Hair Removal Techniques: Should You Shave, Wax, Or Laser?

As the weather gets warmer and we opt for more spring-friendly clothing, hair removal is likely to become a bigger priority for you than it was during the winter months. There are a few methods for removing our body hair; deciding which one you’ll use will depend on a variety of factors, including which method is the most convenient for you – and which one you’re most comfortable with.

To help you decide which method of hair removal you may like to use this season, we’ve created a brief guide to three popular hair-removing options; these overviews should help you determine which method is right for you.

Shaving

The most common method of hair removal is shaving. Shaving involves using a sharp blade to cut body hair at the base of the hair. When done properly, shaving normally takes about 10 to 15 minutes of your time. For a successful shave, follow these tips:

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  • To avoid nicks and cuts, moisturize before you shave.
  • Try using baby oil before applying shaving cream to reduce the risk of razor burn.
  • Research and test different types of razors to find out what works best for you. We suggest ones with a lubricating strip to keep your skin from drying out.

Although it varies from person to person, most people find that they need to shave again every two to three days.

Waxing

Waxing, although a bit less common than shaving, is another option for body hair removal. Using hot, melted wax, hair is ripped out by the root for a clean and smooth appearance. Depending on the area being waxed, a waxing session can last anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes. For a successful waxing experience, be sure to follow these tips:

  • Examine your skin for sun damage or other irritations. If you find these issues, put off your waxing for a couple days to prevent further damage to your skin.
  • Allow your hair to grow to about ¼  – ½  inches. This length ensures the wax can hold onto the hair without breaking it.
  • Exfoliate the affected skin before and after your waxing session to prevent ingrown hairs.

Although some people find waxing to be a painful procedure, many people find the method worth the discomfort. For those who wax on the regular basis, many people can go hair free for about eight weeks.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal uses a combination of heat and energy to destroy the hair follicle without harming the skin around it. The lasers offer patients a uniquely pain-free and gentle way to get rid of any unwanted hair. Although the official answer is subjected to skin and hair color, most doctors say most of the hair should be gone in four to six sessions. In order to prepare for a skin laser treatment, we suggest doing the following:

  • Stay out of the sun before your treatments to avoid troublesome side effects of laser hair removal.
  • Avoid waxing or tweezing your hair in the weeks prior to your appointment. Continuing with these methods could interfere with with the hair follicles affected by the medical laser.

For most people, laser hair removal is painless; however, some people experience a mild, very tolerable sensation of heat. Although it can’t be guaranteed as a permenant hair removal solutions, laser treatments are the most effective method for removing body hair. Patients can generally expect 75 percent to 80 percent clearance after six sessions and should plan on one or two annual follow up sessions for ideal maintenance.

Whatever hair removal method you choose, you must be comfortable with your decision. If you would like more information about our laser hair removal procedure, visit our website at www.aerolaselasercenters.com

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