When Whitney Bowe talks, people listen.
Speaking about the variations between two top hair removal methods, the renowned New York City dermatologist spoke to Marie Claire, detailing the difference between having your skin zapped or ripped with wax.
Before even getting started, Bowe makes it known that laser treatments idyllically work best on fair-skinned women with dark hair, while Asian, African American, Latino and light-haired ladies are not likely to get the best benefits from the method that takes several treatments to see success.
“It only works if the root of the hair is dark,” according to the dermatologist, noting how “the root of the hair has to be darker than the color of the skin.” And then there is the other color-related glitch. In the summer, having hair removed is a bit more complicated if tan. Light-haired ladies must be careful since tanned skin confuses lasers. “If the heat doesn’t know where to go, then that can lead to skin burns,” she said. Speaking of pain, the method is not without soreness, with Bowe recommending numbing sensitive skin prior to laser treatments.
Throw in the high cost of multiple treatment method, and well the next notable method of waxing might just be just be more affordable in the end even though “lasers can actually get rid of ingrown hairs while waxing can cause them to appear,” according to Bowe. Moving from technology to good old human hands with waxing, Marie Claire calls the laser removal method “pretty straightforward,” bluntly reporting that the “aesthetician is literally pulling the hair follicle out of your root.”
Self correspondent Alexandra Samuel didn’t hold anything back in her “What Hurts More: Laser Hair Removal or a Bikini Wax?” report. Getting right to the personal point, Samuel advises, “If you decide to do it [laser hair removal], you’ll be shaving down there (or going au natural) for about a year.” Along with that inconvenience comes cost, as Bowe also notes. “Laser hair removal is way more expensive than waxing,” according to Samuel, adding a full Brazilian makeover is as high as $2,000 for up to six months of treatment and permanent results.
Costs are way down when it comes to waxing; however, the pain level rises, according to Samuel. “Laser hair removal does not hurt as much as waxing and is way quicker,” she said, detailing how the treatment can be likened to “tiny pin pricks,” whereas “waxing just hurts.” Samuel swears by waxing, giving three very good reasons for her rational.
“First, the price [for laser hair removal] is way more than anything I should be spending up front. Second, I don’t love idea of shaving for a full year. And third, it’s pretty much permanent,” she writes noting the down side to lasering is there is not looking back if one day wants to have a little something down under.
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