Waxing or Laser? Share This With Your Clients

Unwanted hair removal is a huge concern and priority for people wanting to improve their self-image. If you are seeking a more permanent alternative to shaving for removing those pesky unwanted hairs, the first two options you may consider are waxing and laser hair removal.

Waxing is a semi-permanent depilatory hair removal method that uses hard or soft wax to remove hair follicles from the root; delaying hair growth for up to several weeks. On the other hand, laser treatments use pulses of highly concentrated laser to heat up and damage hair follicles that absorb this light. With summer right around the corner, it is important to note that laser hair removal typically takes four to six sessions scheduled four weeks apart to see about 75% hair reduction! So, if you’re looking to kick it back this summer and relax at the beach or a nice pool, waxing is the best way to remove that unwanted hair.

Clients often ask their estheticians if waxing is better than laser hair removal and vice versa. Surprisingly, clients most interested in this debate have typically undergone laser hair removal treatment in the past that was unsuccessful. There is no right or wrong answer to which one of these two depilatory methods is best, although waxing does have a plethora of significant advantages for many individuals.

Both of these hair removal methods provide hair-free skin for much longer than shaving. Waxing leaves your skin smooth for up to several weeks, while laser advertises itself as being a permanent solution. This point brings up the question as to why people continue to wax even after having spent thousands on laser hair removal treatments. The truth of the matter is that more often than you may think, the recommended six laser sessions don’t work as expected.

Don’t get us wrong, laser hair removal can deliver great results, but it works best on people with dark hair. Individuals with blonde, red, or gray hairs may have issues with laser treatment as their hair follicles do not contain as much melanin. Sometimes, sensitive areas such as the bikini can be too delicate for laser treatment, therefore making people opt to wax instead.

Waxing and laser hair removal both require a bit of a pain threshold although most people would agree that laser treatment is significantly more painful than waxing and not for everyone. The pain from laser hair removal treatments has been described as an intense burning sensation. People undergoing laser treatments often take Advil or Tylenol before initiating a session to help cope with the pain.

Waxing removes hair by pulling it in the opposite direction of hair growth. Before waxing, your hair should be at least a quarter of an inch in length. Although we have all seen the waxing gone wrong scenes in Hollywood flicks and TV shows, waxing hurts significantly less than laser treatments and can be a gratifying experience. It usually takes about a month for your hair to grow back to this length after waxing, which gives you plenty of time to show off that beautiful smooth skin before your next wax. Also, another benefit about waxing is that every time you wax, your hair will grow back thinner and shorter!

If the pain is a major concern for you, waxing is undoubtedly the better choice as there are a lot of gentle wax options out there to help reduce pain. Starpil wax is unlike traditional waxes on the market. With premier selections such as Blue Film, Pink Film, and Starsoft that use the finest polymers and natural ingredients, Starpil boasts the most flexible and creamiest wax formulas on the planet. Starsoft is our gentlest wax formula, designed with neurosensory properties to be gentle even on hypersensitive skin. If skin care is an integral part of your routine, waxing helps exfoliates the skin whereas laser treatments do not. Starpil also offers Pre & Post treatments to care for your skin before and after your wax.

To conclude, both waxing and laser hair removal are excellent choices for a more permanent depilatory solution. Laser treatment may work great on certain people, but it’s not for everyone. There are more risks involved and if not done correctly, can become a costly and painful headache. As with laser treatments, waxing services should only be done by licensed professionals. If you decide to go with waxing as opposed to laser treatment, scheduling consistent appointments after the hair has grown back to a quarter of an inch is well worth it for the best possible results.