Laser Hair Removal: Hair Growth, Hair Color, and Skin Type Matter

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Thinking about laser hair removal but not sure what to expect? Many people have heard about laser hair removal, which has become very popular, and have questions like: Why do I need multiple treatments? Can I get laser hair removal if I have light-colored hair? What about the color of my skin?

These are valid questions we can answer at WIFH. If you’re thinking of starting laser hair removal treatments, you can come for a free consultation so that we can take a look at your skin and hair and provide you with realistic expectations of what kind of results you will see with treatment.

Until we can see you for consultation, here’s some information about why multiple treatments and finding a reputable, experienced practitioner to perform the procedure are necessary.

Growth Cycle of Hair

Hair grows in four phases starting from the follicle, or root, which is underneath the skin. The anagen phase is the growing phase, the catagen phase is the regression phase, when the hair follicle shrinks and begins to detach from the follicle, the telogen phase is the resting phase and occurs when the old hair rests and a new hair begins to grow in its place, and finally the exogen phase is the shedding phase, in which resting hair finally releases from the follicle completely and sheds.

Hairs can be at a different stage of the growth cycle at any given time. Laser energy can only affect hair follicles that are in the active growth phase. Very simply, the laser damages the hair follicle, causing it shrink thereby the hair it can produce is very fine and slow growing hair. A single pulse of a laser can treat hundreds of hair follicles in only a fraction of a second, so one treatment only takes a few minutes, but multiple treatments are necessary to adequately reduce hair growth by 75-90 percent.

Hair Color

As you may have heard, hair color does matter in the world of laser hair removal. While dark hair is ideal because of its pigment, even the lightest blonde hair might have enough pigment for the laser to work. However, we recommend blondes do not use tanning beds, spray tans, or self-tanners during hair removal treatments for the lasers to work best. If you are blonde and worry laser hair removal might not work well for you, don’t worry. We will let you know at your free consultation if you are a good candidate or not.

Skin Type

All skin types are eligible for laser hair removal. Still, different lasers and wavelengths are necessary to treat different skin types. On our website, we list six skin types from light to dark with a corresponding chart of lasers to treat each type safely and effectively. When considering laser hair removal, it’s important to find a reputable, experienced practitioner who will understand your specific skin type needs.

Still have questions? Come in for a free consultation, and we’ll be happy to answer them.

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