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Pros And Cons: Laser Hair Removal Versus Waxing

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Hair removal is the latest trend today. Many people, both men and women alike, treat unwanted body hair growth as a major area of concern, both aesthetically and hygienically. That is why it is not surprising that more and more people consider undergoing body hair removal procedures and/or using hair removal products.

There are many types of hair removal procedures: shaving, sugaring, waxing, tweezing or plucking, and the use of depilatory creams. Two of the most popular and controversial ones are waxing and laser hair removal.

Listed below are their respective pros and cons to hopefully help you in choosing the right hair removal procedure for you. Read on to learn more about laser hair removal and waxing.

Laser Hair Removal is one of the newest procedures available to remove unwanted body hair. According to Mayo Clinic, laser hair removal involves a process where “a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.”

 

PROS:

LONGER EFFECTIVITY PERIOD – Laser hair removal offers a longer effectivity period compared to waxing. The time between needed sessions varies from person to person but is generally longer than with other methods.

GOOD INVESTMENT – Although it may seem expensive at first, it is a good investment in the long run. As its promise is a permanent (or semi-permanent) hair removal, it can save you not just money but also time spent in waxing salons.

NO INGROWN HAIRS – Unlike waxing, threading, plucking and shaving, laser hair removal procedures do not cause ingrown hairs to appear in the treated area.

 

CONS:

NOT SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE – The procedure is not suitable for people with dark skin or blonde hair. Also, there are no laser hair removal procedures yet for red hair. It usually works best on people with fair skin and dark hair.

TEMPORARY HEAT RASHES – As this procedure uses heat, there may be a possibility of the skin becoming red and itchy due to heat rashes. Taking certain drugs like antihistamines and applying non-irritating cooling creams or aloe vera to the affected area can help relieve it.

PAIN LEVEL: 6/10

 

On the other hand waxing has been around for ages. According to the Free Dictionary, waxing has been defined as that process by which “facial or body hair is removed by covering the skin with a layer of wax that is peeled off after hardening, uprooting the encased hairs.”

 

PROS:

CONVENIENCE – Waxing is practically everywhere. You can get it done at a salon or even at home.

ALL-AROUND – It can be performed on practically all parts of the body that needs waxing, be it the underarms, upper lip or bikini area.

AFFORDABLE – Whether at home or at the salon, waxing is one of the cheaper options in the field of body hair removal.

 

CONS:

BURNS – There is a high possibility of developing burns if the wax used is too hot.

NOT FOR ALL – Individuala using particular types of prescription creams such as those specifically designed for acne medication cannot make use of this method as it can actually pull the skin off.

RASHES – Waxing can lead to the appearance of red rashes. It is not advisable to undergo waxing right before a special occasion as these rashes can stay on the skin for varying lengths of time, usually an hour or more.

INGROWN HAIRS – One possible hazard when it comes to waxing is the occurrence of ingrown hairs. They typically appear when the hair under the skin breaks off and the skin gets irritated, leading to an inflammation.

PAIN LEVEL: 9/10

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