“Waxing & Hair Removal for Men”
“Waxing & Hair Removal for Men”
To wax or not to wax, that is the question.
Male waxing has certainly received a stigma over the years. However, manscaping and self care is very popular due to a number of different reasons.
Studies show that the majority of men do some type of manscaping for hair removal. The drawbacks are some may experience razor burn, cuts due to the razor, as well as bites and nicks. Few men are brave enough to attempt to wax themselves.
Not Just For WomenMen are becoming more conscious of their appearance, and are taking grooming and self care more seriously. A lot of men feel enjoy the feeling of a fresh wax, and it makes them feel more hygienic. Some men may be embarrassed by their body hair, waxing is a great solution for long lasting hair removal.
What to Expect
- Consultation: Before the waxing process begins, your esthetician will usually have a brief consultation with you. They will discuss your health history, medications, allergies, and your desired outcomes from the waxing session.
- Cleanliness: The area to be waxed will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to prevent any potential infections or skin reactions. Some salons might offer you a clean robe to wear.
- Slight Discomfort or Pain: Waxing involves the removal of hair from the root, so it can cause some discomfort or pain, particularly if it's your first time or the area being waxed has dense hair growth. The pain typically subsides quickly once the waxing strip is pulled off.
- Warm Wax Application: The wax will be heated and then applied to your skin in the direction of hair growth. The warmth might surprise you at first, but it's generally not too hot. Always speak up if it feels too hot.
- Waxing Strips: A cloth or paper strip is applied over the warm wax and pressed firmly, adhering the strip to the wax and the wax to the skin and hair.
- Quick Removal: The strip is quickly ripped off in the opposite direction of hair growth, pulling the hairs out by the roots. This is the most intense part of the process, but it's over quickly.
- Post-Wax Care: After the waxing is completed, soothing lotion or a cold compress may be applied to the area to soothe the skin and reduce redness and inflammation. Some estheticians may also apply a product to slow hair growth.
- Temporary Redness or Irritation: After waxing, the skin may be red and irritated for a while. This is normal and typically goes away within a few hours to a day.
- Smooth Skin: One of the main reasons people wax is to enjoy smooth, hair-free skin. Depending on your rate of hair growth, this can last for 3 to 6 weeks.
- Exfoliation: Waxing also exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells at the surface. This means your skin might look brighter and feel smoother after waxing.
- Regrowth: When the hair does start to grow back, it usually comes in softer and sparser. This is because waxing pulls the hair out at the root, which can damage the hair follicle and slow down the rate of regrowth.
- Avoiding Sun Exposure: For a day or two after your waxing session, you should avoid exposing the waxed area to the sun, as your skin will be more sensitive than usual.
Remember, everyone's experience with waxing can be a bit different, and it largely depends on your skin type, hair type, and the body part being waxed.