*** This Is A Guest Post By Brian Manray ***
I know, I know: it’s not terribly “manly” to discuss hair removal for men at home (facial hair removal aside). But that’s probably why you’re researching it on the internet instead of asking your friends, right? 😉 There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, though, because more and more men are seeking out these kind of treatments every day.
Whether or not people want to talk about it, unwanted body hair is an issue for everyone, men and women. In this article, I’ll go over some options we guys have when it comes to dealing with it.
The Standard Method
You know how you shave your face? Well, you can also shave any other part of your body! But you knew that already, so let’s move on…
The Extra Painful Method
Some men wax. This has the benefit of being a longer lasting solution that shaving, with the major drawback of involving burning hot wax dripped on your body and then used to painfully rip out your hairs. I shudder to think about it, really. Once was enough for me.
The Rub-It-On, Rub-It-Off Method
More men are using depilatory creams these days. Basically, you just apply them to your skin, let them sit a few minutes, and then wipe them away, along with all the hair that it melted off your skin.
The big advantage of this is the convenience, but it comes at the cost of a slight mess and a bit of a chemical stench, though newer creams are better about this than older ones. Also, the older creams, like Nair, burned like crazy!
Some of the newer creams, like Revitol, are even permanent for some people after a period of using them for a while. Unfortunately, this effect is not consistent for all users, so you shouldn’t go in expecting permanent hair removal.
The Tedious Method
Home electrolysis is another option, though it’s typically used by women because they have smaller areas they want to treat. It’s a decent option if you’re looking for hair removal that is going to be permanent.
The biggest issue with electrolysis is the time it takes, and the incredible attention to detail you’ll need to bring. In fact, the entire process revolves around sticking a needle into each and every hair follicle you’re trying to treat!
While there are products like the Vector Electrolysis Kit which replace the needle with a set of electric tweezers, many home electrolysis products actually require you to have a professional license to even purchase! Talk about inconveninent!
The Futuristic Method Of Tomorrow
If you’re looking at painless hair removal for men options, and you’re looking for something permanent, there are a number of new fangled hair removal laser devices on the market. They work like the lasers the professionals use, except they’re much more affordable and you can treat yourself at home.
The biggest disadvantage of these types of products is they don’t work for everybody. The issue is something they share with professional lasers- if you have very dark skin, it simply won’t work. I’d imagine they’re working on a solution as we speak, but the current generation of these products target melanin, the stuff that makes skin and hair dark. Too much melanin in the skin means they’ll end up targeting the skin, not just the hair.
They will, however, work for most people, and the results last forever!
And, unlike electrolysis, using them is crazy easy. All you do is hold the laser against your skin for a moment while it flashes, and then move it to the next patch of skin. Easy as 1, 2, 3. Actually, I only listed 2 steps, so it’s more like 1, 2! 😀
There are more of these products hitting the market all the time, but the only two approved by the FDA are the Silk’n SensEpil, and The Tria. For my money, I prefer The Tria for it’s cordless design, more powerful laser, and its ability to reach basically anywhere (click here to read a review on this bad boy).
Hair removal for men at home is getting easier and easier at a perfect time, since the stigma against it is in steep decline. If you’ve been considering it but haven’t taken the plunge, what are you waiting for? 🙂