Waxing vs. Laser Hair Removal
The Pros and Cons: What’s the best way to get rid of unwanted body hair?
The summer season is about to kickoff. Have you shed your “winter coat” yet?
Before you answer, I’m not talking about your super trendy goose-feathered, Canadian down parka. No, I’m mean have you trimmed your respective (umm) areas ahead of bathing suit season? The legs, the arms, the bikini line, the chest and back (yes, men, I’m talking to you): Is your hair grooming situation in order?
If you’re “well-coated” don’t worry – we’ve got you covered (or uncovered?). Leaving traditional shaving methods out of the conversation, when it comes to ridding yourself of unwanted body hair, there are two popular favorites: Waxing and Laser Hair Removal. Let’s talk about the pros and cons for both and which solution is best for you.
What is a typical wax session like?
Warm wax gets applied to the desired area, cooled, the torn against the grain, ripping the hair from the root (ouch!).
How long should your let your hair grow before a wax session?
This may come as a surprise, but size and length matters. If it’s too long, the procedure is going to be very painful, and if it’s too short, it could break before the hair inside the follicle is extracted. So, you want to go when your hair is about ¼ of an inch long.
- You can wax any part of your body, including your eyebrow line.
- Less money upfront for each session. But beware: You’ll need more sessions over the course of the year and your lifetime compared to laser hair removal, which will add up.
- Results are temporary. Treatments are needed a few weeks if you want to stay hairless. That means more time at the salon and less time at the Tiki lounge.
- The overall cost. Yes, we mentioned it’s less money per session, but more sessions overall. So, you’re going to end up shelling out more money in the long run than other hair removal treatments.
- The pain! It hurts a lot. And even though you know it’s coming, with every rip it’s like getting hit with a brick, especially super sensitive areas like the bikini line and upper lip.
- Irritation and redness can linger for days. Let’s just sat, it’s not uncommon for there to be blood, redness, burns, skin tears, need I go on?
Moderate to Holy hell that hurts!
Laser Hair Removal
What is a typical laser session like?
Here’s how it works: The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, altering it, which in turn slows the growth of the follicle.
How long should you grow your hair before a laser treatment?
Just like waxing, the length of your hair matters. This time, the shorter the better. You should shave the desired area the day before, so when the laser hits the follicle, the hair on the surface doesn’t burn and cause discomfort.
- Results lasts longer. Of course, results vary, but on average, you can go 6 months to a year between laser hair removal treatments. Some have even claimed their hair growth has stopped completely - that’s even better! Less maintenance means less time in the chair.
- Sessions are shorter. Compared to alternative services like electrolysis, less time is needed per visit because the laser covers a larger area.
- Little to no pain. In fact, no numbing cream is even needed. Some have described it as a rubber band gently snapped across the skin.
- The lifetime savings (cha-ching). Compare what you spend on shaving cream, razors, and waxing per year to the money spent on laser hair removal, the savings is in your favor! In fact, according to Brandon Gaille, Small Business & Marketing Advice, Laser Hair Removal Trends and Analysis:
“Even with a high-priced full session, the average lifetime cost to remove unwanted hair by laser removal is just $3,000. For shaving, the lifetime cost is more than $10,000. The lifetime cost for waxing procedures is more than $23,000.”
Wow – that’s a $20,000.00 savings! You could us that money for a luxury trip to somewhere tropical.
- You can return to your daily activities immediately.
- It can be done almost anywhere on the body.
- Like we mentioned above, the session cost more upfront, but a lot less in the long run.
- Not for eyebrow grooming. For obvious reasons, lasers shouldn’t be used on eyes.
- May not work as well with darker skin tones. It’s best for lighter skin with darker hair follicles.
Level of discomfort:
So, have you decided if laser hair removal is right for you? Say yes and give us a try!
At Perfect Body Laser we offer an exclusive 10-year, written laser hair removal guarantee. You won’t find this anywhere else in New York -- that’s how confident we are that you’ll be 100% satisfied!
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