If you were to name one of the essential preparations for summer, that would definitely be hair removal. Nowadays, not only women, but also men are concerned with it. This time, after having experienced a hair removal salon in person, the Japanese female staff of FUN! JAPAN Team thoroughly compare the different methods of hair removal! Read on as you consider things like your own budget, your tolerance to pain and so on!
Is pain essential to becoming pretty？
As you can see from the figure above, there are roughly 4 different ways of hair removal. And there is no hair removal method that doesn’t hurt at all… In case you are going to a clinic or a beauty salon, you can reduce the frequency of pain according to your budget. Even if your budget is low, you can complete the hair removal procedure if you go at least 10 times. Because the beauty salons usually work with a ticket system, initially you pay a lot of money to purchase the ticket and each time you receive the medical treatment you give this ticket to the beauty salon. At the clinic or beauty salon, you will also learn about different ways of performing after-care, such as cooling, creams and lotions. Of course, the cheapest option is the hair removal you do at home by yourself. If you think about the time it takes and the effects, which method is the best value for money…?
It hurts! It’s expensive! Laser hair removal and electrolysis in order to become pretty
Laser hair removal is the method that is based on the fact that laser strongly reacts to the color black (melanin). Electrolysis is when a metal wire is inserted in the pores and removes the hair by circulating electricity through them. Both methods will burn the hair root with pinpoint accuracy. Since the applied electricity or laser takes place on all the hair roots one by one, it is a very overwhelming work, but the experienced salon staff perform the procedure patiently. By the way, it’s very painful.
If you are curious about the cost, it depends on the part you want to remove hair from as well as the quantity of hair, but it extends from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of yen. If your goal is total body hair removal, be prepared for hundreds of thousands of yen!
The balance between pain and cost is OK! IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal
To begin with, IPL resembles laser hair removal, but compared to laser, it radiates with a wider frequency. IPL hair removal may be able to achieve the same effect as laser hair removal, but when you look at the long-term results, the effects of laser are more lasting. As for the pain, it is often described as “the momentary pain you feel after snapping a rubber band on your skin” and it is exactly that, a pain that can be endured.
If you are curious about the cost, it depends on the part you want to remove hair from as well as the quantity of hair, but it is around tens of thousands of yen. If your goal is total body hair removal, it will exceed a hundred thousand yen.
Hair removal by waxing if you prefer grooming at home
It might not be a method by which you destroy the hair roots like with laser or IPL, but because it is a way to remove the unwanted hair from the hair roots completely, it is possible to remain hairless for two to three weeks, although it differs from person to person.
The method is simple. After washing your body, completely dry the place you want to remove the hair from with baby powder or something similar. Take the wax that melted to “a little hardened” state with a spatula and apply it evenly at approximately 1cm x 3cm range, along the flow of hair, starting from the hair roots. Place the papers called “strips” on the wax. Peel off the strips in one go towards the opposite direction (the direction against the flow of hair) & parallel to the skin.
As for the pain, you can do it at your own timing and so it’s tolerable. The wax, the strips and the spatula can be purchased as a set from a Japanese drugstore from 800 yen to 2000 yen.
So, what do you think? As a personal recommendation from the writer who experienced all the methods, first do the laser hair removal and if there appears to be some hair left, finish up with electrolysis. Also, as a matter of fact, even if you don’t go to a beauty salon, since you can do hair removal at clinics and medical institutions, if you are thinking about safety and the worst case scenario of your skin being damaged, the medical institutions are recommended. By the way, the writer completed the procedure safely and without any problems even at a beauty salon!