Body hair removal for men is something that's becoming more acceptable, and male waxing or ‘manscaping’ has grown in popularity over recent years. To find out the best way to remove chest hair, how much professional waxing usually costs, and how to wax at home, simply read on.
How to Prepare for Waxing
Before waxing, take a shower to clean and exfoliate the skin of the areas you will be waxing. Be sure not to apply any moisturiser or oil to the areas you're about to wax, as dry skin will help allow for a better quality wax experience.
If you are using the traditional method of hot wax heat the wax, but don’t make it too hot! You’re not gonna be up for the pain of a crack wax if you’ve just scalded yourself before you’ve even got down to the nitty-gritty. If you want to do a patch test beforehand to check the temperature, then use the skin on your inner wrist.
Men’s Hair Removal: Hot vs Cold
As more and more men are making shedding their body hair part of their regular grooming routine, you need to have the right waxing product in your grooming tool kit. There are different options when it comes to at home waxing, such as ready-to-use wax strips, hot/warm wax, and the roll-on option.
So what's the difference? It basically comes down to a pros versus cons list of hot waxing versus cold waxing (the cold waxing being the ready-to-use wax strips). It really is down to personal preference, and being armed with the facts will enable you to make an informed decision as to which method is best for you.
Pros of Hot Waxing:
- The heat opens up the pores and hair follicles making it easier to pull out the hair.
- Sticks well to the hair so that it is all removed at once.
- Ideal even for short hair.
Cons of Hot Waxing:
- Can burn the skin if applied when it's too hot.
- Messy and difficult to remove once dry.
- Although the process is quick, the prep can take some time.
- Takes time to learn correct technique.
Pros of Cold Waxing:
- Easy to use.
- No mess.
- Most people find it less painful.
- No special prep necessary.
- Best for people with less coarse hair.
Cons of Cold Waxing:
- May not stick to the hair too well so could need to repeat the process on same area a couple of times, which could lead to irritation.
- Increased risk of ingrown hairs.
Body Waxing for Men
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.
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.
Male Hair Removal F.A.Q
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.
How Much Does Waxing Cost?
Waxing at home is obviously the cheaper option, but if you fancy splashing out and avoiding the mess at home, then here is a rough guide to how much it’s going to cost you to get a professional to do the dirty work for you. (Prices will vary depending on which salon or specialist you use).
- Back: £20
- Chest/Abdomen: £20-25
- Back, Sack and Crack: £50
- Genital/Intimate: Between £10-50 depending on what is included.
- Full Body Wax: £175
A Beginner's Guide to Male Waxing
- Do not moisturise within 24 hours of your planned wax.
- Always test the temperature of the wax on your wrist.
- Make sure the hair is the right length before attempting to wax; too long or too short won’t cut it.
- Pull wax off in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
- Once complete use a hydrating product on the skin such a baby oil or aftershave moisturiser.
On That Note
So there you have it! Our complete beginners guide to waxing for men. Whether you decide to go it alone at home, or save yourself the bother by having a professional do the hard work for you, make sure you follow our preparation and after care tips for optimum results.
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. Just remember, it's not as scary as it looks and doesn't hurt half as much as you think (if you're thinking 11 on a scale of 1-10). Good luck and happy waxing!