When it comes to the management of unwanted hair on men, three standard options are available. These methods include shaving, waxing and laser treatment. Of these three, shaving is a temporary method which targets the hair at the surface of the skin. Waxing is semi-temporary while laser treatment is an almost permanent hair removal method.
Laser hair removal entails beaming a high concentration of light into hair follicles. The dark follicle pigments, melanin, absorb the light and in the process destroy the hair at the root.
Waxing, on the other hand, is a semi-permanent form of hair removal that entails the spreading of wax on the hair. The wax is then covered with a piece of cloth or paper. Finally, the paper/fabric is ripped in the opposite direction thus removing the wax along with the hair.
Laser hair removal has numerous benefits over waxing. These are discussed below.
1. Faster Action
Laser removal is quick acting and less cumbersome. Larger areas can be treated for a given time duration as compared to waxing by simply impinging the laser light to the target area. Waxing on the other hand is a cumbersome process. The process of spreading the wax in the targeted area, covering the wax with a piece of paper/cloth and letting the wax dry before removing it, is quite involving. Moreover, for waxing, only a small portion of the targeted area can be treated at a time. Larger areas of the body including the back are treated in about an hour by the laser procedure while smaller ones like the upper lip take a fraction of a minute.
Removal of hair by laser treatment has been shown to be more effective than waxing in eliminating hair growth. Some individuals, have been reported as being entirely free of unwanted hairs after about six sessions of laser hair removal at the Therapie Clinic. On the other hand, waxing is a semi-temporary hair removal method. After around 4-6 weeks of waxing, hair growth will still continue taking place in the treated areas. Still, some people will start observing hair growth in just one week owing to the different growth cycle of the hair.
3. Virtually Painless Compared to Waxing
Laser treatment is less invasive than waxing. Consequently, the treatment is less painful. Also, the regrowth of hair is sparser. On the other hand, waxing is extremely painful as it pulls off hair from the roots. The aftermath of waxing is unsightly scarring and red marks.
4. More Cost Effective Than Waxing
The initial cost of laser treatment can be a little bit high as compared to waxing. However, after the treatment, growth of hair will be less infrequent and sparser. Also, some people have reported being free of unwanted hair growth after only six laser sessions. Waxing, on the other hand, needs to be done after every 4-6 weeks over the whole year… every year for the rest of your life. Therefore, in the long run, laser hair removal is actually cheaper as compared to waxing.
5. No Dark Shadow or Stubble After the Treatment
The laser method stunts hair growth at the follicles. The process is painless and free of scratches like in the case of waxing. The treatment thins out hair making them less noticeable. With this treatment, you will be free from the stubble, dark shadowing and any scarring. Waxing, on the other hand, pulls off hair from their roots and in the process, the skin is scarred, and red marks are left behind.
If you were undecided on which hair removal method to use, you can now clearly see that laser hair removal is the best option for male grooming.