Imagine a life without shaving, waxing, or other recurring hair-removal processes. No more razors, shaving creams, knicks, cuts, or missed spots. The answer to this hair-free lifestyle is simple: laser hair removal. Some people remain hesitant to make the leap because they fear the overall cost of laser hair removal, but what they don’t realize is that it actually saves them money in the long run.

When looking at hair removal costs compared to the lifelong purchases of razors, wax and waxing supplies, and other hair-removal items, the cost breakdown becomes much more realistic toward laser hair removal. And money isn’t the only investment consideration when it comes to body hair removal. At-home hair removal can take hundreds of hours of your time throughout your life. 

Here’s how laser hair removal helps save you time and money in the long run.

The Lifetime of Shaving

Hair removal procedures aren’t exclusively for women. Typically, boys and girls start shaving when they hit puberty ( ages 8 to 15 for boys, 10 to 14 for girls). That means, assuming an average lifespan, that people spend roughly 65 to 75 years of their lives shaving. That time breaks down to you spending roughly 117 days shaving during your lifetime. 117 days equates to 2,808 hours, or 168,480 minutes. 

Plus, shaving results only last for a couple of days before the hair grows back again, meaning you’ll just have to shave — and spend that time — all over again. Imagine how you could use that time if you weren’t spending a big portion of your life shaving! 

Shaving Costs

Pinpointing exact shaving costs can be difficult since there are many types of razors (disposable, cartridge, straight razor), different methods, and, therefore, different costs.  However, on average, disposable razors cost around $111 per year (most expensive) while cartridges and straight razors come in at under $40 per year. Shaving creams, hair removal creams, and similar products can also increase how much you spend on shaving each year. 

Compared to waxing and laser hair removal, shaving is the cheapest hair removal option around, but the long-term time commitment doesn’t necessarily justify the cheaper cost.

How Long Does Waxing Take?

Depending on the area being waxed, waxing appointments can last anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour. Home hair removal sessions may last longer due to inexperience and nervousness about pulling the strips off yourself. Many people, particularly women, begin waxing in their late teens and early 20s, giving them roughly 20 to 30 years of waxing. 

Unlike shaving, where the hair is just cut at the skin level, waxing pulls the hair out from the root, slowing regrowth and producing finer, softer hair when it does grow back. Many individuals report lighter, less-noticeable hair while others find that their hair stops growing back altogether

Both of these experiences shorten how long people feel they need to wax, meaning, at an average of 20 years, you’re only spending about 33.3 days waxing in your whole life. 33.3 days is around 800 hours or 48,000 minutes — a third of the time you’d spend shaving. 

The Word on Waxing

Would it shock you to know that a lifetime of waxing costs more than shaving and laser hair removal combined? But why does it cost so much? It’s because many products go into a complete waxing session. 

If you go with the standard strip waxing, you’ll need the wax, application stick, and wax removal strips. Most of this comes together in an at-home waxing kit, which can range anywhere from $25 to $100. If you choose to get your waxing done at a salon or spa, the price varies by area of the body and how many areas you are waxing. Prices can start at $30 for half a leg (ankle to knee or knee to thigh) and go up toward $100 or more for a full-leg waxing. 

For full body hair and facial hair removal, many people opt to leave waxing to the professionals to make it a quick, accurate, and slightly less painful experience. On average, waxing — at home or in the salon — can add up to around $15,000 over 20 years. 

The Lasting Laser

Laser hair removal hit the commercial market in the mid-90s and has grown in popularity ever since. The idea of a permanent hair loss solution is attractive to many people for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is the time laser hair removal saves in everyday life. 

In the laser hair removal process, the laser light is converted to heat energy that destroys the hair follicle below the skin to inhibit and prevent future regrowth. With the hair diminished, you won’t have to waste hundreds of hours shaving or waxing — you can just enjoy your new hair-free life! 

Most areas of the body can be completed in 20 minutes or less. If you are getting laser hair removal on multiple areas, it may take up to 20 minutes per area, so plan accordingly. Additionally, some areas may need multiple treatments so you’ll need to consider that as well. However, even with multiple sessions and every area of your body getting treatment, laser hair removal only takes about 27 hours total. That’s just over one day of hair removal compared to 117 days with shaving and 33.3 with waxing. Laser hair removal is the superior option when it comes to saving you time during hair removal. 

The Price of the Laser

The laser can be used for body hair and facial hair removal, but it cannot be used too close to the eyes. Depending on where you are getting laser hair removal treatment, the cost can vary from around $45 on up to $400 with full-body hair removal costing around $1,500 for one session. 

This adds up to about $8,100 for multiple appointments and treatments. Again, prices can change per body location and even from salon to salon. To get the most accurate pricing information, schedule a consultation with an Elase specialist to discuss your laser hair removal package. 

Compared to shaving, laser hair removal is more expensive upfront but it saves significant time in the long run. Compared to waxing, laser hair removal treatment is the best option for saving you big time and money.

Start Your Path Toward Hair Removal

In the long run, laser hair removal saves you the most time compared to shaving and waxing, is cheaper than waxing, and gives you the best, long-lasting results. If you’re looking for laser hair removal services in Utah, Elase is the answer. Get started with body hair and facial hair removal by booking your consultation today.