IPL Hair removal - a general guide

Are you seeking to do your own hair removal treatment? A hair removal experience suited to your lifestyle and your own personal time schedule. For the past 21 years we have helped over 100, 000 customers fulfill their own hair removal goals.

Today, you have quite possibly found the answer to the big question. How can I do hair removal successfully? Here, you will learn the basics of hair removal, allowing you to confidently use one of our IPL hair removal devices, so you can get on and do it.

The first thing to know is – IPL hair removal is not rocket science and it is actually very easy to do. You will find it is very successful when you follow the instructions, so when you unpack your device, ensure you read all the instructions for the device you have purchased before you commence. Each IPL model is slightly different but the following will give you a general guide to IPL hair removal.

How Intense Pulse Light hair removal devices work.

IPL technology uses gentle pulses of light within the wavelength range of 550nm – 1200 nm. These pulses of light are applied to the skin and are absorbed by the hair root. This causes the root of the hair to heat up, which destroys the hair root. 

Once the hair root is destroyed it cannot grow back again.

The darker the hair, the better the pulses of light are absorbed.

Treatment schedule

Before commencing with the fun part of hair removal, always read the health related warnings, contraindications and information supplied with each unit. The information is there for your benefit. We have listed some (not all) items below. Please check your unit for any further information information specific to your unit.

After 1st treatment

After the first treatment, it can take 1 to 2 weeks for the hairs to fall out. In the first weeks following the initial treatments, you still see some hairs growing. These are likely to be hairs that were not not in their growing phase during the first treatments.

After 2-3 treatments

After 2-3 treatments, you should see a noticable reduction in hair growth, however, to effectively treat all hairs, it is important to keep on treating according to the recommended treatment schedule.

After 4-5 treatments

After 4-5 treatments, you should see a significant reduction of hair growth in the areas that you treated with the device. A reduction of hair density should be visible as well. Keep on treating with frequent touch-ups (every 4 weeks) to maintain the result 

Before Use

1. Get skin ready

Before you use your device, you should pre-treat your skin by removing hairs on the surface of your skin. This allows the light to be absorbed by the hair below the skin surface to ensure effective treatment. You can either shave, short-trim, epilate or wax. Do not use depilatory creams, as chemicals may cause skin reactions. (If you choose to wax, wait 24 hours before using device to let skin rest. Take a shower before treatment to ensure all wax has been removed from skin.) Clean your skin and make sure it is hair free, entirely dry and free from oily substances.


2. Skin test

Check the skin tone chart to see if your skin type is suitable.


3. Hair test

Check the hair colour chart to see if your hair colour is suitable.


While using

Selecting the intensity

The Ellesilk 500 Sensitive provides 8 different light intensities. 

Refer to the Light intensity setting chart enclosed in your packaging to determine what setting is right for you. If you experience discomfort, lower the intensity.


Make sure your unit is clean and plugged into power. Switch on and select the right light intensity for your skin. Place device at 90 dgeree angle on the skin, leaving no gaps between skin and device. Press device firmly onto skin. Press button to release a flash. Place device on next area to treat and continue.

Skin rejuvenation schedule

If you are using the device for skin rejuvenation, it is suggested to use the device every 3 days. 

For skin rejuvenation is a separate feature to hair removal. Please see instruction book for more information.

After use

After use, you can safely apply lotions, creams, deodorant, moisturiser or cosmetics to treated areas. If you experience skin irritation or skin redness after treatment, wait until it disappears before applying any product to your skin. 

If you experience skin irritation after applying a product to your skin, wash it off with water. Always check your devices instruction manual for any other useful information on reactions or side effects.


As with all IPL products, you should always check for warnings and other health related information before commencing with your treatment. If unsure whether any condition will effect you, please consult your doctor. This is a professional IPL unit and as such comes with strict instructions and guidelines.


  • Never use IPL if you have dark skin. Always check the skin tone chart to see if your skin is compatible. 
  • The treatment is not effective on light blonde, grey, red or white hair. Check the hair colour chart to see if your hair colour is compatible with the device.


  • If you are taking photosensitising agents or medications, check the package insert of your medicine and never use the device if it is stated that it can cause photo-allergic reactions, photo-toxic reactions or if you have to avoid sun when taking the medicine
  • Check the listed medications in the IPL unit instruction booklet.


Never use the device if you have:

  • a disease related to photosensitivity
  • congestive heart disease
  • active skin cancer or a history of skin cancer.
  • check the supplied instruction booklet for more information

Skin conditions

Never use IPL devices if you have:

  • infections, eczema, burns, inflammation of hair follicles, open wounds 
  • or lacerations, abrasions, herpes, wounds, or lesions and hematomas in the area to be treated. 
  • Check your instruction book for any other skin conditions.


Never use the device on the following areas:

  • around the eyes or near eyebrows
  • lips, nostrils or ears, face or neck
  • please check the rest of the prohibited areas listed in your instruction book.


Keep adapters and units away from water and keep dry. IPL devices are not intended for use by minors or children under 15 years of age. Children should also be supervised at all times when in the vicinity of the device to ensure they do not touch or play with the device. Please check your instruction book for other warnings and/or notes.

The above information is intended as a general guide to hair removal only. It is no substitute for advice from your doctor or medical practitioner. If you have any existing medical condition, please consult your doctor prior to using IPL devices.