Laser Hair Removal: How Does Shaving and Waxing Stack Up For Men and Women?

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In the pursuit of smooth, hair-free skin, individuals have long relied on various methods, each with its own set of pros and cons. Among these, laser hair removal and traditional shaving stand out as popular choices. 

While shaving is a familiar and accessible choice, laser hair removal is renowned for its promise of longer-lasting results and long-term convenience. 

In this blog, we’ll explore 

  • The advantages in cost, efficacy, and more of laser, shaving, and waxing 
  • The disadvantages of each hair removal method 
  • Which method is the best fit for your hair removal routine 


What is Laser Hair Removal and How Does It Work? 

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure that targets hair follicles with concentrated light energy. This energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, damaging it and inhibiting future hair growth. 

The laser works by detecting the pigment in the hair.  NOW IS THE TIME, DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE AGING PROCESS TURNS YOUR HAIR GRAY!

Unlike shaving, which only removes hair at the surface level, laser hair removal offers the potential for near-permanent to permanent reduction in hair growth over time.  

It is commonly used on areas such as the legs, underarms, bikini line, and face – but can be used virtually anywhere on the body. 


Advantages of Laser Hair Removal 

  • Long-term Results: Laser hair removal offers the promise of long-lasting hair reduction, with many individuals experiencing significant hair reduction after a series of sessions. 
  • Precision: Laser technology allows for precise targeting of hair follicles without damaging surrounding skin, making it suitable for various body areas. 
  • Reduced Ingrown Hairs: Unlike shaving, which can lead to ingrown hairs and razor bumps, laser hair removal reduces the risk of these skin irritations. 
  • Timesaving: While multiple sessions are required for optimal results, each session typically takes only a fraction of the time compared to daily shaving routines. 
  • Long-term Cost Savings: Laser initially seems more expensive than shaving, however, because the reduction is often permanent, the investment pays off in the end

Disadvantages of Laser Hair Removal 

  • Multiple Sessions Required: Achieving desired results typically requires multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart, which may not be convenient for everyone. 
  • Not Suitable for All Skin Types: Laser hair removal works best on individuals with light skin and dark hair, as the contrast makes it easier for the laser to target the hair follicles. Those with darker skin tones may require specialized lasers and experienced practitioners to minimize the risk of skin damage  


Shaving & Waxing – How Do They Compare? 

Before making the right decision to move on to laser treatments, most explore a wide range of methods for removing unwanted hair. While some fare better than others, no method of hair removal packs the same hair-reducing punch as laser hair removal procedures.

Woman sitting on bath tub while preparing to shave her legs.


Shaving is perhaps the most familiar and accessible hair removal method. It involves using a razor to cut hair at the skin’s surface level, providing instant results. Shaving can be done with disposable or electric razors and is suitable for various body areas, including the legs, underarms, and face. 


Pros of Shaving 

  • Accessibility: Razors are widely available and can be used at home. 
  • Affordability: Shaving is relatively inexpensive, requiring only the purchase of razors and shaving products. 
  • Quick Results: Shaving provides instant hair removal, making it ideal for last-minute touch-ups. 

Cons of Shaving 

  • Temporary Results: Hair regrowth occurs quickly, often within a few days, requiring frequent maintenance. 
  • Risk of Irritation burns, and ingrown hair: Shaving often leads to skin irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs – causing adverse reactions on those with sensitive skin. 



Waxing involves applying a layer of warm wax to the skin, allowing it to adhere to the hair, and then quickly pulling off the wax, along with the hair, in the opposite direction of hair growth. This method removes hair from the root, resulting in smoother skin and longer-lasting results compared to shaving. 


Pros of Waxing 

  • Longer-Lasting Results: Waxing typically provides smoother skin for several weeks, as it removes hair from the root. 
  • Reduced Hair Regrowth: Over time, waxing can lead to finer and sparser hair regrowth. 
  • Suitable for Various Body Areas: Waxing can be used on large areas, such as the legs and back, as well as smaller, more delicate areas like the eyebrows and upper lip. 

Cons of Waxing 

  • Discomfort: Waxing can be painful, especially for those with sensitive skin or a low pain tolerance. 
  • Cost: Professional waxing treatments can be more expensive than shaving, although at-home waxing kits are available for those looking to save money. 
  • Risk of Skin Irritation: Waxing may cause redness, inflammation, and ingrown hairs, particularly if not done correctly. 


Men Love Laser Hair Removal Treatments Too! 

Man undergoing laser hair removal treatment on his back.

While laser remains a popular hair removal method among women, the treatment can be equally if not more beneficial for men looking for a method of hair removal that makes saying goodbye to unwanted body hair hassle-free. 

Here’s why men are among the most suitable candidates for laser hair removal: 

  • Hard-to-reach areas such as the back are impossible to shave and wax independently – let alone frequently. Permanent hair reduction eliminates this issue, allowing men to enjoy smooth, hair-free skin without the need for constant maintenance. 
  • Men grow higher amounts of thicker, coarse hair resulting in the need for frequent shaving. This regular shaving can be time-consuming and costly compared to laser hair treatments, while also irritating the skin regularly. 
  • Frequent shaving of multiple areas causes dullness of razors, requiring men to spend hundreds a year on frequent replacements or risk skin ingrown hairs, burns, and other forms of irritation. Long-term, this can be costly compared to a lifetime of hair reduction from laser. 
  • Additionally, laser hair removal can target specific areas of concern, such as excessive chest or facial hair, with precision. This allows men to achieve their desired aesthetic goals without the hassle of daily shaving or painful waxing sessions. 


Is Laser Worth It When I Can Just Shave or Wax? 

For those seeking a long-term solution for hair reduction and smoother skin texture, laser hair removal is an exceptional option. Despite requiring an initial investment of time and money, the potential for lasting results sets it apart. 

Unlike traditional shaving, which demands frequent upkeep and may lead to skin irritation, laser hair removal offers the promise of near-permanent to permanent hair reduction, making it a compelling choice for individuals looking to streamline their hair removal routine and achieve lasting confidence! 

The laser works by detecting the pigment in the hair. If you wait until your hair has gone gray the procedure won’t work. NOW IS THE TIME TO REMOVE THAT  HAIR!

Ready to ditch your hair-removing hassle? Schedule a consultation at Vitality Women’s Healthcare today! 



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