Laser hair removal, when used under the right conditions, can be a highly effective way to remove unwanted body hair. Lasers use pulsed light to target, break down and destroy the melanin (dark pigment) in the hair during the growth phase, which means the removal process is most effective for people who have darker hair. For the same reason, people with dark skin should also take caution to avoid skin discolouration. After treatment, it usually only takes about two weeks for the hair to fall out, but you can easily target large areas of the body, such as the legs, back, shoulders, arms and chest — as well as hair on the face, provided that it’s dark. The pulsed light that comes from the hair removal machines feels much like a rubber band snapping against your skin, so it’s often recommended that you put on topical anaesthetic cream before you go in for a large session. If you think laser hair removal is for you, then make sure you book an appointment with a dermatologist or licensed technician so that you know you’re getting the best quality service.