Summer is just around the corner. It’s time to get ready for swimsuit season and part of that is managing your unwanted hair. What is the most effective method for removing unwanted hair: shaving, waxing, or laser hair removal?
Many people are very familiar with this method. It involves putting shaving cream on the unwanted hair then using a razor to cut it off.
The pros of shaving? It’s quick and fairly low cost. An individual can do the job in about 10-15 minutes. But, if you put a dollar amount on your time over the years…. maybe not so cost effective 😐
The cons of shaving? The hair starts regrowing immediately. Shaving cuts the hair off at the skin level. Within a day or two, the hair is back above the skin level, looking thicker than before. Other problems with shaving include getting razor burn, cuts, and rashes. Plus, there is the inevitable ingrown hairs.
For fairly quick and cheap in the short run, shaving is the best option. But, don’t count on it for long-term hair removal.
Waxing is another common treatment for unwanted hair. It involves applying hot wax to the area, then removing it in the opposite direction from natural hair growth. This pulls the hairs completely out, including the roots.
The pros of waxing? It does remove the complete hair which keeps it from appearing on the surface for about three weeks on average. It’s possible to do some waxing at home, which can save on salon visits.
The cons of waxing? It’s painful! The method involves ripping hair out at the roots and also removing a fine layer of skin cells in the process. It’s temporary. An individual will need to wax every couple of weeks for optimal effect. The person will have to let the hair grow out a bit so the wax can grab on to it. Waxing can still cause in-grown hairs.
The cost will vary depending on if a person does it at home or has a salon do it. Also, the area to be waxed also affects its cost. The costs can add up quickly when someone wants to have it done every couple of weeks.
Laser Hair Removal
Removing unwanted hair is easier with laser hair removal. The technician uses a special device which emits a specific wavelength that targets the hair root and follicle. It destroys the follicle, making it impossible for it to grow hair again. The hair falls out within 2 to 3 weeks after treatment.
The pros of laser hair removal? It’s the best long-term solution for removing unwanted hair. It causes no damage to the skin, which means treatment is possible in even the most sensitive areas.
The cons of laser hair treatment? Some clients experience heat on the skin after treatment. However, the laser therapists can soothe the skin and cool it down using an advanced cooling system. Most clients need between 8 and 10 treatments for best results. It does cost more than waxing and shaving, in the short-term. However, once the hair stops growing, it’s a permanent solution, so costs going forward are minimal.
Try laser hair removal for yourself.