Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing

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What Is It

Laser Hair Removal

Kills hair follicles which prevents hair growth using a concentrated beam of light
Very quick>fastest hair removal method
Much less painful than waxing
Mostly permanent (hair will always regrow after a few years on women due to hormones)
Can only be performed on darker hair
Takes multiple sessions (generally 3-6)
Prevents ingrown hairs

Waxing

Smoother, longer lasting results than shaving
Removes hair from the root so hairs don’t create a prickly feeling when they re-grow
Hair will grow back weaker, making it finer, sparser and softer over time
Quicker than shaving
Any hair type
Every 4 weeks

Prep

Laser Hair Removal

Lightly exfoliate 3-4 days prior
Shave the night before/day of the treatment
No retinols, tretinoins etc 2 weeks before treatment
No waxing, tweezing, hair removal cream 4 weeks before treatment
Wait 10 days to shave before the night before/day of treatment
No tanning (this includes self tanners) 4 weeks before treatment

Waxing

Hair needs to be the length of a grain of rice (1/4 in.)
No shaving 2 weeks prior
No lotions, crèmes, etc day of the service
Exfoliate night before
Wear loose fitting clothing
No injections for 14 days before or after in area to be waxed

Post-Care

Laser Hair Removal

No swimming, working out, hot tub, sauna, or sexual activity(if applicable to area treated) etc for 48 hours post treatment
Wait 10 days to shave
Hair will appear to grow back darker and thicker quickly, this is the hair being pushed out of the damaged follicle
No touching the area
No exfoliating for at least 1 week after treatment
Keep area clean and dry

Waxing

Avoid excessive heat or friction to area for at least 48 hours
Do not touch area to avoid infection
No swimming pools, saunas, hot showers or spas for 48 hours
Avoid gym work, sports or strenuous exercise for 48 hours
Wear clean, loose fitting clothing
No applying lotions, deodorants, powders or body sprays for 24 hours
Can exfoliate after 24 hours and again when hair starts growing back in
Start moisturizing again 3 days after treatment
Avoid sun, tanning etc.

Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing