Dark Skin, Laser Hair Removal, and You

Up until just recently, it was difficult, if not impossible, for a sister with a dark complexion to do permanent hair removal. But now, it’s possible for all shades of dark skin and lighter ethnic skins tones to work well with IPL hair removal technology.

women with darker skin

Although I had grown up with the same routine of unwanted shaving hair once every day or so, the allure of permanent hair removal was strong. Of course with my luck, all that fancy laser hair removal was only working for lighter skin colors. Finally, the tables have turned.

The Struggles of Shaving

To get a better understanding of why this new technology is so life-changing, we need to take a look at what we came from.

If you have a dark tone, then you already know that it has its positives and its negatives. That being said, permanent hair removal has always been out of the question for us. Since I got used to my routine of shaving, I didn’t mind it as much, but as I got older, I started to realize how unfair it really is.

Let’s be real, actual laser removal costs way more than it should, and waxing is just downright torture.

With the introduction of IPL treatment, it was just catered to those that have very fair skin complexion. All those little hair removal machines that you can find online, and none of them working for people with dark skin (including guys). Was it too much to ask for something that works for us, and small enough to work on targeted areas?

Well, hold on to your pants, because now we have the Me My Syneron Touch Pro Ultra.

Me My Syneron Touch

Me My Elos Syneron Touch/Pro Ultra

The Tables Have Turned

This company that makes the Syneron Touch, Tanda, has really changed the game when it comes to IPL hair removal for dark skin.

When searching the vast sea of IPL devices, this one was advertised as “effective for the widest range of skin colors and hair colors.” My heart started beating fast, and I decided to accept it as a challenge.

Lo and behold, the technology gods have finally given us the aid we deserve.

The manufacturers include a nifty chart that displays the range of colors the IPL device can work with, and it basically tells you visually that it can work for everyone. Literally.


When it finally arrived, I was very excited and knew that the first couple treatments take about a month. What’s a month when you’ve been shaving for years?

Just like with shaving, I made my religious schedule for the IPL treatments and patiently waited for the supposed results. Around the 4th treatment, all the areas I was targeting had significantly reduced in growth speed, which includes: the bikini line, legs, arm hair, and even stubborn underarm hair.

All that is left at this point is small patches that grow back with very thin hair. It worked wonders for me.

Be Prepared for Action

When first getting started, the whole thing can seem a bit strange if you don’t know about it beforehand. The light can be a little uncomfortable, and you typically want to apply some aloe vera gel after the treatment to help with any discomfort.

This thing is worth every penny and beats going to the salon to burn up money, any day. Being able to take care of targeted areas in the comfort of your own home is something I personally thank technology for.

The Beautiful Results

It has been nearly a year since I started with IPL hair removal, and I’m still using the same one. Sometimes I use it once a week, and sometimes I space it out to once a month.


Overall, I just have less hair that grows on my face, underarms, legs, and bikini area. I expect in maybe another year, or so the hair will be pretty much gone.

I'm Laquita, I have an addiction to chocolate, and I love the beach. I started looking to hair removal methods from early on. I needed to wax all of my teenage years as shaving was a daily nuisance. If you want something, you will have to earn it!

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