Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing

Hello everyone and happy summer!!! In the past months I have been getting to know a lot more about North Coast Laser and the services they offer. One of the services they have in common with Jenniffer and Company is hair removal. We both specialize in this service but in totally different ways. Here at JCO we use a soy based wax to pull the hair from the follicle. Where at NCL, a special machine is used to laser the hair follicle. In this blog, I will talk about the benefits of both services to inform you of your options so you may best chose which service is right for you.
First lets talk about laser hair removal. I was very intrigued by this service because I am half Italian and half werewolf. Well not really but the hair on my face says otherwise. Anyways, the laser uses high concentrated light to beam into the hair follicle. The pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the light and destroys the hair. This service is so quick and after 3-7 treatments a lot of the hair is permanently removed. To treat my entire face and neck the specialist had me in and out of the office in 10 minutes. It felt like a quick snapping of a rubber band and after my face felt a little sunburned. So with that being said, you should also know that the lighter the skin and the darker the hair the better results you will have. So sorry to break it to you blondies out there, but unless the hair you are looking to remove is dark then this will not work for you. During your series of treatments you should not expose yourself to sun or remove the hair being treated. This includes waxing and plucking. If you are unsure if your hair is dark enough or you have any questions just call and schedule a consultation!
Now, my specialty at JCO is waxing using a soy based waxed called NUFREE. I wax everything head to toe on the body. This product is amazing for people with sensitive skin and allergies. The wax is made to grab the hair and not the skin. It also goes down into the hair follicle to slow down the hair growth and help it to grow back in finer over time. This service lasts 4-6 weeks depending on your hair growth. Depending on the size of the area waxing takes anywhere from 5 minutes to one hour. As your skin gets used to the waxing the pain and redness become less and less. In order to be waxed the hair must be at least ¼” in length. Also 24 hour prior and post wax the skin should not be exposed to the sun or any exfoliating ingredients like retinol or acne medication.
The two other most popular forms of hair removal are shaving and chemical hair removers. When shaving hair it gets cut on an angle and the follicle is left in tack allowing the hair grows back faster. The angle of the hair can make the hair look darker and cause irritation against the skin and ingrowns. Chemical hair removers like Nair burn the hair down to the skin but the harsh chemicals can severely irritate the skin and cause burns. Welp I think I covered the basics to hair removal and I hope I helped give you a better idea of how to chose what is best for you!
Call Northcoast Laser today for a free consultation and tell then Kristine sent you! 440-639-3223
Call Jenniffer and Company today and get $8 off your next eyebrow wax with me Kristine! 440-266-4247
By Kristine Kerr Esthetician and Makeup Artist