Best Hair Removal For Men
The Best ways to remove mens hair
permanently removing hair methods
Laser Hair Removal
Many men are now ditching the furry, curly, hairy matted bushes that sprout from every part of the body, and out of every orifice, and instead are opting for the clean-cut, smooth, shaved and waxed look. So what are your best hair removal options? And will it be worth the pain that some methods suffer from?
Going hairless is a trend that is exploding in popularity amongst men, and you dont have to be gay, an athlete, a weirdo, or even a politician to do it. Standard, normal and everyday guys are taking the plunge to be smooth. And the hair removal process is happening from every part of the male body, from the eyebrows, neck, chest and back, down to the genital regions and even toes.
One of the reasons for ditching the hair besides being more hygenic is that it also gives the illusion of the ‘optical inch’ making other body parts look big by minimising the body size by losing bulky hairiness.
If you are looking for the best way to remove chest hair, legs, arms etc. then you can pretty much pick from all the methods that women have at their disposal. If you’re looking at back hair removal then you will have problems reaching some of the spots and may need an extra pair of hands, professional help removing that pesky hair, or invest in a back shaver.
For more sensitive areas such as the genitals, you may want to go professional to prevent risking losing the crown jewels! Fortunately most beauty salons now cater for men as well as women, although this probably won’t help you from feeling a little shy when you go in. Check out our male hair removal tips
The BEST HAIR REMOVAL Methods for Men
These are creams or gels containing chemicals which which literally melt your hair away. The hair literally falls out pretty much instantly. They can be very effective, but don’t agree with everybody as the ingredients can be harsh. Some claim to make hairs grow back thinner, this is however very unlikely, your genes determine your hair texture.
This method usually lasts around a week before hair starts growing back and is best used on the chest, back, arms, legs. Other areas that are more sensitive may not be a good fit for this hair removal treatment as the chemicals used are extremely harsh.
Using a razor is by far the easiest method but not necessarily the best hair removal for men, as shaving only remove the hair at the skins surface and the hair will grow back in a short time. A normal razor can be used for the chest, neck, legs etc., but due to the large surface area, a back shaver may be a good investment.
Back shavers have wider blades of around one and a half inches and long hinged handles that resemble a back scratcher or louffa. This construction makes it easier to shave your back and also shoulders whilst in the shower. and is a good method of back hair removal for men.
This elongated razor can be used on the back, shoulders, chest and even down to the buttocks. But as with all shaving, cuts are possible so be careful, you will also be more prone to ingrown hairs, which happen when cut hair regrows back into the skin instead of heading out. This can lead to infections and shaving bumps, plus the results will last just a day or so until regrowth.
Waxing is a lot more time consuming and a little painful (although not as painful as women make out). Waxing also achieves longer lasting results because they rip the hair out at the roots. Waxes of old are being replaced by newer soy based waxes that stick just to the hairs rather than the skin and are removed by pulling on strips of cloth after the mixture has dried.
Waxing is relatively quick to carry out and can be completed in just a few minutes depending on the area you are covering. The technique can be used on chest hair, eyebrow, ear and neck hair, legs, arms and armpits. Although you can wax the genital region, be prepared to scream like a pig. The results of waxing will usually last between 4-6 weeks. After care for waxing should involve using antibacterial and moisturisers on the waxed areas.
Waxing Tip – Don’t cut your hair short before waxing, it needs at least a quarter inch of hair so the wax can get a decent grip before you yank it all out.
Similar to waxing, sugaring achieves similar results but can be less sticky as it is water soluble and therefore much easier to clean-up.
Best for Very sensitive skin or those who use skin-thinning medications such as Accutane. “It is not irritating because the thread acts as a mini-lasso to pluck hair directly from the root rather than pulling on delicate skin,” says Pesce.
Avoid pain Although this is the gentlest hair removal option, those especially prone to pain can pop two Advil an hour before to ease discomfort.
Think small “Threading is good for brow shaping, stray hairs, or hair on your toes and knuckles,” says Pesce, “but it’s time-consuming since it targets individual hairs rather than large areas, making waxing and sugaring more practical for large body regions.”
permanent hair removal for men
Unfortunately there is no real permanent cream, shave or gel method of removing hair, for a more permanent type of removal you will need to look at Laser or electrolysis methods.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser removal makes use of laser light technology which penetrates into the hair shaft and kills the roots resulting in no more growth. Because the laser doesnt actually kill the follicle which is where hair growth begins, it is still possible that hairs will re-grow. So laser top-up sessions may be needed.
However laser hair removal is still a long term and virtually permanent removal method. Treatment is usually around 30 minutes long with several sessions needed depending on the amount of hair that needs to go. And the cost is pretty high at $4-500 per session, with an average of 7 sessions needed for the average man.
Laser is good for most of the body area including the genitals, but works best if you are fair skinned with dark hair. Laser technology can also be used if you just want to thin out an area of hair. It may not be suitable if you have light hair or have black skin, but check with a consultant to see if you are a good match.
Electrolysis is as permanent as hair removal gets, but treatment can take a long time to complete. The process involves using a very thin needle which is used on a hair-by-hair basis to penetrate the shaft and deliver a small electric current which kills the cells.
As the process is done one hair at a time it can take up to a year to finish treatment depending on the thickness and coverage area of the hair. Because of this Electrolysis is best used on small areas of hair such as eyebrows, ears, neck areas. Because the shocks can be painful it is best not used on more sensitive areas.