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Your Guide to Hair Removal: From the Razor to the Laser.


An image of a darker-skinned lady's smooth and hairless legs

Everybody has hair. Some people have thick and dark hair, while some have fine and blonde hair. Regardless of hair type, everyone wants to feel beautiful, whether that be growing the bush, or keeping yourself smooth and stubble free. Regardless of your preference, we are here to tell you how to care for the hair that is not on your head.


Why Choose Hair Removal?

As for every beauty enhancement, everyone has their own reasons for choosing hair removal. Whether you have naturally thick eyebrows that you want to keep neat, or you want to trim that bikini line to be beach vacation-ready this summer, there is a method for everyone.


For many people, hair removal is for confidence and self esteem. According to a survey presented by The Star in 2021, 96 percent of women have reported grooming their pubic hair and its surrounding region. With over 3.3 million people that identify as a woman in the GTA alone, it is safe to say that opening the conversation on body hair is important to a vast majority of people.


If you choose the hair removal route, it is important to decide the method that is right for you. These methods have different price points, maintenance levels, and of course a pinch of pain. The great news is all these methods can work from head to toe, and are available to people with internal or external genitalia


Shaving

It’s been around for centuries, barbers sell the service for people with beards with special straight razors, and it may have been one of your first experiences when growing up and learning about puberty; shaving.


A woman holding a rose-gold reusable shaving razor against a pink background


Shaving is centuries old, dating back as far as we know. Hair removal was once seen as being civilised, or high class in Ancient Roman Empires. Flash forward to modern day, many people use shaving in all regions of their body, including their face, legs, and even pubic hair. This is now done both on a personal preference basis, but also as beauty standards evolve between cultures and communities to either include or exclude varying amounts of body hair.


Benefits of Shaving

There are many benefits to shaving that people can use. Shaving is easily done at home, meaning there is no need to book and maintain appointments to fit in your busy life schedule. This means that you can easily touch-up before you head to your last minute date night, or before heading to the beach day. Shaving is easily accessible to all price points, meaning that you do not have to break the bank to achieve your desired look. This method is also relatively easy, which means shaving is easy for young people going through puberty, or people learning how to remove body hair for the first time, whenever that is.


Potential Complications of Shaving

We all know the feeling of itchy razor bumps around your bikini like. The red welts can be off putting and very uncomfortable, and make shaving now seem so great. Secondly, using a duller razor can increase your risks of ingrown hairs and small cuts, which both have the likelihood for infection.

Having all this discomfort after shaving can be frustrating, especially after how long it takes to shave the body, especially to find you missed a spot afterwards.

Another problem with shaving is how fast it grows back. People with beards ma be familiar with the 5 o’clock shadow, as shaving can come back just in a day. This is because the razor only glides across the surface of the skin, leaving it trimmed at skin level with a blunt cut. This blunt cut comes back fast, and can appear thicker or darker since it is not tapered like normal hairs.


Shaving tips

It all seems so inconvenient and uncomfortable, why is it so popular? There are many things to make shaving easier.

When you go to shave, make sure you use a fresh sharp razor. Sharper razors glide smoother and will not catch on your hair or skin which can help avoid those small bleeding knicks that leave unsightly scabs.


When you use the right technique and the right products, it mitigates some of the risks that come with shaving. Before you shave, step one is to exfoliate and moisturize. Secondly, using shaving cream helps reduce bumps and razor burn. Finding products with vitamin E or Aloe can reduce itchiness and burning, and help repair skin leaving it smooth and healthy. While you are shaving, watch the direction in which you are shaving. If you are shaving your bikini area, make sure to shave in the direction of your hair growth to avoid those pesky ingrown hairs and irritation.

When learning the tips and tricks to shaving, it can get easier to get the job done and get back to feeling gorgeous.


Waxing


Waxing is the next most popular form of hair removal. While it may last longer than shaving, it can be painful and requires a lot of maintenance. Waxing involves using a sticky substance to pull out the hairs from the root. Methods can range from Hot wax to sugaring, and have been around for centuries. Waxing can be done in a salon, or at home using drug store products, making it accessible to a budget who doesn’t want to re-shave their legs multiple times.


A lady applies hair wax to her right leg while sitting on a bed


Waxing has received a bad rep in the media. Movies depicting people screaming after ripping off wax strips, exposing red irritated skin can scare people off from waxing. Don’t let the media scare you, people can still benefit from waxing if done right.


There are many different ways to wax. Methods such as hot wax are most popular. Wax is heated up and applied to the skin moving in the opposite direction of the hair growth. If done right, it is mostly painless and is beneficial for sensitive skin and is good to use for waxing your bikini area.

Cold wax is common in drug store products. All that you need to do is apply the strips and pull off. Although simple, this method can cause irritation with rewaxing the same area multiple times. Make sure to read the instructions to get the most out of this method.

Hard wax does not use strips, instead it involves adding heated wax directly to the skin, and once it is dried it is removed. This process can remove even the finest hairs, making it beneficial for most hair and skin types.


The last method is sugaring. Sugaring is great for those who want to use natural products, and is easily made at home. 3 ingredients and relatively painless, this means it is less likely to cause irritation. The downside of this method is it may not work on finer hairs, so repeating or even different methods may be needed for the finer hairs.


Benefits of Waxing

When you wax, the hair is removed right from the root. This means it will take longer to see regrowth, meaning you can be smooth and confident for a long time, without having to worry about permanent hair loss.


Not only are there options for salon or drugstore waxes, but sugaring wax can also be made with products in your kitchen, allowing for the use of natural products on your skin. All you need is sugar, water, and lemon juice and you are ready to go. This lessens the likelihood of allergic reactions to wax and wax strips, while still getting the benefits of smooth skin.


Depending on what wax you use, you also can lessen your risk of ingrown hairs and bumps, and no more razor burn! Waxing can be fast and mostly painless, as long as you follow instructions and aftercare directions.

Waxing does not have to be permanent either. This means as your preferences of body hair change, you can change too without a worry of permanent effects.


Potential Complications of Waxing

Even though waxing is effective in removing the hair from the root, this also requires the hair to be a certain length at a specific part of the hair cycle in order to be effective, this means you may need to have some time in between sessions where hair growth needs to be allowed. So unlike shaving, where you can choose exactly when to remove hair, waxing may require some patience.

When compared to shaving or laser hair removal, waxing can be more painful than the others. Skin irritation can happen if waxing is not done properly, or an allergic reaction to the wax. Always remember to do your research on wax, and see which type of wax is best. If you try at home waxing, always spot test first to check for reactions.

Remember, following aftercare instructions can also decrease the risk for adverse reactions, and you can get the most out of your waxing session.


How to wax safely

The very first step to waxing hair safely is to do your research. Make sure to find the right type of wax for you. Once you find what type of wax you would like, find a reputable salon you trust and don’t be scared to ask questions about the process.


Before you go ahead and start waxing away your unwanted hair, make sure the area you want to wax does not have any rashes or cuts. Never wax over already irritated skin in order to reduce the chance of infection.


Once you have gotten started ,follow the instructions closely. Make sure to use the right type of wax, wax in the right direction, and follow the aftercare instructions. If you notice irritation or a rash developing, stop waxing and talk to your doctor

Always listen to your body, and make sure to give your skin the love it deserves.

Laser Hair Removal


Laser hair removal is the method that will be more permanent, but may need you to open your wallet. There are many different types of laser hair removal, all of which use pulses of light to zap away hairs right at the source. Over time, the hairs will slowly dissipate leaving behind smooth hairless skin.


Depending where you receive treatment, you may have a larger upfront cost. However, the cost of laser hair removal can be seen as a long-term investment, without needing to constantly buy new razors or new waxing sessions. Even though Laser Hair Removal may come with a large price tag at first, you will be saving money without the constant upkeep that other non-permanent hair removals require.


A DiolazeXL applicator device, used for completing Laser Hair Removal procedures.


Benefits of laser removal

One of the main benefits of laser hair removal is that depending on what kind of treatment you choose, after a few sessions your hair will slowly stop growing back. These sessions are also much faster than waxing appointments, and also will save you time in the bathroom touching up on your legs or your bikini line. With laser hair removal, gone are the days of prickly, itchy regrowth.

These sessions are also relatively painless than other hair removal techniques. Instead, sessions with your clinician will be a luxurious, therapeutic experience. Your clinician is able to offer hair removal anywhere on the body, and sessions will be fast and comfortable.

After your sessions, expect mild discomfort but no major side effects, including ingrown hairs, bumps, and itching. After your sessions, your skin will be smooth and healthy, minus the nicks from razors, or rashes from harsh and hot waxes.


Potential complications

One of the main things you see with the worries of laser hair removal is the upfront cost. Many people may worry about paying hundreds of dollars for multiple laser sessions, making this method of hair removal more difficult if you were tight on funds. Although, it is important to remember the overall cost of shaving and waxing, which is on average more than laser hair removal in the long-term.

For the people with fine, blonde hair, it is important to know that some methods of laser hair removal may be more difficult. Listen to your clinicians recommendations and instructions on what is going to work for you. Lately, more modern hair removal lasers are more accommodating to all hair types, so there is something for everyone.


After your session, there is a low risk of skin discolouration and mild irritation. These side effects should not be long lasting, and your clinician will advise you on how to avoid these side effects. Your consultation visit will cover all these risks, and how to get the most out of your treatment.


How to choose laser hair removal


The very first thing to remember with laser hair removal, is although there are at home products and machines, the safest bet is to invest in a good beauty clinic, where trained professionals use high quality hair removal such as DiolazeXL, and can offer the best results with the least chance of negative experiences or effects.

Research is key when deciding if laser hair removal is right for you. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or going through puberty, then it is important to know that laser hair removal is not recommended as hormones can affect the hair, and safety is key.


When Considering the price of laser hair removal sessions, it is important to not only see it as a large cost, but a long term investment to save money on self-care. If you stick to what's cheap, you can spend nearly $200 per year on cheap razors and shaving cream. In 10 years that is $2,000! For under $500, you can get those pesky facial hairs gone for good, or approximately $700 for smooth hair free legs for good. When you calculate your cost on hair removal products against the cost of laser hair removal, you would be surprised just how much you are saving on countless hours of maintenance, and hundreds of dollars so you can spend more on the things, and the people you love.


Consider the timing when you choose laser hair removal. Your clinician will inform you that after your laser session you must avoid the sun for 3 weeks, as your skin is more sensitive to UV rays. Consider getting those sessions done in the fall or winter, so you are ready for your summer vacation to Hawaii and be bikini ready without needing to cover up.


Conclusion

Whether you choose to shave, wax, or get the laser, it is important to do what is right for you and your body. Whether you want a quick fix, or a long term permanent investment, there are options for you. Talk to your clinician about all options, and always consult your family doctor if you have health concerns about considering laser hair removal. From your head to your toe, you deserve to feel like your best beautiful self, whether you let it grow, or let it go.


When considering Dea Beauty Clinic, you consider luxury with promised results. If you choose to give laser hair removal a try, we may just be the right place for you.


Contact Dea Beauty Clinic to learn more about your Laser Hair removal options.




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