Permanent Hair Removal Q&A

What are the most common forms of permanent hair removal?

  • Electrolysis is among the top two most common forms of permanent hair removal
  • Laser is also among the top two

What are the benefits to each method?

  • Electrolysis has been around the longest and thus has the most scientific data backing up its effectiveness
  • Electrolysis is effective on all hair types and skin colors
  • Lasers are great for large areas like the legs or chest
  • Lasers are growing in popularity because of their ease of use and because they are virtually pain free

What are the drawbacks to each method?

  • Electrolysis is a relatively time consuming method so it is not ideal for large areas like the legs
  • Electrolysis can be slightly painful, although it is a mild discomfort that feels kind of like a rubber band snap
  • Lasers are relatively new so there is less research backing up its effectiveness
  • Lasers may not be suitable for extremely light hair or very dark skin tones

How much should I expect to pay if I want to permanently remove hair on an area of my body?

  • Prices vary depending in a variety of factors so it is difficult to estimate an exact price without knowing further details.
  • The larger the area to be treated, the higher the cost
  • Very dense areas of hair often need more treatments than usual which will raise the cost
  • Geographic location can make a big difference in the price as well
  • As a basic guideline, each individual session will cost between $50-150
  • The best strategy is to shop around – contact a number of salons and look for sales online

How long does it take to successfully treat an area for permanent hair removal?

  • Again, this can vary quite a bit
  • Dense areas of hair take longer to treat
  • On average, people need at least 4 sessions to permanently remove hair. This can increase substantially depending on the area being treated and the type of hair being removed (e.g., coarse vs thin, dark vs. light).


  • Both electrolysis and laser hair removal are great methods for the permanent removal of hair
  • No matter which method you choose, over time you will almost certainly achieve successful results
  • In the end, the choice between electrolysis and laser is up to you – both methods are effective so it just depends on which method you prefer and are able to find at an affordable price