Wax vs. Laser
Posted on December 21, 2018 in blog by DLM Admin
Waxing often remains the better choice for clients with light colored hair, as lasers are attracted to pigment in the hair follicle. That’s not to say that the lasers won’t work on light hair, but clients should be prepared for slower results than those with dark hair. Clients with thick, coarse, and dark hair are ideal candidates for laser. Those with darker skin tones or who tan easily may also have a harder time getting results from laser hair removal.
In the past, laser devices had trouble distinguishing between hair follicles and the skin surrounding them if the client’s complexion was dark. However, advances in technology mean that lasers can be manipulated according to skin tone so that skin remains healthy as the laser works to diminish and deplete the hair by targeting and killing the root. It’s important to note that sometimes hair can be particularly resistant to laser removal. Hormonal changes during the treatment period, which on average is typically between six to eight sessions, also impact the effectiveness.
Laser treatments can be done anywhere there’s hair, but are most effective on the bikini, lip, chin, and underarm areas. Men often see significant results on their backs, chests, and abdomens after the first treatment with less pain than waxing. Laser treatments are recommended every six weeks.
Estheticians regularly wax eyebrows, face, upper lip, legs, arms, underarms, abdomen, bikini line, full bikini, buttocks, chest, back, hands, feet, ears, and nose. Although the time between waxes varies depending on how quickly or coarsely hair grows back, most clients wax every four to six weeks or as frequently as every week.