by Elonah B January 29, 2018

We all know that keeping our bodies hairless and silky smooth in all the right places isn’t always smooth sailing. As with all hair removal methods, whether you are  waxing, shaving, or laser beaming your hair follicles, all have the potential for nicks, bumps, ingrown hairs, and just general discomfort.

If your usual approach didn’t work out so well last summer, now is a great time to consider your options when it comes to keeping your various body parts silky smooth.

Do we opt for waxing which is significantly cheaper compared to laser hair removal? Can we handle the "ouch"? Are we ready to shell out some cash when doing laser hair removal for a promise of lesser hair in no time? It all becomes a bit too much to think about, especially if you’re new to hair removal.

Waxing vs Laser Hair Removal

Before we differentiate the two, let’s all appreciate the fact that both methods offer the same end result: lesser hair growth for the skin, keeping you smoother and shinier for longer. After all, we all want to be on top of our game when it comes to our hair removal routines. So, which one is really better for you? Waxing or laser? Below, skim through the benefits of waxing and laser and see which one of the two fits you best.

Benefits Of Waxing

If you’re a little too scared to try out waxing just because of the “norm” that goes with it, then you’re better off trying it nonetheless! Waxing removes the hair at the root for an average of three weeks, and it can typically range anywhere from two to six weeks depending on your hair type. Contrary to popular belief, waxing is not always painful. With proper technique and couple with new generational hard waxes, it is almost pain-free.

If you're a newbie, treatments can be moderately painful but it becomes tolerable overtime. While many think waxing is a painful process, there are new generational waxes like Mello Wax that offers lesser ouch and often removes the hair in a single pass! Being that it's gentle on the skin and tough on the hair, it's perfect for sensitive skin and intimate areas such as underarms and bikini parts. Mello Wax is pliable, non-brittle and stays flexible when used.

Average cost for professional waxing is anywhere from $35 for a Brazilian to- $100+ for a full body, and price usually depends on the areas you want to wax, and of course the salon itself. Meanwhile for those looking for convenience at home and willing to learn the wax wand themselves, Mello Wax offers a home wax kit for a price of under $60 allowing for salon-perfect smoothness in the comfort of your own home.

Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal

Many people think that laser hair removal is “heaven sent”. Well, for a fact it is. But if you dig deep (into your wallet), it’s actually really not. Laser hair removal can be quite expensive, running from $350 to $900 depending on the area and not all of us are able to afford that much when it comes to our skincare routine (this method requires several trips to the dermatologist!). If you're wondering why it's such an expensive method, laser actually penetrates the skin in order to target the hair shaft and inhibit hair growth. It destroys the follicle and essentially removes hair in a shorter amount of time. It's great for people who want to have long-term hair removal effect in all areas of their bodies as "effects" can be permanent. So you must ask yourself, as trends often change, is this something you want to rid forever?

Since the contrast between the color of the skin and the color of the pigment in the hair follicle is what allows the laser to easily pick out what to target, laser hair removal works best on fair skin with dark hair and worse on darker skin.

So is laser hair removal painful? The answer is yes. Despite causing no damage to the dermis, this method can cause a "snapping" sensation against the skin due to the heat from the laser itself. Depending on your hair type, you will be required to do some touch-up treatments in order to maintain the skin. It's really an expensive method but with a good value for money in the end.

And the winner is…

Both methods are actually beneficial. The end goal? Smoother skin for longer. So if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative that’s going to give you good results, waxing with Mello Wax is the answer. But if money isn’t a problem for you, then by all means, go for a laser hair removal treatment. It depends on what you prefer, and the long-term effects you’re looking for. In the end, it’s your body that’s going to react to the method you chose, so be equipped with the right information wisely!

Elonah B
Elonah B

Elonah is a creative type from the Philippines, writing all sorts of stuff from fashion tips, beauty how-to's to lifestyle bits. If not writing, she loves to take photos, style people and drink coffee on the side.

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