Home vs Clinic: How Well Does Do-It-Yourself Hair Removal Work?

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When it comes to laser hair removal, there are so many different options that claim to get results that it is impossible to choose.

The big two are home and clinics. There seem to be many benefits to getting your own machine for the house – cheaper, can be done from the comfort of your own home, and it doesn’t require trusting strangers. If you want something done right, do it yourself, right?

Not always. In the case of laser hair removal, it just might be safer to trust the professionals. Not only are machines for private purchase lower quality, but you have to go without the expertise of a trained professional. Here’s the breakdown of removing hair at home versus at a clinic.


The main reason people choose to use lasers at home is the cost. With your own equipment, you don’t have to spend more money every appointment.

Although it is true that doing it yourself may be cheaper, you will get far more for your money by booking appointments at a clinic. Even though machines for home use are expensive, and they are less effective for the price.


Laser done by aestheticians is more effective at removing hair. The at-home machines operate at a much lower intensity and therefore are less effective for removing hair.

While it might seem like a hassle to go to a clinic for multiple sessions when you can just do it yourself, you will end up doing fewer sessions than at home and the results will be far better.


Professionals at salons are trained to know how to use the machines for maximum effect without causing any unintentional side effects or harm to surrounding tissue.

Your beauty consultant can give you advice on what treatment is good for your skin types and requirements. When doing it yourself, you have to make sure you do painstaking research so you don’t accidentally cause any problems, especially if you have darker skin tones.


A trained practitioner does this every day, so they are practised at doing this quickly and efficiently. At home, you will waste time trying to reach hard to get to areas and figuring out how to use the machine. Professionals at clinics know how to get you in and out with speed and efficiency. They can also reach difficult areas that you might have trouble reaching yourself.

The skinny is that it’s your best bet to go with a professional technician at a reputable clinic or salon. Clinics make an investment into a high-quality machine so they can give you the best results safely and quickly.

When it comes to effectiveness, speed, safety and overall experience, professional laser hair removal is always the best choice. For more information about purchasing a professional IPL or laser machine, contact us at Universal IPL.

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