Does it help to dye hair before laser treatment so it appears dark against pale skin?

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Dyeing Hair Before Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Thank you for your question. Dyeing the hair before treatment will not work because the laser targets the hair follicle and the hair itself. You will need to shave your hair before treatment so it does not burn during treatment. Remember laser treatment is done in a series of 6-9 treatments to see 70%-90% reductions. Please see an experienced physician for best results. Best of Luck!

Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Laser Hair Removal

It is not necessary to dye you hair before the laser. Hair dye normally does not reach into the hair follicle.  Please consult a board certified physician for the best cosmetic results. Best, Dr. Green

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Laser hair removal

No it does not help to dye your hair darker for laser hair removal.  The dye will most likely not reach the hair follicle and you must shave the night before or morning of the treatment.

Patricia Yugueros, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Tattoo Removal Facts--Takes a series of treatments

No, this won't improve results. Keep in mind it takes a series of laser hair removal treatments for improvement. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Does dying hair help laser hair removal?

This has been studied extensively and the answer is no. Keep in mind that the hair should be shaved the morning of the laser procedure. The dye usually does not get deep into the hair follicle. 

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dyeing hair before laser hair removal

Hi there. It doesn't matter if you dye your hair before laser hair removal because the laser is targeting the hair follicle not the hair itself. Actually the hair should be shaved before your treatment so that it is not burned during the treatments. 

Adaeze Okeke, MD
Houston Physician
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