Laser hair removal is a process that uses laser light to remove unwanted hair. Laser hair removal works by passing a light beam through the skin. The laser targets dark pigment called melanin in the hair. When the light beam hits the hair follicle (where hair growth originates), the intense heat destroys the hair follicle instantly. Laser hair removal is recommended for people who want to remove unwanted body hair. Common treatment locations are legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, and bikini line. However, it is possible to treat unwanted hair in almost any area of the body. Laser hair removal is most effective in people who have light skin and dark hair because the laser beam targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair. However, advances in technology have made laser hair removal an option for people who have darker skin as well.