It’s summer, you’ve just stocked up on a new pack of shavers or booked what feels like your millionth appointment at a waxing salon, and you’re wondering if there’s a better way. There is – laser hair removal. Laser hair removal might cost more upfront than a $10 razor or $50 waxing session. But, it pays off in the long run. If you’ve been on the fence about laser hair removal, here are a few reasons why it’s a great investment now and in the future.
Laser Hair Removal Saves You Time
Every time you shave, you’re probably not keeping time with a stopwatch. But, over the course of a lifetime, the average woman will spend 72 days shaving. That’s more than two months of your life spent pulling a razor over your legs or armpits. Those who wax spend about 7 hours a year being waxed, or over the course of 50 years, about 14 days. That’s two weeks of your life spent having someone (or going the DIY route) ripping the hair from your skin with hot wax.
In contrast, each laser hair removal treatment sessions usually takes about 30 minutes, or less, depending on the area being treated. Many people need between six and eight treatment sessions to see a significant reduction in hair growth. That means that overall, you’ll spend between three and four hours having your hair removed by laser, versus 1,728 hours spent shaving or 350 hours being waxed.
Laser Hair Removal Saves You Money
At a glance, the cost of laser hair removal seems steep. Smaller areas, such as the armpits or upper lip, can range from $75 to $150 per session. Larger areas can cost as much as $800 per treatment. Multiply that by six or eight, and you’ve got a financial commitment. But, waxing, shaving and other forms of hair removal also cost money. You might not realize how much you’re spending on those methods, since they are spread out over the course of years.
For example, although you can get a cheap, disposable razor for just a couple of dollars, the higher end, multi-blade razors can cost as much as $20. If you use a $20 razor a few times a month before it goes dull and you need to replace it, you can end up spending between $40 and $60 a month on razors alone. Over a year, you can spend as much as $720 on razors, and over 10 years, $7,200. That’s nearly double the cost of six laser hair removal treatments.
Waxing might last longer than shaving, but the upfront cost is a bit higher. And, the hair will always return. You can easily spend $40 to $50 when having your legs waxed, and many people go in for a wax every month. Each year, you end up spending between $480 and $720 at the salon, or many thousands of dollars over the course of your life.
Laser Hair Removal Cuts Down on Nicks, Rashes, and Burns
The goal of removing hair by shaving, waxing, and other temporary methods is to improve the look of your legs, underarms, face, or other area. But, occasionally, temporary hair removal options can make things look worse.
There’s the risk of cutting yourself shaving, for example. While some nicks are just that, barely noticeable, it’s also possible (and not uncommon) for a person to really slice themselves while shaving. After all, you’re running a sharp blade over slippery, wet skin. If your hand slips, it’s easy to make a big cut.
Razor burn is another common side effect of shaving that you don’t have to face when you have laser hair removal. When you shave skin that’s too dry, use a slightly dull (or very dull) razor, or shave in the wrong direction, you increase your chance of developing razor burn, which can be itchy, red, and otherwise unsightly.
Waxing has its own set of side effects. If the wax is too hot, you can burn yourself. If the skin isn’t prepared well or the hair is too long, the experience can be more painful or uncomfortable than usual. Plus, you can develop a rash afterwards if your skin is irritated by the wax or by the action of pulling the hair out.
Laser hair removal isn’t a perfect solution, as there is some risk for irritation or redness, especially right after treatment. But, if you work with an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon, you significantly reduce the risk for developing any side effects after laser hair removal.
Laser Hair Removal Reduces Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs might be the scourge of shaving or waxing. Sometimes, the hair grows back into the skin after it is waxed or shaved. The ingrown hair creates a bump on the skin and can be painful and unsightly. Although they are more common in people with curly hair, ingrown hairs can affect anyone. Since laser hair removal works by destroying the hair follicles so that the hair doesn’t grow back, there is no chance of developing ingrown hairs after treatment.
If you’re tired of shaving or waxing and want to save money, time, and effort in the long run, it’s time to seriously consider laser hair removal. To learn more about the treatment and find out if you’re a good candidate for it, make an appointment at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, in Houston, Texas, today. Call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation.