Everything you need to know about hair removal

Hair removal is a very personal thing. Plenty of people decide to totally remove unwanted hairs, others prefer to trim and neaten, and just as many like to stay au naturel. Whatever your choice is, we want you to feel comfortable in your own skin (and hair).

At-home hair removal methods are designed to be easy to use and allow you to get rid of unwanted body hairs as desired. The most common areas to remove hair from include legs, underarms, arms, chest, shoulders, bikini area, and face. There is a wide range of solutions available, from temporary to permanent - and from painless to pretty damn uncomfortable.

To make your hair removal journey a smooth one, we’ve put together this one-stop resource to give you all the info you need before you get started. It contains evidence-based answers, easy-to-follow guides, inspiring videos and helpful links.

What hair removal methods exist?

The most common body hair removal methods include shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, IPL hair removal, laser hair removal and electrolysis. For smaller areas like eyebrows or the bikini line, plucking or threading are also popular.

Plucking or threading

What: Removes a few hairs at a time, and is suitable for small, precise areas.
How: Using tweezers or cosmetic threads, which pull hairs and roots from the skin.
Typical regrowth time: Four to six weeks.
Available at clinics or spas?: Yes.

Shaving

What: Removes surface-level hairs and can be used on large and small areas.
How: Using a razor, which cuts off the length of hairs and leaves the roots intact.
Typical regrowth time: A few days.
Available at clinics or spas?: No.

Waxing

What: Removes hairs and roots, and can be used on large and small areas.
How: Using wax, which attaches to the hair lengths, and pulls the hairs and roots from the skin.
Typical regrowth time: Four to six weeks.
Available at clinics or spas?: Yes.

Depilatory creams

What: Removes surface-level hairs, and can be used on large and small areas.
How: Using a cream that dissolves surface-level hairs, leaving the roots intact.
Typical regrowth time: A few days.
Available at clinics or spas?: No

IPL hair removal

What: Removes hairs and roots, and can be used on large and small areas.
How: Using ‘intense pulsed light’ waves to heat up and destroy hairs and roots.
Typical regrowth time: After full IPL treatment, minimal regrowth after two to three months.
Available at clinics or spas?: Yes.

Laser hair removal

What: Removes hairs and roots, and can be used on large and small areas.
How: Using lasers to heat up and destroy hairs and roots.
Typical regrowth time: After full laser treatment, minimal regrowth after a few months.
Available at clinics or spas?: Yes.

Electrolysis

What: Removes hairs and roots, and is suitable for small-to-medium areas.
How: Using electricity and thin probes to target hairs and roots.
Typical regrowth time: After full electrolysis treatment, no regrowth is expected.
Available at clinics or spas?: Yes.

What is IPL hair removal?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal is a hair reduction method that uses broad-spectrum light wave technology to painlessly destroy hair follicles. This technology used to only be available in beauty clinics and spas, however, at-home IPL hair removers now provide a less intense but similarly effective solution.

What’s the difference between IPL hair removal and laser hair removal?

Although they’re sometimes referred to interchangeably, IPL and laser hair removal are not the same thing. Laser hair removal uses a laser to narrowly target the hair follicles. Professional laser treatments are generally more expensive than professional IPL, and the same applies to at-home hair removal devices.

How does IPL hair removal work?

IPL hair removal devices use broad-spectrum (in this case, meaning a wide area) light waves to target your hair follicles. The melanin in these hairs absorbs the light energy that’s sent to them from the device. The hairs then convert this energy to heat, which destroys the hair follicle and prevents hair growth.

The light energy sent through our IPL device goes through a contact sensor and a special filter to prevent skin damage. When your skin is in contact with this sensor and you activate a flash mode, it will instantly get to work, zapping the hairs in your treatment area. For your safety, the device won’t work if it isn’t in contact with your skin, so there’s no risk of accidentally flashing your eyes.

IPL hair remover devices work by using colour-contrast to target hair follicles. This is why there’s a criteria for who is a suitable candidate for IPL hair removal.

Who can use IPL hair removal devices?

The Zobelle Glacier Cooling IPL Hair Remover device is suitable for all skin colours except for very dark skin. Darker skin contains more melanin than fairer skin, which absorbs more light energy and can lead to blisters or burns. It is most suitable for those who have darker hair and fairer skin.

It’s not suitable for use on hairs that are white, grey blonde or auburn, as they don’t contain enough melanin to be targeted. It will not work on beards. It is safe for people with tattoos and freckles or moles to use IPL, however, we recommend working around these areas instead of using the device directly on them.

How effective is IPL hair removal?

Most suitable candidates will see visible results as soon as three weeks, and full results within 12 weeks. It is recommended that you continue using the device in regular intervals for six months to achieve lasting results.

It’s safe to use on almost all body parts, including legs, arms, underarms, bikini area, and torso. It can be used on your face, but only below your cheekbones: mouth, chin and sideburns. We recommend you keep it away from your eyes and sensitive areas on the body such as nipples and genitals.

How to use an IPL hair removal device at home

How to use the Zobelle Glacier Cooling IPL Hair Remover

IPL hair removal preparation

There are a few things you’ll need to do before starting your at-home IPL hair removal treatment. This will make sure the process will be as effective as possible.

If the hair in the treatment area is more than 2mm long, you should remove it to achieve optimal results. To do so, shave the area with a razor, 24 hours before treatment. (We do not recommend dry shaving the area, as it can irritate the skin.) You do not need to shave the hair in the area if it isn’t longer than 2mm.

A few days prior to your treatment, try not to use any new skincare products in the treatment area. Before your treatment, you must ensure the skin is shaved, clean, dry and free from all lotions, oils, moisturisers, fake tan and other skincare products.

Not too hard, right? Now you’re ready to start achieving silky, soft skin.

IPL hair removal aftercare

After your treatment, it’s normal to experience some mild redness or warmth on your skin, however it shouldn’t last long. You can apply moisturisers, creams or lotions straight after your treatment, but if you experience any tingling or lasting redness, you should wait for the reaction to stop before applying any products. Your best bet is to apply a simple, fragrance-free moisturiser on the treatment area to hydrate the skin. Avoid exfoliating the area for one to two weeks after your treatment.

For 24 hours post-treatment, you should keep the treatment area out of sunlight, as your skin may be sensitive. Avoid waxing and plucking the treatment area, as these impact the effectiveness of the treatment and lead to possible stimulation and hair follicle regrowth. (Shaving is fine, though.)

IPL hair removal frequently asked questions

Our curious customers often ask for our IPL hair removal advice, and of course, we’re thrilled to help! We’ve compiled a list of questions we receive most often to get you up to speed.

Does IPL hair removal hurt?

Our IPL hair removal device is not painful to use, however, the treatment may temporarily create a red and warm sensation on your skin, similar to a very mild sunburn. This is countered by the built-in cooling system, which chills your skin with a refreshing, cool blast.

At most, you may find the heat slightly uncomfortable. If that is the case, it’s helpful to keep a cold, damp towel nearby to soothe your treatment area.

Which intensity level should I use?

To start with, do a patch test with intensity level 1 and wait 24 hours to see if your skin has an adverse reaction. If that is successful, you can begin with using intensity levels 1, 2 or 3. (We don’t recommend going above 4 on your first use.) You can use the various intensity levels to create a treatment that suits your skin’s tolerance and hair density.

How often can I use IPL hair removal devices?

For any IPL treatment to be effective, you need to use it consistently and on a schedule. For any new treatment area, you will need to use it once per week for 12 weeks. Then use it once per month for three months, and once every two to three months as required.

I have more questions: where do I find answers?

You can find our full FAQ page here [link]. You can also get in contact with our skin concierge team by connecting through our live chat feature or via our contact page here.

Zobelle Glacier Cooling IPL Hair Remover instruction manual

Get friendly with our IPL device. You can familiarise yourself with its features, usage instructions and technical specifications in the user manual so you know exactly what to expect.

Important considerations and disclaimers

Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page.

IPL hair removal guidelines

Do not use IPL if you have epilepsy. Please consult a healthcare professional for any medical issues or anything you’re unsure about.
Always create a sterile and hygienic environment before, after and during treatments.
Consult with your healthcare professional to assess if IPL hair removal is suitable for you. It is not suitable if you are under 16 years of age. It is not suitable if you have skin conditions such as active acne, open wounds and abrasions. It may not be suitable if you have a condition that places you at a higher risk of injury or infection.

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