Laser Hair Removal vs Waxing: Which is Best?
Waxing has been around since Egyptian times and is one of the oldest forms of hair removal. While it can leave you with super smooth skin, there’s certainly the pain factor to take into account and potential problems with ingrowing hairs to contend with.
In more recent times, technology has delivered laser hair removal – it’s an effective way to permanently reduce hair growth and, while does cost more than your average waxing, it has some great benefits.
So which method is best for you?
Laser Hair Removal
This uses a strong beam of light to hit the hair follicle at the root and can permanently remove it. You need several sessions, between 6 and 8 normally, to totally get rid of a hair but the effects are long lasting and most people who have undergone this procedure wish they had done it earlier.
If you’re looking for a hair removal treatment that doesn’t damage your skin, then this could well be the best choice. It’s also pain free. Most clients simply feel a small impact on the skin and maybe a slight, warming sensation. Clinics will often apply a numbing cream in any case, more usually to dilate any blood vessels.
You don’t have to do much after your laser treatment. Many clinics will advise you to gently exfoliate your skin a few days after a visit. This is to encourage you to shed hairs that will have become loosened or weakened by the treatment.
A clinic will always carry out a patch test before they decide to undertake treatment and this is just to make sure there will be no adverse effect on your skin. It’s also recommended that you don’t have laser treatment if you’ve recently been on holiday in a hot and sunny area as IPL can impact on melanin production. That’s why the best time to have a course of laser treatment is during the winter.
Waxing for Hair Removal
It’s an easy and quick way to remove hair all over the body in one go. If you have unwanted hair and are going to a special event, then this is probably the best choice all year round. The result from waxing under a professional hand is a silky smooth skin that lasts for a good few weeks before the hair starts to grow back.
The problem that many people have with waxing is the pain involved, particularly on certain areas of the body. That’s because the wax treatment forcibly pulls the hair out at the root. If you are prone to ingrown hairs it can also cause issues once everything starts to grow back. The other problem is that you need to grow the hair for a while so that there’s enough to grip on with the waxing process. And, of course, it’s not permanent, though hair growth can reduce over time.
If you have a problem with ingrown hairs or want a permanent and pain free solution for removal, then laser is probably the best route overall,. In the longer term, it can also be the most cost effective. At TW Skin we use the latest VPL™ system that delivers quick and effective hair removal for any part of the body.
Contact our friendly team today and say goodbye to daily shaving, waxing and unwanted hair.