Understanding the Actual Costs of Hair Removal Methods

If you’re wondering if the cost of permanent hair removal is really worth it, we crunched the numbers and have some very fascinating data to show you about the true costs of the various forms of hair removal procedures.

The allure of permanent hair removal is simple to grasp. You always have perfectly smooth, hair-free skin without having to think about stubble, nicks or bruises, razor burn, painful waxing strips, or sticky depilatory creams. However, do the advantages of permanent hair removal outweigh the costs? After all, razors and waxing kits are far less expensive than permanent hair removal treatments. Or do they?


When you crunch the numbers and look at it in the long run, the prices of various hair removal procedures look a lot different. Fortunately, you won’t have to do any analysis or calculations because we’ve already done it for you! For this post, we’ve gathered a selection of sample data to crunch the numbers and show you exactly how the costs of some of the most common hair removal methods compare.

Before we get into the details, let’s take a moment to consider the various hair removal methods we chose for this comparison and why they are so successful.

Which Makes More Sense: Temporary or Permanent?

Both hair removal strategies can be divided into two groups that are self-explanatory: temporary and permanent. When using a temporary solution, such as waxing or shaving, the hair will eventually grow back and will need to be removed repeatedly in order to preserve the desired look and feel of the skin. Permanent hair removal methods, such as laser or IPL hair removal, prevent hair from growing back and keep the skin smooth and hair-free.

People choose various hair removal methods for a variety of reasons, including cost, convenience, treatment length, and ease of use. As a result, each procedure has a unique combination of these variables. Shaving, for example, is a quick and cheap way to remove excess hair, but hair grows back in a very short period of time. Waxing, while offering a longer interval between treatments than shaving, can be unpleasant or even painful for certain people, and professional waxing can be expensive. Permanent hair removal therapies, such as those that use light energy to remove hair, are typically more expensive up front, but have the main advantage of preventing the hair from growing back.

When deciding on a hair removal process, it’s important to consider a variety of factors, including ease of use, permanence, comfort, and convenience, as well as cost, to determine which one is truly the best fit for you. Let’s take a look at four of the most common and successful methods of hair removal and how their costs and benefits compare.

Shaving Costs Estimated

Shaving is normally the first form of hair removal that we hear about and use when we reach that age. It’s also plain to see why. The items you need are inexpensive, and you can do it yourself in the privacy of your own bathroom. Although there are some well-known disadvantages, such as rapid regrowth of stubble and the possibility of nicks, cuts, scrapes, razor burn, and discomfort, most people ignore these factors in favor of the overall ease shaving provides.

The long-term costs of shaving, on the other hand, indicate that the dollar value associated with this strategy will end up being much higher than most people might expect. We can demonstrate this with real-world examples by using some traditional shaving averages.

Assuming the average person maintains daily hair removal throughout the year in order to retain a smooth feel on their legs, they will most likely need to shave every other day. This equates to approximately 180 shaves over the course of a year. Using a famous multi-blade razor from one of the most well-known manufacturers as a guide, we can presume the razor costs about $20, with a pack of 8 replacement blades costing about $15. Using the manufacturer’s prescribed frequency for changing blades to preserve optimal efficiency, the blades will be adjusted once every 2-3 weeks, resulting in two packs (16 total blades) to be used over the course of a year. Furthermore, a common brand of shaving gel costs about $5 for a can that lasts around a month on average.

The average cost of shaving for a year is as follows:

  • $20 for a razor (one-time purchase)
  • Replacement blades are $30, and shaving gel is $60.
  • Total annual cost: $110.

Using these ballpark figures, we can see that the cost of shaving over a five-year span can be about $470. Extend it over a ten-year period, and add in the possibility of purchasing a new $20 razor at least once during that time, and the cost rises to $940. Shaving suddenly doesn’t seem to be a ‘cheap’ or ‘affordable’ tool, does it?

Estimated Costs of Waxing

Using some general statistics on waxing costs and timing intervals, we figured that in order to maintain the desired appearance on the legs, most people would need to wax at intervals between 3 and 6 weeks. These numbers equate to between 8 to 17 waxing treatments per year. This is actually a pretty big range, so we’re going to crunch both sets of numbers to show the low end and the high-end for reference, as well as compare at-home waxing kits with typical salon waxing treatments.

At-home waxing kits come in a variety of sizes and types, but they generally range from $10 to $50. For this calculation, we’re going to safely assume that one kit is sufficient to fully wax both legs one time. Similarly, we’re also going to use a typical salon full-leg waxing treatment, which comes in at around $75, to compare the cost of getting your waxing treatments done professionally.

Here’s how the estimated costs of waxing come out over the course of one year:

  • $10 At-home Waxing Kits
    At 6 week intervals: $80
    At 3 week intervals: $170
  • $50 At-home Waxing Kits
    At 6 week intervals: $400
    At 3 week intervals: $850
  • $75 Salon Full-Leg Waxing Treatments
    At 6 week intervals: $600
    At 3 week intervals: $1275

Don’t things get costly quickly? Extending these expenses for 5 years results in costs ranging from $400 for the $10 at-home packages at 6 week intervals to $6,375 for salon treatments at 3 week intervals. Looking ahead to the 10-year mark, the costs range from $800 for $10 at-home waxing kits at 6-week intervals to $12,750 for salon waxing treatments at 3-week intervals. It’s amazing how much money will add up over time when you have to keep getting the same treatment over and over again.

Laser Treatment Costs Estimated

The costs of permanent hair removal procedures, such as laser or IPL, are much easier to calculate because they are truly a one-time investment. And if the procedures are carried out for several months, there are no extra costs associated with them until the lasting results are achieved. As a result, we’ll compare the overall cost of permanent hair removal on the legs to the one-year, five-year, and ten-year costs of the temporary solutions we discussed earlier.

Since laser hair removal on the legs is a standard technique, it is relatively simple to obtain an even benchmark cost for this process to compare to the complete leg waxing figures we measured previously. In general, full-leg laser hair removal treatments will cost between $750 and $1000.

It is critical to remember that the individual should continue to shave the legs prior to the laser treatment sessions in order to get the best results from each one. However, shaving would be unnecessary until the lasting results are obtained after the average treatment period of around 12 months. To make a reasonable approximation, we are adding 1 year of shaving costs, which we estimated in the shaving segment to be about $110, to the overall cost of laser hair removal.

Here are the costs of laser hair removal, plus the temporary cost of maintenance shaving:

  • Laser Hair Removal Treatment on the Legs at the Low End: $860
  • Laser Hair Removal Treatment on the Legs at the High End: $1110

You can already see how permanent hair removal has the power to save you a lot of money. But we’re not done yet! Let’s see how Vivre IPL hair removal technology compares to the rest of the options.

Vivre At-Home IPL Hair Removal System

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The Vivre at-home hair removal system is special in that it provides the same type of permanent hair removal results as laser hair removal while allowing you to perform the treatments yourself, at any time, in the comfort of your own home. This ensures you won’t have to think about making time-consuming salon appointments, which is a significant advantage. There are many other benefits that IPL technology has over lasers, so we suggest that you read this post, which compares IPL and laser hair removal and reveals their discrepancies, for a comprehensive overview of how these two approaches operate.

The Vivre IPL costs about $479.00 (as of this writing) and includes everything you need for a lifetime of permanent hair removal treatments. Its ultra-long-life bulb can produce over 400,000 light pulses, implying that it will never need to be replaced. The only other thing to remember, as with laser hair removal, is the need for pre-treatment shaving to achieve the best results. As a result, in order to make a fair and even contrast, we will include the expense of shaving for one year in these figures as well.

Permanent hair removal with the Vivre IPL Hair Removal Device costs:

  • Permanent hair removal with an at-home IPL kit costs $509.

Isn’t that an impressively small number? When compared to the costs of other approaches, which continue to rise even after 5 or 10 years, choosing permanent hair removal with Vivre makes a lot of financial sense. Plus, when you consider all of the other advantages that at-home IPL treatments have over other hair removal methods in terms of simplicity, comfort, and permanence, there’s no doubt about which procedure is superior.

Not to mention that you OWN this system and can use it to treat more than one part of your body. You can use the Vivre to treat your thighs, underarms, belly, bikini zone, chin, and other areas without increasing the price at all. When you keep the Vivre, you are keeping a lifetime of hair removal treatments that you can use whenever you want.

Head-to-Head Hair Removal Costs for 5 & 10 Years

Here’s a reference chart that explicitly stacks all of the various approaches we discussed against each other for fast and easy comparison.

Method – Leg Hair Removal (Full)1 Year Cost5 Year Cost10 Year Cost
Shaving – Every Other Day$110$470$940
Waxing – Kits for Use at Home – Low $  – Intervals of 3 Weeks$80$400$800
Waxing – Kits for Use at Home – High $ – Intervals of 3 Weeks$400$2000$4000
Waxing – Kits for Use at Home – Low $ – Intervals of 6 Weeks$170$850$1700
Waxing – Kits for Use at Home – High $ – Intervals of 6 Weeks$850$4250$8500
Waxing – Professional – Low $ – Intervals of 6 Weeks$600$3000$6000
Waxing – Professional – High $ – Intervals of 6 Weeks$1275$6375$12750
Laser Hair Removal – Professional – Low$860
Laser Hair Removal – Professional – High$1110
Vivre At-Home IPL Hair Removal Device$479

What is the value of your time?

Before we leave, we believe it is important that we acknowledge the importance of your time. Aside from the obvious cost savings that the Vivre IPL will offer, consider how much time you can save by not shaving, waxing, or scheduling salon appointments. You’ve just reclaimed countless hours of your life to spend doing things that are important to you, and we think that’s priceless.

Get your Vivre IPL hair removal kit today to take the next step toward a better hair removal experience and discover the difference it can make in your life.