DPL, the new IPL?
Hair removal can be bothersome – unless you find a method you’re comfortable with. So we’ve scoped out the best methods available out there, from traditional waxing and sugaring to light-based technologies, as well as asking beauty experts for their do’s
We asked the team at
What is DPL?
DPL stands for dynamic pulsed light. This light-based treatment targets and destroys the roots of the hair, eventually removing hair permanently. While the technology is similar to that of IPL, DPL is more advanced and effective in hair removal. It also has a cooling effect to make the treatment less uncomfortable.
Aside from hair removal, are there any other benefits of doing DPL?
Suitable for both the body and the face, it’s often used in facial rejuvenation treatments to target acne, uneven pigmentation and enlarged pores, too. It cleanses your pores, improves blood circulation and even tightens and lifts ageing skin. As it takes only 15 minutes or less, it’s easy to fit in a session during your lunch hour, or when you’re in a hurry.
What should one do or avoid doing before and after treatment?
Strictly avoid sun exposure on the area of the treatment for a few days before and after the session, and be sure to apply sunblock immediately after the session.
How long does it take before hair grows out?
This varies from person to person, but it should take around four to six weeks, after which you can return for your next treatment. You will need from nine to 12 sessions to permanently reduce regrowth by 80 to 100 percent.
Tucked along the quiet stretch of Second Avenue Junction, this boutique spa is cosy and charming. The décor is minimalist – white walls with forest-green accents – while the four treatment rooms are spacious and clean.
Sugaring, an alternative to waxing, is an epilation method using a 100 percent water-soluble sugar paste. Made from white sugar, water and lemon juice, the paste is completely safe for the skin. It’s even edible. In fact, it’s delicious – I got to sample some!
Jasmine Yong, the founder and owner of Sugar(ed), was fast, gentle and knew exactly what she was doing. First, she applied the paste, then she moulded it into my skin, and then she pulled it in the natural direction of hair growth so as to avoid subsequent ingrown hair.
As this was my first Brazilian sugaring experience, she also gave me a free Hungarian Wellness Mud treatment ($18) to soothe the depilated area.
While the session wasn’t entirely painless, it was significantly less painful than my previous waxing experiences. Since the paste is applied at body temperature, there isn’t any risk of scalding, either. I’m a convert!