Read more about dark hair removal treatments in ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth & Hair‘.
Dark hair can be removed from dark skin or pale skin. It can be removed temporarily or permanently. Permanent dark hair removal can be achieved by laser treatment or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Temporary dark hair removal can be achieved by a number of methods including
- Depilatory creams and powders
- Epilation devices
- Prescription drugs
The easiest hair for lasers to remove is dark hair on pale skin. Laser energy is absorbed by pigment, so works best when there is a strong contrast between skin and hair colors. Choose a reputable cosmetic practitioner to ensure there will be no unwanted side effects such as burning or hyperpigmentation.
With laser hair removal, laser energy is used on the skin, focusing on the area of hair growth. The follicles beneath the skin surface are destroyed, stopping hair from growing.
A course of six to eight treatments is recommended to ensure the follicles are completely disabled and the hair will not regrow. Skin must be protected from sun damage afterwards or hyperpigmentation (darker patches of skin) may occur. After a course is completed, hair growth will be permanently reduced – and may stop altogether.