Hair Types | 14 June 2016

Can laser hair removal work on light hair?

Laser hair removal will work on light hairs that contain dark pigment, laser has no effect on light hairs that are blonde, red, grey or white in colour as they don’t contain enough pigment for the laser to absorb into.

Laser uses the dark pigment (melanin) in hairs as a target, the more melanin a hair contains the more heat it will absorb from the laser. When a laser is pulsed onto the skin the light from the laser is absorbed into the hair shaft and heat is transferred into the follicle. This heat is directed down into the base of the follicle where it heats and disables the interconnecting cells that connect the small blood supply to the hair. This is a safe procedure and has been trialled and tested by the FDA.

 

How does laser hair removal work on light hairs?

For laser to work on lighter hairs, higher intensities of laser must be used in order to target these hairs, our medical grade lasers allow us to use these high intensities in the safest possible way. Our Alexandrite (For pale skin) and ND Yag (For Darker skin) lasers are designed to target dark fine hairs using high settings without compromising on the safety of your skin regardless of your skin colour. Our lasers have advanced cooling systems that keep the skin’s temperature cool while delivering high doses of targeted laser deep into the follicle where it needs to go.

The thickness of your hairs will determine how much heat is attracted to the follicle from the laser.

How many sessions of laser will I require for light hair?

It is possible to achieve great results with lighter hairs but it just may take a little longer to reach your desired result. Normally 8+ sessions are required but it’s different for everybody so contact us. Our dedicated team of hair removal specialists are on hand to answer any of your questions.