Waxing VS Laser for your Hair removal
Quite often our clients ask for our advice on what is the best method of getting rid of unwanted hair. Waxing or laser? Both are very different methods that require a certain level of commitment, finance input and preparation. In this blog post we will explain how both methods work so that you can decide on which option is better for you.
Waxing is a well-known and more traditional semi-permanent option for removing unwanted hair from the root. This method involves applying warm or hot wax onto the area of unwanted hair.
Hot wax: used on the face, underarm and bikini area. Hot wax is especially suited for sensitive skin. It gives a better finish and is a more pain free wax, especially on intimate areas.
Strip wax: used on the legs, back and arms. Once applied the wax is then left to cool down and harden and a strip is applied. The wax is then pulled away with a quick movement which also pulls out the hair.
Normally new hair will not grow back in the waxed area for around 2-6 weeks. This depends on your natural hair growth cycle. Any area of the body can be waxed and if waxing is done regularly for several years permanent hair reduction may be achieved.
Here at Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty we use Waxperts as our choice of brand. With almost 10 years of experience and development we believe their wax is perfect for even the most sensitive skin or the strongest of hair types. Alongside this we use our honed technique and client care to minimise any discomfort and create the best experience possible for you. If you have ever thought of getting a wax then take the plunge today! You will not regret the decision if you have spent your whole life with the chore of shaving!!!
Preparation and Care
To achieve the best (smoothest) results we recommend you prepare your skin before your waxing appointment. Gently exfoliate your skin a day before waxing as exfoliation helps the wax grab hair instead of skin. Skip using harsh scrubs on the day of your waxing as it can really irritate your skin. Keep in mind that any inflammation or broken skin needs to be healed before you have your waxing treatment. Also ensure to moisturise well on the days before your appointment as healthy and hydrated skin helps the wax release easily and with less impact on the skin (Keep in mind that too much product can interfere with the grip of the wax so we advise not to moisturise on the day of your waxing appointment)
Another very important aspect of waxing is ensuring the hair is at a suitable length for your appointment. The hair needs to be long enough for the wax to pick it up effectively, however don’t leave it too long as this could prevent wax from adhering and can make the experience more painful. The advice given from our therapists is to have a minimum of 3 weeks’ worth of growth before your appointment. We understand how difficult it is to leave previously shaved hair to grow out but we promise you it is the best option when it comes to your waxing results!
Last Few Tip’s
– Try not to schedule an appointment just before or after a day you plan to spend lots of time outside. If you get a sunburnt freshly waxed skin will be more sensitive and painful.
– If you are particularly sensitive to pain take an ibuprofen-based pill 1 hour before your appointment to reduce pain and inflammation
– We recommend for maintenance and care at home to use Waxpert Wonder Pads (available from the salon RRP £8.50) These pads can be used to prevent and treat ingrown hairs on any area of the body. The pads contain salicylic acid to combat unsightly lumps and bumps. Tough enough to achieve results whilst being gentle enough for daily use
Here at Enhance we offer 10% off any 3 or more areas waxed at one appointment. For more information on waxing treatment we offer visit our beauty page
If you would like a more permanent option for your hair removal then laser treatment is the best option for you. Like waxing, laser can remove hair on most areas of the body and can be used on a wide range of skin types. People see lasting results from as little as 6 sessions. Depending on your hair makeup, the area being treated and how effectively your body reacts to the treatment more sessions may be needed to achieve optimum results. Generally at Enhance we say that 6-8 sessions will be needed at 4-week intervals.
We are very proud to also be using the level 4 medical graded Cynosure Elite Technology for our laser hair removal treatments. Being one of the leading aesthetic lasers in its field across the world the machine is known for its efficiency and comfort. Our treatments are performed by Claire who is a recognised specialist with many years’ experience.
Preparation and Care
Laser hair removal is more than just ”zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before deciding to go ahead with treatment ensure the practitioner you are having if fully trained. We see many clients coming in having had an unpleasant experience of laser treatment elsewhere needing treatment to fix the results.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. This is because the laser targets the hairs’ roots which are temporarily removed with those methods of hair removal.
You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and the UV exposure can lead to complications after treatment (including burning of the skin)
Just before the procedure your hair will be trimmed to a few millimetres above the skin’s surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the colour, thickness, and location of the hair being treated as well as your skin colour.
Following the treatment your skin surrounding the areas treated may feel slightly tender and red. To help with this we recommend using a cooling moisturiser such as Aloe Vera (keep it in the fridge to intensify its comforting effects). Wash the treated area daily with warm water and avoid using any deodorants or perfumed products as this may cause aggravation. It is also very important to use an SPF of over 25 on the area. Not doing so can lead to pigmentation occurring due to stimulation of the pigment cells (melanocytes).
Special Offers for Laser at Enhance include:
-Buy any Hollywood, Brazilian or 1/2 Arm Course of Laser and get an added course of underarm for free as part of your treatment (worth £300)
-Get 20% off any 2 or more courses of laser when purchased together upfront
-Lower Legs or Upper Legs Course plus Brazilian Course for only £999 (over £150 off original package price)
-Lower legs or Upper Legs Course plus Hollywood Course for only £1,099 (over £150 off original package price)
-Part Payment option when purchasing courses
Wishing you all a wonderful month back to routine and we hope to see you soon
xx The Enhance Team xx