Bikini Line Hair Removal - Laser versus Waxing

Posted on: 30 December 2015

If you're thinking about heading to the beach this summer and you're intending to wear a swimsuit, you'll probably be wondering what to do about your bikini line.  Keeping this sensitive area tidy and free from those embarrassing 'spiders' legs' by shaving can be such a hassle, and that's why many women consider waxing or laser hair removal treatments instead.  So, which is the best option?  Here's a comparison two of the most popular hair removal techniques: laser hair removal and waxing.

Bikini waxing

With a bikini line waxing procedure, the clinician places strips of paper coated with warmed wax onto the areas where hair removal is required.  The wax is allowed to adhere to the hair for a few moments, and the strip is then removed with a brisk, firm tug.  The unwanted hairs are removed by the roots.  This leaves a smooth, hairless area that lasts from three to four weeks until the hair regrows, when the procedure must then be repeated.

One downside of waxing is that it can be extremely painful, if only for a few seconds, as the waxed strips are removed.  Many people experience some bleeding in the hair removal site, together with minor bruising that fades after a few days.

On the plus side, waxing is an inexpensive way of tidying up your bikini line.

Laser hair removal

Your clinician will first prepare the area by applying a special numbing cream.  Each hair to be removed is then 'zapped' using a highly-focussed laser light.  The intense light kills the hair follicle, meaning that the hair won't readily grow back.  Although you'll need three to four treatments in order to complete the process, the end result means that any hair is permanently removed. 

Laser hair removal is usually much less painful than waxing, although you might feel a slight sting, like an elastic band snapping against your skin, as the laser is 'fired' at the hair.  You may have a little localised bruising immediately following the treatment, but this will disappear within a few days.

Although laser hair removal is considerably more expensive than waxing, the results are permanent, so this option will work out cheaper in the long run.

In conclusion

Although both methods are effective, when it comes to bikini line hair removal, the most permanent method is laser treatment.  Waxing is a cheaper option, but you will need to have it done regularly in order to maintain a smooth, hairless finish.