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You’re tired of shaving unwanted body hair, and want to explore better ways of getting rid of it. Laser hair removal and waxing have their pros and cons, but it’s important to understand each process and what it can or cannot do.

Laser Hair Removal

Removing hair via laser gets rid of it permanently - or at least for the long-term. It’s not a one-shot deal. Because the laser works on hairs in the growth phase, you’ll need approximately five sessions over a five-month period. Those monthly sessions coincide with hair’s average growth rate.Targeted hairs don’t fall out at once, but you’ll notice they’re gone within three weeks.

Selective Photothermolysis

Selective photothermolysis is the principle behind laser hair removal. The laser is “selective” in that it can tell the difference between the melanin in skin and the melanin in hair. It’s a myth that laser hair removal doesn’t work on dark-skinned people. In fact, it works best for those with dark hairs, and individuals with light-colored body hair are often advised not to bother with laser. In photothermolysis, the laser light absorbs the melanin, changing to heat to eradicate hair follicles. The process may hurt, and side effects include itching and reddening. Laser hair removal requires visiting a professional. In uneducated hands, burning and skin pigment loss may occur.

Waxing

With waxing, you can opt to visit a salon or purchase an at-home kit. For best results, wax hair when it’s at least 1/8 inch long. The wax pulls the hair out of the follicle, so it needs some length on which to latch. A thin amount of heated wax is applied over the appropriate area, and a paper or cloth strips firmly attached. Hair is then stripped away via a quick, practiced pull – but it can hurt.

Hair grows back more slowly after waxing compared to shaving. That’s because shaving merely cuts the hair, while waxing removes it from the root. Expect to remain hair-free in the waxed area for six to eight weeks, until the hair’s next growth phase.

Considerations

Although laser treatments are expensive, once you’ve completed all the sessions you probably won’t deal with unwanted hair ever again. Using a licensed esthetician for hair waxing isn’t cheap, either, but professional waxing is more effective and less likely to result in ingrown hairs and other side effects than doing it yourself. If you have sensitive skin, laser is the better option.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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