Does laser hair removal work for everyone?

Does Laser Hair Removal Work for Everyone? Understanding Its Effectiveness Across Ethnicities in Singapore

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Laser hair removal is a common aesthetic treatment for those wishing to eliminate unwanted hair. Its popularity stems from the promise of long-term hair reduction and effectiveness for most skin types, but the issue remains: Does laser hair removal work for everyone?

This article investigates the efficacy of laser hair removal across several ethnicities in Singapore, including Western, Malay, Indian, and Chinese groups, and explains who is most suited for laser hair removal.

Understanding Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal uses laser light energy to target melanin in the hair follicle, heating and damaging it to inhibit future hair growth. The success of the procedure depends on the contrast between skin and hair colour, with the best results typically seen in individuals with light skin and dark hair. However, advancements in laser technology have expanded its applicability to a broader range of skin tones and hair colours.

Effectiveness Across Ethnicities

Hair Removal Effectiveness Across Ethnicities

Western Ethnicity


Typically, they have lighter skin and darker hair, making them ideal candidates for traditional laser hair removal technologies.

High success rate of hair reduction with fewer sessions required.


There is a risk of hyperpigmentation and burns if not treated with the correct laser type or settings, especially for those with tanned or darker skin tones.

Malay Ethnicity


Medium skin tones can be effectively treated with newer laser technologies designed for darker skin.

Lower risk of hyperpigmentation with the use of diode lasers, which are safer for darker skin.


May require more sessions for optimal results due to the hair and skin color contrast.

Increased risk of skin sensitivity and irritation post-treatment.

Indian Ethnicity


Effective hair reduction can be achieved due to the contrast between hair colour and skin tone.

Diode and Nd:YAG lasers provide safer options for darker skin tones, minimising the risk of skin damage.


Higher risk of temporary pigmentation changes post-treatment.

May need multiple sessions for complete hair reduction due to dense hair growth.

Chinese Ethnicity


  • Lighter skin tones are highly responsive to various laser types, including diode lasers.
  • Typically experience faster results with fewer complications.


  • Finer hair types may be less responsive to treatment, requiring more sessions.
  • Slight risk of burns if the laser is not properly adjusted for their specific skin type.

Diode Laser Hair Removal: Suitability and Considerations

diode laser hair removal


Diode lasers are particularly effective for a wide range of skin types, from light to dark. They operate at a wavelength that allows deeper penetration into the skin, targeting the hair follicle without causing significant damage to the surrounding skin. However, the suitability of diode laser hair removal varies based on individual characteristics.

Who is suitable?

Individuals with a good contrast between hair and skin color, including light to medium-dark skin tones and dark hair.

Those looking for a balance between efficacy and safety, as diode lasers offer a moderate risk of skin irritation and pigmentation changes

Who is not suitable?

Very dark skin tones, as the risk of hyperpigmentation and burns increases, although newer models and settings can minimise these risks

Very light or grey hair, which lacks the melanin necessary for the laser to target effectively.


While laser hair removal can be an effective solution for many, its suitability and effectiveness vary across different ethnicities and individual characteristics. In Singapore’s diverse population, it’s essential to consult with an experienced medical spa such as Bio Aesthetic who understands the nuances of treating various skin types and hair colours.

At Bio Aesthetic, we have over 25 years of experience in hair removal. We have advanced technologies to ensure you have a hairless experience. We offer 50% trial on laser hair removal. Contact us today for an appointment.


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