Hair removal is a major concern for many people. Some of the most popular forms of temporary hair removal include shaving, waxing, tweezing, and using depilatory creams. Two forms of hair removal are considered permanent: laser and electrolysis. Laser hair removal methods because one can expect extended periods of nongrowth between sessions, whereas temporary methods require regular maintenance.
Waxing removes unwanted hair by entangling it in a sticky substance, wax, and ripping it free from the skin, root bulb and all. New growth generally appears after two weeks. Laser hair removal directs intense heat into the hair follicles, rendering them unlikely to produce new hair. Although laser hair removal is considered permanent, regrowth may occur.
Waxing leaves skin smooth for up to two weeks. Hair grows back much finer and softer after a waxing. Laser hair removal leaves skin smooth for extended periods of time. The amount of time between growth periods varies from client to client. But most clients can get by with a retouch every six months to a year. Regrowth after laser treatment is fine, thin, and lighter in color.
Waxing may be more accessible than laser services. The majority of salons offer waxing services, making it possible to obtain waxing services more easily. Home waxing kits, purchased at drug stores or a beauty supply, allow people to wax in the privacy of their homes.
Laser hair removal must be done in a licensed facility by trained professionals.
Waxing costs less per session, but costs more than laser hair removal over the long run. Although laser takes several sessions and retouches for a successful rest, the total investment pales in comparison to the long-term cost of waxing. Over the course of a lifetime, women spend nearly $23,000 on waxing services. The Free Library estimates that women who laser spend $20,000 less over a lifetime than those who wax.
Problems associated with waxing includes burns, skin tears, bruising, ingrown hairs, secondary skin infection and pain at the treatment site.
Problems associated with laser hair removal include skin irritation, crusting, scabbing, changes in pigmentation of the skin, blistering, scarring and changes in skin texture, according to the Mayo Clinic.