Not too long ago, shaving with a razor was the only option to remove unwanted body hair – other than maybe tedious and timely plucking with tweezers. However, today there are numerous options to remove hair from all parts of the body, from creams to waxing. We are going to look at the top three methods of hair removal to decide which one is the all around best for both women and men. We will focus on laser hair removal, waxing, and shaving.

Pain-Free Hair Removal

Winner: Shaving

Runner Up: Laser

Any man or woman who has visited a salon for a waxing can tell you that it can be incredibly painful. If you’ve never been waxed, just picture Steve Carell’s famous chest waxing scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin where he unleashes a slew of curses towards the cosmetologist. Shaving will usually win out in the pain-free hair removal category, however, people who have sensitive skin may experience painful razor burn and ingrown hairs. Laser has often been described as the feeling of a rubber band snapping on your skin, but thankfully it only takes a few sessions to possibly be hair-free for a lifetime!

Cost-Efficient Hair Removal

Winner: Laser

Runner Up: Shaving

Many people have attempted to discern the cost difference for a lifetime of shaving, waxing, and getting laser hair removal. The numbers vary, but most people agree that while laser is a more expensive up-front cost, it will actually save you money in the long run. A survey of women who are serious about hair removal found that most spend an average of $25 per month on razors, shaving cream, and post-shave moisturizers. That adds up to $300 a year, and after a lifetime of shaving, that can be upwards of $15,000, which is significantly more than the cost of laser hair removal. People who get waxed regularly usually go to the salon about once per month. Full leg or back/chest waxing can cost anywhere from $50-$80 per visit. That amounts to anywhere between $30,000-$48,000 in waxing costs! Though some people shave and wax less frequently, it is still easy to see that laser hair removal for women and men can be significantly cheaper when all things are considered.

Smoothest Hair Removal

Winner: Laser

Runner Up: Waxing

The easy winner in this category is laser hair removal. This type of hair removal targets the hair follicles and can remove hair permanently in most cases. This one was difficult to choose the runner up. Waxing pulls the hair out at the root, meaning you’ll be left baby-smooth and have some time before hairs begin to grow back. However, you also have to live with hairy legs and armpits until the hairs are long enough to be waxed again, whereas you can shave your hair at the first sign of stubble.

Overall Winner: Laser Hair Removal

Laser may be more painful on your skin than shaving, but it is certainly less painful on your wallet! Waxing, though you temporarily have baby-smooth skin, costs more money overall than both shaving and laser, and will leave you feeling prickly between sessions. Body Sensation Spa offers laser hair removal for men and women, and can use new Intensed Pulsed Light laser treatments to remove hair just about anywhere. Our experienced technicians can remove unwanted hair from your face, neck, shoulders, chest, back, arms, stomach, bikini area, and legs, and leave you feeling smooth all over! If you’re still on the fence about laser hair removal, that’s okay! Schedule a free consultation at Body Sensation Spa and talk to us more about what laser hair removal could look like for you!