Skinetics Laser Hair Removal and Skin Care

Skinetics 1, Inc. located in Bossier City, Louisiana  offers a diversity of services since 2012.   

Our goal is to offer services with professionalism,  highly skilled  expertise coupled with spiritual and wholelistic care.  

We hope you can enjoy a calm, relaxing and refreshing time as well your skin care needs met.


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PHONE:  318-550-5675       FAX:  318-550-5677

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 During a recent consultation a dark-skinned client asked if they could get laser hair removal.

It had come up earlier in the consultation that this individual had been turned down for treatment by two other cosmetic professionals in the city.   When I asked what prompted the question she said, past experience had taught her to be upfront about the issues surrounding ethnicity and cosmetic treatments.  We asked her what the other skin clinics had told her.   She said they had told her she was ineligible for any type of laser treatment.   


This is a common response, but it is also an incorrect one.


When discussing laser hair removal with an ethnic clients, there is a short answer and a long one.


While it’s true that she is not the ideal candidate, it is also true that laser hair removal on people with dark hair and dark skin is difficult, but not impossible.   Therein, lays the long answer, which I will focus on in the remainder of this article.


The origins of laser treatment would suggest that ethnic patients are ineligible for the procedure, however; lasers have come a long way since their FDA approval in 1997.


The original laser technology used in hair removal was called the Ruby Laser.   This laser emitted an intensely short wavelength of 694nm (Nanometers).   If you had asked me back then about laser hair removal on dark-haired dark skinned clients I wouldn’t have suggested it.   There was simply too great a possibility of skin damage and burns.


As the demand grew for ethnically-appropriate laser treatments, the technology grew with it.


The key to hair removal for patients with dark skin and dark hair is the laser’s wavelength.


Lasers are extremely attracted to the dark pigment (Melanin) in your hair.v That pigment is housed at the root of your hair follicles. The darker the pigment the more intense the laser responds. 


Don’t get me wrong, on patients with the right balance between skin tone and hair color the procedure is relatively painless with great results.  


The tricky thing is with dark hair and dark skin the laser can’t distinguish between what is hair and what is skin-see the problem? What you need is a laser with a much longer wavelength. Luckily, it already exists.


The best approach to take with laser hair removal on an ethnic patient is to combine different lasers at different strengths until you find the right ratio.


For all intents and purposes, the idea of solely relying on the Ruby Laser for laser hair removal has been retired. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to laser treatments. Instead, there’s a three –prong approach consisting of:

1.The Alexandrite Laser-emits 755nm

2.The Diode Laser-emits 810nm

3.The Nd:YAG Laser-emits 1064nm


For best results on ethnic patients, we use a combination treatment of the longest wavelength lasers. This treatment will take longer, but diffusing the intensity of the laser gives it the best chance at targeting your hair follicles rather than your skin.


There are also several post-treatment steps to take that will give you the best results possible. Before taking any pretreatment steps on your own, come talk to us.


Jean Hoogendyk, a former Registered Nurse is now practicing as a Laser Certified Professional at Skinetics 1, Inc.  If your skin is of concern due to your ethnicity; and  interested in laser hair removal; don’t take NO for an answer. 


Schedule a FREE consultation so we can consider all of your options and develop a custom-designed plan, just for you.


CALL:  318-550-5675    



Ethnicity and Laser

 During a recent consultation a dark-skinned client asked if they could get laser hair removal.


It had come up earlier in the consultation that this individual had been turned down for treatment by two other cosmetic professionals in the city. When I asked what prompted the question she said, past experience had taught her to be upfront about the issues surrounding ethnicity and cosmetic treatments. We asked her what the other skin clinics had told her. She said they had told her she was ineligible for any type of laser treatment.

This is a common response, but it is also an incorrect one.


When discussing laser hair removal with an ethnic clients, there is a short answer and a long one.


While it’s true that she is not the ideal candidate, it is also true that laser hair removal on people with dark hair and dark skin is difficult, but not impossible. Therein, lays the long answer, which I will focus on in the remainder of this article.


The origins of laser treatment would suggest that ethnic patients are ineligible for the procedure, however; lasers have come a long way since their FDA approval in 1997.


The original laser technology used in hair removal was called the Ruby Laser. This laser emitted an intensely short wavelength of 694nm (Nanometers). If you had asked me back then about laser hair removal on dark-haired dark skinned clients I wouldn’t have suggested it.  There was simply too great a possibility of skin damage and burns.


As the demand grew for ethnically-appropriate laser treatments, the technology grew with it.

The key to hair removal for patients with dark skin and dark hair is the laser’s wavelength.

Lasers are extremely attracted to the dark pigment (Melanin) in your hair.   That pigment is housed at the root of your hair follicles.  The darker the pigment the more intense the laser responds.


Don’t get me wrong, on patients with the right balance between skin tone and hair color the procedure is relatively painless with great results.

The tricky thing is with dark hair and dark skin the laser can’t distinguish between what is hair and what is skin-see the problem? What you need is a laser with a much longer wavelength.  Luckily, it already exists.


The best approach to take with laser hair removal on an ethnic patient is to combine different lasers at different strengths until you find the right ratio.

For all intents and purposes, the idea of solely relying on the Ruby Laser for laser hair removal has been retired. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to laser treatments. Instead, there’s a three –prong approach consisting of:


1.The Alexandrite Laser-emits 755nm

2.The Diode Laser-emits 810nm

3.The Nd:YAG Laser-emits 1064nm


For best results on ethnic patients, we use a combination treatment of the longest wavelength lasers.  This treatment will take longer, but diffusing the intensity of the laser gives it the best chance at targeting your hair follicles rather than your skin.


There are also several post-treatment steps to take that will give you the best results possible.  Before taking any pre-treatment steps on your own, come talk to us.


Jean Hoogendyk, a former Registered Nurse, is now practicing as a Laser Certified Professional at Skinetics 1, Inc.   If your skin is of concern due to your ethnicity; and interested in laser hair removal; don’t take NO for an answer.  Schedule a FREE consultation, so we can consider all of your options and develop a custom-designed plan, just for you.

Please call us for a free quote

Skinetics 1, Inc

1007 Gould Drive Bldg. 3 Ste. 3

Bossier City, LA 71111

(318) 550-5675