10 Methods for Removing Unwanted Body Hair
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Men are taking a greater interest in personal grooming and in body hair removal. Once seen as a typically female effort, it has slowly made its way to becoming a socially acceptable male effort too. The number of male customers for body hair removal has been steadily increasing and with over 60% of women saying they prefer a man who is interested in personal grooming, that number is sure to keep rising. When done correctly, hair removal can leave you feeling more hygienic and more attractive to the opposite sex. However, not all methods are for everyone, every skin type or even every body part.
Trimming body hair is an easy way of looking after your appearance without going overboard. Trimming the hair obviously doesn't remove it, but it certainly gets rid of the excess and it keeps things clean and tidy which may make it ideal for ideas for areas such as the brows, armpits and the pubic region. There are also no side-effects. The downside, however, is that the effects of trimming are very short-term and regular attention is required to keep things in order.
This is easily the most common form of hair removal because it is cheap, quick and reasonably straightforward to carry out, making it an attractive option for the modern man. However, despite its convenience, shaving has the disadvantage of being one of the most temporary forms of hair removal: depending on the area shaved, results only last for up to 24 hours. Additionally, skin irritation and ingrown hairs are also a common side-effect of shaving, especially for men with sensitive skin. When shaving, always shave in the direction in which your hair grows; to combat skin problems associated with shaving, invest in a quality razor and change the blade (or sharpen it) regularly. After shaving, moisturising the shaved area or apply after-shave balm.
Using tweezers is ideal for getting rid of the odd stray hair anywhere on the body or for tidying up certain areas where there is not much body hair in the first place. However, tweezing can be painful, and like most forms of hair removal, ingrown hairs are a possibility. Additionally, because tweezing requires you to remove one hair at a time, it is not a worthwhile form of hair removal for those wishing to get rid of a large area of hair. Before tweezing, it is worth having a hot shower or splashing warm water over the desired area in order to open the pores of the skin and thus facilitate hair removal and reduce pain. When tweezing a hair out, pull gently in the direction of hair growth so as to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs or skin irritation.
Threading is actually one of the oldest methods of body hair removal and involves rolling twisted threads over hairlines to remove unwanted hair. It is a difficult technique that takes practitioners many months to perfect, so you likely won't be doing this alone or at home. It is inexpensive, fast and slightly uncomfortable but requires a very skilled practitioner. Unfortunately, threading only works on flat surfaces and removes hair in straight lines, making it more suitable for the face and other small regions and unsuitable for larger or curved regions.
This form of hair removal involves spreading heated wax over the desired area and then using a strip to remove the wax and the hair along with it. This technique is effective and can last for up to four weeks. Additionally, waxing is cheap and waxing kits are readily available, allowing you to do it yourself in the comfort of your own home. Caution must be taken however, as the pain of waxing is an inescapable truth, especially for first-timers, and while it guarantees a hairless body, it can also lead to skin irritation and ingrown hairs. To combat ingrown hairs, thoroughly exfoliate the problem area and generously moisturize to encourage the new hair to grow normally.
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