A common misconception about intense pulsed light hair removal is that it’s a one time treatment and the hair is gone forever. That couldn’t be further from the truth! But are these hair removal methods really permanent? Let’s clear up the confusion. Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is the process of hair removal using intense pulses of non-coherent light over a range of wavelengths making it more diffuse and less powerful than other lasers. The scattered wavelengths affects the pigments in the skin so this method is really only effective on fair skin. As with laser therapy, this method, too, only effects actively growing hairs, and require several treatments to remove hair in the targeted area. It is not a single treatment method.