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Laser Hair Removal For Blonde Hair: 5 FAQs, Answered

by Laser Clinics Team on June 17, 2024

Laser Hair Removal For Blonde Hair: 5 FAQs, Answered

You might be wondering: does laser hair removal work on blonde hair? With all the advancements in technology, surely it must, right?

The truth is a little more nuanced. In the past, laser hair removal wasn’t as effective for those with lighter locks. But modern techniques have made smooth, hair-free skin achievable for blondes too.

Let’s cover why blonde hair poses a unique challenge with laser hair removal and how modern technology is changing the game.

 

1. How Does Laser Hair Removal Work On Blonde Hair?

Laser hair removal works just about the same on blonde hair as it does on other hair colours. It emits a concentrated light beam which is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in hair follicles. 

This light energy converts into heat, damaging the follicles and preventing growth for several months. Blonde hair, however, contains less melanin than darker hair, making it trickier for the laser to target and disable the follicles effectively.

However, advancements in laser technology have opened up new possibilities for blonde hair removal. 

Newer lasers, like Nd:YAG and diode lasers can penetrate deeper into the skin and target follicles with lower melanin concentrations. These lasers can be safely and effectively used on a wide range of skin and hair types, including those with blonde hair.

In addition to choosing the right type of laser, the technician's expertise in performing the procedure is crucial. A skilled technician can adjust the laser settings to suit your specific hair and skin type, ensuring optimal results and minimising potential risks or side effects.

 

2. Is Laser Hair Removal Effective for All Shades of Blonde?

There are various blonde hair types. From platform and ash to honey and strawberry, there’s a whole range of shades under the “blonde” umbrella. And just as not all blonde hair types are the same, not all blonde hair respond to laser hair removal in the same way.

The lighter your hair, the less melanin it contains. This means that very light blonde, platinum, or white hair might be more challenging to treat with laser hair removal. However, darker shades of blonde, such as honey or dirty blonde, generally respond well to treatment.

Your skin tone also plays a role. If you have fair skin and dark blonde hair, there's a greater contrast between the hair and skin, making it easier for the laser to target the follicles. 

On the other hand, if you have fair skin and very light blonde hair, the contrast might not be as significant, therefore requiring more sessions or a custom plan.

 

3. How Many Laser Hair Removal Sessions Will I Need For Blonde Hair?

Blonde hair generally requires more laser hair removal sessions than darker hair due to lower melanin levels, but it’s not always the case. It takes around 8-12 sessions for significant hair removal.

However several factors influence the number of sessions needed, including the specific shade of blonde, hair thickness, and individual skin types.

Generally, lighter shades of blonde require more sessions than darker shades. Thicker hair may need more treatments than finer hair. 

Your skin tone also matters, with lighter skin requiring fewer sessions than darker skin tones. 

It’s said that the ideal combination for effective laser hair removal is dark hair and light skin. The laser targets the melanin, while the contrast of the light skin allows the laser to focus its energy on the follicle.

 

4. Is Laser Hair Removal for Blonde Hair Painful?

Again, pain tolerance varies from person to person. But there’s little difference between the pain of LHR on blonde and dark hair colour types. The sensation can be likened to a rubber band snap or a prickling sensation on the skin.

 

5. How Much is Laser Hair Removal for Blonde Hair?

The price of laser hair removal for blonde hair varies on several factors, but the treatment area is a major one.

Smaller areas like the upper lip or chin will cost less per session than larger areas like armpits, legs, or back, due to the duration and number of laser pulses required.

Here’s a general idea of the average price range you can expect for laser hair removal for blonde hair (prices are in AUD).

  • Small Areas (e.g., upper lip, chin, underarms): $50 - $150 per session
  • Medium Areas (e.g., bikini line, arms): $150 - $300 per session
  • Large Areas (e.g., legs, back): $300 - $500+ per session

New laser hair removal devices and improvements in the treatment have allowed even those with fair locks to enjoy hair-free skin. More sessions may be required for blonde hair compared to darker hair, but the results are worth it. 

Less time spent on tedious hair removal routines means more time to focus on what truly matters - feeling good in your skin.

Laser Clinics Australia is passionate about empowering you to feel your best, inside and out. We offer advanced and effective treatments for all hair and skin types, no matter the shade.

And the best part? We offer low prices every day on Laser Hair Removal treatments! Ready to take the next step? Book a free consultation with our expert therapists today and let us help you achieve your hair-free goals!