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Hair Removal In Men
If you have hair growing in places you don’t want it, it’s easier than ever to remove that hair effectively, quickly and in some cases permanently. If you don’t want the hair to vanish altogether but it’s become thicker and wirier, there are also body hair removal methods that lighten and thin hair instead of removing it completely.
Hair removal is available in many forms. Your options include creams, plucking, waxing, shaving, laser hair removal, electrolysis and natural methods. More men are into removing hair than ever before, in fact, it's thought well over half a million men in the UK use hair removal products every day, so if you’re timid about hair removal or don’t know where to start there’s no better time to look around at your options.
Should Men Remove Body Hair?
Hair removal used to be the preserve of women and male athletes, but the ‘standard’ man is finding it a more attractive option. Body conscious men are at liberty to remove their body hair without fear of judgement. It’s down to personal choice but men should not feel they are stuck with excess body hair that makes them self conscious.
The areas men often want hair removal for are:
- Eyebrows and Facial Areas
- Intimate Areas
So What Can You Do - Hair Removal Techniques
As men get older, hair often disappears from the head and grows in other places, this may seem like a cosmic joke but it’s true for the majority of men. Unwanted hair can grow on your back, shoulders intimate areas, nostrils, eyebrows, ears, fingers and toes. No body parts are immune to unwanted hair but methods exist to remove hair from all areas of the body.
Here are hair removal methods for men:
Waxing consists of placing a warm wax over the hair and placing a strip of material on top. By pulling off the material when the wax has cooled hairs are removed quickly but it can be painful, especially in delicate areas. Waxing is available professionally at a salon or you can do it at home. The waxed areas should remain hair free up to six weeks and then grow back finer though it may grow back more rapidly if you’ve done the wax yourself. There are risks of infection and bleeding and the hair will eventually grow back meaning you have to go through the process again.
Shaving is quick, easy and cheap and you’ll be used to shaving from your daily beard shave, but it’s the technique that lasts the least amount of time. You’ll have stubble re-growth within a day or two which gives the game away if you are shy about wanting to remove your body hair.
Use a good foam or gel to help avoid nicks and when you’re shaving your chest be very careful around the nipples. Shaving is not really an option for the back or shoulders as they are difficult to reach.
These are gentle, quick sprays that are under appreciated body hair removal products.
Minimising sprays include a hair removal cream to remove hair and an inhibitor spray that prevents it growing back by disrupting the growth cycle. If hair does grow back it is thinner and less noticeable. These are excellent products for male hair removal because they cut down the time you need to spend on grooming.
Creams and Gels
Hair removal cream is very popular most likely because it is pain-free and simple to use.
Hair removal cream is placed on hair and left for a few minutes before washing it off. You’ll find that your hair easily falls away with the product. The best hair removal cream will have a pleasant smell and an easy application, so it’s worth investing in a decent one.
Hair removal cream is great for the back and shoulders because you can usually get it there yourself even if you have use a ruler or wooden spoon to apply it in tricky areas. Hair will grow back eventually but you should have smooth skin for a week or so.
If you don’t want full hair removal, use some clippers to shorten your body hair. Trim it down and groom it in excess areas such as your chest and legs on a number three setting first and then see if you want to go shorter. A benefit of using clippers is that you don’t get stubbly sharp re-growth.
If you have nostril and ear hair to contend with you’re in good company but don’t use cream or waxes on these areas as they may irritate the delicate skin. You should buy a good quality ear and nose hair remover or try laser removal instead.
Natural Hair Removal
Using herbs and spices can remove and slow down hair growth, in particular, turmeric and papaya paste can remove hair when used regularly, and a mixture of sugar, lemon and egg white applied to the skin can lighten body hair. It may take time but if you like natural methods this is a good way to remove hair at home.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal for men used to be salon-based and expensive but times have changed. If you want permanent hair removal then a laser is a good choice.
A home laser hair removal device is pain-free because you won’t need to pull hairs out by the roots every few weeks. A laser hair removal machine pulses out light that removes hair and inhibits its growth by altering the follicles. Hair removal lasers can be used anywhere on the body which is good news for men with sensitive skins and for men that want to remove hair from intimate areas or their face.
Intense Pulsed Light - IPL
Intense Pulsed Light is similar to laser hair removal, but laser hair removal utilises one light wave. Intense pulsed light uses a number of light waves to disrupt the hair follicle which means it’s a permanent hair removal method. You’ll probably need to use it a few times to get the full benefit but these few times add up to a lot less cost than waxing or shaving for the rest of your life.
Electrolysis burns hair follicles so that they can’t repair themselves and let hair growth through. It’s expensive and can only be done in a salon but it is a permanent method of hair removal. Be sure you want the hair gone forever if you chose electrolysis for hair removal because it’s unlikely to grow back.
Hair Removal Before and After Care
Before you remove any hair you need to make sure your skin is ready. If you haven’t used a cream before, test a small area before lathering yourself in it. It’s worth having a cool shower and exfoliating your skin before using any kind of hair removal product too as this gets rid of flaky skin and cleans away dirt and sweat. Your chosen hair removal method will work more effectively on prepared skin.
If you use a wax or cream to remove hair you may find your skin reacts to the chemicals or the harsh process. If this happens it’s best to find another way such as laser hair removal. Sore or inflamed skin from rough hair removal can be soothed with specialist gels that reduce swelling and cool down irritated skin. You can also make a natural soothing gel with olive oil and aloe vera, or have a cool bath.
If you develop in-growing hairs from waxing or shaving they can get painful and infected. Place a hot flannel over the hair to try and release it but if the hair won’t budge you should try an ingrown hair cream to release the ingrown hair.
What Is The Best Body Hair Removal Method?
None of us have time to play around with hair removal each day because getting through the shower and having a quick shave in the morning before throwing down some breakfast is often all we have time to do. Removing unwanted body hair isn’t something you’ll want to spend your hard-earned free time doing and taking time out to go to the salon for laser hair removal or a wax can really eat into the holiday allowance not to mention the monthly budget.
If you have the time, the patience, and in the case of waxing, the pain threshold regular use of hair removing creams, waxes, gels and minimising creams will do the job of keeping your skin hair free. If you are busy, don’t like ‘manscaping’ or just plain can’t be bothered then laser hair removal or IPL could be the right option for you.