Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing
If you are trying to consider the best method of hair removal for you, then you may be wondering if laser hair removal is a better alternative than waxing. One of the main advantages to laser hair removal is the fact that it is a permanent procedure, while waxing needs to be maintained every 4 to 6 weeks.
Waxing involves applying a hot wax to the surface of the skin, and then ripping it off in a swift motion to remove hair by the root. This is often something that is difficult for very sensitive skin types, not to mention incredibly painful! Waxing, if done improperly, can rip the surface of the skin, cause burns, or even cause breakouts. In fact, even if waxing is done perfectly, it can still cause breakouts on the surface of the skin as a common side effect for many different skin types.
Laser hair removal works by applying heat energy to penetrate the surface of the skin and kill the hair follicle at the root. The reason that it is advantageous to many people is simply because it will work to permanently remove hair in many unsightly areas. Yes, it is considerably more expensive than a single waxing session, but when you take into account how many times you will have to visit your waxer within a year, laser hair removal more than pays for itself.
Laser hair removal is truly permanent, but you need to keep in mind that it will take up to six sessions to see the results that you are looking for. The reason for this is that hair grows in cycles, so laser hair removal needs to be spaced out so that all new hair growth can be killed effectively. Laser hair removal does involve some pain, but when done effectively, it can easily treat hair much more successfully than waxing. After laser hair removal, you can experience a number of temporary side effects, like bumps on the surface of the skin caused by the hair follicle swelling, redness, and sensitivity. These results normally subside within 48 hours, and the skin returns to its natural state. This is somewhat different than many of the results or side effects caused by waxing in that breakouts, burns, and ripping of the skin can take weeks or even months to heal. Truthfully, laser hair removal is a much easier procedure to administer safely without risk of as many side effects within the treatment.
One more thing to keep in mind is that laser hair removal cannot be done on blonde, grey, or red hair. This is the only time that you may want to consider waxing as an alternative, even though it is not a permanent treatment. The reason for this is that the laser is attracted to dark pigment, enabling it to kill the hair with laser heat energy. If the hair is blonde, red, or grey, it will not be picked up by the laser to be killed. It would be a waste of money, and it also would not give you the results that you are looking for. The only instance in which waxing is recommended over laser hair removal is if you have a hair type that cannot be removed by the laser permanently.
Otherwise, laser hair removal works to best remove deep and coarse hair underneath the surface of the skin. Waxing can often become incredibly painful if you are trying to remove coarse hair in very sensitive areas, like the bikini, the back for a man, or even hair on the upper lip. Many times, these areas are difficult to maneuver since you do need to pull the surface of the skin taut to remove hair completely in waxing. One other thing to keep in mind is that you cannot wax the same area twice without risking ripping the surface of the skin. For this reason, if you are hoping to completely remove hair in very private areas, like a Brazilian treatment, then you may want to consider laser hair removal versus waxing since it will effectively remove hair with less pain in hard to reach places.
The bottom line is that when you are choosing the right treatment to meet your needs, laser hair removal is a viable option because it is more affordable than ever, and it also provides long-lasting results in hair removal. This will give you with the opportunity to get rid of unwanted hair for good to enjoy silky, soft, and completely smooth skin that is hair free!
This article was written by Bethany North. Bethany is a licensed esthetician with experience in hands-on experience in chemical peels, microdermabrasion, facials, laser hair removal, makeup applications, skin analysis, waxing, spray tanning, and product ingredient assessment. She has also worked as a salon sales and training consultant, as well as a consultant for beauty and hair care product lines in branding and marketing.