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  • Waxing Vs. Laser Hair Removal

    What are the best ways to remove unwanted hair? That often depends on the area in question. Your facial skin is different from that of your legs and even your underarm area. The bikini zone’s skin may also be slightly more sensitive, plus you have to avoid cutting or irritating the genitals. You may employ several different methods to remove the hair from your body, but unless a laser is doing the job, chances are it will grow back fairly quickly.

    Wax On, Wax Off

    One very popular, and old, method of hair removal is waxing. In Scottsdale, you can find a bunch of salons that offer waxing as a depilatory method. Waxing removes large quantities of hair at the root, leaving skin smooth for three to six weeks. Hair often grows back finer than before, making it a superior method to shaving. Wax can be applied hot or cold. Hot wax is spread on the skin, and a cloth strip is placed over it and embedded into the wax. The cloth is then pulled in the opposite direction of hair growth; the pull must be fast to avoid excessive pain and to fully remove hair. Cold wax doesn’t usually require a cloth; as the wax cools and hardens it becomes grip-able. You simply pull the wax in the opposite direction of your hair growth.

    Pros and Cons

    Waxing does remove hair at the root, and keeps it from growing back for a few weeks. You can apply wax yourself at home, or you can visit a salon. However, it is a painful process! Particularly if your hair is course and you are removing hair from a sensitive area. Redness, swelling and skin irritations can develop afterwards. You might also have to do some tweezing, as the wax doesn’t always get every hair. In addition, hair has to be a certain length for the wax to grab it properly. So, you might have to walk around Scottsdale with hairy legs for a few weeks before you can wax.

    Laser is Better

    What’s not to like about laser hair removal? Instead of walking around Scottsdale in pants to cover your attempts at growing out your hair enough to wax, why not just laser it and be done? Laser hair removal is so easy. In fact, you don’t do anything; the laser does! These lasers are specifically calibrated to harmlessly pass through the skin and target the pigment in your hair. Once it reaches the hair shaft, the heat moves down into the follicle and destroys its ability to grow hair. After just a few sessions, your hair growth is permanently reduced.

    The Pain Scale

    The pain you experience waxing is sometimes enough to “knock” the wind out of you. You practically have to use Lamaze breathing methods to get through a Brazilian wax. Lasers, however, remove hair with a lot less pain. It feels like a rubber band being snapped against your skin. Not the way your older brother would do it! That type of sting doesn’t go away for hours. If you’ve ever accidentally snapped yourself while playing with a rubber band, but continued playing with it because it really didn’t hurt – that’s how laser hair removal feels.

     

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