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What it’s like to get laser hair removal as a black woman


When it comes to those specialized lasers, there are two options. “It’s important to treat with an Nd:YAG laser, such as the Candela GentleYAG or GentleMax Pro,” says Anne Chapas, M.D., medical director of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City. “The wavelength of a YAG laser goes deeper into the skin than a diode laser and is less absorbed by the surrounding skin pigment, so it more successfully treats the stem cells of the hair follicle.” Additionally, more treatments may be required than for fairer skin: “Expect to receive at least six sessions,” Chapas says.