laser hair removal treatment

Laser hair removal has become popular for individuals seeking a long-lasting solution to unwanted body hair. This innovative aesthetic procedure utilises concentrated beams of light to target hair follicles, leading to their permanent reduction or removal. But how does it work? Is it safe for all skin types? And what can you expect during and after the treatment? 

This comprehensive guide will dig deep into everything you need to know about laser hair removal. From its mechanism of action to its courses, we’ll provide you with the essential knowledge to make informed decisions about this transformative hair removal option.

So, let’s get started.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses concentrated beams of light known as laser to remove unwanted hair from the body. During the treatment, a laser targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles, heating them and damaging their ability to regrow hair. 

The procedure effectively reduces hair growth and is commonly used on the legs, underarms, bikini lines, face, and back. Multiple sessions are usually required for optimal results, as hair growth occurs in cycles, and the laser is most effective during the active growth phase.

How Does Hair Grow for Effective Laser Removal

Hair grows in cycles, consisting of three stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. The anagen phase is the active growth phase when the hair follicle is producing new hair. During this phase, the hair follicle contains an abundance of melanin, the pigment that gives hair its colour. 

Since laser hair removal targets melanin, it is most effective when the hair follicles are in the anagen phase. The melanin in the hair absorbs the laser’s concentrated beams of light, heating and damaging the follicle, inhibiting future hair growth. 

However, not all hair follicles are in the anagen phase simultaneously, so multiple sessions are required to target hair in different stages of growth. Laser hair removal can effectively target and reduce hair growth over time by treating the area during multiple sessions.

Effective Skin Types for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a popular method for long-term hair reduction or removal. While it can be effective for various skin types, certain skin types are generally more suitable for laser hair removal. The effectiveness and safety of the procedure can depend on factors such as skin tone and hair colour. Here are some skin types that are typically considered good candidates for laser hair removal:

  • Light to medium skin tones: Laser hair removal works best on individuals with fair to medium skin tones. The contrast between darker hair and lighter skin allows the laser to target the hair follicles more precisely, minimising the risk of damaging the surrounding skin.
  • Dark, coarse hair: Laser hair removal is most effective on dark, coarse hair because it contains more melanin, the pigment that absorbs the laser energy. The laser is attracted to the melanin in the hair follicles, leading to better results.
  • Darker skin tones: With advancements in laser technology, individuals with darker skin tones can now undergo laser hair removal safely and effectively. However, choosing a laser system specifically designed for darker skin is crucial to minimise the risk of discolouration or burns.
  • The contrast between hair colour and skin tone: The greater the contrast between the hair colour and the skin tone, the more effective laser hair removal tends to be. For example, individuals with light skin and dark hair or dark skin and light hair tend to have better results.

It’s important to note that advancements in laser technology have made the procedure more versatile, and many individuals with different skin and hair types can achieve successful results. However, laser hair removal may not be as effective for those with very light hair, such as blond, red, or grey, because there is less melanin for the laser to target.

To determine the most suitable treatment options and settings for laser hair removal, it is best to consult a licensed beauty therapist specialising in laser hair removal. They will be able to assess your specific skin and hair characteristics and provide personalised recommendations for the best course of action.

6 Factors to Consider for Laser Hair Removal on Different Skin Types

While laser hair removal can be effective for various skin types, the ideal candidates typically have specific characteristics that make the procedure safer and more effective. 

Here are some factors to consider regarding different skin types and laser hair removal:

  1. Light to medium skin tones are generally good candidates for laser hair removal.
  2. Dark, coarse hair is more responsive to laser treatment.
  3. Advancements in laser technology have made it possible for individuals with darker skin tones to undergo laser hair removal safely.
  4. Greater contrast between hair colour and skin tone leads to better results.
  5. Laser hair removal may not be as effective for light hair, such as blond, red, or grey.
  6. Consultation with a qualified professional is recommended to determine the best treatment options for your skin and hair characteristics.

Effective Hair Types for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can be effective for various hair types, but specific characteristics tend to yield better results. Here are some considerations based on hair type:

Light Hair:

  • Laser hair removal may not be as effective for light hair, such as blond, red, or grey.
  • Light hair contains less melanin, which is the laser energy target. As a result, it can be more challenging for the laser to treat light-coloured hair effectively.

Medium Hair:

  • Laser hair removal can be effective for medium-coloured hair.
  • Medium hair typically contains a moderate amount of melanin, allowing the laser to target the hair follicles more effectively.

Dark Hair:

  • Dark hair tends to respond well to laser hair removal.
  • Dark hair contains higher levels of melanin, making it an ideal target for laser energy.
  • The greater the contrast between dark hair and the surrounding skin, the more effective the laser treatment tends to be.

It’s important to note that individual results can vary, and advancements in laser technology continue to improve the effectiveness of hair removal for various hair types. Consulting with a qualified beauty therapist professional is recommended to determine the suitability of laser hair removal for your specific hair characteristics.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal works by beaming a highly concentrated laser light on the affected area. The melanin pigment in the hair follicle absorbs this light and the pulse of light effectively destroys the root, which in turn destroys the hair and no more hair can grow from that root. The best thing about this type of targeted treatment is that it does not damage any of the surrounding cells. Which makes it an ideal choice for those who need long-lasting hair removal without the long-lasting side effects that can sometimes accompany it.

Are You a Beauty Therapist Looking to Accelerate Your Career in an Exciting Field?

When customers are looking to get laser hair removal treatments done, they go to someone they trust. The way they determine this is by seeing if the beauty therapist has the right credentials and qualifications to be able to carry out the procedure effectively. At the end of the day the customer will seek safety above all, even if you know you can perform the procedure. You need to be qualified to show the customer that you’re qualified and more importantly be assessed that you can perform the procedure.

Why do I Need the Qualification to Perform Laser Treatment?

The regulatory body states that all therapists wishing to carry out laser or IPL treatments must have the Level 4 qualification by 2018. This will be a mandatory requirement by 2018.

Due to the number of cases from laser burns, most reputable and reliable insurance companies are insisting that a laser therapist must have this qualification. Also, most boroughs in London along with a number of boroughs outside of London are now regulating Laser and Skin clinics, ensuring all users of Laser machines have a Level 4 qualification.

Why Choose to Study with Us?

Since 1954, we have nurtured every student that has walked through our doors to become the best beauty therapists they can be when they graduate.

We stand as the first beauty school in Britain that introduced the widely renowned beauty therapy qualification, CIDESCO thanks to our founder Ms. Ray Cochrane when the school opened in 1961.

We offer the best laser hair removal training course in London. VTCT Level 4 VTCT and NVQ Certificate in Laser and IPL (Intense Pulse Light), advanced qualification is suited to those who are already qualified as beauty therapists and medical specialists who want to go for more in their career and become a certified laser aesthetic technicians.

The training of the course is split into four units which are:

  • Laser and light treatments for hair removal
  • Laser and light treatments for skin rejuvenation
  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
  • Management of health, safety, and security in the salon

During the course, we give you the right training to have all the skills you need to learn about the ins and outs of laser hair removal technology. It is key that you study our course to become qualified as there is a vital amount of knowledge needed to be able to safely carry out laser hair removal procedures.

Our tutors have years of expertise to guide our new fresh talent to be able to perform the procedures safely and effortlessly.

If you’re looking to take the next or even the first step onto a career in advanced laser treatments, the VTCT/NVQ Level 4 Laser Certificate is an essential part of accelerating into a higher-level career path. This advanced and nationally recognised qualification will almost guarantee you to work in the highly paid and rapidly expanding laser hair removal field either in laser skin clinic, Medispa or even open your own laser hair removal clinic for yourself.


What are the Entry Requirements for Laser Course?

You must be 18 years old and older. You also must have good English listening, writing and speaking skills.

VTCT’s official guideline regarding the entry requirement is to have a Level 3 qualification in a relevant discipline.  

we strongly recommend that you have a full Level 3 beauty diploma to meet requirements by industry, licensing, insurance or you are a medical professional such as a doctor or registered nurse.

How Long is the Laser and IPL Course?

The advanced laser hair removal course runs for 4 consecutive days plus an online theory study. The maximum number of 5 students per class, this way we can give you our full, undivided attention. 

Online Theory Course includes

  • Laser Physics
  • Definition of Laser
  • Laser Classification
  • The difference between Laser and IPL.
  • Types of medical and hair removal lasers – How to choose the right laser
  • Anatomy & Physiology of skin and hair, skin typing using Fitzpatrick Scale
  • Contra-indications, Contra-actions to IPL, and Laser
  • Health, safety, and security measures in application and awareness and reduction of hazards in the workplace
  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
  • Management of health, safety, and security in the salon

During 4 days of the intensive laser and IPL training course, you will learn the following:

Day 1 – 3 Practical Training

  1. How to prepare the client for treatment
  2. Extensive hands-on practice on laser and IPL systems
  3. Full demonstrations of laser treatments.
  4. Practice sessions for students to perform laser hair removal treatments on various areas and skin types.
  5. Practice sessions for students to perform IPL thread vein removal treatments
  6. Practice sessions for students to perform IPL Photo-Rejuvenation to help treat the following:
    – Fine lines and wrinkles
    – Age Spots
    – Sun Spots and Freckles
    – Sun Damaged Skin
    – Acne Breakouts
    – Pigmentation marks
    – Redness of the face

Day 4 Practical Assessment

Check out the video on NVQ/VTCT Level 4 Laser & IPL Course Structure. Our beauty school Director, Eleonora Androva, explains the course structure in detail.

Embrace Smooth Skin by Unlocking the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal offers a convenient and effective way to achieve smooth, hair-free skin.

However, it’s important to remember that laser hair removal must be performed by well trained and experienced professionals. Ray Cochrane Beauty Aesthetic Academy offers a NVQ Level 4 Certificate in IPL and Laser Treatments  that includes practical training and assessment.

Contact us today to book your space on our next intake for the NVQ Level 4 Certificate in IPL and Laser Treatments course on 02074866291 or by emailing us at