Dangers of Laser Hair Removal on Blonde Hair
You must be aware that there are many beautician clinics that rely on older technology; if they are somewhat unscrupulous there is a risk that some may advise you against attempting laser hair removal on blonde hair claiming that it cannot be successfully performed, in order to sell you other kinds of services.
Human head hair usually grows at a rate of approximately half an inch each month with each hair growing for anywhere between 2 and 6 years. At the end of this growing period, the hair will enter its resting phase and fall out, usually to be replaced by a fresh new hair from the same follicle.
Effective Treatment on Blonde Hair
Laser hair removal can be successful and effectual, but it is essential that you are well-informed and that you do your research thoroughly in order to identify the very best beautician clinics in your city for your own special situation. People who are pale-skinned and dark-haired are fortunate in that they can be treated at any FDA-authorized laser removal beautician clinics, but if you are looking to have your blonde hair treated with lasers then you will need to be choosier.
All laser removal systems can temporarily reduce the growth of hairs for all colors except completely unpigmented hairs (i.e. white hairs). However, with old-style systems, blonde, red or gray haired patients were unlikely to see much difference in terms of permanent reduction – they would need to be treated at about 1-3 month intervals to obtain much benefit.
Modern Removal Treatments
With modern laser systems, the range and precision of light wavelengths offers many more possibilities and the more advanced laser clinics will carefully tailor therapy to each patient’s individual situation based on skin color and color of hairs. An example of one of these systems is the “Epilight” system.
Other options for laser hair removal for blonde hairs include hybrid systems such as the “ELOS” system, which merges laser technology with the use of radio waves.
Pigmenting Blonde Hair
In addition, there are pre-laser treatments now available which will artificially dye the hair follicle cells to increase the options and efficacy of laser removal for blonde hairs. “Meladine” is one such pre-laser hair removal treatment. Cleared in 2003 by the FDA to be used in conjunction with laser hair removal on blonde hair, Meladine, which is made from naturally-occurring compounds present in the ink of marine squid, enhances the natural melatonin in hair roots. This enables the lasers used in removal to effectively target blonde hair.
Classification of Your Hair and Skin Type for Laser Hair Removal
Doctors will classify your skin type based on a system called “The Fitzpatrick Chart”, and it is useful to be aware of this system in preparation for your discussion with a consultant or doctor.
Skin Types on the Fitzpatrick Chart:
TYPE I: Very pale and prone to burning, never tans.
TYPE II: Very sensitive to sun, often burns, hard to tan.
TYPE III: Sensitive to sun, sometimes burns, tans slowly to light brown color.
TYPE IV: Not particularly sensitive to sun, rarely burns, tans to moderate brown.
TYPE V: Not sensitive to sun, rarely burns, tans well.
TYPE VI: Insensitive to sun, never burns, deeply pigmented.
Laser hair removal on blonde hair is now a real viable prospect – the key is to be informed and to be willing to do your legwork before choosing a removal clinic.