Waxing Vs Laser Hair Removal – Which Is Better?

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    Be it men or women, grooming body hair has become an essential part of our lives. Since waxing and laser hair removal are the popular methods removing unwanted hair, it is crucial to understand, which one should you opt for and why? Let’s learn the common benefits, limitation and cost of these two methods.

    What Is Hair Removal Wax?

    Waxing involves the use of a sticky substance such as wax which is applied and then it is used to rip off the hair including the hair bulb, from the skin. For several decades body waxing is the preferred method for having hair-free skin on different body parts like arms, legs and underarms. Some even use this method to get rid of unwanted hair on the face, back, stomach and private parts.

    Beautificans claim that waxing removes hair from the root to deliver you a smooth and hair-free skin. However, one should understand that waxing helps to remove hair temporarily. So by keeping the correct timing between waxes ensures the best results and can also help with planning for specific events. You must maintain your routine waxing schedule year-round.

    • Pros – It is easily available, is not too expensive, provides quick results, can be done by self at home as well.
    • Cons – Results do not last for long, have to wait for the hair to grow till a certain length, is painful, serious side effects in the form of ingrown hair.

    Top Facts About Body Waxing:

    • There are two varieties of wax available, i.e. hot and cold. 
    • You may do this procedure at a beautician or your home. 
    • Body wax may be applied on any skin and hair type. 
    • Waxing is popular with both male and females. 
    • The result from body wax lasts longer than hair trimming. 

    Waxing Packages Available In India

    Popular saloons or spas offer the following packages in India:

    • Head to toe also known as full-body waxing
    • Facial package including eyebrows, peel-off and lips
    • Bikini line and full bikini waxing
    • Underarm and blouse line waxing
    • Body packages like arms, legs, stomach and back

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    How Much Does Waxing Services Cost In India?

    The cost of service will depend on the package you are choosing. Here is the price list of body waxing packages available in India:

    Available Package Starting Price 
    Full Arms Waxing  Rs 500
    Half Arms Waxing  Rs 300
    Full Legs Waxing  Rs 500
    Half Legs Waxing Rs 300
    Stomach Waxing  Rs 400
    Back waxing  Rs 500
    Underarm Waxing Rs 200
    Fullbody Waxing  Rs 1,500
    Bikini Line Waxing  Rs 300
    Bikini Waxing Rs 500
    Facial Waxing Rs 500
    Upper Lips Wax Rs 200

    What Is Laser Hair Removal?

    Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light to remove unwanted body hair. In this hair removal technique, intense heat is directed on the hair follicles in order to damage them and prevent any further new hair growth. It uses Photothermolysis to match the light’s specific wavelength. This process is repeated over several sessions to reduce hair growth. With every treatment, fewer and fewer hair will grow back, leaving you with smooth and hairless skin. Since this method aims at reduction of hair growth, one can expect a permanent solution for unwanted hair.

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    • Pros: Can be used on sensitive skin and areas, long-lasting results, minimum pain, positive results from the first session itself.
    • Cons: Expensive, requires professional help and cannot be done by self at home, number of sessions required, mild side effects such as redness of the skin, slight pain, skin irritation, etc.

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    Laser Hair Removal Price List

    The cost of service will depend on the package you are choosing. Here is the price list of body waxing packages available in India:

    Available Package Starting Price 
    Midbrow Rs 2,000
    Under Arms Rs 2,500
    Feet Rs 3,000
    Hands Rs 3,000
    Chest Rs 6,500
    Full Abdomen Rs 6,000
    Full Buttocks Rs 6,500
    Bikini Line Rs 4,500
    Cheeks Rs 3,000
    Chin Rs 2,000
    Full Bikini Rs 6,000
    Upper Lip Rs 2,000
    Face Rs 7,000

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    Waxing Vs Laser Hair Removal: Which Is Better?

    Though the primary intent of both waxing and laser hair removal is the same, there are certain differences between these two hair removal techniques. The major differences include the cost of the treatment, procedure, number of treatments required, side effects, duration of the results, etc.

    #Since waxing and laser hair removal are the two most popular means of getting rid of unwanted hair, it is essential to understand the key differences. Watch this video to know more.

    How Long Does Removal Last? 

    When compared between waxing and laser hair removal, there is a huge difference between the duration of the results. Once you are done with your waxing session, you will notice new hair growth after two weeks. For some people, new hair growth might occur after 3 weeks; however, on an average waxing results generally last for about 2-3 weeks. The results of a laser hair removal technique last for a much longer period. Thus, in terms of lasting results, laser hair removal technique is much better than getting a waxing done. Unlike a waxing session which needs to be done every once in four weeks, a laser hair removal procedure requires a retouch session just once or twice in a year. The laser hair removal technique reduces the speed at which new hair growth occurs, thereby providing a permanent solution for hair removal.

    How Many Sessions Will You Need?

    For a laser hair removal treatment, the number of treatments depends upon the body part which is being treated. For example, using the treatment to remove hair on upper lips might require only 1-2 sessions but a full legs treatment might require 4-6 sessions. Ideally, you would have to sit for 6-8 sessions to get rid of the unwanted hair completely. There is a gap of about 6 weeks between each of the sessions, however, you will notice that your body part has become smooth, silky and hair-free from the very first session.

    Waxing is more of a temporary solution for hair removal and hence, requires multiple sessions. Ideally, you would need a waxing session at least once in every 4 weeks, irrespective of your body part. Also, the first few days after waxing would yield a soft and smooth skin but as the days go by, new hair growth occurs and there would be a pint of time wherein you will not have a smooth and hair free skin. This is because, you will have to wait for the new hair to grow at least half a centimeter before you can get it waxed.

    Is This Hair Removal Treatments Suitable For Men?

    When compared between waxing vs. laser hair removal for men, it is much easier and less painful to opt for the laser hair removal technique. This is because the texture of hair in men is much stronger and they have a thick skin which makes waxing a very painful procedure. Since the results of laser hair removal can last for a longer period of time, more and more men are opting for this method.

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    Whether you opt for waxing or laser hair removal treatment depends upon an individual’s personal preferences but always ensure that you have these services carried out by certified dermatologists and beauty practitioners in order to avoid any unnecessary side effects. However, keeping all the factors in mind, it is safe to say that the best and ideal way to remove all your unwanted hair is through the laser hair removal procedure!

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    Kushneet Kukreja

    Kushneet Kukreja

    A postgraduate in Biotechnology from Kingston University and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition, Kushneet Kukreja is a passionate writer who works in close association with the dermatologists at our head office to generate valuable and scientifically accurate content for our blog.

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