Laser and Permanent Hair Removal: Which Hair Removal Method is Right for You?

For some people, hair growing in various nooks and crannies can be a hassle to manage, and some people may struggle to keep up with regular hair-removal routines. With our busy lifestyles, it can be difficult to maintain a smooth look, and many men and women find themselves looking for a more permanent solution.

What to think about when considering permanent hair removal:

When deciding to remove hair permanently, it’s important to think about what’s best for your needs. Some methods work better than others on certain people, while some should only be used in certain areas or on particular skin types. When choosing, make sure you:

  • Think about your lifestyle. If you regularly show off parts of your body such as your legs and underarms, for fashion or recreational reasons, you may choose to go for something more permanent to save money and time in the long-run.
  • Determine your skin type. Repeated hair removal may aggravate your skin, and you may want to find alternative methods to avoid this.
  • Decide how much time you have. Fitting in time for hair removal sessions can be difficult with a busy schedule, and it can leave people opting for a quick, short-term method, such as shaving.
  • Add up the cost. If you constantly invest in short-term hair removal treatments, you may wish to save money and time in the long-run and opt for an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system that you can use at home as needed.

What is IPL, and why should I consider it?

IPL is a popular choice for permanent hair removal these days. With the added benefit of being able to perform treatments in the comfort of your own home, why wouldn't it be?

By using advanced technology, IPL systems deliver short bursts of light directly into hair follicles and stop new hair from growing at the root. That's right, it's just flashes of light! Certain studies show that people using Veet® Infini’Silk™ Pro noticed a 54% reduction after only three months of use.[1]

Temporary solutions:

For some people, permanent hair-removal is a big investment and should only be done if you're absolutely sure it is the way you want to go. In the meantime, there are a few other methods you can try to remove any unwanted hair.

Shaving is one of the quickest methods to get rid of unwanted hair, but it also has the quickest rate of hair regrowth. By only cutting the hair at the surface of the skin, hairs are able to regrow in a couple of days, and sometimes sooner[2].

Depilatory creams dissolve hair slightly below the skin’s surface, so it can take up to four days for regrowth.

Waxingis a long-lasting method of hair-removal. As a form of epilation, hair is completely removed from the root, so regrowth can take up to 4 weeks.

Ultimately, the best method for you comes down to a range of factors. Consider your own routine and how it fits around your lifestyle, and you may find that a permanent solution is the way to go.

[1] « study indicated average hair reduction was 54% at 3 months, and 50% at 18 months post last treatment »