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What kind of laser hair removal is right for you?

Written by
Chloe James

Laser hair removal is a straightforward process. The heat of laser energy is attracted to the pigment in your hair, damaging it to the point that it can’t grow back. With enough sessions, this means softer, smoother skin – and the start of a shaving-free life. Simple.

What can be confusing, however, is the choice of laser itself. Laser hair removal devices have advanced dramatically over the past few years – which is great for variety, but not so great when you’re unsure which is the right one for you. Which is where we come in, To make choosing simple – and your life easier – we’ve rounded up some of the best options for your needs.

Find a clinic or practitioner near you and enjoy a risk-free booking process thanks to free in-clinic consultations and the option to pay in-clinic. Also, you can now split the cost of your treatment into four equal, interest-free instalments using Tabby.

Want quick results?

Best laser: alexandrite

Patience is just part of the laser hair removal experience. Thanks to the natural growth cycle of our hair, it’s impossible to eliminate it all at once. Each session damages more and more hair follicles in their anagen growth phase (AKA when they’re above the skin and visible), which will take months regardless of the machine.

However, some machines have an advantage when it comes to treating bigger areas in a short space of time. Alexandrite lasers have fast laser pulse rates – not to mention larger treatment spot sizes – which makes them super-efficient for areas such as the legs, bikini, or back.

Popular alexandrite lasers for quick results: Clarity II Laser by Lutronic, the Candela GentleMax Pro (which combines alexandrite with Nd:YAG) and DEKA (which combines alexandrite with diode and Nd:YAG).

Browse clinics offering laser hair removal with: Clarity II | Candela GentleMax Pro | DEKA

Treatment and benefits

Watch laser hair removal in action to discover exactly what you can expect from your treatment – whichever laser you choose.

Whether you’re looking to remove dark hair on a dark skin tone, or just want to make sure your treatment is as painless as possible, this is your go-to primer on zapping away unwanted hair.

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Worried it will be painful?

Best lasers: diode

To say one kind of laser is painless isn’t strictly true. For some people, any kind of laser hair removal is painless. For others, comfort varies from a slight stinging to a sensation like the repeated snap of a rubber band.

But if you’re worried your experience will be more like the latter, some lasers are considered less painful than others. Certain diode lasers use clever technology to keep the skin extra cool. So, while the laser may technically be heating up and damaging your hair, you shouldn’t feel much more than some gentle warmth.

Popular diode lasers for minimal pain: Soprano ICE (the clue is in the name – this one’s here to keep skin cool!) and Soprano Titanium.

Browse clinics offering laser hair removal with: Soprano ICE | Soprano Titanium.

Want to remove dark hair on a dark skin tone?

Best lasers: Nd:YAG and diode lasers

Technology once limited laser hair removal to those with dark hair and fair skin – but that was then. The problem was that short laser wavelengths struggled to discern between the pigment in hair and the pigment in skin, so could end up damaging skin.

Today, however, we have Nd:YAG and diode lasers. Their wavelengths are longer, which means they totally bypass the skin – making them the safer choice for tanned or darker skin tones.

Popular Nd:YAG and diode lasers for dark skin tones: Cynosure, Candela GentleMax Pro (which combines alexandrite with Nd:YAG), and Lumenis LightSheer Desire.

Browse clinics offering laser hair removal with: Cynosure | Candela GentleMax Pro | Lumenis LightSheer Desire

Want to eliminate blonde hair?

Best lasers: none – choose electrolysis instead!

Those with fair hair face opposite issues to dark skin tones. Pigment is what gives hair its colour – so if you have light hair, that means you have very little pigment. And if you have very little pigment, there’s nothing for the laser to target.

Instead, you may want to opt for electrolysis. This doesn’t depend on pigment, and instead destroys each individual hair with the heat of an electric current. On average, electrolysis requires more sessions than laser hair removal – but the plus side is that it’s the most permanent form of hair removal.

Browse and book clinics offering electrolysis.

Looking to save money?

Best lasers: any of them!

Laser hair removal isn’t a one-and-done kind of treatment. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what your hair’s like – you’ll need at least six to eight sessions to get the job done.

One option is to book each session as you go along. However, when you know you’ll be going back for more, the most cost-effective way of handling your journey is to book a bundle of multiple sessions. And lucky for you, you’re in the right place to do it. Search for clinics offering your chosen device and filter by the number of sessions to start your laser hair removal journey today.

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