What type of hair is best for laser hair removal
Hair Types | 1 February 2018

What Type Of Hair Is Best For Laser Hair Removal?

The type of hair laser hair removal works best on is mid brown, dark brown and black hairs. Laser works by targeting the hair with light and heat. The light from the laser is attracted to the dark pigment (melanin) that is contained within the hair. This heat travels down the hair shaft to the hair root where it destroys the cells that connect the hair root and the blood supply.  If there is no melanin present in the hair the heat cannot be absorbed so it has no effect on these interconnecting cells.

Laser works best on thick, coarse dark hairs as there is an abundance of melanin present. The energy from the laser is rapidly absorbed by thick heavily pigmented hair which makes treatment very effective.

A good example to illustrate this would be to think about how you feel on a really hot sunny day.  If you have dark clothing on, sunlight will instantly attract to anything dark in color.  Now think about how you feel when you wear something white. You feel much cooler because the light reflects off of the white fabric, well laser works in the same way.

absorbtion of laser into hair

Does laser work on fair, blonde or red or grey hair?

Laser will not work on fair, blonde, red or grey hairs.  These hairs do not contain enough melanin for the laser to target so it will have no effect on them.

Some clients with light brown hair may experience a slight reduction in hair growth but not full removal.

Does laser hair removal work on thin hair?

Laser will work on thin hairs if they are dark and contain pigment. It will not work on light, downy, soft hairs.  Facial hair is probably the most difficult area to treat as some of the hairs are very thin. Higher intensities of energy are needed to target them and it may take time to progress to these higher settings.  Because of this thin hairs will typically need more sessions to see long-lasting results.

If you are considering laser hair removal and are unsure if you are suitable or not please contact us. Our dedicated team of hair removal specialists are on hand to answer any of your questions.

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