The “metrosexual” era left via the back door some time ago, but “he-waxing” seems to be here to stay. More and more men are baring their hairless bods at the pool, the beach, and next to the cricket pitch. Men have embraced “hair-free”, and found they loved it!
This blog is for those of you thinking about navigating the waters of hair removal. Maybe you find your hairy back a little too “Neanderthal”, your chest a little too “Tom Jones”, or you want to shave seconds off your cycling or swimming time by making your legs a little more “aerodynamic”. Perhaps – like many women – you just dislike body hair. Whatever your motive, waxing isn’t as scary a prospect as your imagination would have you believe.
Waxing is one of the longest-lasting temporary hair-removal techniques available. Hair takes 3-6 weeks to grow back.
Waxing really does make your hair grow back lighter over time. Because the wax gets into the hair follicle and pulls the hair from the root, it grows back less thick than when the shaft is shaved.
Does it hurt?
We won’t beat about the bush here – pun intended! Waxing is uncomfortable – especially the first time you have it done, and for those with very sensitive skin. But many report that it seems to hurt less the more accustomed you get to the procedure. And, relax! Like most things, waxing seems to be more painful the more tense you are.
Side Effects of Waxing
We’d like to say that once the hair has been removed you’ll be “waxing lyrical” and that there are no potential nasty side effects. Unfortunately, since men’s hair tends to be thick and it’s removed against the grain when it’s waxed, there is a chance you may get bumps, ingrown hairs or even pimples.
Another drawback is that the hair needs to be at least 1cm long before it can be waxed again. The wait (up to 6 weeks) can be a bit frustrating, especially if you have a serious date at the beach.
The most common and annoying side effect of waxing is that the hair may start growing back into the skin – aka ingrown hairs. The best way to avoid this is to regularly exfoliate both before and after waxing. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, allowing a better and easier wax, and keeping the follicle open to allow the hair to grow out.
Amani offers the following waxing options for men:
- Full, or half back
- Full, three-quarter or half leg
- Full or half arm
Here’s to a smoother you!