Previously only used by male athletes, body builders, actors and models, male waxing is officially mainstream . The recent increase in gentlemen’s grooming means that treatments offering temporary or permanent hair removal are no longer considered effeminate or vain. Intimate waxing has developed its own vocabulary with ‘manscaping’ and ‘boyzilians’ as well as some slightly less subtle descriptions!
The benefits of waxing include reduced body odour as well as improved appearance and enhanced muscle definition. A smooth finish can improve sporting performance and self-confidence alike, as muscles appear bigger. A great extra boost for all you gym goers out there. There’s no real difference between male waxing and female waxing, just a lot more hair to be removed. Waxing can be a little painful the first time, especially around more sensitive areas but a trained hair removal therapist will use a range of products and techniques to minimise any discomfort and with regular appointments, it will become a virtually pain free process. This is because the hair in regularly treated areas will thin over time becoming softer and lighter in colour. As they say, your first wax is always the hardest!
Why wax when you can shave? It might be quick and convenient, but shaving only removes hair at the surface, quickly leading to stubble, waxing meanwhile takes hair out from the root leaving a lasting, smooth finish. Regrowth won’t tend to occur until three to eight weeks later.
The wax used can be liquid or solid and applied hot or cold onto the skin in thin layers using some form of spatula or a dispenser with a roller. Perron Rigot wax is often used by more high end salons as it’s known for fast and thorough removal. Lycon is a popular choice and is more than sufficient. Sugaring may be offered as an alternative to wax for those particularly worried about the pain factor.
One thing to think about is whether you’d be more comfortable with a male or female therapist, and to select a salon accordingly. Male waxing tends to require all bottom layers of clothing to be removed and a degree of movement to reach specific areas. If you know what we mean. There’s no point being shy about these things and your therapist will have seen it all before.