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How to Decide Between Waxing and Laser Hair Removal

Are you looking for an effective method of hair removal? Here’s everything you need to know about waxing and laser hair removal and how to determine which option is best for you.

For men and women looking to get rid of unwelcome body hair, there are numerous options available. What you choose will depend on your skin and hair type, time, budget, and personal preference and can include: 

  • Laser hair removal
  • Waxing
  • Shaving 
  • Electrolysis 
  • Depilatory creams 
  • Threading or plucking 

At Okanagan Skin Care Centre, we offer customized laser hair removal treatments to eliminate any unwanted hair from numerous areas of the body including your face, underarms/arms, legs, bikini area, and back, allowing you to enjoy smooth, beautiful, and hair-free skin all year round! 

Customized Laser Hair Removal Treatments in Kelowna 

Laser hair removal is an innovative and advanced method of hair removal that will give you long-lasting, excellent results. During a consultation, we can assess your skin and hair type to determine whether or not this is the right solution for you. 

We also offer a range of other anti-aging treatments including Botox, microneedling, and chemical peels to help you achieve all your aesthetic goals. 

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Waxing vs Laser Hair Removal: How to Determine Which is Right for You 

When it comes to removing unwanted hair, whether it’s on your arms, legs, back, or any other part of your body, there are many options to choose from. However, two of the most popular include waxing and laser hair removal. 

While a consultation with your laser hair removal specialist is the best way to determine which option is right for you, here are some things you should know about waxing vs laser hair removal: 


Waxing is a conventional method of hair removal and involves using a sticky, gel-like wax (that is often heated). This will be applied to your skin, after which a strip is used to pull out the wax full of hair. This pulls the hair deep down from its roots and requires repeat sessions every 4-6 weeks. 

Here are some facts about waxing you need to know: 

  • Waxing removes your hair from the roots, leaving you hair-free typically for the next 3-6 weeks. The longevity of the results depends on your hair type. 
  • Waxing can be painful, especially if you don’t use quality wax. However, new, hard waxes are available for areas such as the underarms and bikini parts. These are known to cause less pain. 
  • Waxing is a lifetime process. You will typically require 12-24 sessions a year, which will raise your long-term costs. 
  • You need to let your hair grow out in-between your waxing sessions. This means that you won’t always be able to wear shorts/dresses or sleeveless shirts unless you decide to shave these areas. 
  • If the wax is overheated, it can cause skin burns, bruising, and tears. It’s always best to get a professional to do your waxing. 


Laser Hair Removal 

Laser hair removal is an innovative technology that uses light energy and heat formation to destroy your hair follicles. This means that the hair cannot grow back and it is considered a permanent form of hair removal. 

Here are some facts about laser hair removal that you should know:

  • The short-term costs of laser hair removal are higher than waxing. However, because you only need 4-6 treatments before enjoying permanent results, laser hair removal can drastically decrease your long-term hair removal costs. 
  • People of all skin colours can safely have laser hair removal. However, if you have darker skin, make sure your skin care specialist has the necessary experience to perform the treatment on you. 
  • Laser hair removal doesn’t work on blonde, white, grey, or red hair. This is because the lasers cannot effectively target light-coloured hair. 
  • There is no downtime associated with laser hair removal. You can safely return to your daily activities immediately after the treatment. 
  • If you have a tan, you must wait for it to fade completely before undergoing a laser hair removal treatment. 
  • You’ll need to keep the treated area out of the sun for at least one week to ensure the safest and best results. 


We Help You Get Rid of Unwanted Hair Permanently 

At our Kelowna skin care centre, our qualified staff can provide safe and fully customized laser hair removal treatments. We also have a range of cosmetic skin care treatments to rejuvenate and refresh your appearance. To find out more, contact us at 250-868-9290 or book a consultation online.


Q: How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
Most people require between 4-6 laser sessions. You’ll need to space these out by six weeks each, which means that the full treatment can take up to nine months. 

Q: Where can you have laser hair removal?
Most areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal, including the face, neck, chest, underarms/arms, legs, bikini area, back, and stomach. 

Q: I’m photosensitive. Is laser a good option for me?
The best way to determine whether laser hair removal is suitable for you is by booking a consultation with your skin care specialist. During this appointment, you can learn more about the treatment and what your different options are. 

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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