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The Pros and Cons of Waxing and Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal has become an everyday part of life, making sure legs, armpits, and bikini lines are smooth and hair-free.  While some women are used to removing hair nearly every day by shaving or using depilatory creams, there are other alternatives.  Waxing and laser hair removal will give longer-lasting results.


With waxing, hot or cold wax is applied to the skin surface, covering all the areas of unwanted hair.  Wax strips are placed on top, and then pulled in the opposite direction of the hair growth instantly removing hair.  With waxing, the hair is pulled out right from the root.

Laser hair removal uses pulses of concentrated light over small areas, penetrating the skin and targeting the hair follicle underneath.  The light and intense heat destroy the hair follicle, causing the hair to fall out within two weeks.  It can take about 4-6 sessions per area to remove all the hair.  Laser hair removal is not officially permanent, but if regrowth occurs, the hair is thinner and less noticeable.


Since the hair is being pulled out at the root, waxing is painful, especially the first few times it’s done.  Over time though, the pain of waxing decreases and becomes more tolerable.

Laser hair removal can also be painful, though people react to it differently.  Most people who find it painful say it feels like a quick pinch or a snapping sensation, and some will feel the sensation of heat for a few hours after treatment.  Applying a soothing gel helps cool the area, and a professional can use the laser machine that causes the least amount of pain.


Having waxing done at a salon can cost anywhere from $30-90 per session, depending on the area being treated and the salon of choice.  While this is cheaper per session, waxing will cost more over the long run because it has to be done on a regular basis.

Laser hair removal is more costly per session, ranging from $90-400 per session, again depending on area and salon.  While it is more expensive upfront, laser costs less since there are only 6 sessions or less to pay for until all the hair is gone.


On average, waxing will leave an area smooth and hair free for three weeks.  The hair does need to be at least 1/4-inch long to be waxed, so waxing is usually done every 5-6 weeks

When getting laser hair removal, it is recommended to wait 6-8 between sessions.  This allows the laser to target hair at different points in the hair growth cycle and get to all the hair follicles.  This means it could take up to a year to treat all hair in an area, but most of the hair is gone in the first three sessions.

There are pros and cons to both waxing and laser hair removal, so one must decide carefully which they want to go with.  Either treatment will leave skin soft and hair-free, and prevent the need for shaving every day, look for a good laser treatment center that can help you with your hair removal needs.