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A Hairy Situation: Depilatory Creams or Laser Hair Removal?

Especially for students and the budget Barbie who are always looking for the cheapest alternatives – D.I.Y hair removal methods such as depilatory creams may sound like the cream of the crop when it comes to getting the job done.

The term “depilatory” actually stems from the word “depilation” – which means the deliberate removal of body hair. Typically coming in the form of a gel, lotion, or cream-based formula, it has gained popularity due to its ease and convenience of doing it in the comfort of your own home.

Containing chemicals that work to break and weaken the bonds in your hair follicles – it is a great option for people who don’t want to run the risk of ingrown hairs that comes from shaving, but are afraid of pumping in the money for more semi-permanent solutions such as laser hair removal.

On the other hand, laser treatments such as IPL and SHR hair removal utilize strong laser beams to target specific areas on your face and body to damage the hair follicles at the root to prevent it from growing back again.

While they are one of the cheapest methods in the market today – there are many reasons as to why laser hair removal such as our Super Hair Removal (SHR) technology is superior to depilatory creams. Here’s a quick table showing the comparison between the two to help you decide which is the better option for you, based on your needs and lifestyle:

Depilatory creams vs. Laser Hair Removal

Depilatory Creams

Laser Hair Removal


  • Less Effective, inconsistent results throughout entire treatment area

  • Does not work as well on coarser hair types

  • More effective, consistent results throughout entire treatment area

  • Works on all skin tones and types

Dermatologist Recommended




D.I.Y., uneven, messy application

Done by a well-trained hair removal specialist

Treatment Areas

Multiple hair creams needed for different treatment areas

Wide coverage of treatment areas available

Treatment Duration

~ 5 – 10 mins per treatment area

~ 10 – 180 minutes for entire treatment


Cost-effective short-term, more expensive long-term

More expensive short-term, cost-effective long-term


Requires frequent application

Semi-permanent hair reduction, maintenance may be required

Side Effects

  • Not suitable for those with sensitive skin

  • Strong chemicals may lead to burns, irritation and discomfort

  • Suitable even for those with sensitive skin

  • Minimal discomfort

  • Rare cases of burns and redness

Convinced yet? Depilatory creams may often be the first choice for those who are just beginning to enter the world of hair removal – but if you are finally ready to level up your hair removal game – Datsumo Labo is here to save the day!

With our easy, 5-step process – rest assured that we have one of the best laser hair removal specialists in Singapore to help attain the results you desire for that perfect summer’s day!