(Closed) Hair removal…waxing vs laser?

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I highly doubt there is such a thing as painless waxing.  Laser hair removal takes numerous vists, can be really expensive, and permanently gets rid of most of your hair, so I would not get laser hair removal down there unless you are absolutely, positively sure you want it gone.  Plus, lasers don’t work on blonde hair so if you’re blonde like me it’s not even an option. 

There are dipilatory creams (Nair, etc.) that are painless but be careful with these because the chemicals can really irritate your skin.  If that doesn’t work and you really can’t deal with the pain of waxing, I guess you’re stuck with shaving.

Post # 5
25 posts

It will take nearly a year for the laser to completely clear the area of hair, and even then there will be small bits of regrowth that need a touchup later.  Laser hair removal is not a one time kind of thing.  You generally need 6-8 treatments, spread out with a few months between each appointment, not to mention the touchups over the next year.  That being said, assuming it works for you (and some people just do not respond to the laser, which SUCKS), the hair is gone forever.

Waxing offers none of the permanence of laser hair removal.  But if you’re just looking to have a single hair free week, then waxing is definitely the more economical and practical choice.

In terms of pain, both are painful.  Waxing is less painful simply because it is faster.  They rip off the strips a few times, and done.  Laser is more like zap zap zap zap zap.  It covers about a square inch per zap, so it is slower going as they work to zap every square inch of skin.

A skilled waxer can definitely make the experience less painful.  They are swifter, and better at soothing your skin the second the strip comes off.  It hurts, but it’s so momentary, it’s really not a big deal.

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