Welcome to the Jungle
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Unless you’ve been lost in a jungle somewhere, you’ll know that manscaping is as everyday as going to the barbers.
A lot of things have changed since the seventies. Disco is dead, we’ve learned that polyester itches and bodies have become a lot more bare. Western women have been shaving and waxing their legs and underarms since the early 20th century, when, for the first time, clothing was revealing enough to show off these body parts. Today, however, men and women alike are engaging in grooming, shaping and removing all or part of their body hair. In the evolutionary scheme of things, body hair played a significant role in sex lives of early humans. It’s strategically located in order to hold onto sweat and promote its smell, because olfactory attraction was so important in deciding who to mate with. While following your nose to a potential partner’s private parts might not sound appealing these days, body hair continues to be a site of sexual expression and obsession.
*MUST KNOW- Post- Waxing Care Tips!
You need to take extra proper care of your skin for the next couple of days after your waxing appointment so that you can ensure that your skin doesn’t flare up with a bout of rashes or blisters that blows the purpose of it altogether!
Here is a list of the various after-waxing care tips for men.
- Do keep the waxed area clean, and protected from exposure to heat for at least the next 3 days.
- Make sure you wear clean and loose fitted clothes.
- Soothe the skin by applying antiseptic creams over the waxed body parts for the next 48 hours. Make certain that your hands are washed clean before you apply the cream.
- You can also use products with tea tree oil on the waxed areas as they are anti-bacterial in nature.
- Don’t take hot baths or showers
- Avoid saunas, spas, steam rooms or hot tubs
- Abstain from sunbathing or any other kind of tanning programs
- Say no to gym, sports or any other forms of exercise, sweating is to be avoided at all costs
- Do not swim in chlorinated pools or the sea
- Any kind of deodorant, powders, body sprays, lotions and similar other products are a complete no-no
- Don’t scratch and don’t even touch the waxed area with unclean hands
- Abstain from condoms and/or any other form of lubricants
If you are experiencing Redness or Burning, then don’t worry, it will go away. However, if the irritation persists then it is better if you go and see a physician.
On That Note…Welcome To The Jungle
Men are paying attention to how they look and they want to feel good, just like females do,” says Frampton. The pair note that the most popular service by far for men is back waxing (about 60 or 70 per cent of male clientele), followed by brows and chests. Interestingly, many tattooed men get their arms done to better show off their ink.
- Chest Waxing
Chest hair removal is something you can do at home if you wish. It’s relatively easy and there are no awkward nooks and crannies to try and reach. But should you wax your chest in the first place? Well, if you’re uncomfortable with the thickness of your chest hair, regular waxing helps it grow back thinner than shaving. Word of warning, be sure avoid the nipple and the area around it. Believe me, it’s not the most pleasant.
- Back Waxing
Men’s back hair removal is pretty much the same as chest waxing. If you’re wondering how to get rid of back hair, well, it’s a large open space with zero awkward bits, so it’s quite possible this could be another at-home escapade if you’re looking to save a bit of cash. You will, however, need that partner or friend mentioned earlier to help with some areas, as it’s pretty impossible for arms to be that flexible.
- Back, Sack and Crack Waxing / Genital Waxing
Intimate waxing isn’t just for women. As far as we’re concerned, a back, sack and crack wax is not something you should really attempt at home if you want your bits to remain intact. Intimate waxing is gaining massively in popularity, and men are now becoming just as concerned with their nether region fluff as women are. Ranging between anything from a simple buttocks or ‘crack’ wax, to the pubic triangle ‘men’s Brazilian’, a ‘male bikini wax’, and the sack and penis. If you want things tidy but the idea of ‘scrotum waxing’ sounds a little terrifying or at least something that’s not worth the hassle, then, well just stick to shaving.
How Long Does it Take?
Going to a professional for intimate waxing is obviously more advisable than trying it yourself at home. It would usually take an average of an hour, but give yourself some time to relax and prepare beforehand by arriving 10-15 mins early.
How Do I Prepare?
Prepare your skin as advised above. Make sure not to shave for at least 3 weeks prior to your appointment as the hairs need to be at least 5mm for the wax to stick.
Does it Hurt?
Is the Pope Catholic? Of course it hurts! But the most important thing to take away here is that it won’t hurt as much as you think it will. If you’re really worried, take some painkillers 30 minutes before your wax.
Does the Hair Grow Back?
The hair will grow back, but you should remain smooth for about three weeks (though everyone is slightly different). The regrowth should be softer and less coarse than if you were to shave, and the more often you wax the longer the results will last.
> >If going the whole hog isn’t really your style then it’s perfectly acceptable to give your body fluff a trim here and a whip of the strip there.
So there you have it! Our quick guide to waxing for men. Just remember, it’s not as scary as it looks and doesn’t hurt half as much as you think. Good luck and happy waxing!