Black Skin Hair Removal

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    Laser Hair Removal for Black Skin

    How Laser works?

    How Laser works

    • Gentle burst of laser light
    • Penetrates into the skin to the root of the hair
    • Targets the brown pigment (melanin) in the hair shaft
    • The hair absorbs the light energy and converts it to heat
    • Thus heating up the follicle
    • And disabling the hair growth mechanism
    • Thermal damage to key structures:
      • bulb, bulge, vascular supply
    • Hair regrowth is impeded
    • Depigmentation
    • Follicle remains intact but miniaturized
    • Conversion of terminal to vellus hair
    • Laser only targets hair in the anagen (growth) phase
    • And only a certain % of the hair is in anagen at any one time
    • So several treatments will be required
    The hair growth cycle?

    In order to understand Laser Hair Removal for Black clients, you need an understanding of the Hair Growth Cycle.
    hair-growth-cycleThe Hair growth cycle has three distinct growth phases. These are known as the:

    • Anagen:   Active growth phase
    • Catagen: Regressive phase
    • Telogen:   Resting phase

    Special Note: It is ONLY during the active growth ‘Anagen’ phase that Laser can permanently disable hair growth. The follicle has the most pigment and blood supply in the Anagen stage making a good target for the Laser.


    • The cycle for Facial Hair renews every 4 weeks
    • The cycle for Body Hair renews every 6 weeks
    • The cycles for each hair is not syncronised, it is because this that we recommend having multiple treatments & at the correct time for optimal results. ie. Every 4 weeks for Face & 6 weeks for Body treatments.

    Who will Laser Hair Removal benefit?

    • Black clients who want to get rid of excess dark hair growth and are prone to suffer from ingrown hairs.
    • You will benefit if you find traditional methods of hair removal difficult or inconvenient ad would like a quick and permanent solution for hair reduction.
    • Laser Hair Removal is perfect if you desire smooth, soft skin after hair removal as laser treatments will ensure that rough, dry skin becomes a thing of the past.
    • The golden rule for Laser Hair Removal is that the hair needs to be darker than the skin, the darker the hair the better. Unfortunately, we cannot treat white/grey, blonde or red hairs.
    • Your medical history will be taken at the consultation in order to check you are medically suitable to have the treatment performed.

    Consultation & Patch Test?

    • You will undergo a full consultation with a full medical check.
    • If you are suitable for the treatment, A patch test will be performed on a small section on each different body areas you want treating.
    • The Patch Test is the most certain way to establish if Laser Hair Removal is safe for you.
    • If you are darker skin then you will need to wait a minimum of 1-2 weeks after your patch test to ensure there are no adverse side effects. Remember Black skin tones have a delayed reaction so it’s safe to wait this time period after the test patch.
    • The test patch is done at different levels of intensity, this informs the Laser practitioner of the skins reaction to treatment.
    • We will proceed with extreme caution and increase our setting gradually and after getting to know your skin. This will avoid any complications.

    How will the Laser Hair Removal be performed?

    There are 3 main steps involved in a typical Laser Hair Removal session:

    • The hair should be shaved prior to the treatment. We need the hairs to be as short as possible to make the treatment more effective & as comfortable as possible.
    • The area will be wiped & marked out.
    • The area will be treated with a laser applicator, with a built-in cooling device to ease pain & reduce sensitivity.
    • At the end of your session cooling Aloe Vera Gel & Sun Protection (if necessary) will be applied.

    Do I have to grow my hair for the treatment?

    • You should have short visible hair when you come for a consultation so we can better advise you on you hair type & suggest the most appropriate treatments.
    • There is no need to grow your hair out for regular treatments; you may shave as many times as you wish, this will not affect the results.
    • The following methods are suitable for removing hair:
      1. Shaving – removing the hair by using a blade.
      2. Trimming – removing the hair by the use of a machine to cut the hairs; or
      3. Hair Removing Creams – removing the hair by applying a non-invasive cream that removes the hair without it affecting the follicle.
    • The following methods should not be used to remove hair:
      1. Bleaching – Lightening the hair using harsh chemicals.
      2. Epilating – removing the hair, including the follicle, by a pulling motion. Included in this are Waxing, Epilating Machines, Plucking, Threading, Tweezing and more.

    Is the treatment painful?

    • For the laser to successfully work you need enough heat to destruct or disable the hair follicle. This means you should feel a small amount of heat and most clients tolerate this well.
    • Our ice cool technology makes the treatment comfortable by providing cooling before, during and after the procedure.
    • The treatment is far less painful than Electrolysis.
    • We may also recommend a numbing cream for very sensitive areas such as Face and Genetalia.

    How long will it take?

    • Treatment times vary according to equipment used, Size of area and comfort of the patient.
    • Treatment on a full face can take as little as 30 minutes.
    • Treatment on the under arms will take 15 minutes whereas full legs will take up to an hour or longer depending on the surface area.

    Area Treatment Times
    Upper Lip 10 mins
    Chin 10 mins
    Upper lip & Chin 15 mins
    Full Face 20 – 30 mins
    Bikini 20 mins
    Underarms 15 mins
    Lower Legs up to 45 mins
    Full Legs up to 75 mins
    Arms 30 mins
    Full Back & Shoulders up to 30 mins
    Consultation including Test Patch 30 mins

    How many treatments will I require?

    • The number of treatments is dependent on the individual.
    • The number of treatments is also dependent on medical background & hormonal changes in the body.
    • More sessions are required for Black skin than lighter skin.
    • The reason is the setting we use needs to be kept safe to avoid any pigmentation issues.
    • Our Laser Practitioner will assess your skin and hair type and put together an individual treatment plan for you.
    • On average, we recommend 8-12 sessions for Black skin.
    • Please have a look at our special offer packages.

    How often do I come in?

    • During the initial 6 treatments, we recommend treatments very 4 weeks for the face & every 6 weeks for the body areas.
    • After the initial 6 treatments, the time between treatments varies from client to client.

    Aftercare products

    • We will recommend products to enhance your skin and give a clear complexion.
    • The main aftercare products we recommend is an Anti-oxidant serum and a sun protection cream with a moisturiser and light mineral makeup, that hydrates, protects and evens out the skin tone.

    What result can I expect from the treatment?

    Are there any Possible side effects?

    • We find that hair on Black skin has a lot of pigment which means that the laser works extremely well. You will see the following benefits:
    • Significant Hair Reduction in the treatment area
    • Finer softer Hairs.
    • Less pigmented Light colour Hairs.
    • Eradication of thick coarse Terminal Hairs.
    • Smoother Softer Baby Skin. Laser is proven to improve skin texture, heating up the dermis stimulates collagen production.
    • It is also common for darker skin types to suffer from ingrown hairs and pigmentation left from these hairs. The laser works very well at clearing these up.
    Temporary Side Effects
    • After the treatment, you may have temporary erythema (redness) or temporary peri-follicular oedema (swelling/bumps).
    • Any initial reactions should settle down within a 48 hour period.
    • Aloe Vera Gel and cool/ice packs should be used to reduce irritation.
    Rare Side Effects
    • The following side effects are very rare and can be avoided by following aftercare advice:
    • Hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin) and Hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin) can be avoided by ensuring that you use sun protection cream and avoid Laser treatment when the skin is tanned.
    • It is also possible, but highly unlikely that the light intensity may generate light blistering or crusting of the skin that may cause temporary scabbing. These expected conditions are known and recognised, and will resolve themselves in a relatively short time.


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    • “Excellent layout of the premises with top of the range machines. Professional and friendly staff.”

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    • "Very helpful, accommodating and friendly. Leicester Laser Clinic are the people to see for laser hair removal."

    • "Have had really great results so far. The staff are extremely professional and friendly. The site itself is big, modern and clean. Prices are very reasonable!"

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    Rhianna's story

    "For me my skin is the most important thing, having Laser has really helped me with my confidence which is really important to my modeling career. I can go to shoots without makeup and feel confident with my skin."

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    I barely have any regrowth, my skin is smooth and hair free. I'm more confident going gym, swimming and the beach. I can't believe the results!

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    "I've had an 80% reduction in breakouts from when I started to now. Many people have noticed a lot of improvement in my skin. I'll definitely be continuing with my treatments."

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