Remember when hair removal was seen as strictly a ‘girl thing’? Those days are in the distant past; while it’s definitely not as popular yet amongst members of the hairier sex, increasing numbers of men are opting to remove bits – or even all – of their body hair.
In fact, more and more men are going down all sorts of traditionally ‘female’ grooming routes: being hair-free is just the tip of the iceberg. Even if they don’t want it all removed (and most don’t) we guarantee you know at least one man who gets his hair tidied up a touch on a regular basis.
One of the most popular male treatments is the eyebrow wax; not necessarily eyebrow shaping, but more of a touch-up. When it comes to facial hair some also choose to have the bits around their ears or the back of their neck smoothed out. Of course some men are braver than others, which has seen a rise in an even more extreme grooming regime – the bikini wax!
If you’re new to the idea of removing body hair you may not be sure of the best way to go about it. If it’s permanent hair loss you’re after, there’s only one solution; laser hair removal.
In laser hair removal, laser light energy is used to penetrate the hair shaft, killing the hair at the root. The follicle remains unharmed so, technically, another hair could grow in its place. The laser just makes it a lot more difficult for hair to regrow so the results are usually pretty permanent.
You will need more than one treatment before hair stops growing back altogether – perhaps up to eight if you’re particularly hairy. Lasers can be used to treat all manner of body parts including the chest, back, hair, stomach, shoulders and pubic area.
It’s worth noting that laser hair removal works best on those with pale skin and dark hair as it’s easier for the laser to target dark hair than blonde or very pale hair. If your skin is dark, ask your clinician for advice; different skin types respond better to different types of laser, so they’ll be able to recommend what’s best for you.