With so many different options for hair removal available these days, choosing one that best suits you can be a little daunting. Two of the most popular methods of hair removal for women are laser and waxing and although both are very different, you may be confused as to which one to choose. Below you’ll find a comparison of laser hair removal vs waxing to help you decide which one to go for!
Laser Hair Removal vs Waxing
|Permanently reduces hair and after just a few treatments you should see a significant reduction in hair growth.||Waxing is not as effective as laser in terms of permanently reducing hair. Hair grows back much finer and softer after treatments and over time some hair follicles may get damaged which will cause the hairs to stop growing.|
|Treatments are not as frequent as waxing and can be as long as every few months depending on the area being treated and the individual's hair growth cycle. Over time hairs may stop growing completely and therefore no further treatments are needed.||Waxing leaves skin smooth for a few weeks depending on how fast your hair grows therefore treatments need to be on a regular basis.|
|Laser treatments and home laser kits are expensive but in the long run it could end up being a good investment considering how much you'll probably spend on a lifetime of waxing treatments.||If done professionally, waxing treatments can be costly especially over a lifetime although there are a lot of good and affordable home waxing kits out there.|
|Laser hair removal works best for darker hair and lighter skin but nowadays with advancements in technology, they can be effective on a wide variety of skin tones and for most hair colors.||Works for all hair and skin types.|
|Can be used on all areas of the face and body.||Can be used on all areas of the face and body.|
|Hairs can be shaved off before treatments so you can be hair free between treatments unlike with waxing.||Waxing requires some regrowth (usually around 1/4 inch) so that the wax can adhere to the hairs effectively so there may be some periods of time when you’re not completely hair free.|
|Laser is painful and feels like you're being flicked at with a hot rubber band although waxing is generally found to be more painful by most.||Is painful due to hairs being ripped out from the skin with hot wax.|
|After laser treatments there may be some swelling, itchiness or redness and there’s also a chance of burning, scarring, changes in skin texture and changes in pigmentation of the skin. However if you visit a fully licensed, trained professional there is little chance of something going wrong. Laser can also be an effective treatment for ingrown hairs.||Waxing can cause ingrown hairs, red bumps and bleeding and you could get an infection near the hair follicles. As the wax is heated before use it may be too hot on the skin causing it to blister and burn.|
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