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Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis: What’s Right for You?

With summer well on its way, you may be considering hair removal strategies that are a little more effective and low-maintenance than a daily shave. But how do you choose between laser hair removal and electrolysis? What’s the difference, anyway? And which is right for you? Here at Kucumber Skin Lounge, we offer both these Permanent Hair Reduction services, and we can help guide you through the decision.


Electrolysis is a hair removal technique that involves inserting a tiny needle into the hair follicle and sending a low-level electrical pulse through the needle and into the skin, destroying the follicle. You then repeat the process for all follicles, and you may need between 10 and 25 treatments to fully eradicate all hair.


Laser hair removal uses pulsating light beams, not electrical energy, to destroy hairs. A beam of laser light is aimed at the hair, which burns the melanin in the hair and damages the follicle, which prevents future growth ability. This usually requires five to eight treatments.

What’s right for my body?

Laser hair removal is much faster and requires fewer treatments because it isn’t done one follicle at a time, but because it targets pigment, it is not effective for light colored or grey hair. It is also a bad choice if you have darker skin, because the laser will also target the melanin in your skin and possibly burn you along with the follicle.

What’s right for my lifestyle?

Each of these services has their own drawbacks and advantages for lifestyle choices. If you value a healthy tan, laser removal probably isn’t for you. Not only should you avoid tanning, but you shouldn’t even use artificial bronzers while undergoing laser removal because the laser will be less able to distinguish between the pigment of your hair and your skin. On the other hand, if you’re undergoing electrolysis, you’re allowed to tan, but you can’t shave, wax, thread, or tweeze the areas you’re treating because that will strengthen any regrowing hair. With laser treatment, however, shaving will actually increase the effectiveness of the treatment because it darkens the pigment of the regrowth.

If you want to learn more about your options, come into Kucumber, where we’ve done all the research on how hair texture, skin type, and personal values might affect your hair removal choice. 

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