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Why Laser Hair Removal Is Cheaper Than Shaving

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Why Laser Hair Removal is Cheaper than Shaving!
Nationally, the average for laser hair removal is $1659 (, 2012).  Of course, these prices range from $500 to $2000 per session, depending on the size of the area to be treated, your geographic location, and the experience of the physician, nurse, or aesthetician administering the procedure.

Actually, Shaving Costs $7300 More than Laser Treatments
While the average patient will require seven or more sessions (Rocky Mountain College, 2012), this $11,600 cost is actually not that much compared to the amount the average woman will spend shaving over the course of her lifetime.  Assuming the average woman starts shaving at 15 and has a life expectancy to about 78, that's 63 years of shaving.  Considering shaving costs about $25/month on average, including razors, replacement blades, and shaving cream, that's $18,900 over the course of a woman's lifetime - $7300 more than laser treatments!

Consider Time, Too
Even worse is when you consider the time factor.  According to research from the British brand Nevria, the average woman spends 22 minutes per day showering and shaving.  For the sake of argument, let's assume one-third of those minutes - 7.3 per day - is actually devoted just to shaving.  That's over 168,000 minutes spent shaving over the course of 63 years - or 117 days!  Not only could that time be spent doing more pleasurable things than shaving, but even for a woman earning minimum wage in the U.S., that's another $6,786 in lost wages.  And if you earn $100,000 per year, that's a cool $46,800 in lost time spent shaving!


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