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Your Smooth Skin Guide - Laser hair removal vs Waxing

Are you tired of shaving and want a long-term solution to remove unwanted body hair? Laser hair removal and waxing both promise smooth skin, but which method is truly the best? In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore how laser and waxing treatments work to give you hair-free skin. We'll compare factors like pain levels, safety for different skin tones, and long-term results to help you decide the most suitable hair removal option.

How does laser hair removal work? 

If you're looking for a method to remove unwanted hair that provides long-lasting results, then laser hair removal may be the way to go. It uses a laser to target the melanin, or pigment, in the hair follicle. This treatment works best on light skin with dark hair as the laser is attracted to the melanin in the hair.

There are a few different types of laser hair removal in Fredericton that use different wavelengths of light to treat various skin and hair types. The most popular are the Diode and Nd: YAG laser which can treat all skin types.

Laser hair removal is very precise in how it targets the melanin pigment inside the hair follicle itself while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue. The laser delivers its energy down the hair shaft to the root bulb where pigment is concentrated. This selective photothermolysis technique destroys hair follicles without harming other tissues. Over multiple treatments, this significantly reduces and often eliminates unwanted hair from the treated area.

During a laser hair removal treatment, the technician will first cleanse and prep your skin. Then, they will use the laser hand piece to emit pulses of light onto the treated area. The laser's energy is selectively absorbed by the melanin pigment in the hair. This heat causes damage to the hair follicle, preventing future hair growth.

On average, 4 to 6 laser hair removal sessions are needed for optimal results. Each session is spaced 4-6 weeks apart to allow the treated hair follicles to go through their full growth cycle. This ensures all hair follicles are targeted, including those in different growth phases.

Pros and cons of laser hair removal


Long-lasting Results: Laser hair removal has been shown to reduce hair growth by up to 90% or more after a complete treatment. Results can often last for years or even a lifetime when the maintenance treatments have been performed.

Precision Targeting: Since lasers target the hair follicles specifically with minimal impact on surrounding tissues, laser treatment minimizes risk of skin damage, irritation and pigmentation issues compared to other hair removal treatments.

Versatility: Laser hair removal can be used to treat most skin types from light to medium dark complexions (Fitzpatrick scale I-IV) using the correct laser wavelength. It is also suitable for all hair colors except grey/blonde. This makes it a versatile option for treating any body area.


Requires Multiple Sessions: It generally takes a minimum of 6 treatments for best results. Not following the recommended treatment schedule can reduce effectiveness.

Initial Cost: Laser hair removal is generally more expensive than waxing per session, although the cost per session can be offset by the reduced need for frequent treatments compared to waxing.

Not Suitable for Dark Brown Skin: Darker skin tones like Fitzpatrick scale V and certain hair colors do not absorb laser light efficiently. This can increase the risk of thermal damage to the skin without achieving hair reduction.

How does waxing hair removal work? 

Waxing is a popular hair removal service that's been used for centuries. It works by using heated wax to adhere to and remove hair from the root. Waxing can treat almost all body areas and provides immediate smooth results, but the hair will grow back more quickly than with laser removal.

The basic waxing process involves applying warm wax to the treatment area using wooden sticks or spatulas against the hair growth direction. Then a cloth or paper strip is pressed onto the waxed area to adhere to the hair. When the strip is removed against the grain quickly, it pulls hairs out from the root, leaving skin hair-free.

There are two main waxing techniques depending on wax type - hot or hard wax uses warmer temperatures while soft or cold wax stays pliable at room temperature and cools on contact with skin.

Ideally, hair should be at least 1/4 inch long for waxing to grip effectively. Results last 3-6 weeks on average before stubble appears as hair grows back.

Pros and cons of waxing 


Immediate Results: Waxing pulls hair right from the root leaving skin immediately smooth.

Cost-Effective: While multiple waxes over time may equal or expensive then cost of laser treatments, a single session is cheaper than one laser appointment.

Can Be Done on Any Body Area: Waxing treats all skin types, and tones including dark brown skin and nearly any area like legs, arms, face, pubic region, and more - as long as hair is long enough.


Painful Process: The tight tugging sensation as hairs are ripped from follicles can be quite uncomfortable despite wax being applied quickly.

Risk of Ingrown Hairs and Skin Irritation: Trauma from waxing can lead to ingrown hairs or inflammatory reactions in sensitive skin.

Faster hair regrowth: While immediate smooth results last 3-6 weeks, waxing doesn't reduce the rate of future hair growth over time like a laser.

Pain factor and body area suitability

Both laser hair removal and waxing have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to the pain involved and specific body regions each treats best. Generally, laser is far less painful when comparing with laser. Let's compare them:

  • Laser removal provide a faster, more localized heating sensation from the laser pulses versus prolonged tugging pain from waxing large areas like legs. Laser is generally less discomforting overall.

  • Both treatments can be used on all body areas but laser is better for sensitive areas like the lip, chin, bikini line, pubic area and underarms which can be very painful to wax. The laser also minimizes the risk of in-grown hairs in tight folds.

To reduce discomfort, consider a topical analgesic for waxing. Communicating any pain level enables them to adjust the intensity of the laser or speed of wax removal.

Why laser hair removal is the winner?

When it comes to finding the smoothest, most long-term hair removal method, laser treatment offers some clear advantages over waxing:

  1. Laser applicators glide smoothly over the skin with minimal tugging sensation versus physical disruption of waxing. The discomfort subsides faster with the laser as well.

  2. By damaging hair follicles and reducing their ability to regrow hair, laser removal provides dramatically longer-lasting smoothness over time compared to waxing's short 3-6 week results.

  3. The consultation process allows a certified laser technician to choose the right laser device, and customize settings based on your individual skin type and hair characteristics for the safest, most effective treatment.

When waxing is a good option

While laser hair removal reigns for long-term reduction, waxing still has its place:

  1. Those with deeply dark brown skin may be safer choosing waxing to avoid any risk of thermal damage from laser interaction with melanin.

  2. Since laser targets melanin in the hair, it works less effectively for lighter hair like grey and blonde not able to absorb wavelengths as well. Waxing provides a surefire alternative.

  3. Some patients may prefer waxing if they want immediate hair removal results without the long-term commitment of multiple laser sessions spaced weeks apart. It satisfies those solely looking for a quick fix.

Hair removal clinic in Fredericton

Vibrant Salon and Spa offers both waxing and laser hair removal services. We are one of the best laser hair removal clinics in the Fredericton, using the latest Diode and Nd: YAG laser technology that can be used safely on skin tones up to Fitzpatrick scale level IV.

When visiting our spa, you will first consult with one of our experienced hair removal technicians who will analyze your skin, hair, and hair removal goals. They will then be able to recommend the most appropriate treatment option between waxing or laser for your individual needs. Customized laser hair removal packages are also available for those seeking ongoing maintenance.

FAQ for laser vs waxing

Does waxing reduce hair growth? 

While waxing provides temporary hair removal by extracting hair from the root, it does not reduce the rate of future hair growth over multiple treatments like laser hair removal can. Waxing must be continuously maintained to control hair regrowth compared to laser's long-lasting hair reduction effect.

Can I stop waxing and switch to laser hair removal?

Yes, it is fine to switch from waxing as your hair removal method to laser treatments. Make an appointment at Vibrant Salon and Spa laser hair removal where technicians can assess your individual needs and develop a customized laser hair removal plan specific to your hair and skin characteristics.


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