When the light is emitted from the handpiece, it tries to detect a dark chromophore below the surface, which in this case is the hair shaft. For this reason, IPL is only suitable for dark hair, as it cannot detect a chromophore in white or grey hair. Fair skin is simpler to treat as the light by-passes the chromophore in dark skin (melanin) and goes straight to the hair papillae. However, we use handpieces suitable for dark, tanned and dark skin.
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