IPL Permanent Hair Reduction

Freeing you from waxing and shaving

Making unwanted hair a thing of the past with IPL treatment

Unwanted hair can be inconvenient, irritating or embarrassing. You want a long lasting solution that’s fast, safe and uses the latest technology so you can look and feel your best. We can help.

Finding the right solution for you

We understand that when you have unwanted body hair, you want to find a solution that’s effective and easy. Our therapists are caring and highly experienced and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. It’s all about finding the right solution for you.

The usual methods of removing your unwanted hair are a real chore. Shaving, waxing or using tweezers takes up precious time and can be very uncomfortable. Other methods can remove the hair for you but need to be repeated on a regular basis. We have an alternative.

What is IPL hair removal?

Our IPL machine can treat most areas of the body in both women and men, including the face. It treats a much larger area of skin per light pulse than laser hair treatment resulting in faster and cheaper treatment.

In the vast majority of cases a series of treatments will permanently reduce the unwanted hair from the target area. Our methods are proven and safe. All hair removal is carried out by highly trained laser nurses who are committed to providing you with the very highest levels of service.

How IPL hair removal works

IPL works though the destruction of hair follicles using Intense Pulses of Light (IPL).

IPL works best at removing hair when it’s in the active growth phase. But not all the hair in the treatment area will be in this phase at any given time. So we spread our IPL treatments out over a period of time. This is to make sure that hair which isn’t treated in one session is affected in the next. The way hair grows is slightly different for everyone, so we tailor our treatment to suit you.

Your initial consultation

If you decide you want to find out more, the next step is to come in for a consultation. This is your opportunity to meet one of our highly trained aestheticians, ask any questions you might have and discuss what you want to achieve from your hair removal treatments. The aesthetician will determine your skin type and the kind of hair you have and make sure the IPL technique is right for you. Then they’ll create a treatment programme tailored specifically to your needs. A “patch test” will also be performed. This is to determine how sensitive your skin is to the treatment and also to establish the right IPL energy settings.

You will also be advised not to expose the target area to the sun or use sun beds for at least four weeks before your treatment. At this consultation we’ll check some basic details and explain a few simple requirements. For instance, if you’re having hair removed from the bikini line or armpit, we’ll ask you to wear white underwear, as coloured underwear can be affected by the IPL light energy. We’ll also ask you to sign a consent form to show that you agree to the procedure and understand what it involves. If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, we’ll arrange an appointment for you at a suitable time. If at any stage you have any questions, we’ll do our best to answer them and help in any way we can.

Your IPL treatment

The hair removal procedure itself is very straightforward. You’ll lie on a couch or bed and make yourself comfortable. As a safety measure, you’ll be asked to wear some eye protection, which the aesthetician will also wear. The aesthetician runs the IPL device, a small handheld unit, slowly over the specified area. You might feel a slight tingling sensation. Sometimes the skin swells or reddens slightly, depending on which part of your body is being treated.

Afterwards we’ll apply cooling aloe gel to the area to minimise any discomfort. Treatment times vary depending on the person and the area being treated. Depending on what treatment you’re having, the procedure can be as brief as ten minutes.

Will I need more than one treatment session?

Normally six to eight treatment sessions are needed to provide a permanent reduction of hair growth. This is because at any given time some of the follicles in the treatment area won’t be in the growth phase. We spread our treatments out to make sure that hair that isn’t treated in one session is affected in the next. Facial hair tends to be more stubborn and may need ten to twelve treatment sessions or occasionally more in very resistant cases.

The gap between sessions is usually four weeks for facial areas and six weeks for body areas. The number of hair removal sessions depends on various factors, including where the hair is, how thick it is and also your particular skin type and hair colour. For the best results we recommend that you complete the full series of treatment sessions.

After IPL hair removal

For the first few days after your treatment you should apply aloe vera gel to soothe the affected area. A sun-cream of at least SPF30 should be applied to exposed treated areas every day for at least four weeks, regardless of the weather. You should not expose the treated area to the sun or use sun beds for at least four weeks before and after treatment.

What are the risks of IPL hair removal?

There may be some redness and swelling after the treatment but this usually only lasts one or two days. Sometimes there can be an increase or loss of pigmentation (colouring) in the skin. In a very small number of cases the skin’s texture may change slightly. IPL very rarely causes scarring.

Pricing Tables


Face Single X6 X10
Between Brows £30 £150 £240
Upper Lip £50 £250 £400
Chin £70 £350 £560
Sideburns £70 £350 £560
Jaw Line £75 £375 £600
Jaw Line & Chin £90 £450 £720
Chin & Upper Lip £90 £450 £720
Earlobes £30 £150 £240
Beard £100 £500 £800


Body Single X6
Shoulders £100 £500
Half Back – Lower £120 £600
Chest £120 £600
Abdomen £110 £550
Nipples £50 £250
Stomach – Navel £50 £250
Bikini – Standard £80 £400
Bikini – Brazilian £100 £500
Bikini – Hollywood £115 £575

Arms & Legs

Arm & Legs Single X6
Underams £70 £350
Arms – Upper £100 £500
Arms – Lower £100 £500
Full Arms £150 £750
Legs – Thighs £190 £950
Legs – Lower £180 £900
Legs – Full £220 £1100
Feet & Toes £60 £300
Hands & Fingers £50 £250


Packages Single X6
Standard Bikini & Navel £115 £575
Brazilian & Underarms £150 £750
Hollywood & Underarms £170 £850
Standard & Lower Leg £240 £1200
Brazilian & Lower Leg £260 £1300
Hollywood & Lower Leg £275 £1375
Women’s Full Body £460 £2300

Request an Appointment

If you’d like to make an appointment or have an enquiry about any of our treatments send us a message or call the salon

01429 869173

Where to Find Us

We’re based on Elwick Road in Hartlepool. There’s lots of on street parking.


telephone: 01429 869173


Retreat Health & Beauty
89 Elwick Road
TS26 9AU


Monday:  09:00 – 17:00
Tuesday: 09:00 – 17:00
Wednesday: 09:00 – 18:00
Thursday: 09:00 – 20:00
Friday: 09:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 16:00
Sunday: Closed