Everything Dark-Skinned Women Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

A few decades ago, receiving a laser hair removal treatment would've been rather risky for a woman of color. Lasers weren't made with melanin in mind and, therefore, were safest for individuals with fair skin and dark hair follicles. The main disconnect was that the lasers did not properly distinguish hair follicles and skin pigment, so those with dark skin could run the risk of severe burns, scarring, discoloration, and more. Thankfully, in recent years, we've seen an advancement in inclusive technology made especially for dark skin tones. Nevertheless, it's still so, so important for those with dark skin to do their research, ask their technician specific questions, and follow the right pre-procedure and post-procedure guidelines to ensure they undergo the safest laser treatment.

Meghan Murphy, a registered nurse at Candela, an American laser company, along with Christian Karavolas, owner of Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal, lay down the laws every dark-skinned woman should follow for the safest laser hair removal process.