17th February 2022

A RoadMap To Safe & Succesful Laser Hair Removal For People Of Colour

Last Modified: February 17, 2022

Many people who struggle with stubborn & unwanted hair on their face or/and body turn to laser hair removal for a long-term solution. However, for many years, people of colour were locked out from reaping the same benefit.

The early laser devices had trouble distinguishing between the pigment in the hair follicles vs that in the surrounding skin. This often resulted in painful skin burns that took a long time to heal.

Fortunately, with advancements in laser technology, we can now effectively perform laser hair removal for those with dark skin in addition to lighter skin tones.

That being said, as a person of colour, navigating the world of laser hair removal can still get overwhelming. That's why we have written this post to provide you with a clear roadmap for getting laser hair removal safely and effectively.

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Find a laser clinic that specialises in darker skin tones

In most major cities in the U.K., you'll find dozens of clinics, salons and spas that offer laser hair removal services.

That doesn't mean you should randomly choose any and hope for the best.

On the internet, you'll find numerous horror stories of laser hair removal gone wrong, most of which can be linked to either one of these two causes.

The laser provider didn't follow guidelines set by the manufacturer or was not aware of unique requirements for the skin they were working with. 

This oversight has left countless patients with burns, scarring or lost investments when they have to find alternative providers afterwards.

But when done right, laser hair removal can deliver stellar results, including on people of colour.

However, you need to find a well-trained and experienced laser provider who can safely administer laser hair removal on darker skin tones.

How do you do this?

Well, you'll need to get a little proactive and put on your detective hat. 

First off, hair laser removal is an in-office treatment that requires multiple sessions. This means you'll need to find a facility that's accessible from your primary place of residence. 

With that in mind, it's time to head over to Google Maps to carry out your search for potential laser providers. 

  • While there's a wide range of different laser providers out there, we recommend confining your search to medical aesthetic clinics. These are often doctor-led facilities, where you stand a better chance of finding a team that's regularly trained on the latest technological advances in this field. 
  • Let's assume you live in Birmingham, UK; your search term on Google maps would be something like "medical aesthetic clinics in Birmingham." From the search results, look through for clinics with a good number of positive reviews. This doesn't mean they provide laser hair removal for people of colour or anyone for that matter. It just means that some people were happy enough with their services to take the time and leave a review. While you are at it, read several reviews to get an idea of what people like about their services.
  • By now, you should have a handful of clinics to start with. The next step will be to head over to their websites. You should find the link under their Google My Business profile. Once on their website, look for information that points to them offering laser hair removal services. Clinics that provide laser hair removal for people of colour will more often than not have a webpage dedicated to this specific treatment. At the very least, you should find a treatment page on laser hair removal. If you don't, you can scrap that clinic from your list. Also, go through their about page to learn about their team, qualifications, and company ethos. This should give you a better sense of the people you'll encounter when you take the next step.

Ask The Right Question

Hopefully, you have done your research and found one or two potential laser providers for your treatment. 

Now it's time to book your consultation.

To get the most out of your meeting and help you determine the best option for you, here are some questions you need to ask:

  • What are some typical side effects to expect? It's normal to experience mild side effects like bruising or swelling. Anyone who tries to downplay the inherent risk found in all cosmetic treatments should have you weary.
  • What are the dos and don'ts if I decide to go with laser treatment? They should explain the steps you need to take during the treatment duration to ensure you get the best results.
  • What are your general health and safety procedures? You can also inquire if they have insurance cover and what are their COVID-19 protocols.
  • Are you regulated by anybody that upholds industry standards? The Uk government does not strictly regulate laser hair removal. If the clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an excellent indication that they take customer safety and quality of service seriously.
  • What laser device do you have available, and why do you prefer it over others? Take note of the name on the machine and counter check it later for its efficacy and safety features.
  •  And most importantly, have you treated people of colour before?

There is no such thing as a silly question. A qualified laser technician will answer all your questions, even if they seem obvious. Also, they need to be able to prove that they have a proven track record of performing safe and successful laser hair removal on people of colour.

You need a patch test

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Before the laser starts zapping away, it's vital to get a patch test done. The patch test, which is usually carried out at your initial consultation, involves using the laser on a small portion of your skin area. 

For the safety of all our patients, we don't start any treatment without one. 

Modern advancement laser hair removal machines like Splendor X from Lumenis come with various settings which can be customised to a broad spectrum of skin tones.

But first, we have to determine the best laser wavelength to use and what precise grade of laser energy is required to achieve the best results for your skin and hair type. 

This is where a patch test comes into play.

The second purpose of a patch test is to help you gauge how your laser treatment will be like and how it will feel. If you are anxious about what will happen during treatment, if it is painful, and so on, then the patch test is the perfect opportunity to get all of this answered.  

Finally, doing the test at least a few days before your first treatment allows time to gauge how your skin will react to the laser. From here, your treatment plan can be adjusted accordingly to ensure effective results with minimal side effects.

To Wrap Up

That's it! You are now set to start your laser hair removal treatment. 

If it wasn't apparent, we know a thing or two about laser hair removal for people of colour. If you live within or around Birmingham, we are here to help you figure out if laser hair removal is a treatment for you.

In fact, some of the patients come to us after being disappointed by their laser hair removal services elsewhere. We are glad that we turn out to be their last stop.

This is because we are committed to offering the best customer service and have invested in the latest state-of-the-art laser machine. We are here to provide you with a hyper customised, safe, smooth and effective laser hair removal experience. Talk to us today.

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