The process of removing unwanted hair from the body has evolved in many ways over the years. Women have used everything from hot wax, to razors to smelly, sticky cremes. Remember the EpiLady?? Are those things still around? Anyway, for those of you who want longer lasting results, laser hair removal may be your next step. These types of services are offered at medical/day spas, your dermatologists’ office or even your family doctor’s office. But before you take the plunge into laser hair removal, consider these pros and cons.
Laser technology can be used on any part of the body…from the legs, face,underarms and even the bikini area. It is great at treating large parts of the body at one time. It is a relatively quick procedure and can be done during your lunch break. Laser hair technology leads to permanent hair reduction. not exactly hair removal. Over time, laser treatment can make your hair texture finer which leads to longer lasting results. It is particularly effective underarms, on your upper lip or your chin. I have to warn you, the results can be very addictive,
Optimal results, however, only come after multiple treatments. My good friend found this out the hard way. Not only did she have to let her hair grow out on her chin (without tweezing) for a couple of weeks, she didn’t see results until after her third treatment. Which brings me to my next con, price. Laser hair removal is NOT cheap. Prices ranges from $100 to $800 per visit, depending on the area of the body you are having done. You may also experience a stinging feeling during your treatments. To me, it feels like hot grease popping on your hand from the frying pan. It’s tolerable, however.
Do your research on laser treatments before your first visit. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant, on medication or any kind of skin care regimen. Not all types of skin responds to laser treatment. It is best to consult your physician to make sure you and your body isn’t at risk for any adverse reactions. After all, it is LASER hair removal and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
So, I was having a conversation with my girlfriend, Lisa, the other day about the benefits of waxing vs threading. Lisa is a make-up artist and owner of ABC Cosmetics. She’s learning how to thread eyebrows and we were discussing why it’s such a better alternative to waxing. I’ve been threading my eyebrows for several years now, although not consistently. My threader is 20 minutes away, which isn’t convenient for last minute touch-ups. Anywho, now that threading is becoming more and more common, I suspect that will change in the near future.
Waxing, just as the name suggests, uses hot wax applied to the skin to remove unwanted hair. It is quick and relatively painless and is usually the preferred method over plucking and shaving. The problem, however, is that waxing can lead to skin irritations. People with sensitive skin may have an allergic reaction to the wax. Certain topicals, like Retin-A, can also make your skin ultra-sensitive. I found that out the hard way a couple of years ago. I forgot I used Retin-A around my eyes the night before I got my eyebrows waxed. The wax ripped off a layer of skin underneath my eyebrows! Ugh…it was an eyesore (no pun intended) for a couple of weeks! 😦 If you are on a skin regimen from your dermatologist, check to make sure if it’s okay to use wax on your face.
Threading, on the other hand, involves less contact with the skin. It is an ancient hair removal method, used for years in the Middle East and Asia. A cotton thread is used to pull unwanted hair in a twisting motion. Like waxing it is quicker than traditional tweezing or shaving. But unlike waxing, it’s great for people with sensitive, delicate skin. Plus, the results last longer because threading pulls the hair right out of the follicle. Some people may find threading a little uncomfortable at first. But I don’t think it hurts any more than waxing. The more you thread, the more comfortable you become with it. The price is comparable to waxing, depending on where you go. Here are some general prices:
• Eyebrow (both eyebrows, including in-between) $12 – $50
• Lip (skin right above upper lip) $6 – $20
• Full Face $35 – $60
• Chin $6 – $15
Threading is generally done only on the face. Which method do you prefer, threading or waxing? Why?