If you’re looking to leave shaving behind and still let go of some unwanted hair, chances are you’ve considered the classic showdown: laser vs. waxing. You may have even been tempted to ask whether waxing or laser hair removal is better. And while it would be nice if there were a simple answer to this simple question, the reality is that there is only what is best for you and no general answer. However, we will look at both methods to help you determine the best option for your needs. 

Laser Hair Removal

First, let’s take a deeper look at laser hair removal. What are its strengths and weaknesses? To answer this, we must first look at what precisely laser hair removal is. The Laser hair removal procedure uses concentrated beams of light to target hair follicles, resulting in long-term hair reduction or removal. Though it is not technically a permanent solution, the results after several sessions are incredibly long-lasting, and you will never have to worry about the same amount of hair again. Even if you need some touch-ups now and then, we’re talking about many years of reduced or eliminated hair, not months. 

Here are some pros of laser hair removal:

Long-term results: Laser hair removal offers long-lasting hair reduction, with many people experiencing permanent hair loss after several sessions.

Precision: The laser can target specific areas without affecting the surrounding skin, making it ideal for smaller, more delicate areas.

Speed: Laser hair removal can treat larger areas relatively quickly, making it a time-efficient option.

Cons of Laser Hair Removal:

Cost: Laser hair removal can be more expensive than waxing, especially considering multiple sessions are typically required for optimal results.

Multiple sessions: Achieving desired results often requires several sessions spaced weeks apart, which may require more time and effort.

Limited effectiveness on lighter hair: Laser hair removal tends to be more effective on individuals with darker hair and lighter skin tones, as the laser targets the pigment in the hair.

Waxing is an excellent option for short-term hair removal, although it too has its strengths and weaknesses. It involves applying warm or cold wax to the skin and removing the unwanted hair. 


Waxing is an excellent option for short-term hair removal, although it too has its strengths and weaknesses. It involves applying warm or cold wax to the skin and removing the unwanted hair. However, calling it ‘removing’ could be seen as somewhat of a euphemism, as in reality, what goes down in a waxing studio is more like ‘ripping hair out of the follicle.’ As barbaric as that sounds, there are still reasons waxing could be the right choice, and the pain only lasts for a little while. Afterward, you’ll have baby-soft skin and only the distant memory of the painful procedure. Let’s look at the pros and cons of waxing to compare better. 

Pros of Waxing:

Immediate results: Waxing provides instant hair removal, leaving the skin smooth and hair-free. Where laser hair removal may require many sessions to achieve desired results, waxing is instantaneous. 

Cost-effective: Compared to laser hair removal, waxing is generally more affordable, although, over time, this proves to be less accurate if you want to remain hair-free over the long term. 

Suitable for various hair types: Waxing can be effective on different hair textures and colors, unlike laser hair removal, which may have limitations in this regard.

Cons of Waxing

Discomfort: Waxing can be painful, especially for those with low pain tolerance or sensitive skin. However, the level of discomfort varies from person to person.

Regrowth required: Unlike laser hair removal, waxing requires regrowth of the hair to a certain length before it can be waxed again. This can be unpleasant for those who prefer a consistently hair-free appearance.

Potential skin irritation: Some individuals may experience skin irritation, redness, or ingrown hairs due to waxing, although these issues can be minimized with proper technique and aftercare.


All things considered, there are quite a few advantages on both sides, but here are a few more comparisons to help you determine which is best for you. 

Skin and hair type is a factors when deciding on laser hair removal as an option. Although technology is advancing, and there are new lasers with a broader capacity than ever, laser hair removal is still generally more effective on individuals with darker hair and lighter skin tones. In contrast, waxing can suit a broader range of hair types and colors.

Budge can also factor in deciding the type of hair removal best for you. Laser hair removal may require a higher initial investment due to the cost of sessions, whereas waxing can be a more budget-friendly option in the short term.

Laser hair removal may be the better choice if you’re seeking long-term hair reduction or removal. However, waxing might be more suitable if you prefer a more temporary solution or want the flexibility to change your hair removal method in the future.


From Brazilian sugaring to full body laser hair removal, there are certainly instances where both have their unique advantages; for example, we wouldn’t usually recommend a full body wax, but for smaller areas, or those areas on which you may want hair to grow again someday, waxing may be the best option. Laser hair removal is your best bet for more permanent hair removal and a slightly less painful (albeit more pricey) option. Regardless of your chosen method, remember that qualified technicians are necessary in both ways! 

We are happy to help you determine the best option for your needs at Alite Laser. Just schedule a free consultation, and one of our outstanding specialists will help you choose the best hair removal method for you.