Hair Removal: For Men Only
Is your body hair growing out of control? Hair removal experts discuss the best solutions for men.
Hair Removal Option No. 2: Waxing
What It Does: Gone are the sticky, gooey, honey-based waxes of
the past. In their place are soy waxes, a creamy lotion that's applied to skin,
but adheres only to the hair. Strips of specially prepared cloth are layered
over the cream. When the mixture dries, in just a few minutes, the cloths
are removed (think of pulling off a bandage) and poof! The hair is gone.
How Long It Takes: Anywhere from 10 minutes to an
hour or more, depending on what's being waxed.
Best For: Eyebrow shaping, unibrow, hair on ears
and neck, legs, underarms, and arms. While waxing can easily be done in the
genital area, it is painful, so you might want to try it on other parts of your
body first so you know what you're in for.
Cost: From $10 to $70 depending on what you need done.
Lasting Result: About four to six weeks.
Expert Comments: "If you've never had a waxing before,
it's best to have it done professionally, though it's important to check with
the salon first if you're looking for a full-body waxing - some do, some
don't," says Serniuk. And since waxing can lead to skin infections,
it's important to follow advice on aftercare, which should include use of an
antibacterial skin lotion for several days, she says. Interestingly, one
study showed that men who had areas of their back waxed before undergoing laser
treatment had better results from the laser treatment.
Hair Removal Option No. 3: Electrolysis
What It Does: Using an ultra-slim needle to penetrate each
individual hair shaft, this system delivers tiny shocks of electricity to the
hair follicle, killing the cells that actually make hair. Once a cell is gone,
it's gone, so no hair will grow there again.
How Long It Takes: Each electrolysis treatment is
relatively short - from 10 to 20 minutes - but if you want a lot of hair
removed, it could take up to a year of weekly treatments. Since each hair
is treated one at a time, take a glance at the thickness of your "fur"
and you'll have an idea of how long a commitment it will
Best For: While electrolysis works for hair removal equally
well on all areas, because of the time-consuming nature of the treatment, small
areas are often a good place to start, such as brows and neck. If used for
genital hair removal, a local anesthetic can help, though many men find
treatment in this area to be very painful.
Cost: About $40 per treatment.
Lasting Result: Permanent
Expert Comments: "The most common electrolysis treatment
for young men is the unibrow, but as men get older, many become concerned with
excess in the area around the collar and ears, and around the nose," says
Patsy Kirby, president of the American Electrolysis Association in Bodega Bay,
Calif. But she doesn't discourage men from going for larger areas of clearing:
"The length of treatments usually shorten as your time goes on with the
electrologist. ... While the first treatment may take 20 to 30 minutes,
subsequent treatments may take just 5 or 10 minutes, so it's a long-term
commitment, but it's not time-consuming."