What hurts more: Laser Hair Removal or Waxing Your Bikini Area?

laser-vs-waxing-bikini-areaHair removal has always been part of one’s body routine. Though we might look at different methods to achieve the best results but the underlying problem is always pain. People have varied perceptions of pain.

Pain is subjective; what may be really painful for one person might be tolerable for another. If you have this dilemma, here are a few things regarding laser hair removal and waxing:

Laser Hair Removal

It is a permanent method of removing unwanted body hair. Beams of light are concentrated to the hair follicles. Dark pigmentation of the hair absorbs this light and that destroys the hair. Because the process includes concentrated beams of light focusing on an individual hair follicle, this process is safe and accurate. There will also be no fear of getting hair ingrown. Laser works best with people with pale skin tone so that the pigment of the hair does not compete with the pigment of the skin.

The downsides to this option are that it is very costly and it requires lots of follow-up appointments. Even home laser hair removal machines can be quite costly. It costs more than waxing but, as a long-term investment, it is worth it. If you have the capability to pay for this investment, then it is an investment worth venturing on. Follow-up appointments are needed to further remove hair follicles that have been surpassed. Pain relievers are sometimes prescribed to patients.

Does bikini laser hair removal hurt?

For most people, using laser or IPL in their intimate area does not hurt as much as waxing, but it still does hurt. Different parts of the body have different concentrations of sensitive nerves. Our intimate areas are one of the places housing these, so it is normal to easily feel pain around these areas. The pain associated with the laser is a burning sensation between “zaps”, which lasts for about a split-second.

After the treatment, you can opt to numb the pain by using different creams and ice packs. People who undergo this treatment are also encouraged not to flaunt their areas for at least a few days after treatment because the area is still sensitive.


Nad's Brazilan & Bikini Wax KitWaxing can be considered a semi-permanent form of hair removal because hair does not necessarily grow back until after 4 to 6 weeks after treatment. Waxing includes strip wax and non-strip wax, cold and hot wax. Waxing is an effective method that removes large amounts of hair at one time. Some people also say that constant waxing promotes hair regrowth that is softer than the previous and sometimes leads to permanent hair loss.

Unlike other hair removal methods, waxing leaves skin feeling soft and smooth because it not only pulls out hair follicles, it also exfoliates the skin. Different waxing products also flaunt the terms moisturizing and antibacterial because of the different products you can mix it with. For example, wax with honey, aloe vera, and much more.

Waxing is also not discriminating. This means that no matter how thick your hairs are or what your pigmentation is, it will remove whatever unwanted hair you have. Because of waxing’s popularity, you can also find beauty spas almost anywhere that does this treatment. You don’t need an appointment to get one but you have to make sure that your hair is at the suitable length for waxing (1cm).

Setbacks to waxing include an intense amount of pain, ingrown hairs, and bleeding. The amount of pain associated to this is sudden but not long-lasting. A slight “stinging” on the area might be felt but it usually subsides after some time. People react to wax differently. Some might develop rashes.

It is advisable that you must test the product first before applying it yourself. Ingrown hairs could also be a problem because waxing does not guarantee that the hair follicles itself are being pulled off. Bleeding could also be a setback especially if you have sensitive skin.

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Final thoughts..

People react to various treatments differently. First, you have to find the treatment that suits you. For example, you need to know how sensitive your skin is or whether or not your skin pigment is a contrast to your hair pigment.

You also need to find out your pain tolerance. With constant use, people develop acquired pain tolerance that lets you deal with the pain. Lastly, find out what you really need. If you live in a warmer area and you constantly wear bikinis, then laser treatment is a must. But if you have a lifestyle that does not always consists of wearing bikinis and going to beaches, then I suggest that an occasional trip to the waxing salon might be more suitable for you.

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