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Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing: Which Method is Best for You?

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Do you often think what it would be like to feel permanently waxed? Perhaps you think about laser hair removal as being a really far fetched idea that ‘other’ people have done because you aren’t sure you can have it anyway and it’s probably really expensive right?

Let’s sift through the questions on everyone’s minds and find out what hair removal method could be best suited to you!

First things first, consultation is key. We need to find out about your medical history, your skin type, your hair type and your expectations. This will give us the key indicators to assess your suitability to both methods of hair removal.

Let’s compare the two methods

Waxing – How does it work? It’s simple really, you can remove hair from anywhere on the body using hot wax or warm wax using a spatula. applicator, and fabric strip. We apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth and remove the wax in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This causes the hair follicle to distort and get damaged so that it takes longer to grow back. Waxing results in instant smooth skin and no hair on the surface for at least 4-6 weeks. As the hair is pulled from the follicle it causes blood flow to rush the area and get to work on making a new hair so results won’t last and as hair grows back the process needs to be repeated and so on. Anyone can have waxing – it is suitable for all hair and skin types.

Laser – How does it work? Compared to waxing laser hair removal treatment is a bit more complex which is why a full consultation and patch test is required before we start your laser hair removal journey.

The treatment itself involves a high powered laser that penetrates the root of the hair and destroys the follicle so that the hair cannot grow back. A conductive gel is applied after mapping out the area into sections usually with a white or red pencil. Both the laser technician and the client wear protective eye goggles and the treatment can begin.

For laser a minimum of 6-8 sessions is required regardless of which area of the body is being treated but the results are fantastic and may only require a top up from time to time. Laser hair removal is only suitable on darker hair.

Lets weigh up the pros and cons of both methods

Waxing

Pros of waxing

  • Per single session waxing is cheaper than laser however in the long run if you are waxing regularly you will end up paying more!
  • Best option for clients who cannot have laser based on their hair type or medical history.

Cons of Waxing

  • It hurts a lot more! Especially on sensitive areas
  • It can cause in grown hairs as waxing does not destroy the root just damaging the follicle through pulling out so hairs can grow back in grown.
  • Skin won’t be smooth and hair free all the time because you need to have a certain length of hair to wax effectively therefore you’ll have to wait for at least 3mm re growth in between sessions.
  • It can be longer than a laser session and be time consuming in the long run.
  • Could also be slightly damaging to the skin if you are more sensitive or have thinner skin.

Laser Hair Removal

Pros of laser

  • This is the best for a longterm method of hair removal
  • Sessions are super quick with an underarm taking less than 15 minutes!
  • Safe with no damage to the skin even for sensitive skins
  • Suitable for all areas of the body especially the hard to reach areas!
  • Much less painful than waxing (many people compare the sensation to the flick of a rubber band)
  • Membership available to be more cost effective

Cons of Laser

  • It won’t work on white, red or blonde hair. The laser needs dark pigment to work effectively.
  • Darker skin types may need extra sessions as the laser strength will be altered to ensure that it is only picking up the pigment in the hair and not in the skin.
  • Single sessions are more costly than waxing however with our laser membership this will help spread out the cost and therefore long term will work out cheaper!

In conclusion, choosing between waxing and laser hair removal largely depends on your individual needs, preferences, and circumstances. Waxing is a tried and true method that provides immediate, albeit temporary, results and is suitable for all hair and skin types. It’s a flexible option if you’re not ready to commit to a more permanent solution. However, it’s important to note that waxing can be more painful and requires regular maintenance to keep your skin smooth and hair-free.

On the other hand, laser hair removal offers a long-term solution that can significantly reduce hair growth with minimal maintenance. It’s less painful than waxing and can treat larger and hard-to-reach areas efficiently. Although it involves a higher upfront cost, the long-term savings and convenience may make it a worthwhile investment. Remember, laser hair removal is only effective on darker hair and may require additional sessions for individuals with darker skin tones.

Ultimately, the best choice comes down to your personal comfort, hair type, skin type, and budget. It’s crucial to consult with a professional to discuss your medical history, hair type, and expectations to determine the most suitable method for you.

Ready to take the next step towards smoother skin? Book an appointment today for waxing or schedule a consultation for laser hair removal to start your journey towards long-lasting hair reduction. Your ideal hair removal solution is just an appointment away!

We look forward to seeing you in the salon!