Melanie, we’re talking about the visible color of the hair in the area you want treated. If the hair is brown or black and you have light skin, laser may be the better option. Be sure to avoid getting any sun on the treated area for a couple of weeks before and after treatment.
If the hair in the area you want treated is gray, blonde, or red, you will not have much luck with laser on those colors of hair. The laser targets a kind of melanin in hair, which is the stuff that gives hair its color. If you don’t have the kind of melanin that makes hair dark, the laser can’t heat up the melanin, which is what causes the damage to the hair follicles.
If you don’t have a lot of hair, electrolysis might be a better option, but I suspect many people with dark hair would prefer a couple of passes with laser at the bikini line followed by any necessary touchups with electrolysis. Laser alone will probably not remove all the hairs in the area completely, though many patients with dark hair see significant reduction in size and color of hairs.
jonny_longer’s laser results are fairly typical for those with dark hair in the area they want treated. You will see reduction, but once you start having regrowth that’s finer and lighter in color, laser will not be as effective on the lighter colored hairs. If you want this light-colored regrowth removed permanently, you will need to remove it with electrolysis, which works on any color hair.
You should never do laser on the eyebrows, no matter what color your eyebrow hair is. There is too much risk of serious eye injury (up to and including blindness) for a laser to be used safely on the eyebrows.
[ June 26, 2002, 09:38 AM: Message edited by: Andrea ]