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Laser Hair Removal: Are You a Candidate?
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Welcome to the first edition of the Laser Hair Removal newsletter. There's so much to talk when it comes to Laser Hair Removal that it's hard to know where to begin. With this in mind, we thought we'd start with one of the most frequently asked questions we get here at SignatureForum: Who is a candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Finding the most reliable information about laser hair removal candidacy can be a daunting task. In our experience, we've found that people either don't have access to all the facts about Laser Hair Removal, have misinformation, or have outdated information. So, this month we're making it a point to explain what skin types Laser Hair Removal is ideal for, and what hair colors today's lasers can permanently remove.


The Science of Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal works by heating unwanted body hair; the hair actually absorbs the lasers light, which then heats and destroys hair follicles at the root. It's Science 101: dark colors absorb light and lighter colors reflect light; more absorption equals more heat, more heat translates into more hair that is permanently removed. This means that the biggest obstacles with Laser Hair Removal are skin tones and hair colors, as darker hair can absorb more light and darker skin tones can do the same (increasing the chance of burning or blistering).

While in the past, it was true that Laser Hair Removal was only effective on dark hair and light skin tones; new technology is making Laser Hair Removal readily available for more and more people. For instance, laser systems like the Aurora 2003 combine laser with radio frequencies to remove hairs on most skin types, and a wide range of hair colors. In short, this is because radio frequency heats through vibration and is not limited to colors.


Which Laser Will Work for You?

In the skin care industry, skin is often classified on scale from Type 1 to Type 6. Type 1 represents the lightest side of the spectrum and Type 6 is the darkest. You should always seek a consultation with a trained professional to determine what your exact skin type is and whether or not their Laser Hair Removal system can work with it. This chart can help you sort out which lasers might be best suited for your unique skin type.


Laser Hair Removal & Dark Skin

We get a lot of phone calls from guests with dark skin, asking if Laser Hair Removal will work for them. The simple answer is yes, lasers can remove unwanted hair on African American skin as well as Indian, Latino, or any person with medium to darker skin tones. Laser Hair Removal has proven particularly successful with olive to tan skin, type 3 or type 4 skin. When it comes to skin tones, Laser Hair Removal sometimes has as much to do with a technician's skill, as it has to do with the laser itself. The best lasers under the best guidance can have incredible results even with removing hairs on dark skin. However, some clinics won't treat skin type 5 or above, and skin type can't be determined over the phone, it's best to set up a consultation with a expert to see if you qualify as a Laser Hair Removal candidate.


Which Hair Colors Work with Laser Hair Removal

The biggest hurdle with Laser Hair Removal is still hair color. The lightest colored hair follicles simply do not absorb enough light to effectively eliminate the hair. White hairs are the most difficult to remove by lasers; however, some success has been found with gray hairs. New Laser Hair Removal technology is making it possible for more and more people to remove unwanted hair, no matter the color…be it black, red, brown, or blonde. As with skin tone, when lasers are combined with radio frequency energy the results are greatly magnified. Black hairs will always be the most easy to get rid of with Laser Hair Removal, but most medspas and laser clinics are more than capable of removing blonde and red hair follicles as well.

It's impossible to know where you personally stand with Laser Hair Removal without knowing your skin type or exact hair color, but, at least, you now have a starting point. If you have more questions about Laser Hair Removal, we can help. Don't hesitate to Contact Us. Remember the best way to know for sure if you're a candidate for Laser Hair Removal is to get checked out by a skin care specialist by you. We'd be more than happy to connect you with a laser clinic, medical spa, or physician in the SignatureForum network for a complimentary consultation.


Thanks For Reading!

Thanks for reading SignatureForum's Laser Hair Removal newsletter. Keep an eye out for next month when we'll discuss hair removal pricing.

Until Next Time,
The SignatureForum Staff

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