IPL hair removal tends to work best on people who have both fairer skin and darker hair. This is because IPL hones in on the dark pigment (melanin) in the hair, damaging the follicle and stunting regrowth.
The colour contrast between the hair and skin helps the IPL device to pick up on those melanin pigments and interact with them properly.
IPL permanent hair removal works on brown, dark blonde, dark brown, or black hair – but using the same treatment on very blonde, red, or white hair won’t be effective at all. This is because the lightest shades of hair contain considerably lower levels of melanin, meaning the IPL won’t be able to catch onto the light hair follicles and heat them up.
If you’re looking for a hair removal treatment for light blonde, red, or white hair, consider using an epilator. It removes hair from the root, regardless of the shade, gradually thinning out any hair that does grow back. With an epilator, you can enjoy visible hair reduction for up to 4 weeks.