The wavelength of the laser emitted for hair removal is optimal for light pigment skin with dark hair. Skin with darker pigment can be difficult for the light to travel through and effectively reach the hair shaft. This concept also pertains to those who are commonly light pigmented but have been tanning recently since sunlight pulls melanin to the skin’s surface to serve as protection. Laser hair removal is ideal for areas with less melanin and dense hair because it reaches more follicles per action to include hair that has not reached the surface.