Laser Hair Removal is more advanced and more popular than ever before, but there is still a large portion of the population for whom these treatments can prove quite a bit trickier. Usually those with fair skin and dark hair have the best results from laser hair removal. This obviously poses issues for redheads and fair skinned blonds. However, there are some options for redheads who are seeking a hair removal procedure.
The reason redheads can have difficulty getting results from laser hair removal is because they lack pigment in their hair. The pigment is what absorbs the laser during the treatment, and without enough pigment, the laser may not be as effective. That being said, recent improvements in laser technology have made laser hair removal more of an effective treatment for everyone, including those with blonde, grey, and red hair.
For redheads, it is important to discuss your laser hair removal treatment with your practitioner before committing to a laser session. While it is possible for laser hair removal to work for redheads, it is difficult to know how effective treatment will be from person to person. What works well on one redhead may not yield the same results on another (subtle variations in hair and skin color, along with equipment changes, can be critical variables).
Some newer lasers use a combination of laser and radio waves to remove hair, and other clinics have unique systems designed to adapt to the sensitivity of fair skin and lighter hair, protecting the skin from burns or scars while still successfully eliminating the unwanted hair.
It is also important to note that redheads will likely need more treatments than someone who has darker hair, in order for the results to set in. However, if you are willing to continue treatment and are going to a clinic with the latest technology, you are much more likely to be happy with your results in both the short and long-term.