Waxing vs. Laser Hair Removal: When to Choose What

There are so many hair removal techniques and products on the market that it can be quite challenging to discern which one is the best one, and which one you should choose.

Is waxing suitable to keep going for? Or, would laser save me so much more time and give longer results?

With summertime quickly approaching, now is the time to figure out when to choose what type of hair removal, and which is best for you.

Everyone is different. We all have different colours, thickness and lengths of our own hair growth. But with swimsuit season creeping in, don’t be caught trying to figure out an acceptable hair removal experience, and then realising it’s too late.

The truth is, certain methods can sometimes work best for certain hair removal needs. While there may not truly be a right or wrong time or type of hair removal, you should know and understand what they offer so you can make an educated decision on your type of hair removal.

Today, we’re going to discuss waxing vs. laser hair removal and how to know when to choose which option. Let’s get started…

Why Wax?

Waxing is very much what it sounds like. To wax, you apply a specific type of wax to the area to which you want to remove hair. The wax can be hard or soft, sometimes it is warm and sometimes it is hot. There are several types of wax and different procedures for preparing the wax.

Once you’ve applied the wax to the area, a strip of paper material is placed over the wax. This wax and paper are then ripped off in the opposite direction of hair growth. This can be quite painful as well as hard on your skin. It can rip away bits of the top layer of skin with the wax and hair.

Depending on the area you are having waxed, multiple strips may need to be applied to effectively rid the area of hair.

Professionals apply treatments to your skin once they have completed waxing in order to soothe the area, as it can be very red and tingly after the procedure. The results of waxing can last for several weeks, and the pain is typically short-lived. It just depends on the area to choose to wax.

You might – however – experience skin damage or skin irritation. This isn’t too common, but those with sensitive skins can be prone. Typically, although depending on the procedure, a waxing procedure will last no longer than 30 minutes and should have no real downtime.

You can wax any area of your body or any skin type as well. For waxing to be effective, the hair typically should be at least an inch long. This allows the wax to get a better grip and also reduces the pain. So, be prepared to get the growth going first!

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a far different treatment than waxing. It uses a laser machine to effectively remove hair, and as long as you avoid the risk of skin damage due to over-exposure, it is typically a less painful experience overall and far more effective.

You can purchase in-home laser hair removal devices or you can visit a certified technician. These professionals have been trained for the procedure and know the best methods and practices. The laser device heats up the hair follicles. The hair will absorb the laser light and in turn, the root of the hair is damaged.

Your hair needs to be short for laser hair removal. You can even shave before treatment but don’t pluck or wax as that can make laser hair removal ineffective. Laser devices can be set specifically to treat different types and colors of hair as well as different parts of the body that may be affected differently.

Most professional laser treatment places will apply a soothing gel to the area before they begin treatment. This is for soothing the skin during the process. It also provides some additional protection to your skin.

Laser hair removal can be a very quick process. Larger areas could potentially take up to an hour (legs and backs) but small areas like eyebrows or lips can take less than 5 minutes for the total procedure. The benefit of laser hair removal is that it encourages the hair to stop growing.

You will need several laser treatments when you get started (typically 6 weeks apart) but after several treatments, your hair will no longer grow in the treated area, which means no more hair removal products or techniques ever again.

As far as side effects go, you might see some redness. Most commonly, your skin will feel as though you have a sunburn. You will treat this much like you might treat a sunburn. Cold compresses, light lotions, and cooling gels can be quite helpful in relieving the feeling and it only lasts a day or two.

Laser treatment can also be used on any part of the body. Although many places will not do your eyebrows for fear of causing eye damage due to the lasers. While laser treatment can be used for any hair or skin type, it seems to work fastest on those who have light skin and dark hair.


There are many things that are similar between laser hair removal and waxing. Ultimately, it comes down to a matter of preference. However, with laser hair removal, what you can expect is that after a few treatments, you will never need hair removal for that area again.

Both hair treatments have side effects that can cause some discomfort and both have their own list of pros and cons. When you’re making a decision, consider the facts here and whether or not you can commit to the hair removal type you choose.

There is also cost to consider. Laser can be a pricer procedure, but it comes with longer lasting results. If you have facial hair that is bothering you and ruining your self-confidence, laser tends to lead for this.

Overall, if you want long-lasting hair removal, laser hair treatment is the most ideal but keep in mind that it may require multiple treatments, and will cost much more! Those who can keep up with their hair removal and don’t find it a problem to manage are possibly more suited to waxing.

Do a little research online at the places close to you, and what services they offer and at what price. It’s the start of making the best decision for you…

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