Laser hair removal works better for darker hair types. The LightSheer™ laser, which is considered the gold standard in laser hair removal, does work for light, gray, and red hair, but it may take more sessions to get the best results. For darker skin types, test areas need to be done to see the reaction of the skin to the laser. Since the laser is attracted to the melanin, which is higher in darker skinned people, it is more difficult to target the melanin in the hair shaft. Therefore, some pre-treatment might be necessary with a skin lightener for darker skin. Does it hurt? The level of discomfort depends on the density of hair. For most people, it feels like a rubber band snap.
You cannot pluck, wax, use a depilatory, or have electrolysis in the areas you want to treat for six weeks prior to laser hair removal. Do not tan the areas for four weeks prior to treatment. Avoid using self-tanning products for two weeks prior to treatment. The area to be treated should be shaved before treatment. Avoid irritants for seven days after treatment.