sensitive area of the body hurts. But in a quest for flawless, hair-free skin, especially during swimsuit season, it’s almost near impossible to avoid these painful effects from common methods of hair removal like shaving and waxing.
Everyone knows about laser hair removal and electrolysis, which can permanently zap hair to prevent future hair growth, but that can take many sessions at the clinic, and let’s face it - who’s got the time for that these days!
So, how can one remove pubic hair permanently at home, you might ask? Great question.
What is IPL?
Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a safe and effective method to remove unwanted pubic hair. Most people are under the impression that IPL and laser treatment are the same things, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. IPL is not laser treatment - it is light-based treatment.
IPL has evolved significantly over the years and has been used worldwide for the cosmetic treatment of unwanted hair. This increasingly popular method is also used to treat other skin concerns, such as sunspots, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, freckles, spider veins, acne, and much more.
How IPL Works
IPL uses a high-output flashlamp, which is essentially just a very bright flashbulb to produce a broad wavelength of out-put of noncoherent light. This light is directed towards the end of a handheld device, which then releases energy pulses on the skin’s surface. The light energy is then absorbed by the pigment in hair (called melanin), which causes it to heat up and damage the follicle. Follicles are responsible for producing hair, so when you alter them by causing damage, it prevents them from being able to grow hair in the future.
What to Expect with IPL
Hair thickness and color are important factors in predicting the efficacy of hair removal through IPL. Dark, coarse hair has a higher tendency of absorbing more energy, and tends to respond better than fine, light hair. Pubic hair tends to be dark and coarse, so IPL is usually a great option for most when it comes to cleaning up the bikini line.
There are a number of amazing benefits of choosing IPL for your hair removal as opposed to other traditional methods:
- Quick and easy - IPL devices have a relatively large treatment window, meaning they can provide fast treatment. Typically, it’ll take 5 minutes to treat your pubic hair around your bikini line.
- No unsightly regrowth - Unlike other popular methods of hair removal like waxing, you can shave in between IPL treatments so you are never stuck dealing with any unsightly hair growth, which can be a little uncomfortable for some around the bikini line.
- No ingrown hairs - Ingrown hairs are the absolute worst, but they are a common side effect of waxing and shaving. These little nuisances occur when dead skin cells or bacteria clog a hair follicle causing the hair to grow sideways, leaving behind a painful, pus-filled bump. IPL works by destroying follicles, which prevents them from being able to grow hair, leaving no room for a follicle to get clogged in the first place. This means no ingrown hairs. Ever.
- Permanent results - Over time, you will start to notice a permanent reduction in hair regrowth if you continue with treatments. The number of treatments required will start to reduce, and the time between treatments will begin to increase.
- Lighter regrowth - Unlike shaving, when your pubic hair starts to grow back following an IPL treatment, you will notice that it’s less noticeable and not as thick.
IPL At Home
Back in the day, to undergo an IPL treatment, you needed to schedule an appointment with a specialist for an in-office visit. However, with the advancement of laser technology over the years, this is no longer the only option for IPL treatment. Today, IPL has become increasingly popular because at-home options are now available.
If you are looking for a way to remove pubic hair permanently from the comfort of your home, at-home IPL devices can help. Not only are they safe, but they can effectively reduce the appearance of hair to leave your skin silky smooth and hair-free.
There are a ton of IPL options available on the market, and they are not all created equal, so it’s important to consider a few things before making a purchase.
Here is what you should look for:
Energy levels. IPL laser hair removal devices offer different energy levels to suit various skin sensitivities. Most devices offer 3-5 energy levels, from one being the weakest to five being the strongest. For your first use or if you have extra sensitive skin, you should start at level one and then move your way up as you get more comfortable with a higher energy level.
Light pulses. The lifespan of the device depends on the number of light pulses it delivers. The higher the number, the higher the lifespan. Look for devices like the KENZZI IPL Hair Removal Handset, which has over 10+ years of flashes to leave your skin hair-free for many years to come.
Window size. The window is the glass area that will touch your skin during the hair removal treatment. The bigger the window, the bigger the coverage area. For unwanted pubic hair, a small window measuring around 2-3 cubic centimeters is enough to cover the entire bikini area.
Skin tone and hair color compatibility. When contemplating a new IPL hair removal purchase, it’s important to understand whether the device suits you. An IPL treatment is most effective on lighter skin tones and dark hair. If you have white or gray hair, chances are IPL treatment won’t provide the results you are looking for, and it might be a good idea to consider electrolysis.
Warranty. You can never be too sure of the quality of the device that you’ll be purchasing until you’ve spent some time using it. For peace of mind, look for a company like KENZZI that offers a warranty. Rule of thumb is that a manufacturer is more confident with the quality of its product if it offers a money-back guarantee.
So, how can you remove pubic hair permanently at home? The answer is simple - with IPL.
Life is busy, and unsightly pubic hair is a pain. Avoid spending your time at in-office visits and zap unwanted pubic hair once and for all by purchasing a great at-home IPL device like the KENZZI IPL Hair Removal Handset.
Say goodbye to razor bumps and hello to flawless, beautiful, hair-free skin!