One of the most asked questions we get at our clinic is does laser hair removal work on red hair? Lots of clients worried that their only option is waxing and shaving for the rest of their lives. Let’s have a look at the options.

Does IPL work for redheads?

Old IPL (intense pulsed light) technology has been effectively rendered obsolete at our day and age.. This is because it specifically targets only brown pigments at the base of the hair follicle, damaging them. IPL does not work on red hairs, same as on blonde and gray ones. 

Does Electrolysis work for redheads?

Electrolysis works for naturally ginger hair. However, it is only recommended on small areas since this technology targets the individual hair root, destroying it with chemicals/heat. But the method is quite costly and takes a long time since it works on a single hair to hair basis. You are easily looking at £15.000 per AREA. At £100 per session, you can also imagine that it will take a long time before you start seeing results. Then add a considerable amount of pain/discomfort (imagine individually plucking/burning your hairs one by one). You can see why electrolysis is not be the best option for red hairs.

If you are a red head looking for laser hair removal that will actually work and won’t break the bank, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! After months of research & trial of many laser hair removal options, we discovered our SMARTDiode laser machine. The Laser Club is an inclusive, good vibes clinic and our priority was to not leave anyone behind. This is why we chose the triple wavelenght technology diode laser. We can fine tune the settings to target the melanin on the red hairs and destroy the follicle right at the root. This allows you to see results almost immediately. Most of our clients experience up to 70% hair reduction on just two sessions!

How does the SMARTDiode work?

Our SMARTDiode Laser hair removal machine uses triple wavelenght technology. Thanks to it, we are able to adjust the settings to target specific amounts of pigment at different skin depths. We analyse your skin & hair type with our tools and add the input to the machine. We then can further adjust the wave lenght for red hair.

Let’s get real, you won’t get the same results as clients with thicker, darker hair. The darker the hair and fairer the skin, the quicker, easier results you will get. However, technology has advanced enough to let us treat red hairs too. Usually, naturally redheads have a fairer skin type, which will result in really noticeable body hair. You will probably need a longer course of sessions (usually 8 are enough), but you will see results from the 2nd session onwards. 

This is not a magical solution, and you will still need to follow pre & after care to the best of your abilities. Shave 12-24 hours before your appointment and make sure it is completely free of products. Don’t expose the treated areas to any sun (that is easy to do in Manchester!) and follow a good skin care routine.

We always recommend coming down for a consultation where we can check your skin & hair type and patch test any areas. Then we can discuss how many sessions you will need approximately and advise you on pricing. We have a clinic at Boombae, in Trafford, Manchester. Our £895 Full Body offer includes 6 sessions on the full legs, bikini/Brazilian/Hollywood and underarms areas. You can add the face for an extra £100 or contact us for other extra areas (such as chest, stomach or back laser hair removal). You can book your free consultation here.

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