In recent years men have started to show an increased interest grooming and self-care that has resulted in the desire to remove extra hair from their bodies. When it comes to selecting a process for removing that body hair most men reach for their razor and shave the unwanted hair away. While shaving is a quick and easy solution there are other options available that most men don’t know about. Below are 6 hair removal strategies:
Shaving: As discussed previously shaving is quick and easy to do but doing it on a regular basis can get a bit tiresome dermes. It also results in prickly stubble that may itch and be uncomfortable.
Waxing: Waxing is a popular hair removal technique that is used by women and men around the world. The process involves applying warm wax to the hairy area and then applying a cloth strip which binds the hair and the wax. Once the strip has been applied it is quickly pulled off along with the hairs and the wax. This process, although quite painful, produces great results. The area that is treated is hair free and because the entire hair is removed (as opposed to shaving where only part of the hair is removed) the re-growth takes longer and does not result in a stubbly feel.
Sugaring: Sugaring is very similar to waxing. This process also removes the entire hair from the root but the method if application is slightly different. In this process a sticky sugar based product which can be held in the hand is applied to the skin trapping the hairs and then removed quickly taking with it the hairs that were trapped. The same ball of sugar is applied over and over again to various areas of the body until the sugar becomes engorged with hairs and a new one needs to be used. The main difference between waxing and sugaring is that sugaring tends to be a faster procedure as cloth strips do not need to be applied.
Depilatory Creams: Depilatory Creams are a chemical based product that attacks the keratin in the hair shafts causing it to break down. These creams are applied to the hair affected area and then allowed to sit for a prescribed period of time while it works at breaking down the keratin. After the time has lapsed the area is the scrubbed or scraped lightly to release the hairs. This process results in slightly slower re-growth than shaving and a softer feel when the hair does grow back in. Depilatory creams are available at most drug stores.
Electrolysis: Electrolysis is a procedure that permanently removes hair. In fact, it is the only hair removal process that is certified by the FDA as a permanent solution. This process is costly, slightly painful and time consuming but is well worth the results. While there are multiple types of electrolysis they generally all work on the same principal. In the area where hair is to be removed a very small needle is inserted next to each hair follicle and a small source of energy (electric current, radio wave, or thermal energy) is applied. This application of energy permanently damages the follicle of the hair such that it can never grow hair again. After the application of the treatment, the individual hair is removed. Electrolysis works on any hair type and skin type.
Laser Hair Removal: Laser hair removal is fairly new to the market and is seeing a lot of press. This procedure involves using a laser to apply a very intensely directed light at the hair follicle which causes the hair follicle damage. If the hair follicle is adequately damaged, the hair will never grow back. Laser hair removal does not necessarily provide permanent hair removal however many people have experienced excellent results. In general, the results really vary from person to person. The biggest downfall of laser hair removal is that it only effective on people with light skin and dark hair as the laser uses the pigmentation in the hair as it’s target. The reason for it’s growing popularity over electrolysis is because it is much faster and a lot less invasive.