Shaving, Waxing, And Laser Hair Removal: Which One Is The Most Effective And Convenient Way To Remove Unwanted Body Hair?

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When you want to eliminate your unwanted and unsightly body hair, you will find that you have several options available to you. Three common ways to remove unwanted hair are shaving, waxing and laser hair removal. Which one of these methods is the most effective and the most convenient way to get rid of your body hair? To help you find out which way of removing body hair works best for you, here's some information on the advantages and disadvantages of shaving, waxing and laser hair removal.


Shaving cuts away the visible portion of the hair, leaving the root behind. While shaving works well as a quick solution, the root will quickly begin to regrow. Unfortunately, hair that regrows after shaving tends to be thicker, coarser and more visible, leading to stubble that you can see and feel only a day or two after you shave. Shaving sensitive areas such as your face or bikini area can cause annoying skin irritation. There's also the risk that you may cut yourself while shaving, and shaving sometimes causes unsightly and painful ingrown hairs.

The one upside of shaving is its cost — razors and shaving gel are both inexpensive. It's also convenient since you can easily shave in the shower in the morning without having to schedule appointments for waxing or laser hair removal.


With waxing, a hot wax is applied to your skin and left to cool. The wax bonds to your hair and is then quickly ripped off in the opposite direction of your hair growth, completely removing your hair. Since the root of the hair is removed, it takes longer for your hair to regrow. Unfortunately, waxing can't be done unless you already have some hair growth — the wax needs something to bond to so that it removes the hair root when it's removed. That means you'll have to endure a period of visible hair between waxing sessions.

While waxing is a great way to completely remove unwanted body hair, the results aren't permanent. Depending on your rate of hair growth, you may have to schedule a hair waxing appointment each month. The cost of having your hair waxed professionally can add up over time.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal works by using a computer-guided laser to burn away your hair follicles. Once they're damaged by the laser, the follicles stop growing hair entirely. The hair from the damaged follicles will fall out naturally once their supply of nutrients is cut off. This makes laser hair removal a more permanent solution than both waxing and shaving — it takes several appointments over the span of a few months in order to damage enough follicles in the area to prevent hair growth, but once this is accomplished, you're permanently free of unwanted hair.

While laser hair removal may be more expensive than other options, you don't have to suffer through razor burn from frequent shaving or face the hassle of scheduling hair waxing appointments each month. If you're interested in permanently removing your unwanted hair, arrange an appointment with a laser hair treatment specialist.