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What you need to know about laser hair removal and how it compares to other options.

There are several methods of hair removal on the market today, some more effective than others. Let’s take a look at your options.


Shaving is one of the oldest methods of hair removal and for a quick fix, it serves its purpose well. Shaving is fast, easy and inexpensive, requiring only water, soap and a razor to work.

The problem with shaving it doesn’t remove the hair completely, but only cuts the hair off at skin level. The hair itself is left in tact and continues to grow, with new stubble becoming visible in just a day or two. Another shaving downfall is that it can irritate the skin, causing unsightly and itchy razor burn.


Depilatory creams were created to free consumers from the razor but the results are mixed. Creams are messy and many contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin. The results are just as mixed – sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but even when they do, the hair will grow back eventually.



Another traditional form of hair removal, plucking is tedious and works best when you’re dealing with a very small area, such as the eyebrows. Plucking pulls the hair out by the root, so regrowth takes a little longer but because the follicle was left in tact, the hair will at some point grow back. Plucking is painful as well, making it a poor choice for those with a low tolerance to pain.


Waxing works under the same principle as plucking, by pulling the hair out at the root. The difference is that plucking is typically done one hair at a time while waxing targets several hairs in one application. A wax substance (hot or cold) is applied to the target area and then covered with a gauze-like strip. The wax dries, the gauze is pulled off and most of the unwanted hair goes with it. Like plucking, waxing is painful and can leave the affected skin temporarily red, swollen and/or irritated.


Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that is truly permanent. For this procedure, a tiny needle is inserted into the follicle to deliver a small electrical shock directly to the hair shaft. This shock destroys the follicle and causes the hair to fall out on its own and without further regrowth. Is there a downside to electrolysis? For one, its highly expensive. Treatments can cost upwards of $500 each and because more than one treatment is required, you can expect to spend a good chunk of your savings to see any real results. Electrolysis can also irritate the skin and can be painful, two important things to consider before committing to such a costly method.





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