Hair Removal for Men: When You Need an Expert
Waxing is a common and effective method for hair removal. But while many women are familiar with the ins and outs of waxing at home and at a professional studio, the procedure may be a mystery to some men. Each setting has its pros and cons. Waxing at home is easier on the wallet and, with the right tools, you can remove hair from easier-to-access and less sensitive spots. However, it may be best to leave your nether regions to an expert.
So, how do you choose a professional waxer? Is it going to be awkward? What do you ask for? Is it going to hurt like hell?
Men, do not fear. Here’s the lowdown for your parts down low.
How to choose
Waxing at home seems like the cheaper option, but the materials required can add up quickly, and the DIY route can result in burns or rashes if the procedure is done incorrectly. Professional salons typically utilize higher quality products and, of course, the staff waxes for a living.
The most important factors to consider are professionals’ qualifications and reviews, and the type of wax they use. Make sure they are qualified by a certified esthetician or cosmetology institute. Check reviews carefully, and go for a professional or a studio with a majority positive consensus.
The type of wax is more of a personal preference. Large areas of the body do well with soft wax; more sensitive parts typically do better with hard wax. It’s a good idea to inquire about the product the studio uses for the area you plan to get waxed, and ask why. If they don’t have a great response, think twice about going there.
Other factors to consider are price and location, but it’s best to prioritize qualifications, reviews and type of wax because they are crucial to keeping you safe and satisfied. Also, ask around online as maybe more buddies than you know have personal experience.
What types of styles can I choose?
Waxing styles are abundant, giving you many choices. Studios often name styles differently, but you’ll typically see prices for individual body parts and possibly combinations.
Most studios have multiple waxes for men (all named slightly differently), such as the Speedo and boyleg bikini wax, with increasing amounts of hair removed from the Speedo line and outer pubic edges. The true Brazilian wax for men includes the shaft, scrotum and sometimes the perineum. The Colombian is a Brazilian plus all pubic hair (above the shaft). The Hollywood wax is a Colombian plus the hair around the anus.
Salons vary, but your best bet is to explain what you want when you schedule the appointment, and make sure they are able to accommodate you.
What will it be like?
Waxing won’t be the highlight of your day, but it’s not the horrific experience many people think. However, it is uncomfortable, even a little painful, especially if it’s your first time or if it’s been a while. If you need to react “verbally,” don’t worry about it. This is what estheticians do and they’ve heard it all before. There’s no reason to be shy or apologetic.
If you’re worried about getting an erection, know that it’s unlikely, as waxing is uncomfortable and a literal downer for most men. Reduce the odds further by ejaculating prior to your appointment (at home!). If, for some reason, you do get hard, it’s not a big deal. Professionals have seen it all.
Last, expect your esthetician to ask you to lend a hand (literally), since you have more parts that require manipulation during this process than women do. Again, don’t feel awkward. Your esthetician does the same thing with every guy who walks through the door, and there are more than you think: Some estheticians say up to 30 percent of their waxing clients are men. Plus, your wax will be over before you know it. Carefully follow all post-wax aftercare instructions, and enjoy your new look.
For men who are shaving and using other methods for hair removal, waxing is a great option that has longer-lasting results. Don’t let fears or unwarranted embarrassment about getting a professional wax stop you from achieving the smooth results you could be enjoying.