Types of Hair Removal Devices and How to Choose Yours

November 22, 2022 4 min read

Waxing, shaving, threading, and tweezing are some of the most commonly used hair removal methods. However, with the skincare industry evolving, scientists have developed superior hair removal treatments using laser technology.

Unfortunately, laser hair removal handsets vary with specific profiles – mostly hair type and skin tone. But, on the bright side, everyone can get something that compliments their specific profile by carefully considering each hair removal treatment.

Below are some common types of hair removal devices and how to choose one that suits you.

1. IPL Laser Hair Removal Handsets


The IPI handset is one of the most commonly used hair removal methods among today's generation, because it has little to no side effects. Plus, it is cost-effective, low maintenance, and can last a while. However, the best part of this treatment is that by switching between wavelengths, this handset will suit all skin types and hair textures.

IPL treatments often require a couple of sessions to see results. This also depends chiefly on your skin tone and hair texture. But, with Intense pulse light, one thing is for sure - it removes hair by damaging hair follicles from their roots and keeps the skin looking silky.

2.The Alexandrite Hair Removal Handset

The Alexandrite hair removal method works best for people with light skin tones. However, its most significant feature is that it uses short laser wavelengths. Hence, it does not penetrate deep into the body. For many, this is a plus because they don't have to feel the intense snappy sensation that comes with using a laser hair device.

On the flip side, people get slow results with the handset thanks to its short laser beams. It’s no wonder why permanent hair removal with this device takes more sessions to achieve.

3. Diode Laser Devices

Like the Alexandrite laser devices, the Diode laser hair remover tools are clinically-proven to work on light skin tones and fair hair. That doesn’t mean dark skin colors can’t use them. Diode laser devices are also highly effective for people with medium dark skin tones and coarse hair.

However, unlike The Alexandrite handset, it permanently removes hair using longer laser beams that penetrate deep into the hair follicles and eliminate hair from its roots. Plus, require fewer sessions using this device than the Alexandrite method.

4. Ruby Laser Hair Removal Devices

This hair removal handset was one of the first devices developed for hair removal. Since then, scientists have developed more advanced laser technologies, making this one much slower than others.

People with dark skin tones and dark hair will have a challenging time using this device, but the case is reversed for light skin and fair hair textures. Then again, using this device may come with effects like swelling, redness across the treatment area, or soreness. Still, it depends on the sensitivity of your skin type.

5. Nd and LP Nd: YAG

Every other laser hair removal device in this guide uses mild to slightly intense wavelengths, but this particular tool performs heavy-duty tasks. It offers better results on people with dark skin and thick, coarse hair. In fact, unlike the Alexandrite, Diode, and Ruby hair removal handsets, people with light skin and fair hair won’t get effective results from this tool.

The Nd and LP Nd: YAG uses the longest wavelength, so they tend to offer permanent results after several sessions. But, the snappy sensation will feel more uncomfortable with these devices.

How to Choose Your Perfect Hair Removal Device

While hair removal methods vary significantly, the fact remains that some of these methods aren't what one actually needs or won’t suit some people’s preferences.

A research by the Skin of Color Society notes that methods such as waxing and shaving cause razor bumps, which is an inflammatory reaction of the hair follicles, common among people with coarse or curly hair. Of course, waxing does not count as laser technology, but it is quite common among people.

More than this, you want to be careful choosing hair removal devices for sensitive areas like the pubic area and anus. Sensitive skin may quickly spot skin irritations, unlike people with tough skin textures. Then again, choosing your perfect hair removal device will be quite easy when you consult a dermatologist.

If you are looking for an IPL handset, some of the best considerations when choosing a good device for you will include:

  • On which hair and skin tone do you want to use the device?
  • Which body area do you want to remove hair from?
  • How long do you plan on using the device?
  • Do you want a wireless or wired model?
  • Is the device Clinic graded and FDA-approved?
  • Does it come from a trusted brand?

Wrapping Up

Tech-based hair removal products are taking over the cosmetic industry. From laser technology to Intense Pulsed Lights, everyone can conveniently remove unwanted hair growth that dims their confidence. However, there are thousands of these handsets on the market.

Before choosing one, consider the body area they will work for, your hair type and skin tone, power supply, and lifespan. Besides this, IPL Laser Hair Removal devices will suit most skin types.

Evelyn Setubal
Evelyn Setubal

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