If you’re ready to say goodbye to unwanted hair for good, you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of each method before deciding which is best for you.
Some factors you’ll take into consideration is how much you plan on spending, how much pain you can handle and how often you are going to need to practice each method.
Here’s a breakdown of both methods that can help you make the right decision.
Waxing has been around for centuries and is one of the oldest methods of hair removal that is still utilized today.
Decades ago, women would use lemon, sugar, and honey to create their own wax. Today, there are several types of waxes — all that claim to reduce hair over time. Waxing is a popular choice for women who want to cut down on daily shaving.
- Pain: Waxing is certainly not a pain-free method of hair removal. Compared to laser hair removal, waxing tends to be a bit more painful in the beginning. The first few strips will hurt, but once your endorphins kick in, you will be more able to tolerate the pain better.
- Frequency: Waxing is not a permanent solution. While you are pulling out the hairs, the roots will remain intact and the hair will grow back within a few weeks. But unlike shaving, the hair does not grow back thicker and darker.
- Cost: When compared to laser hair removal, waxing is a cheaper option. In the long run, however, laser hair removal can be a better investment for those who plan on waxing unwanted hair for the rest of their life.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a fairly new method that will permanently reduce unwanted hair regrowth.
The process is relatively simple. A laser practitioner uses a laser light on the targeted areas that kills the hair follicle and permanently reducing regrowth. There is a chance that some unwanted hair could grow back, but laser hair removal should remove nearly 90 percent of the targeted area.
- Pain: Laser hair removal can also be painful. That being said, practitioners will apply numbing creams to the treated areas to reduce some of the discomfort. Over time, you will build a tolerance to the pain.
- Frequency: Not all hair follicles can be targeted in one treatment. Depending on how much unwanted hair you want removed, it can take several treatments to permanently get rid of hair in one area. Frequency can also depend on the color of the unwanted hair.
- Cost: Laser hair removal is much more expensive than waxing. You can expect to spend between $500-$2,000. With this being said, you do not have to worry about going for treatments once the hair is fully removed.
Now that you know the pros and cons of each method, you can decide which method is right for you. Think about how much pain you will have to endure, how much it will cost, and how often you will have to deal with the pain in order to make the right choice.