Shaving and waxing remain the most common methods for removing unwanted hair. While there is no doubt that they can remove hair, they are not much of a good option for the long term. Moreover, both shaving and waxing produce lots of unnecessary waste, making both methods not so environmentally friendly.


Laser hair removal makes a good alternative, especially if you’re looking to become more environmentally responsible. Continue reading to learn the basics of laser hair removal and why it is good for the environment.

Getting to know laser hair removal

Laser hair removal involves the use of a handheld device that emits concentrated pulses of laser light. The hair’s pigment absorbs the light, which is then converted into heat. This targets the hair follicles, disabling or inhibiting future hair growth.

At Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore, we have the Cutera CoolGlide laser, which is an FDA-cleared laser technology. It can help you achieve permanent hair reduction by delivering light energy to hundreds of hair follicles in a large area. This device works for all skin type and tones, from light to darker skin, as well as tanned patients. 

It is also good to know that laser hair removal has the ability to create longer wavelengths. The device also features an innovative cooling design, which makes the hair removal procedure safe and effective.

Why it is good for the environment

Here are the things that make laser hair removal an environmentally responsible method.

It reduces plastic waste.

One main problem associated with shaving is the use of disposable razors, which likely end up in landfills. Razors are also made of plastic and packaged using plastic, which leads to lots of unnecessary waste. This is not an issue with laser hair removal, as it uses a device that can used again to achieve permanent hair reduction.

Laser hair removal produces better results.

When you choose laser hair removal, you can expect better results than shaving and waxing. Although it may not completely remove all of your hair, it can permanently reduce its total number. Laser is FDA-cleared for permanent hair reduction that offers long-term results. You just have to attend multiple sessions, about 8 to 12. 

It does not produce other types of waste.

Since laser uses light to target and remove hair, it does not produce waste. Shaving and waxing, on the other hands, are both extremely wasteful, because they contribute to lots of plastic and paper waste. Here are the other reasons why they’re environmentally irresponsible.

  • Shaving wastes tons of water (especially if you leave the shower or faucet running while you shave).
  • Shaving creams give off volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which contribute to environmental problems.
  • Shaving cream cans or containers also end up in landfill. 
  • Wax strips (and wooden applicators) are required to be disposed of immediately after use.
  • Most wax doesn’t break down for years and goes into landfill.

It offers long-term results.

With conventional methods like waxing or shaving, you have to do the process repeatedly to remove unwanted hair. The sad part is, each time you shave or wax, you’re producing waste. This is not the same with laser hair removal. While you may need multiple sessions, you can go for years hair-free without needing another treatment.

It is actually cost-effective. 

Disposable razors may be cheap, but it is not cost-effective in the long run. There is the continuous cost of buying new razors, as well as increased grooming or hair removal time. The same can also be said to waxing, as you have to buy wax repeatedly or book salon appointments every month or so. 

This is not an issue with laser hair removal. While it may be expensive initially, it is actually cost-effective for the long term. It lets you save on continuous hair removal costs, including razors, shaving creams, and wax/waxing strips.

Schedule a consultation today

Be wise about your hair removal method. Consider laser hair removal, as well as other methods that don’t produce lots of unnecessary waste like IPL (intense pulsed light) and LHE (light heat energy) hair removal. Contact Cutis Laser Clinics today and schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor.