What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal treatments remove unwanted hairs by exposing them to pulses of light that destroy the hair follicle, preventing the hair from regrowing.
What does laser hair removal cost?
Professional laser hair removal treatments can cost up to $500 per session, with 5 or 6 sessions required for a full body treatment. And it’s not guaranteed that results will be completely permanent – so the costs can add up quickly.
A more modern option is a home laser hair removal device. These devices aren’t quite as powerful as the professional version, so more treatment sessions may be needed to get the results you desire. But they are very simple to use – plus you get the comfort and convenience of doing treatments in your home.
At a cost of $300-700 on average, these home machines are a great investment compared to salon treatments.
Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Due to the way laser hair removal works, there are some individuals that won’t be good candidates.
If your skin tone is dark, the laser will be absorbed by your skin moreso than your hair, and you might end up scarring yourself. On top of that, the hair won’t capture as much of the energy, so you may end up requiring more visits. Read our full guide to laser hair removal for dark skin to learn more.
For the same reason, light colored hair doesn’t absorb as much energy and is quite resilient against laser treatment. Because of this it’s not a good option for red, light blonde, white or grey hair.
What are the alternatives to laser hair removal?
Traditional hair removal methods like shaving or waxing are the most common alternatives to laser hair removal. These are both very inexpensive choices, although time consuming. And waxing can be a bit painful and messy.
Another great alternative is using an epilator, which removes the unwanted hair by the roots. This is not a permanent hair removal method, but it does give much longer lasting results than shaving, and hair tends to come back thinner and finer when it does regrow.
So… is laser hair removal worth it?
If you’re looking to be done, once and for all, with your hair removal routine – then laser hair removal is worth it. Results may not be completely permanent, but you should be able to reduce hair growth enough that it is no longer a daily concern.
I personally prefer the home laser devices over salon treatments – as I like the convenience of doing the treatments on my own schedule in my comfortable home. And these IPL devices are a great value, when compared to expensive salon treatments.
If you’re interested in getting your own home laser hair removal device, be sure to check out our detailed review of the top laser hair removal devices before you buy!