Waxing Vs. Laser Hair Removal

Most women (and men) start the lifelong battle against unwanted body hair with the least effective methods around, including plucking, razors, and depilatory creams.

These methods tend to be inexpensive and easy to do at home, even for the novice, and if you make a mistake and take off too much hair, you don't have to worry because it will return within a matter of days.

Of course, this also means that you will frequently have to repeat these procedures if you want to keep certain areas hair-free. And you may also have to deal with issues like razor burn, in-grown hairs, or itching and redness associated with chemical depilatories.

Luckily, we live and learn and discover that there are more effective (and longer-lasting) ways to remove hair. But when it comes to getting waxed versus having hair removed by laser, how can you decide which is right for you?

There are a couple of things to consider when it comes to these two options. First and foremost, many people are concerned about the cost associated with each option, and the truth is that both are bound to be more expensive than at-home procedures.

I know what you're thinking - can't you wax yourself at home? The answer is yes, but for most people this is not really feasible.

The reason is that most waxing products that actually work must be heated and it's very difficult to get the temperature right in the first place, much less complete the process before the wax cools and needs to be reheated.

You're likely to burn yourself, at least the first few times, or you'll leave the wax too cool and it will only remove a portion of the hair. Also, you may pull the strips too slowly or quickly, causing additional problems.

It's just a lot easier to go to a professional (so it is done right the first time), but this will cost you.


In terms of waxing, the cost depends largely on the salon you go to and the area you want waxed. For example, you might pay only $15-20 for an eyebrow or even a simple bikini wax.

But then you could easily pay over a hundred bucks for a Brazilian wax if you go to a high-end salon.  And if you want legs, arms, back, chest (for guys), or other areas done it will cost more.

Since most people that wax regularly only tend to want difficult areas done, you can bet on about $50+ each time. Of course, waxed areas only need to be attended to about every 4 weeks after that, and if you keep it up you'll find that you can go longer and longer between sessions with less growth.

Laser hair removal, on the other hand, is more expensive, but also more permanent. In general, your bikini area will run you about $250-500, whereas larger areas (legs, for example) could easily exceed the $1,000 price range.

And if you thought waxing hurt, just wait until a tiny laser is zapping individual hair follicles. The other issue is that you may have to go for multiple sessions to ensure you get every hair, and once it's gone, you'd better hope the specialist didn't hit any follicles you wanted to keep.

The upside, of course, is that you'll never have to think about removing unwanted hair again, saving you tons of time and money over your lifetime.

Another upside is that nowadays you can just do laser hair removal at home with all the new technology that's been developed.

You'll no longer have to worry about using safe cosmetics for your tender face after slathering on a depilatory, or going commando to ensure a bump-free bikini line after you've shaved.

The up-front pain and expense will pay off down the line.

(Guest Post by Carol)

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  1. Christina10:43 AM

    t is dangerous to use hair remover.
    i shave, personally. waxing hurts to much

  2. Urmila10:45 AM

    waxing hurts but it's better to use if you don't want the hair to grow back quickly


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