Hair removal isn’t just for women anymore. Men everywhere are taking their “manscaping” seriously. The chances are that most men have dabbled in body hair removal at some point in their lives. If that sounds like you, don’t be ashamed! Surveys show that men now manscape on a regular basis, saying it makes them feel cleaner, sleeker and brings out their muscles. However, many men still feel confused when choosing a method of removal that best fits their desires.
Throughout this blog, we will go over various methods of hair removal for men. Additionally, we will show you the pros and cons for each to help you make an executive decision on what is best for you.
Hair Removal Method 1: Sugaring
Are you looking to take a more natural approach to your hair removal methods? Sugaring is a beauty ritual that is beneficial for both genders. Sugaring is more gentle on the skin than other alternatives such as waxing. Don’t get me wrong; we aren’t saying that there will be no pain involved. However, both the ingredients and process used have proven to create a better experience for the client.
So, what exactly is sugaring? And why is it the right hair removal method for men? As mentioned, sugaring is an all natural hair method that is 100% eco-friendly. Sugaring only requires a technician and a special paste made from sugar, lemon juice, and water. The technician will smooth the paste in the opposite direction of the hair growth. After letting it sit for a few seconds, the paste becomes harder. Lastly, the technician will pull the mixture off in the direction of the natural hair growth. Therefore, removing hair with less discomfort and breakage. It can be used on all skin types and gives superior end results.
Furthermore, sugaring tends to last longer than other methods used in hair removal for men. Skin is left feeling soft and hair-free for up to 4 weeks, depending on your hair regrowth. What else could you ask for? The only real con – we don’t suggest you try this at home. It’s important to have the right consistency and use the proper methods. If you are looking for an at-home method, this may not be for you.
Tips & Tricks:
- Heavy body butter, lotions, oils, and deodorant are not recommended to be used 24 hours before treatment.
- For optimal results, you have at least two weeks of hair growth.
Hair Removal Method 2: Waxing
When we think of waxing, we think of the saying “no pain, no gain.” However, waxing can be a method of hair removal for men that eliminates the need for shaving. Additionally, it is a great way to get into those hard to reach places. Shaving is a time-consuming task that many men are beginning to ditch for alternative methods such as waxing or sugaring. Waxing also provides the option to do so from home, rather quickly. This means you can rid yourself of pesky hairs from your own bathroom.
Although the pain of waxing is fleeting, it goes by quickly, and some even begin to get used to the feeling. One of the biggest deterrents for waxing is the dreaded allergic reaction. You are leaving your skin with red bumps, itchiness and even potential blisters from a waxing session gone wrong. If you have sensitive skin, please refrain from waxing. As with most hair removal for men, we suggest leaving it to the professionals.
Tips & Tricks:
- Apply wax to skin that is clean, dry and free of body products such as lotions.
- The day before you wax – exfoliate with a scrub or body brush to remove all dead skin cells that have built up.
- Remove hair with one swift movement, and never peel away slowly. This is for your benefit, trust us!
- Skin feeling red and sore? Gently press a cold cloth on the affected area in order to try and cool the skin.
Hair Removal Method 3: Depilatory Creams
Depilatory creams, also known as hair removal creams, have been used for many years. You may know brands such as Nair or Veet. They are easy to use, home products that you purchase at local retailers — the most significant benefit of these products: quick & easy to use. Directly apply to your skin, leave for a few minutes and rinse away unwanted hair. The hair is weakened at the root by the chemicals and fall away quickly. Again, this is not for men with sensitive skin.
The main issue with hair removal creams: the results are not long lasting. Most likely, your hair will be growing back within a week of the treatment. Moreover, this method tends to be spotty, and aftercare is crucial.
Tips & Tricks:
- To check for sensitivity, do a patch test on the inside of your arm.
- Always follow instructions properly.
- Rinse your skin afterward thoroughly with cool, clean water.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing for up to 24 hours, and avoid any activity that will leave you overly hot and sweaty.
Hair Removal Method 4: Shaving
You are all probably pretty familiar with this method. It proves to be the simplest, cheapest hair removal method of all. All you need is yourself, a razor and a decent shaving cream. Having a steady hand also helps! Many men choose this method as it doesn’t require much skill. Once you learn to shave one part of your body, you can easily apply the technique to others.
Other than a few nicks and cuts, the downfalls of shaving are: quick & itchy regrowth and more ingrown hairs developing. With shaving, you only slice the strands at the surface of the skin. Therefore, you will probably be seeing stubble within a few days. Am I right, men?
Tips & Tricks:
- Never attempt to reach those hard to reach places by yourself, it never works out well.
- Shave while you’re in the shower – the steam plumps hairs making them softer and easier to cut.
- To minimize risks of ingrown hairs, exfoliate the skin with a body scrub twice a week.
If you are interested in taking a step towards a more natural manscaping routine – come visit us today at Sugar Savvy. We are here to help!