Facial & Body Hair Removal For Transgender Women

Welcome to KetchBeauty! If you're transitioning and looking for a long-term hair removal solution, you're in the right place.

We understand that the hair removal process can be challenging during a transition, which is why we're here to help make it easier for you.


In this guide, we'll walk you through the three best hair removal options for your transition:

  1. IPL
  2. laser
  3. Electrolysis


At KetchBeauty, we specialize in selling IPL hair removal handsets with a 97.89% success rate, but we're not here just to sell you our product.

We want to provide you with all the information you need to make the best financial and practical decision for your hair removal needs.


We'll compare each option and even share how our customers have combined our IPLs with other methods for the best results while saving money.

My name is Mickale, and as the founder of KetchBeauty, I'm here to support you in your transition journey.

So, let's get started and find the hair removal solution that works best for you!


When it comes to hair removal, there are several effective methods to choose from.


IPL Hair Removal is a revolutionary technology that uses intense pulsed light to target and destroy hair follicles, leaving you with smooth, hair-free skin.

Our brand offers a top-rated IPL hair removal device that is FDA-cleared and easy to use, providing a noticeable reduction in hair growth with regular treatments.


Laser Hair Removal is another popular option that uses concentrated light energy to destroy hair follicles, resulting in permanent hair reduction.

Although it can be expensive and time-consuming, the results are well worth it.

It's important to choose a reputable provider and follow their aftercare instructions to minimize any potential side effects.


Finally, there's Electrolysis, the only FDA-approved method for permanent hair removal.

It uses a small electrical current to destroy hair follicles and is a great choice for those looking for a long-term solution to unwanted hair.

However, it can be time-consuming and requires multiple treatments.

Now that you know the three best hair removal options for you, it's time to dive deeper into each method and understand how they work.

But before that, it's important to understand the hair growth cycles and how they affect the effectiveness of each method.


So, let's take a closer look at how hair grows on our bodies and how it impacts hair removal.


Did you know that humans go through three different hair growth cycles?

Unlike other mammals, we don't shed seasonally, and all three phases are happening simultaneously.


The first phase is called the Anagen phase, also known as the growing phase. During this phase, the hair is still attached to the root and visible on the skin.

Body hair goes through this phase for about 2-3 weeks, but hair on your head can last years.

This is the phase you target when you want to treat your hair follicles with hair removal methods like IPL, laser, or electrolysis.


The Catagen phase is the second phase of the hair cycle and is when the hairs begin to shed.

Hair removal treatments done in this phase are somewhat effective but primarily ineffective as the hair is no longer attached to the follicle.


The Telogen phase is the last stage of hair growth, also known as the resting phase.

During this phase, the hair is not visible on the outer layer of your skin, and treatments are completely ineffective.


Hair growth cycles are why you need multiple laser hair removal sessions, as you want to catch each hair growth cycle in the Anagen phase, usually 2-6 weeks apart, as the new cycle begins.


Now that we've covered the basics of hair growth, let's dive deeper into each of the three hair removal options mentioned above.

We'll explore the pros and cons of each method, including their effectiveness, cost, and potential side effects.


By the end of this guide, you'll have a better understanding of which hair removal method is right for you and your unique needs.

So, let's get started and take the first step towards achieving the hair-free look you've been dreaming of.


  1. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Hair Removal

IPL, short for intense pulsed light, is a popular technology used by professionals in salons and dermatologists' clinics worldwide.

The light pulses emitted by the device target the melanin in the hair, putting it into a resting phase and causing the hair root to detach from the cell wall.

intent pulse light hair removal

By consistently using the KetchBeauty V4.1 IPL Hair Removal Handset, you can achieve soft, smooth, and hair-free skin in as little as 4 to 12 weeks.

Our V4.1 IPL handset is the most convenient and affordable solution for achieving salon-quality hair removal results.



Our multifunctional IPL device can be used by anyone for various purposes. However, it's essential to check the Fitzpatrick Scale to ensure IPL treatments are suitable for your skin tone.

IPL energy will not work on red, very light blonde, gray/white hair, or those with skin tone VI on the scale.



Most people report no pain or only mild discomfort during IPL treatments, although it can be painful for some.

The discomfort level depends on your skin structure and pain tolerance, which varies from person to person.

Some compare the sensation to being stung with a fingernail, while others describe it as being stung with a rubber band.

While IPL is less uncomfortable than laser hair removal, lowering the intensity levels to alleviate discomfort will impact the effectiveness of the results.



IPL treatments are not considered permanent but provide long-lasting results.

Hair can still grow back eventually, but it's challenging to predict when. Think of IPL hair removal as semi-permanent or long-term permanent hair reduction.

Most people will see a significant reduction in hair regrowth after 3-5 sessions, but maintenance treatments may be necessary to keep the results.

If you're looking for a 100% guaranteed permanent hair removal solution, electrolysis is the way to go, though it can be unpleasant, intrusive, and costly.

Even professional laser treatments are only considered permanent hair reduction and not removal. 


Wondering what to expect after IPL hair removal?

While it's normal to experience redness and swelling, these effects should subside within a few hours.

You may also notice darkening of the treated hair follicle, which will disappear over time.

Keep in mind that IPL treatments are not permanent, and you'll need several sessions to achieve your desired outcome.

Depending on the area being treated, your hair-growth cycle, and skin tone, you may need 3-8 treatments.


By week 12, you'll likely see the most significant difference in the remaining hair.

While the results of IPL hair removal are not permanent, you can enjoy a significant reduction in hair growth that can last for months or even years.

To maintain your results, you'll need to continue treatment as needed, typically every 4-6 weeks for the face and every 6-8 weeks for other areas.


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Are you tired of feeling uncomfortable in your own skin because of unwanted facial and body hair?

You deserve to show up as your authentic self without any hindrances, especially as a transgender woman.

That's why the KetchBeauty IPL handset is the perfect solution to say goodbye to unwanted hair and uncomfortable situations.

No need to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on professional laser hair removal treatments that may not fully understand your needs as a transgender person.

With the KetchBeauty IPL handset, you can empower yourself to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin by safely and effectively removing unwanted hair, all from the privacy of your own home.

It's easy to use and comes with simple instructions, so you don't have to worry about complicated procedures or losing instructions.

And with our lifetime warranty and 90-day money-back guarantee, you can trust in our commitment to providing you with the best possible solution for your hair removal needs.

Our satisfied customers have seen incredible results, from thinned hair growth to even the removal of 5 o'clock shadows.


Victoria Rose:


Rachel Brennan:


Mathilda Hogberg:


Nofar Morali:



IPL At Home Hair Removal Review (Before & After) - Karageous

At Home Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal Results - Nofar Morali

PERMANENTLY Remove Body Hair Dysphoria - Mathilda Hogberg


At Home Laser Hair Removal - Kayla Ward

IPL Hair Removal At Home! (Ketch Beauty) - Julie Vu

Male to Female (MTF) Transgender at Home IPL Laser Hair Removal Before and After Results ft. Nofar

Registered Aesthetic Nurse Dahlia Nguyen Reviews KetchBeauty At Home Laser Hair Removal IPL Device


Here's what Nikki Has to say about our IPL:


"Nikki - 21 JAN 2021 (35 upvotes)

I was nervous buying this because it seemed a little too good to be true, considering how low the price is for what you are getting and how good the reviews are. I finally caved and bought this product on October 30th, and it was delivered on November 4th.

The packaging was very nice; My first thought was that it looked legit. 

It has a little bit of weight to it. When you turn it on, you can hear some kind of whirring noise like something is happening. 


Note that the "zaps" are EXTREMELY bright. Even pressed tight to my skin and wearing eyeglasses, I keep my eye clothes during the flash to be on the safe side. The first session I used seemed not to do anything, but I had only used the device at power level 1 because I was nervous it would hurt.

In the second session, I did a few things differently: I turned up the power level to 3 and did one pass of zapping over the areas I was treating as neatly as possible like I was following a grid. 

Then I turned the power level to 4, did one more pass, and in the areas where my skin is lightest, I went ahead and did the same again at power level 5 (maximum strength). So each spot of hair growth gets 2 or 3 zaps every time I use it, and I usually wait 4 to 6 days before I use it again. 


It really doesn't take very much time to cover a large area because the part of the device that does the zapping has pretty broad coverage.

After my second and third sessions, the hair on my upper lip never grew back. 

It took six sessions to get rid of 99% of my chin/jaw/neck hair (two stubborn hairs left on my jaw). 

After four sessions, my tummy hair is about 2/3rd of the way gone. My armpit hair has been reduced by nearly half.

I have had this product for one month, and it has significantly reduced my unwanted hair. 


For context, I am a transgender Latina woman with light, yellow/gold skin tone, and my body hair is extremely thick, coarse, black, and curly. 

Please note, anywhere you have more melanin in your skin, the higher levels can also burn your skin instead of just hair- so do not use level 5 where your skin is medium-tone or tan, and do not use level 4 or up where your skin is dark. 


The device has a little card that shows which intensity levels are safe for which skin/hair colors.

I have found the best technique is shaving and then waiting until I get a "5 o'clock" shadow bit of hair growth before zapping. 

You will literally smell burning hair if you use this technique, but it does not hurt, and this seems to be the best way to get the fastest results. 

You'll notice that a few hairs seem to be zapped out immediately, but most of the hairs that you lose will fall out after a day or two.


Just try to be consistent, and it really, really works. 


I am excited about eventually not needing to shave, but I am much more excited by the lack of that post-shave shadow. 

Especially for my underarms, it is incredible to see the patches where hair no longer grows and are regular skin color instead of that gray/purple tone that my armpits usually have after shaving.

After sessions, your skin will feel warm to the touch, but I have had zero actual burns anywhere on my body. 

Over the course of an entire session, I might have one or two "Ow!" moments where a zap actually hurts, but the pain level is comparable to being snapped by a rubber band and goes away instantly. 

I use the "Australian Gold Aloe Vera Freeze Gel with Lidocaine" as a cooling gel after my skin feels particularly warm to the touch. 

Please, please learn from my mistake and do NOT put that cooling gel on your face: it gave me the worst acne breakout of my life.

 At first, I wasn't sure if this device or the gel triggered the breakout, but after continuous use of the device without the gel, I can confirm that this device does not trigger breakouts. 

Now I use a gentle face moisturizer after zapping facial hair and save the cooling gel for my body.

I have every intention of using this product to remove all of my body hair permanently, and, honestly, it probably comes with enough flashes that two people or more could remove all their body hair. 


This thing is absolutely worth it and more! Definitely one of the best purchases I have made. 

It permanently removes body hair, and there is no downside. If your body hair is darker than your skin tone, you should absolutely buy it."

before and after IPL

At-Home Laser/IPL Hair Removal For Transitioning Women

If you're not convinced that such a simple yet affordable device is capable of saving you thousands in laser hair removal cost and or electrolysis, then read on.

We will not only show you proof but also make you the offer a lifetime. Here at KetchBeauty, we believe in equality and fairness. 

We have a 90-day money-back guarantee on all purchases. 

If, after 90 days of using our IPL every week, you don't see any unsatisfactory results, let us know so you can return the device for a refund. 


Here's what some well know women have to say about our IPLs [Some of these names may be familiar...]


  • Samantha Lux: A well know advocate for transwomen with over 580,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 80,000 followers on Instagram.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SamanthaLuxoxo/featured

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_samanthalux/

*Full disclosure: Samantha did purchase our IPL on 20 JULY 2020 and used it for 3 months or until 20 OCTOBER 2020 before deciding to make a video review with here results. Even though we sponsored the video, all opinions are her own and real after testing it on herself. The video sponsorship is to compensate for here time and effort taken out of her scheduled to make a video in the first place.

Her own words via email prior to making the video:

“Hi there!

I’ve been using your device and I’ve seen some impressive results! I’m down to share my results in a video :)

Let me know what you think!





  • Gia Gunn: Needs no introduction but Gia Gunn is the stage name of American drag performer Gia Keitaro Ichikawa. She is known for competing on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, the second season of The Switch Drag Race, and RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season four.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeNK93UFhDcuc6wcgGFIqdg

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gia_gunn/


  • Victoria Rose: Is another well know trans advocate with over 30,000 subscribers. In her own words describes herself as being a woman of transgender experience. Victoria has been using KetchBeauty's Hair Removal IPL since the first quarter of 2020. Find her socials below as well as her results. 
  • ketchbeauty review

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDCmxTR1x6ylSYlh_nrJHZQ

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thevivirose/


  • Carolina Gutierrez: Caroland is a channel with 73,000 subscribers dedicated to helping and educating the public in various topics from beauty and fitness to trans issues, pop culture, nutrition and much more. Carolina has been using the KetchBeauty IPL consistently and has shown off her results frequently on YouTube and Instagram. 
  • ketchbeauty ipl review

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Caroland14/featured

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecarolinagutierrez/


  • Mathilda Hogberg: Is a well know Swedish YouTuber with 45,000 subscribers who shares tip and helpful content to help transitioning women find their way. She has recently started using our IPL and has offered to make a video showing her results because it's unexpected and unbelievable for her. 
  • ketchbeauty laser review

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrsdM_e_zMqRGAzfllLHTSg

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mathildahogbergs/


  • Destiny Maylas: Another well known youtuber with 30,000 subscribers who primarily post content related to HRT, and it's effects over time. Destiny is very skeptical and critical towards any and all products. This is what she had to say: "
  • Apr 22, 2021, 10:07 PM I have refused a few Sponsorship Collab requests because I don't believe the product will help the Trans Community or Curly, Brown Girls or both, but this product looks promising and I'm pretty sure this will help the Trans Community that's why I'm happy to Collab with your brand after the product proves effective." 
  • May 9, 2021, 12:48 AM I just got the package. I will use it for a few weeks so I can give a proper feedback. Ill also use it on my partner so we can both provide a proper feedback.

  • ketchbeauty ipl reviews

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7-Vn5wgC1jABPWJyvgonA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/destinymaylas/


  • Becky Boulton: Transgender vlogger with 27,000 subscribers giving advice and sharing experiences!
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beckyboultonxo/ 

  • Adea Danielle : on this channel with over 66,000 subscribers you will find beauty videos, transgender life updates, Storytime and much more!

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0KvB5clyZvHmldIlG_fqGg

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adeadanielle/

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2. Electrology - effective, fast, and painful

If you're not familiar with electrology, this is where a needle or a small metal probe is inserted into each hair follicle, and a small electric current will pass through the needle and zap the hair.

This is essentially the same as laser hair removal but much more painful and expensive. Electrologist results are faster, but sessions are a painfully slow process.

electrologist hair removal

The best part of electrology is that it works on all skin and hair types, textures, and colors. 

The cost of electrology varies a lot, but the main difference is that it is charged per hour or minute instead of per area of the body.

Like laser hair removal, you can get discounts on Groupon, so be sure to look there if this is something you plan on doing in the future.

Again, electrology is super effective, but it is ridiculously expensive. Most people book an hour-long appointment but hardly ever make it to the end because it's so painful.

You'll need to book about 8-12 sessions to have an area completely treated and done with. 

This is not because it's less effective than laser hair removal (4-8 sessions), but because electrolysis is so painful, you will need more sessions of shorter treatment times.

For people with a lot of hair that you want to clear in a shorter amount of time, you can opt-in for lidocaine or Marcaine injections (numbing agents) in the area before to make it bearable.


Pro tips: if getting lidocaine shots at your dermatologist or salon isn't an option, you can visit your dentist and ask for a shot of lidocaine.

Also, you can request to have a patch test done on your hair at salons or dermatologist offices before committing to a 12 session packaged deal.


Some side effects associated with electrolysis may include:

  • Discomfort or pain
  • Skin redness
  • Localized swelling
  • Tiny blisters
  • Scabs
  • Dryness
  • Ingrown hairs

How do you prepare for electrology?

The preparation for electrolysis sucks. You have to grow your hair out long enough for a tweezer to grab onto. 

If you're a trans woman with dark facial hair, be prepared to grow your facial hair out for at least five days before treatment.

After electrology, your skin may feel extraordinarily raw or sore because the process includes sticking needles into each pore. 

As soon as the hair is treated, it's plucked out, so results are instantaneous.

At the end of the day, you need to research and find a laser that works for you.




3. Laser Hair Removal 

If you're not already familiar with laser hair removal, it works by taking a concentrated light beam and then heats the hair follicle and destroys it.

Single hair removal sessions for a specific body part or area can easily cost upwards of $100 per session. (Groupon is a good place to look for coupons for discounts).

Unlike electrology, laser hair removal is most effective for people with light skin and dark hair (same as home IPL hair removal devices).

The way laser hair removal works is the concentrated beam of light that heats any pigmentation in the hair and transfers that heat down to the root of the hair follicle, destroying it.

If you have light hair and light skin, there isn't much contrast to differentiate between the hair follicle and the skin, and this goes for dark skin and dark hair combinations. 

This can lead to burning of the skin or irritation, which you want to be mindful of.

Different salons have different lasers, but people have been reported to have the best results from "Alexandrite laser."

Quick side note: An alexandrite laser is one that uses an alexandrite crystal that is used as the laser source or medium. The alexandrite laser produces a specific wavelength of light in the infrared spectrum (755 nm). It is considered a red light laser”
source: https://dermnetnz.org/topics/alexandrite-laser-treatment/


This laser has been known to be the most effective and least painful compared to others. 

You'll still feel the heat, smell the hair burning (which is a good thing you want to smell the hair burning because it means that it's actually working).

So now you must be wondering, "How long does it take to see results from laser hair removal?" 

The time will vary from person to person, but the combined average is about 2-3 weeks; you'll notice the hairs starting to fall out in patches.


How to prepare for laser hair removal 

Before you undergo laser or IPL hair removal treatment, you need to shave beforehand. 

Shaving before will allow for the laser/IPL light to identify and target the hair and transfer the heat to the follicle after it's been zap, and as stated above, you can expect the fallout process to happen within 2-3 weeks.


How painful is laser hair removal? 

Depending on the area being treated pain level is about 3-5 out of 10 on a pain scale for laser hair removal. 

Areas such as the upper lip where the skin is fragile and sensitive will be more painful than areas with thinker skin. 

You may feel like your skin is being snapped with a rubber band, and you may also experience mild discomfort after the procedure, such as redness and irritation like a mild sunburn. (

The more visible hair on the outside of the skin, the more painful the treatment will be that's why you should shave before)

That being said - The pain is not nearly as unbearable as electrolysis.


How permanent is laser hair removal? 

According to Samantha Lux: "The permanenity… (is that even a word?... IDK anyways) of laser hair removal is very debated! Some people say that it just disrupts the hair for a long period of time and expect eventual regrowth." All her treatment has been within the last five years, and she is entirely free from the burden of shaving.

Some negative side effects of laser are:

  • Discomfort or pain
  • Localized swelling
  • Skin redness
  • Hyper pigmentation (temporary skin darkening)
  • Scab formation


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