IPL vs Waxing which is best for you?

IPL vs Waxing which is best for you?

Are you tired of shaving and epilating? Hair removal creams just too much mess? It may be time to discover a new method for keeping your body fuzz-free.

IPL hair removal and waxing are the two most popular in-salon treatments for silky smooth skin. We offer both at Sleeping Beauty.

We’re often asked which hair removal method we’d recommend. In this blog our expert therapist Melissa explains what to expect, the benefits together with the pros and cons.


IPL hair removal


IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal uses a hand held device which omits gentle pulses of light, penetrating the skin and targeting the hair shaft. The hair follicles are destroyed resulting in permanent hair reduction.

Clients like IPL because it’s:

  • Painless
  • Quick
  • Long-lasting
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Available for face and body

There is no downtime, so you can continue with your life straight away.

Melissa  explains “IPL is a real fuss-free method of hair removal. When conducted by a professional, it’s easy, painless and the results are brilliant. Your face and body will be hair-free and silky smooth for weeks and you’ll see a permanent reduction over time.”

We suggest 6-12 sessions for maximum results.

Find out about the many benefits of IPL hair removal by booking a complimentary consultation with one of our fully trained therapists.

Is IPL hair removal right for me?

IPL hair removal is very effective in reducing unwanted hair however the results aren’t immediate; a course of treatments is needed. So if you’re searching for instant hair removal waxing may be the best short-term answer for you. Plus it’s more expensive than other methods, or so it seems at first glance.

However, it does offer a better long-term solution and the initial upfront costs prove economical over time when you consider how much time and money you save on waxing, razors and removal cream on a regular basis.

As with all laser treatments you need to avoid the sun, so the autumn is the ideal time to start a course of IPL so you’re fuzz-free for your next holiday.

IPL hair removal works best on clients with light skin and dark hair so if you’re considering this method book a complimentary consultation with one of our IPL specialists.

Waxing at Sleeping Beauty salons, Scotland


Waxing provides instant, precise hair removal all in one session. Perfect for those last minute appointments before a special occasion or holiday, the gorgeously soft and smooth results can last up to 3 weeks.

Hot wax is applied to the unwanted hair and covered with a fabric strip. After a few seconds your therapist will swiftly pull the strip against the direction of hair growth, effectively removing it from the root. Body brushing and a soothing post-wax massage eliminates any discomfort.

Waxing is:

  • Quick
  • Provides immediate results
  •  Suitable for face and body
  • Cheap
  • Virtually painless if conducted by a professional
  • Hair re-growth becomes finer

“Waxing is a fail-safe option for quick, instant hair removal. It’s a popular option for those in a rush. At Sleeping Beauty we use only the finest ingredients and adhere to strict hygiene standards to ensure your treatment is as pleasant and professional as possible” says Melissa.

We offer a variety of waxing options at all of our salons across Scotland.


The limitations of waxing

Many clients choose waxing for its efficiency; however it’s a short-term solution. Hair re-growth typically appears within 3 weeks meaning regular waxing is essential. Stubble is also required at each treatment, which some find an inconvenience.

Ingrown hairs are more likely with waxing which can be painful. However, “Our salons offer a fantastic product, Smooth Skin which helps to prevent ingrown hairs and treats existing ones within 3 days of application. Ask your local Sleeping Beauty salon for more info” recommends Melissa.


IPL or Waxing at Sleeping Beauty: it’s your decision

Both IPL and waxing have many benefits and are our excellent choices for touchably smooth skin. Ultimately hair removal is a personal choice, depending on your preferences and lifestyle.

For more information regarding IPL and waxing or to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced therapists...