Should I Wax or Get Laser Treatments?

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Life used to be simple. The only question was, “wax or shave?” But, there are so many other options to get rid of unwanted and unsightly hair. One of the newest 21st century options is laser hair removal. Laser hair removal companies make some pretty bold claims about the process. However, there are a few things that they aren’t telling you. Laser hair removal may not be the right choice for you.

No Pain, No Gain?

The first thing you need to understand is that most of the claims of the laser hair removal industry use soft wax or strip wax when making a comparison. Hard wax is a different matter. Most of the so-called advantages of laser hair removal don’t add up if you use hard wax.

Laser hair removal hurts. Nobody is even pretending otherwise. There is some debate as to if it hurts more or about the same as strip wax hair removal. But, the fact is hard wax hair removal is less painful than either laser treatment or a strip wax treatment.

If you have a low pain threshold, or you just don’t see a need to expose yourself unnecessarily to pain, you want to stick with hard wax for your hair removal.

It Works Forever, Doesn’t It?

Laser treatments are often promoted as a permanent hair removal solution. But, you had better read the fine print. It takes several treatments over several weeks to get all the hair. Not, only that but most laser clinics will tell you some women will need occasional follow up visits. Permanent apparently means something different in the laser hair removal industry.

Women with darker skin and hair or with fair skin and light hair may not be good candidates for the process. The lasers work best for women with fair skin and dark hair because it is easiest to focus the laser.

Unless you have the perfect complexion and hair color, laser treatments probably won’t get rid of your hair forever.

When you have a hard wax treatment, the hair may eventually grow back. But, it will grow back slowly and not all for some women after multiple wax jobs. When you get a wax it doesn’t matter what color your hair or skin is. It works every time.

How Thick is Your Wallet?

Laser hair removal costs two to three times as much as waxing per treatment. Plus, you usually have anywhere from three to seven treatments, plus follow up. Treatments for the bikini area can be even more expensive.

One reason laser treatments have not caught on more is that they are so expensive. Getting a wax is cheap enough for almost anyone’s budget. Taking care of yourself shouldn’t require a line of credit.

Dealing with your unwanted hair is one of the most personal of decisions. The most important thing is to do your research. If things like pain, effectiveness, and cost are important to you, getting a wax is your best choice.

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