Laser hair removal is becoming an increasingly more popular way to remove body hair, as it is virtually painless, permanent, and, thanks to improved availability and technology, very cost effective. Indeed, it is now possible to invest in a laser hair removal system for home use, and never have to spend a penny on razors, depilatory creams or salon or at home waxing again. While it sounds like the dream solution for women who are tired of the time and expense of other hair removal methods, there are some factors that affect how well it works, so while many people get great results, it isn’t necessarily the best choice for everybody.
Key factors in how well laser hair removal works are based on a combination of skin colour and hair colour, since the pulse of the laser light is absorbed by the dark pigment in the hair – melanin. This means, the more melanin in your hair, i.e. the darker your hair, the better the laser light can be absorbed.
You will generally see it explained that light skin is the best skin type for laser hair removal. While this is essentially true, there are different sorts of light skin. Very fair skin, the type that burns in the sun rather than tanning, is the best candidate, whereas Scandinavian type pale skin which tans is closer in terms of how well it responds to laser hair removal treatment to medium skin, even if it is very pale when not tanned.
Medium skin such as light brown or olive coloured skin can respond well to laser hair treatment if hair type and texture are suitable, i.e. very dark and coarse (see below for more information on hair colour).
Black skin is not suitable for laser hair removal.
Because laser treatment works on the pigments in the hair, it is actually better the darker your hair is (conversely to skin). White, blonde, red or grey hair won’t take to the treatment at all. The best type of hair is dark and coarse. Because hair types vary on different parts of the body, if you have blonde leg hair you may find hair elsewhere on the body, such as the underarm or bikini line, is darker and more suitable for treatment, so you could choose laser hair removal for these areas.
Whatever your skin type, you need to have treatment when you are at your palest for best results. If you are naturally pale but you have a slight suntan, treatment can be harder than on a darker skinned person who has not been tanning at all.
As you can see, the results and duration of laser hair removal treatments do vary according to these factors. Of course laser hair removal is still possible even if you don’t have very pale skin with dark, coarse body hair. If your hair is a bit lighter or your skin is slightly darker you maybe just need a few more sessions.
Luckily these days it is possible to perform laser treatment in the comfort of your own home. All you need to do is invest in a laser hair removal unit for home use and you will be able to plan your sessions according to your schedule and individual needs. Besides saving you time and hassle, home laser hair removal cost works out cheaper in the long run than salon laser treatment.