Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How Much Are You Really Spending on Hair Removal? {Sponsored}

When it comes to cost, is it worth it in the long run to splurge on a permanent hair removal solution?

 Let’s face it – hair removal is a staple of any girl’s (and many guys!) beauty routine. Both shaving and waxing have their regular annoyances ranging from razor burn to painful salon trips but on the whole, spending a little money, and even a little pain, here and there makes more sense than breaking the bank on a permanent hair removal solution, right? Wrong! You’d be surprised to know that laser hair removal prices are actually a better investment long term compared to the repeated purchases you make for shaving cream, razor refills and waxing appointments. You may not realize how much money you are spending over the course of a year to keep away that unwanted hair. Let’s look at the cost you might spend on maintaining a hair free bikini line. Many women use a combination of waxing and shaving, with different costs associated with each method:
  • Per professional waxing appointment: Depending on where you live and how high end the salon is, prices can range from $20 to $120 – before tip. Budget around $50 on average. You’ll need to wax every two weeks to keep up the results. If you plan on having a professional bikini wax in just the summer months of June, July and August, factor in a whopping $300. Do this every summer for the next five years and you’re looking at $1,500. Want to keep your routine up the entire year? You’ll fork out $1,300 the first year, adding up to $6,500 at the end of five years.
  • For razors and shaving cream: Prices can vary here as well depending on which types of razors you choose. The disposable kind is cheaper, but often has a higher risk of giving you painful nicks, bumps and other irritation to the skin. There is a smaller investment to buy a refillable razor, but you’ll have to factor in the cost of refill blades. The jury is still out on the proper time frame to switch in a new razor cartridge. Some sources will tell you to wait until the blade is dull while others swear by two to three uses, while others still insist on using a new razor for every shave. Hair grows back quickly after shaving, so you’ll need to shave at least every few days, although some woman opt to shave their bikini area daily. Assuming you shave daily, you’ll go through about 180 razor refills in the time period if you can get two uses out of each. With a four pack of razor refills costing around $12, the total cost for razors is around $547. Add in the cost of shaving cream (one can a month at $3/can), and you’ll spend around $583 annual, which adds up to $2,915 over five years.

What about the cost of laser hair removal? 

Permanent hair removal has an upfront cost but does not require an ongoing fee. While laser hair removal prices can vary depending on the technician and where you live, the average cost for the entire series of treatments for your bikini area is around $500. What’s the cost of laser hair removal after five years? Still $500. Surprisingly, you’d see a savings cost before the year is even up by ditching your daily shaving routine or canceling your salon waxing appointment.

Want an even better deal? Consider permanent hair removal at home. Using a laser hair removal at home kits cost around $400. The added bonus? You can use your at-home kit on as many body parts as you want. That means you’d spend $400 to achieve permanent hair removal results on your bikini line, underarms, legs, arms, etc. Permanent hair removal at home allows you to rid yourself of unwanted hair in the privacy of your own bedroom or bathroom. Like professional laser hair removal, the at-home kits are also approved and monitored by the FDA to ensure safety and effectiveness.

What will you do with your savings? 

Now that you’ve seen the math, it’s clear that the cost of laser hair removal is a better long term investment. Not to mention the time and hassle it will save you once you’ve achieved permanent hair removal results. So what will you do with the money you save? Splurge on a new wardrobe? Treat yourself to monthly manicures and pedicures? The decision is yours!

*Sponsored content was created and provided by Tria Beauty.

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