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November 25, 2022

Sugar Wax DIY: Homemade Recipe & Guide

Hairy girls know the struggle: 

Removing body hair is all about finding the most tolerable balance between pain, cost, and efficacy of results.

IMO, I’ve always felt like waxing was the lesser of the hair removal evils. 

If you’ve read my beginner’s guide to waxing at home you’ll know that I basically walked out of the womb waxing my body hair.

Now that you’ve got that rather disturbing image branded into your imagination, let me tell you why I- yes me, a self proclaimed hardcore waxaholic- have left my treasured wax warmer and hot wax collection in the back on my closet in favor of something much, much better.

Sugar waxing is the word (errmm, words) of the week, my fine feathered friends, and the sugar waxing recipe I’m about to share with you is a total godsend.

I’m about to let you in on all the reasons sugar waxing is so amazing, and I’m also going to share with you an unbelievably simple (but insanely effective) sugar wax recipe that will show you how to make wax.

Read this Article: Is It Safe to Use Hair Removal Cream During Pregnancy?

I promise to have you on your way to silky smoothdom faster than you can say “hair-free hooha”.

Sugar-WHATing? (what is sugar wax)

Although a hollywood fanny wax is most likely a 20th Century invention, experts reckon sugar waxing dates back as far as 1900 B.C.- making it by far the oldest form of hair removal in the world.

Essentially, sugarwax follows the same principles as waxing:

A sticky substance is applied to your hairs, which is then ripped off in order to remove hairs from the roots and leave skin smooth and fluff-free.

That said, sugaring is different to waxing in a number of very important ways (and if you ask me, these are the differences that make sugar wax so superior to traditional waxing).

Keep reading to find out why.

summer days smooth legs hairfree

Why sugar waxing is sweet AF: Benefits (and a lil’ bit of science)

How much money do you reckon you’ve spent on home hair removal solutions over the years?

Bit of a frightening question to ask yourself (I tallied up a gawk-worthy 5 grand worth of epilators, razors, and waxing products since I was a teenager).

The first piece of awesome news about sugar waxing is that it’s so cheap it’s literally almost free- that is, if you follow this seriously great sugaring wax recipe (no strips needed either – extra saving right there!)

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know I’m completely obsessed with finding natural, chemical-free versions of common beauty products and cosmetics- which is actually what drew me to sugaring in the first place.

I love that the entire process only uses 100% natural, safe ingredients.

This is especially important for gals (and guys) with sensitive skin:

Waxing can be a serious downer for those who are prone to inflammation, redness, irritation, and ingrown hairs.

Thankfully, these problems are significantly reduced when you ditch the traditional wax kits in favor of the sweet stuff.

DIY sugar hair removal is totally safe for sensitive skin. Not only that, it’s also less likely to damage (or remove! Eeeek) the top layers of your skin the way normal DIY wax sometimes does.

But best of all?

Sugar is actually a natural hypoallergenic. Boom!

On top of all this, sugaring is seriously eco-friendly and it’s a great substitute for wax strips.

Why?

Because no chemicals go into the making of it, and on top of that, you can sugar wax without strips- you just need to get the technique right when pulling it off.

The natural, water soluble ingredients are also really easy to wash off your skin afterwards- and if you’ve ever tried at-home waxing you know that cleaning up the aftermath is usually a total nightmare.

Honestly though, all of the above pales in comparison to this last spoonful of awesomesauce:

Sugar hair removal DIY can actually be far less painful and significantly longer lasting than normal waxing.

 

In a nutshell, the benefits of sugar waxing are many: low cost, natural ingredients, suitable for sensitive skin, easy to clean, eco-friendly, less painful and longer lasting than waxing.

My experience (which is backed up by similar recounts from literally thousands of other people) has shown that over time, sugaring can result in dramatically reduced regrowth, less painful hair removal sessions, and results that last at least 1 week longer than waxing.

My research tells me that this is due to the fact that sugaring can be done at an earlier stage in the hair’s growth cycle (you can sugar wax when hairs are just ⅛ inch long, compared with ¼ inch for standard waxing).

Removing the hair during this stage of the growth cycle has a powerful effect on minimizing regrowth and- in some cases- discouraging regrowth of some hair altogether.

I sugar once a month now, and by the time I’m ready to do a session only 60% of my hair will have grown back- meaning it’s way more manageable and less painful to remove.

Sugar wax ingredients

Yes, I realize just how ridonkulous it sounds to have such a simple ingredients list, but this is seriously all you need for the best sugar wax:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup of water

…and boom! Your homemade wax is ready to go.

Note: this sugaring hair removal recipe doesn’t require extra strips.

Hard sugar wax recipe

How to make sugaring wax, step by step:

  1. Take a heavy bottom saucepan and place it on the stove (or burner, or hot plate. Whatever- just make sure it’s something with temperature control).
  2. Pour in your sugar, followed by the water, and lastly by the lemon juice (I have been asked if you can make sugar wax without lemon, but for this recipe it’s totally key).
  3. Turn on the heat on high and stir constantly, ensuring the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Keep stirring until the mixture starts bubbling (or lightly boiling), then turn the heat down to medium.
  5. Continue to stir the mixture, allowing it to bubble away ever so slightly. If it’s boiling, turn down the heat further- you don’t want the wax to properly boil or burn, otherwise it won’t work.
  6. Once the mixture turns a nice golden color, take it off the heat and allow it to cool. Once cooled, it should have the consistency of a very thick honey. You should be able to take a spoonful of it and roll it around in your hands until it turns into a ball If it’s too runny, pop it back on the stove for another 2-4 minutes.
  7. Once you’ve reached the right consistency, allow the whole mixture to cool for half an hour. Then you can scoop out some of the wax and roll it into a little squidgy ball- ready to use. With this hard sugar wax recipe, no strips will be needed!

no hair just skin

Storage of extra sugar wax

Another thing I love about sugaring is that it’s waste-free!

Any extra wax can be stored in an air-tight jar in the fridge until you’re ready to use it the next time.

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The wax will harden while it’s stored, so in order to loosen it up to be used the next time you’ll need to add a spoonful or two of water and reheat the wax gently.

Do it on the stove (double boiler style) until it’s the right consistency (too hard sugar wax is basically impossible to use).

Tips on how to sugar wax

  • Apply baby powder to whatever area you’re about to wax before you apply the sugar wax mixture. This will encourage the wax to adhere to your hairs, and not to your skin.

  • Pull skin taut before you apply the wax, and ensure it stays taut while you rip it off. This will reduce pain and make the wax work more effectively.
  • Apply the wax in the same direction as your hair growth and remove in the opposite direction. (Yes, this is the reverse process to normal waxing.)
  • If you get any sugar wax in places it shouldn’t be (or if you have any stuck to your skin after you’ve finished your session) you can simply wash it right off with warm water, thanks to the fact that sugar is water soluble. Finally- a solution to avoid the nasty sticky aftermath of waxing!

  • Soothe your skin post-wax with organic, cold pressed aloe vera– it’s a natural anti inflammatory and has really powerful moisturizing properties. Alternatively, sprinkle on some baby powder (this is especially good to do if you’ve just waxed your bikini area and you need to put clothes back on straight away).

beach day hairfree skin

Bottom line?

Sugar waxing is an absolutely awesome way to achieve long-lasting, super smooth, hair-free results.

The benefits of sugar waxing speak for themselves:

  • Eco-friendly & totally natural wax (strip free waxing)
  • Easy clean-up
  • Can be made 100% at home
  • Effective on short hairs
  • Cheap to do
  • Long lasting results

I mostly love the fact that with sugar waxing, you don’t need to wait for your hairs to grow as long as you would with traditional waxing. This means you stay totally hair-free like 90% of the time without ever having to shave again- winning! 

Hard sugar wax is also amazing because it doesn’t require strips (a soft sugar wax recipe will need strips though, so keep that in mind).

This sugar wax DIY hair removal recipe will have you smooth and silky in no time at all.

DIY ain’t your thing?

Don’t sweat it!

If you don’t want homemade, look into this easy made-for-you sugar wax kit!

Happy hair removal!

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   About the author Alyssa Kaye

Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

November 25, 2022

The Ultimate Guide of 2020: The Best Way to Remove Pubic Hair for Males

Best ways to remove male pubic hair

Before you dive in… If you want to find out exactly how to deforest any part of your body with amazing results, check out my beginner’s guide to hair removal for men!

A wise man once said:

“A tree in a forest is just a tree, but a tree in the desert is something to look at.”

Welcome to the era of male pubic hair removal, gents; where ‘manscaping’ is the word of the day, and no intimate (pun alert) stone goes unturned.

Now, when it comes to the family jewels, there’s a lot at stake.

  • What if the depilatory cream burns your balls? 
  • What if you nick your dick?
  • What if you realize after you apply the wax strip that this entire idea was totally ridiculous and you don’t want to do this anymore??
  • What then, I ask you?!

Fear not.

By the end of this article you’ll know exactly what to expect from each male pubic grooming method, and will easily be able to decide which is the best choice for you.

Here are the 7 best ways to remove pubic hair for men!

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EDITOR’S CHOICE 1. Philips Norelco Electric Shaver

  • Cheap
  • Fast
  • Effective at removing all hairs
  • Can be done from home
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RUNNER UP 2. Nad’s For Men Hair Removal Cream

  • Easy to use
  • Can be done at home
  • Results are smoother and last somewhat longer than shaving
  • No more razor burns or bumps
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3. Nad’s for Men Hair Removal Strips

  • Easy to use
  • Can be done at home
  • Results are smoother and last somewhat longer than shaving
  • No more razor burns or bumps
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4. Emjoi Emagine Epilator for Men

  • Long lasting results
  • Eliminates razor burns and bumps
  • Reduces the risk of ingrown hairs
  • Over time reduces hair growth entirely
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5. Remington iLIGHT (Face & Body)

  • Long lasting result
  • Easy to use
  • Can be done at home
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What’s the Real Deal with Male Pubic Hair Removal?

Here’s the thing:

If your friends are anything like mine then pube grooming is probably not a casual conversation topic that gets brought up very often.

Sure, some people have no problem baring all when it comes to their grooming routines, but for the vast majority of men, we are still kind of cagey about discussing the hairy details.

Why is that?

I mean, when you consider the fact that up to 90% of modern men are taking care of their down-there-hair in some way/shape/or form, it’s surprising that the world of male genital hair removal is still somewhat enshrouded in mystery.

Let’s cut to the chase.

What are My Pubic Hair Removal Options?

Men’s pubic hair removal methods can be separated into two categories, for starters, temporary and permanent.

Temporary pubic hair removal methods are much more common, and can be carried out at home or in a professional salon, depending on your preferences. Temporary methods include:

topless man with smooth skin hairfree

  • shaving,
  • trimming,
  • depilatory cream,
  • waxing/sugaring, and
  • epilation.

You might be wondering about results:

Out of these methods, results can vary from a day to a month or so, depending which method you choose and the rate of your hair growth.

Shaving garners the shortest lived results, followed by depilatory creams, while waxing/sugaring and epilation have similarly long hair-free results periods (more on that later).

Permanent hair removal methods are a different kettle of fish. This article is going to cover two methods of ‘permanent’ hair removal, laser and electrolysis.

Let me start by saying that electrolysis is more “permanent” than laser hair removal.

With laser hair removal, results will generally be very long lasting, and in some cases permanent, but not always (find out why in the laser section below). Electrolysis is the only form of truly permanent hair removal.

But be warned:

Some of these methods are easy to carry out yourself at home, others are either a bit more tricky or a bit more risky.

In the case of the latter, it’s important to know what you are capable of doing effectively yourself, and when it’s time to see a professional.

>>Want to know what are your hair removal options? Read here for our detailed guide about laser hair removal!<<

I Don’t Want to Show My Nads to a Stranger… What Can I do at Home?

Shaving, trimming, epilation, and depilatory creams are the easiest methods to remove your pubic hair at home.

Waxing, sugaring, and laser hair removal can also all be done at home but require a little more technical skill- not impossible, but be prepared for a sharp learning curve.

But some things really should be left to the pros.

Electrolysis, for example, is something I insist should only be done in a salon by a trained professional.

While there ARE home electrolysis kits on the market, the potential risks are not worth it if you ask me (read on to the electrolysis section to find out why).

 

In a nutshell: shaving, trimming, epilation, and depilatory creams are the easiest methods to remove your pubic hair at home.

How do I Know Which Method is Best?

When deciding the best way to remove pubic hair as a male, there’s a couple of factors you will need to consider:

  • Cost: the pricing of the 7 methods in this article varies massively.
  • Comfort: some methods come with a certain pain factor. Is it worth the results?
  • Convenience: at home methods vs. salon only methods- which is more convenient for you? Moreover, which are you more comfortable with?
  • Duration of results: put all the other factors into perspective, and weigh them up with how long the results will last (this is always the biggest factor for me)

Now we’ve laid a solid foundation, let’s get to the good stuff.

>>Waxes don’t work? Check out our latest guide about home waxes that really works!<<

7 Ultimate Methods for Removing Male Pubic Hair 

1. Shaving (and how to shave pubic hair for men)

Razor blades have been the go-to piece of kit for male hair removal for eons, and shaving certainly has its merits.

Razors are cheap, easy to control, and can be used in the privacy of your own home.

Now, shaving men’s pubic hair is a different story to shaving your face or your head.

Guy’s pubic hair tends to be much more dense, coarse, and curly than the hair elsewhere on your body, so your risk of ingrown hairs, bumps, and razor rash is a lot higher.

Here’s how to shave your pubic area for men:

  • Make sure you soften the hairs and open the pores in your skin with warm water first; a shower or a bath is best.
  • If your hairs are really long (more than 1 inch, say) it’s a good idea to give them a trim first so that your razor blade doesn’t get super clogged (shorter hairs will also be easier to shave, and will prevent ‘pulling’). You can use an electric trimmer like the Philips Norelco which is designed for use all over the body, including shaving pubic hair on men.
  • Use a high quality shaving cream so that the razor glides over your skin, cutting the hairs as opposed to pulling them (plus it’s the best way to shave balls without doubt). Sensitive formulas are the best for the genital area, and if you can find one that is fragrance free and uses natural ingredients, even better. If you want cheap and cheerful, Cremo Original Shave Cream is a crowd fave, and produces a good slick lather, but I am always on the look for lesser known brands producing really great quality natural products, like this Oatmeal, Aloe Vera, Shea & Cocoa Butter shave cream from Falls River Soap Company.
  • Use a sharp razor with a non-aggressive profile (this will minimize the risk of cutting yourself) and wash it regularly throughout the shave- as often as every stroke if necessary. The sharper the blade, the less irritation you’ll experience. I usually go for the Gillette Mach3.
  • Post-shave, use a soothing, anti-inflammatory product to soothe the area. I am a fan of this  Kerah Lane serum because it also prevents ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
  • If it’s your first time, shave in the direction of your hair growth– this will prevent irritation during the shave and soften regrowth after. Once you get used to this a couple of times, you can try shaving in the opposite direction for a closer shave.

hair removal with shaving blade

Pros

 

  • checkCheap
  • checkFast
  • checkEffective at removing all hairs
  • checkCan be done from home

Cons

 

  • Results will only last a couple of days at best
  • Risk of uncomfortable regrowth and irritation is higher

Best for

 

  • Total hair removal on smaller areas

1. Philips Norelco Electric Shaver

2. Cremo Original Shave Cream

3. Foam-Free Oatmeal Shaving Cream

4. Gillette Mach3 Disposable Razor

5. Serum for Razor Bumps/Burns

2. Trimming (how to stay groomed but not bald)

Trimmers are a man’s best friends when it comes to pubic hair removal. It’s a great way to keep your nether region groomed, without the need to go totally bald.

It gets better though:

It’s also a brilliant option for sensitive skinned folk who don’t fancy shaving because it causes too much irritation; with trimmers, the blade never comes directly in contact with your skin, so you greatly reduce the risk of cuts, razor rash, or ingrown hairs.

The only thing you need to remember is that electric trimmers are never going to give you a super close shave because of the way they are designed. What I like to do is use trimmers as a complementary method of hair removal to normal shaving.

Here’s what I do:

I use a razor on the outer edges/upper thigh hair that I want to totally remove, then I use my Philips Norelco electric shaver on the rest of my pubic area, which I only want to trim. What I love most about this shaver is that it comes with a variety of attachments so you can alter the closeness of the shave depending on the look you’re going for. Best shaver for balls I’ve found!

Pros

 

  • checkCost effective
  • checkCan be done at home
  • checkRequires little technical skill
  • checkRechargeable, no need to buy batteries usually

Cons

 

  • Won’t produce a super close shave

Best for

 

  • Trimming pubic hair up, maintaining a ‘groomed’ look across whole pubic area

1. Philips Norelco Electric Shaver

3. Hair Removal Cream (and how to use it on your privates)

I’ve got a love hate relationship with hair removal cream, or depilatory cream as it’s technically called, and if you’ve ever so much as opened up a bottle of the stuff, I bet you know why.

It stinks. I mean, not just a little bit; it literally smells like the sort of acid murderers use when they want to dispose of a body. Yeah. Doesn’t make you want to put Nair on balls, does it.

But (and this is a big but):

It does offer a pain-free, super smooth, longer lasting alternative to shaving, and you can do it all in the privacy of your own bathroom with absolutely zero technical skill required.

Boom.

When it comes to the question of can you put Nair on your balls… well, here’s the deal:

Genital hair removal cream for men is slightly different to the Veet that your girlfriend uses on her legs.

Like we already covered, hair on your pubic area is extra thick and coarse (and the skin even more sensitive), which means the normal hair removal cream would need to be left on for longer to get results. This is less than ideal, and can lead to a chemical burn that looks awful and feels even worse.

Using a specific genital hair removing cream for men is the best choice because the product has been specifically designed to work through your thick pubic hairs without burning your skin.

 

Pro tip: If your hairs are long, trim them before using the cream, this will help the cream work its magic in the allocated time frame.

Also, I always find that not taking a shower first also helps to spare my skin from irritation because the skin’s natural oils acts as a protective barrier. All there is to it is to whip off your jocks, and slather on some cream (I have had great success with Nad’s for Men), leave for the recommended time, then hop in the shower and wipe it all away.

Easy. Right?

As long as you follow the instructions and do a patch test first, it should all go- well- smoothly.

Pros

 

  • checkEasy to use
  • checkCan be done at home
  • checkResults are smoother and last somewhat longer than shaving
  • checkNo more razor burns or bumps

Cons

 

  • Smelly
  • Messy
  • Risk of chemical irritation if you aren’t careful

Best for

 

  • Those who prefer to avoid painful methods like waxing and epilating, but want better results than they can achieve with shaving

​1. Nad’s For Men Hair Removal Cream

4. Waxing (and how to wax at home)

beach day hairfree manscape pubic hair remove

All I know after all these years of field research is this: when it comes to waxing, you’ll either love it or hate it.

Me? I love it.

Ok, so maybe I didn’t love it the first time I tried to use wax strips at home and ended up yanking it off the wrong way and giving myself a lovely purple bruise on my groin…(that’s worst case scenario, don’t be put off just yet), but I’ve learned a lot since then and now I hardly ever bother with any other methods of hair removal on my pubes.

Here’s why:

I’m a person with thick, dark hair and fast regrowth. When I used to shave down there, it’d look good for all of half a day, at which point it would start to get prickly, red, rashy; I’d have ingrown hairs, and most of it had grown back to resemble something the texture of coarse sandpaper within a day. It was awful, and for so long I accepted it as something I just had to live with.

Then, something changed.

After a friend’s recommendation, I tried waxing for the first time. I was nervous naturally, especially at the idea of getting the dreaded Brazilian boner in front of a total stranger (which, even if it does happen, is completely normal. As long as you stay professional, they will too).

And yes, while some guys want to have the male version of the ‘bikini line’ taken care of, or maybe even a sack-n-crack wax, some men have hair growing all the way up the penis- and yes, you can do full on penis waxing if that’s what you want.

But that’s not all:

Results typically last around a month. A month!

 

In a nutshell: A whole 3-4 weeks without needing to think about it once. That reason alone is why I love pubic waxing so much.

However:

What I eventually found out is that you don’t have to go to a salon to achieve these results; everything can be done at home (and for a fraction of the cost).

Home waxing can be done in two ways: with wax strips or a hot wax kit.

Wax strips are pre prepared and much less messy. I usually find they work best around the edges of the pubic zone. Try out Nad’s for Men Wax Strips; they usually work well for me when I need something quick and convenient.

If you want to go slightly more pro, hot wax kits generally garner even better results, but they’re a little more tricky to use. Invest in an all-in-one kit like this one from Wokaar, and you’ll have the heater, the wax, the strips, and the mixing tools all together- perfect for beginners.

It can be a little tricky to get the right angles if you’re going for a full brazilian, but nothing that can’t be done with some light stretching and the help of a mirror.

Expert tip: Use a cooling lotion with no fragrance and as few chemicals as possible after your wax to soothe skin and reduce inflammation. My fave is a natural aloe vera gel (put it in the fridge first for extra cool point).

Pros

 

  • checkLong lasting results
  • checkEliminates razor burns and bumps
  • checkReduces the risk of ingrown hairs
  • checkOver time reduces hair growth entirely

Cons

 

  • Initially painful
  • If doing at home, can be tricky, and some people aren’t comfortable going to a salon

Best for

 

  • Those who want a long lasting solution to their hair woes (and aren’t keen to go full monty with laser or electrolysis)

1. Nad’s for Men Hair Removal Strips

2. Rapid Melt Hair Removal Wax Kit

3. 99% Organic Aloe Vera Gel

5. Epilation (if you aren’t keen on waxing…)

hair removal epilator

If only there was a hair removal method that gave the longlasting results of waxing but required less technical skill…

There is! And it’s called: epilation.

If you saw an epilator sitting on the bathroom counter, you’d be excused for first thinking it was an electric shaver. They look quite similar on the outside, but the difference is that instead of a blade, epilator heads have dozens of tiny tweezers that pull your hairs out right from the root.

The result?

I won’t kid you, using an epilator on your pubic area is going to hurt. A lot. But you’ll be rewarded with results that last just as long as waxing, and it takes a lot less work to get there.

Using an epilator like this one from Emjoi that has a high speed function will make a big difference to your experience and results.

Plus, there are countless ways you can reduce the pain from epilation: ice cubes, over the counter pain meds, and most effective of all- numbing creams.

Pros

 

  • checkLong lasting result
  • checkEasy to use
  • checkCan be done at home

Cons

 

  • More painful than other methods

Best for

 

  • Those who want the benefits of long lasting results but aren’t keen on waxing

1. Emjoi Emagine Epilator for Men

2. LMX 4 Topical Anesthetic Cream

6. Laser Hair Removal (semi-permanent solution)

best way to remove pubic hair for male

Temporary hair removal methods are all well and good, but sometimes what we really need is a long term solution.

Laser hair removal is growing in popularity in a big way for just that reason. It provides semi-permanent to permanent results, and can be done either in salon by a professional or from your own home with the help of a home laser hair removal kit.

Maybe you already know a little bit about how it works, but still a lot of people get this wrong, so I’ll just go through the most essential parts of what you need to know:

Using a very targeted laser, the machine will ‘zap’ the base of each individual hair follicle, disabling it from growing back. Laser hair removal works best on people with fair skin and dark hair. It is not suitable for people with fair or ginger hair, or dark skin. Dark skinned people can use the specialized ND YAG laser.

It takes a bit of work:

You won’t see permanent results after just one session; it usually takes upwards of 4 or 5. Each session can cost anywhere upwards of $150 in a salon, so it’s not a really cheap option.

But that’s not the only option when it comes to laser hair removal:

You can also carry out the entire process on your own at home. Once you make the initial investment to buy the product, you won’t incur any further costs like you would by going to a salon.

You’ll need to purchase a high quality, reliable home laser hair removal device, such as the Remington iLight which is a really great choice for beginners as it’s easy to use and extremely effective.

The device comes with detailed instructions which you’ll need to follow religiously.

Compared with the cost of salon laser hair removal, the home kit is far cheaper. It’s also very effective (once you fit the suitability bracket) when used correctly over time, but do be aware that it can take quite some time to achieve the desired results, especially if you are targeting your entire genital area.

It is, however, a fantastic choice for men who want a semi-permanent to permanent solution and find that the above methods of temporary hair removal just aren’t cutting it.

Pros

 

  • checkExtremely long lasting results
  • checkEliminates issues like ingrown hairs, rashes, razor bumps, etc.
  • checkIf desired, can reduce hair growth as opposed to removing everything completely
  • checkCan be done in salon or in privacy of your own home

Cons

 

  • Pricey
  • Only suitable for certain hair/skin types
  • Results may not be entirely permanent/may not work effectively on everyone

Best for

 

  • Semi-permanent to permanent removal of pubic hair for fair skinned men with dark hair

1. Remington iLIGHT (Face & Body)

7. Electrolysis for men

swimming pool remove pubic hair for men

When all you want is to get rid of your unwanted hair once and for all at any cost- electrolysis is the way to go.

Why?

It’s the only verified form of permanent hair removal. Electrolysis works similarly to laser hair removal, in that each hair is targeted individually one-by-one, but instead of a laser, electrolysis devices use tiny hair-sized needles, which are inserted at the base of the hair and sends an electrical current down to the root.

Which basically means:

Unlike laser hair removal which targets the follicle, electrolysis targets the hair root, and ensures no hairs will ever be able to grow there again.

It takes committment to see results:

You’ll need to do several sessions before you see lasting results, but once your entire course is complete you will be hair free where it matters, for good.

When it comes to home electrolysis, you need to be extremely wary.

There are a number of home electrolysis kits on the market, and people are often drawn to them because they seem to offer an alternative to the costly professional sessions. However, there is a significant associated risk with these kits, from burns, to skin damage, to the possibility of it not working at all.

If you ask me, the risks of a DIY kit are way too high. If you are genuinely interested in taking the plunge with electrolysis, consult a trained professional.

Pros

 

  • checkTruly permanent method of pubic hair removal
  • checkCan be used to thin hair growth (as opposed to total removal) if desired

Cons

 

  • Really costly
  • Can’t be done at home safely

Best for

 

  • Beating the bush once and for all

What’s The Bottom Line?

In a nutshell, these 7 male pubic hair removal methods offer varying degrees of efficacy, depending on which factors you prioritise most:

  • Cost
  • Comfort
  • Convenience
  • Duration of results

Everyone is different, and when it comes to pubic hair removal everyone has nuanced needs and wants. Each of the 7 methods offer their own unique benefits; whichever one you choose will depend on you, and you alone.

Hope this guide on the best ways to remove pubic hair for men was as fun for you to read as it was for me to write.

And, go on and manscape.

Your lady friend will appreciate it!

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Happy hair removal!

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 About the author Dave Levitt

Dave is a Brooklyn-based editor with a specific interest in the recent trend of men adopting beauty and self-care routines. It’s not all about the ultra-masculine-packaged, strongly-scented all-purpose shower gels anymore! Modern men are seeking the quality resources to turn to when it comes to skincare, haircare and fashion. Dave’s hard and passionate work is dedicated to building up more resources like that on the web.

November 11, 2022

Bikini Waxing At Home: Tips, Tricks & 5 Awesome Products

When it comes to bikini waxing, I’m a seasoned veteran.

If you read my beginner’s guide to waxing at home, you’ll already be familiar with the story of how one of my first failed waxing attempts caused my lady bits to end up looking like Bruce Willis circa his 1995 appearance as John McClane (he had more hair then… kinda).

That being said, if you’ve ever tried to wax your own vajangle before, you’ll already be quite familiar with the cold, hard truth of the matter:

Vag waxing is an art.

I think it was Picasso that said all children are born artists, the trouble is trying to remain an artist as you grow older. Now, that’s not to say you should be asking the next child you see brandishing a box of crayons to whip out their wax warmer and deforest your hoo-ha (you can go to jail for that kind of thing).

No, my point is that when it comes to brazilian waxing, everyone can be an artist.

At-Home Brazilian & Bikini Waxing is Totally Achievable

So many women are put off the idea of doing their own bikini wax at home before they’ve even tried.

Maybe it’s because they feel like they’ll never be able to achieve decent results on their own. Maybe it’s because they’re worried they won’t be able to psyche themselves up to rip off the strip and will have to walk around with globs of wax stuck to their minge for the rest of eternity. Who am I to guess what other people’s reasons are for doing what they do?

I am here to tell you that giving yourself a bikini or brazilian wax at home is completely within the realms of possibility- as long as you stick to the pro tips I’m about to go through, and- do yourself a favor- invest in the right equipment.

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The Ins and Outs of it: Bikini Wax VS Brazilian Wax

Let’s clear up this one matter before we go any further:

There are a couple of bikini wax styles that you should know about.

A standard bikini wax entails removing the hair from the most outer sides of your pubic region (i.e. the bits that might stick out the edge of your bikini, should they be left to run wild and free).

You’ve also got an extended bikini wax (or full bikini wax, as it’s sometimes called) which removes that hair plus a bit more from along the top as well, giving you a nice little ‘v’ shape.

A brazilian, however, is a whole other tin of tuna.

There are different levels of brazilian wax. Some, such as the ‘bermuda triangle’ or ‘desert island’ leave you with a small triangular shape of pubic hair on the front, but remove everything from the sides, labia, and back- yes, I mean around your bum.

Full brazilians (the official name is actually a “Hollywood”, although they’re commonly referred to as brazilians) leave you bald as a baby- or as Dave Chappelle put it: “smooth as eggs” (granted, he was talking about waxing his own bojangles but same goes). In other words: totally hairless.

If you were to compare a bikini versus brazilian wax- the former are a shade easier to achieve on your own. However, with a bit of practice and perseverance, both are totally achievable.

I Know What you’re Thinking… Does Bikini Waxing Hurt?

I honestly don’t think it’ll do you any favors to avoid the truth here:

Waxing your hoo-ha hurts like FACK. But it probably doesn’t hurt as much as your fearing it will.

(FYI: in my experience, bikini waxes hurt considerably less than brazilian waxes. The area in question just isn’t as sensitive- the most sensitive bits are always the ones that hurt the most. Does a brazilian wax hurt? In short: yes. But again, not as much as you might be thinking.)

The moment you rip off the wax strip you’ll experience a sharp stinging sensation on the surface of your skin (you did just rip out all your hairs en masse after all). The feeling will quickly fade.

After that, your skin will feel very sensitive, so it’s important not to wax the same area again- even if there’s stray hairs leftover.

There is truth to the old wives tale that repeated waxing over time will become less painful (and thin your hair growth too). I’ve been waxing for the best part of a decade now and my hair growth is much much more sparse than when I first started- and each rip of a strip is less painful than the last.

How Long does a Bikini/Brazilian Wax Last?

Typically, it takes between 3-6 weeks for hair to grow back after a wax. Some people report as much as 8 weeks hair-free, others as little as two.

If your wax lasts less than 2 weeks it could mean one of two things:

Either you a) have insanely fast regrowth, which there’s very little you can do about (unless you invest in a method of permanent hair removal).

Or b) the more likely reason: your waxing technique isn’t perfect yet, and you actually broke the hairs somewhere down the shaft instead of ripping them out from the root. This causes faster and rougher regrowth.

My regrowth is average/fast, and I find I have about 2.5 weeks of totally perfect smoothness, at which point a few wispy soft hairs start to show up, followed by the inevitable black stubble.

In total I get about 3 and a half weeks out of it. I end up waxing once a month.

How to Prepare for Bikini & Brazilian Waxing

In my complete beginner’s guide to waxing at home I detail every step you should take when preparing for a wax. 

It’s super simple, but insanely important.

The steps cover everything from pre-wax skin care to post-wax tricks to avoid redness and inflammation.

The one thing I’ll say that’s even more important for bikini waxing though, is making sure your hair is the right length. Ideally, it should be ¼ inch and no longer. Others will advise it can be as long as ¾ inch, but in my experience longer hair is much harder to deal with (and often more painful to remove).

How to Give Yourself a Brazilian Wax

Let’s be real:

You’re going to try to wax an area half way down your body, between your legs, out of your direct line of vision. You’re gonna need to do some weird bending and propping of limbs to get the job done right!

Squatting over a mirror can be very helpful (and also very bizarre to see yourself from such an angle… It’s literally seeing “a whole new side of yourself”).

Most important of all is to make sure your skin is held taut before you rip off the wax. Pull it as tight as you can in every direction (splaying your fingers can achieve this), then pull it even tighter.

Do small sections at a time. Cut the wax strips to size if you’re using pre packaged strips. Start in the least sensitive areas and work your way around.

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Top 5 Most Awesome Products for a Flawless Bikini Wax

1. Best Hard Wax for Brazilians: GiGi Brazilian Body Hard Wax

  • checkNo need for strips  
  • checkVery versatile
  • checkLasts ages  (>20 waxes) 

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Another review, another GiGi product. What can I say?! I can’t get enough of the stuff- and it seems like I’m not the only one.

Time and time again we see GiGi’s waxes and warmers turning up at the top of the list when it comes to the “must haves” of the wax world.

This Brazilian Body Hard Wax is designed for (and I quote) “extreme waxing”.

Now, I’m going to go ahead and assume that doesn’t refer to giving yourself a brazilian while you scale an 800 meter cliff face with no harness. But it does produce absolutely flawless results- in fact, I reckon this baby right here produced the best brazilian wax results I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes.

It’s a hard wax, which means it’s designed for use on short, coarse hair (and doesn’t require any strips- yay for the environment!). You will, however, need to grab some wooden applicators (popsicle stick style) and a wax warmer.

Note: you can heat hard wax without a wax warmer, but it’s slower, slightly dangerous, and doesn’t always produce the best results. The key to success is in the warmer, if you ask me (GiGi also make the best wax warmer too, no surprise).

Upside: the money that you spend on the wax warmer is absolutely worth it when you consider how insanely cost effective it is to use this wax. I reckon one pot would work for almost 50 bikini waxes. You do the math.

Pros

 

  • checkNo need for strips 
  • checkDesigned specifically for short, coarse hair 
  • checkVersatile, can be used all over the body (armpits and other small areas work best)
  • checkThe pot lasts ages  (>20 waxes) 

Cons

 

  • For best results you’ll need to purchase the extra wax warmer

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2. Best for Ease of Use: Cirepil Blue Wax

  • checkAll over the body wax
  • checkGood at removing coarse hairs 
  • checkSuitable for sensitive areas

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Cirepil is a brand that’s been around for a loooong time, and despite the fact that professional waxers report loving their products, not all that many people know about their wax.

Well, I’m here to change all that! I ended up with a pot of their day-glow blue wax after my boyfriend’s sister recommended it to me (she’s French and wonderful- and flawlessly beautiful, so whatever she recommends, I go buy 15).

I heated the tin up in the wax warmer, stirring it every now and then to make sure it was melted through. The first thing I noticed about this wax is the consistency- it’s much more viscous than other waxes, and when it dries on your skin it sort of has a rubbery feeling. Sounds weird, but it means it’s way easier to pull off your skin without it breaking or crumbling. Winning!

The manufacturers claim the wax is designed to be used all over the body, but is particularly good on short, shaved, or coarse hairs. Awesome news for those who also want to wax their underarms, legs, or face!

Pros

 

  • checkRubbery texture makes it easy to use 
  • checkDesigned for use all over the body
  • checkParticularly good at removing coarse hairs 
  • checkSuitable for use on sensitive areas 

Cons

 

  • For best results, you’ll need to make an extra purchase (wax warmer) 
  • Pricier than other brands 

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3. Best Complete Wax Kit: Parissa Hot Wax, Bikini & Brazilian Waxing Kit

  • checkAll-in-one kit  
  • checkNo wax warmer/strips needed 
  • checkAfter care oil included

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This Parissa wax kit is a best seller, and I can totally see why. 

Not only does your money get you an awesome wax (that really performs) but it also gets you a mini stove top wax warmer, wooden applicators, and a pre epilation wax oil. This kit is all you’ll need for the entire waxing process from start to finish.

The post epilation oil is really a life saver. Whack a thin sheen of it on your pubic area after you remove the wax- it does wonders to reduce pain and irritation.

The wax doesn’t need to be heated in a wax warmer, which is an awesome money saver initially. You just heat up the mini pan on the stove or hot plate.

Now, I will say the downside of not having a wax warmer is that you don’t have a thermostat, so you need to be extra careful about what temperature the wax is before you apply it to your skin. Always test it on your wrist first- if it’s comfortable there, it’ll be fine in fanny-town.

Also FYI: there’s a light fragrance, sort of like a eucalyptus essential oil if I had to guess. I’d imagine this isn’t ideal for extra sensitive skin- if that’s you, better do a patch test somewhere inconspicuous before you go slathering it all over your netheryahyah.

Pros

 

  • checkAll-in-one kit 
  • checkExcellent at grabbing short, coarse hairs 
  • checkNo wax warmer or strips needed 
  • checkAfter care oil leaves skin feeling super soft and lovely 

Cons

 

  • Need to be extra careful with temperature control 
  • May not be ideal for very sensitive skin 

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4. Best Ready-Made Strips: Nad’s Body Wax Strips

  • checkConvenient  
  • checkEasy to use 
  • checkVersatile

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If I’m totally honest, strips are never going to give you the same results as hot wax. Hot wax is much better at grabbing hairs, especially short hairs that may have been shaved in the past. 

Wax strips do have their place in any gals repertoire though, mostly because they are just so goddamn convenient. And clean. Don’t forget clean.

Nads are a staple brand in the world of hair removal, and their ready made wax strips are a crowd favorite. You’ll need to cut them to size with a pair of scissors before you use them, which is no biggie. Then, piece by piece, warm the wax between your hands and apply it to the area.

Start small! I can’t stress this enough. Your down-there region isn’t a smooth plain, and waxing around corners doesn’t work. Trust me. I know. I’ve tried.

This bumper pack of 24 strips will do for a couple of full brazilians, and even more normal bikini waxes. Or, if you prefer, you can also use them on your legs, arms, and underarms. Their versatility is a big plus.

Pros

 

  • checkConvenient 
  • checkEasy to use 
  • checkVersatile, can be used all over the body 

Cons

 

  • Arguably less effective than hot wax 

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5. Best All-Rounder: BodyHonee All Natural Hard Wax

  • checkNo wax warmer or strips needed
  • checkSuitable for sensitive skin 
  • checkAnti-inflammatory ingredients 

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I’m in love with BodyHonee these days. It can be so hard to find hair removal brands that make all-natural products (and when you do, you often sacrifice performance for the sake of the ingredients list).

Not with these guys though, they consistently bring out waxes that are 100% natural, and they all work amazingly. The wax is made from beeswax and plant-based chlorophyll which acts as an anti-inflammatory.

You don’t need a wax warmer for this baby, just bang it in the microwave and off you trot. No strips needed either since it’s hard wax. Two thumbs up for the environment and your pocket!

Their hard wax is designed specifically for use on short, coarse hairs so it’s perfect for bikini and brazilian waxing. But best of all, you can also use it on your underarms and face as well! The natural formula means it’s gentle enough to use even on super sensitive areas (I use it to wax my upper lip and I’ve never had a bad reaction).

All in all, it’s an awesome at home bikini wax.

Pros

 

  • checkNatural ingredients 
  • checkSuitable for sensitive skin 
  • checkSoothing anti-inflammatory ingredients 
  • checkNo wax warmer or strips needed

Cons

 

  • Only comes with 2 stirrer sticks, so you’ll need to buy extra 

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What’s the Bottom Line?

Bikini and brazilian waxing at home is definitely not as scary as it sounds. There’s a learning curve, that’s for sure. But think of it as upskilling: once you learn how to do it, you’ll never have to umm and ahh about going to a salon, spending tons of money on professional treatments, or *gasp* shaving- ever again.

Learning the technique is one thing. Getting the right gear is another. Do yourself a favor and make sure you buy high quality wax like those listed above. After all, you’re gonna be slathering it all over your baby maker.

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All of the waxes listed above are safe, high quality, and perform really well.

If you’re still unsure about which one is for you, I’d suggest going with the Parissa Wax Kit- especially if you don’t own a wax warmer yet. The fact that it’s an all-in-one set is so convenient; you won’t need to purchase anything extra.

If your experience is anything like mine, you’ll be silky smooth and ready to rock an itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini in no time.

Happy hair removal!

 

   About the author Alyssa Kaye

Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

September 9, 2022

Black Men Beard Care: Tips, Tricks, and 5 Best Products

Before you dive in… I just wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss my epic guide to 77 best black men beard styles! – Dennis Walker

When it comes to black men’s facial hair, many will run into a common set of difficulties. African American men’s hair is naturally coarse and curly so newly grown beard hairs after a shave will grow inward, leaving unsightly and painful razor bumps. One of the most effective solutions to this grooming problem is to just let your beard grow.

Read this Article: Best Razor Bump Cream for African Americans [Razor Bump Treatment Guide 2019]

However:

For many black men, growing a beard poses a completely different array of issues. Initial chin and cheek fuzz might grow in patches rather than in a rich, full-bodied bundle.

For black men looking for a way on how to grow a beard and maintain it, take a look at the list of tips I’ve compiled!

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​Best Beard Wash: Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo
​Best Beard Oil: Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil
​Best Beard Balm: Seven Potions Woodland Harmony Beard Balm
​Best Beard Comb: Loffect Anti-Static Beard Comb
​Best Beard Straightener: Entil Cordless Hair Straightener

The Quick Guide to Black Men Beard Care: Step by Step

1. Apply the Correct Beard Care Products

Without the help of the right products, most black men will end up with dry, crackly beards. The problem with most black men beard grooming products on the market is that they eliminate naturally occurring oils that hydrate your skin and beard. If possible, avoid such commercial products and, instead, be on the search for hot-processed soaps specifically made for beard maintenance. In addition, avoid using hair shampoo on your beard since it can cause irritation on your face.

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2. Stay Away from Harsh Chemicals

The creams and liquids you put on your face can either enhance stunt beard growth. Ingredients like isopropyl alcohol have been found to strip natural-forming oils from black men facial hair, leaving it dehydrated and increasing the risk of split ends. Especially for black men, you’ll want to do anything possible to maintain proper moisture levels on your face and neck.

3. Apply Beard Oil Regularly

After shampooing and conditioning your beard, apply oil that moisturizes both your beard and the skin underneath. Coincidentally, beard oil can reduce the risk of the occurrence of ingrown hairs and ultimately razor burn. Use natural oils such as grapeseed, jojoba, or apricot oil that won’t harm your skin – or use an organic mix (this one is hard to beat) hand-crafted by professionals.

4. Trap Moisture with a Beard Balm

Beard balm acts as extra insurance to keep your beard extra moist. Try to find a balm (Seven Potions is my current favorite) that’s made of natural ingredients such as beeswax that won’t irritate your skin and make your beard too greasy. One common problem that any man faces when growing a beard is the incessant itching. This is mainly caused by excessive dryness by either harsh chemicals or ingrown hair. A natural ingredient-based beard balm can help soothe the itch and get you past the initial stages of developing a healthy beard. Additionally, balm can be used to shape and model your beard however you like.

5. Exercise Patience

If you’re thinking about growing a beard, then you should know that the beginning stages might not be what you’d expect. You will notice a sudden appearance of razor bumps, and your beard might grow in little patches around your cheeks. For the first month, resist the urge to cut or style your beard. As it grows to its fuller state, you can decide on what sort of style you’d like.

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6. Modify Your Diet and Exercise Routine

You’ve probably heard of this before, but what you eat plays a significant role on how your body and beard grow. A poor diet of processed foods can stunt beard growth and leave it dry and brittle. Your facial hair’s condition has a direct relation to your body’s health, so it’s important to eat a balanced and nutritious diet to enhance facial hair growth. Additionally, exercising also has an impact on hair growth. A regular workout routine increases testosterone levels which reduces stress and boosts the metabolism – two factors that affect facial hair development.

7. Invest in a Styling Beard Comb

Black men with curly beards definitely need a handy comb like this one to help with maintenance and daily styling. A comb can help combat split ends which can prevent proper beard growth. When searching for a beard comb, ensure that you find one with rounded teeth since sharp teeth can break when used to stroke your thick, bushy beard. Your comb should be used to spread oil and balm evenly throughout your beard.

8. Keep a Beard Care Checklist

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It might sound excessive, but sticking to a beard care checklist can really help improve the quality of your beard. There might be certain moments in your life where you forget to take must-have items with you, so if you tick off the items on your checklist, you’ll know you’ve got everything covered. These items should help you get on the right track to growing and maintaining the perfect beard.

  • Beard Soap and Shampoo – ensure that your soap is all-natural with its original glycerin content intact. Glycerin helps your hair and beard retain moisture for longer.
  • Beard Oil – stick to natural oils like grapeseed, jojoba, apricot, or argan oil. Stay away from synthetic oils that can disrupt the pH balance of your hair, leaving it dry prone to tearing.
  • Beard Brush – your brush should help distribute your beard oil evenly. Make sure the bristles of your brush aren’t too rough.
  • Beard Comb – a comb helps style your beard on the go. Find a comb with curved edges as opposed to sharp teeth that can break when combing thick beards.
  • Mustache Comb – a mustache comb comes with thinner, finer teeth for fine-tuning your mustache for a more stylish appearance.

9. Use Beard leave-in Conditioner

Another essential item to your beard grooming kit is the beard conditioner. Like any other hair conditioner, beard conditioners moisturize and nourish your hair strands to give you a soft and strong beard. In addition, it hydrates and nourishes your dry skin, which helps to provide you with supple and healthy skin void of beard dandruff.

Ideally, it would be best to use a conditioner after every beard wash to help restore the essential oils needed to keep your beard moist. As a black man, you want to condition your beard at least three times a week to give it the extra moisture necessary to prevent it from becoming dry and brittle. While most beard butter has moisturizing properties, investing in a leave-in conditioner is better. Not only does it keep your beard soft, but it is also formulated to give you a fuller beard.

Dealing With Patchy Beards

Every man desires to have a thick and fuller beard. However, this can be difficult to achieve, especially with a patchy beard that refuses to thicken. While most believe patchy beards are hereditary, some result from a poor diet devoid of essential nutrients and vitamins. So you want to adopt a healthy diet full of nutrients such as vitamin E that will promote facial hair growth. In addition, you want to go for a natural beard oil rich in castor and jojoba oil, as they are known to promote healthy beard growth.

Best beard products for black men

Now that we know the essentials, it’s important to have the proper equipment and black men beard care products. In truth, there are more than five high-quality beard care products for black men – such as ArtNaturals, Wisdom, and Billy Jealousy – but they all follow one common rule: organic-based ingredients only. In the following segment, we’ll give you our picks of some of the best products for black men beard care.

1. Best Beard Wash: Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo

  • Organic ingredients
  • Woodsy fragrance
  • Versatile product

This Australian-made beard wash made of all-natural ingredients such as beeswax, honey, and a selection of paraben-free essential oils that preserve. This versatile shampoo can be used on all parts of the body without risk of dehydrating body hair and skin. What’s unique about this shampoo is that it’s in bar form, so there’s hardly any risk of overusing it per application. Although it does contain fragrance, it’s not overpowering, nor is it made of skin irritation-inducing essences. However, the lack of synthetic ingredients means this bar of soap will dissolve quickly when exposed to running water. To overcome this issue, users are recommended to apply this shampoo outside of the shower.

Pros

  • Made of organic ingredients
  • Contains a woodsy fragrance that’s not overbearing
  • Can be used all over the body

Cons

  • Dissolves quickly in running water
  • Limited quantity per bar (125 grams or 4.4 ounces)

2. Best Beard Oil: Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil

  • Long-lasting
  • Multi-purpose
  • Hand-crafted

Honest Amish’s most popular beard oil is made of all-natural and organic scents and oils that both moisturizes and smoothens beards, making it one of the best beard oils for African American men. This hand-crafted beard oil gives off an amazing scent without downplaying the benefits of its avocado, pumpkinseed, jojoba, and argan oils. The smell dissipates rather quickly, but users can still enjoy the benefits that this beard oil has to offer. This multi-purpose oil doesn’t just give your beard sheen and promote growth, but it can also be used to relieve itching and beard dandruff. One problem with this product is, because it’s hand-made, there appears to be a lack of quality standard, making each bottle completely unique in fragrance and performance.

Pros

  • Organic-based ingredients
  • Long-lasting, so a few drops can go a long way
  • Multi-purpose oil for taming wild beard and head hair

Cons

  • Every purchase is a gamble in terms of quality
  • Might leave a greasy film on your beard for several hours

3. Best Beard Balm: Seven Potions Woodland Harmony Beard Balm

  • Premium blend of oils
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Great, long-lasting scent

This Seven Potions-produced beard balm is a premium blend of organic ingredients including coconut oil, jojoba wax, cocoa butter, and essential oils. In terms of aroma, this balm gives off a woodland-like smell that sticks to your beard without eliminating moisture. To improve its moisturizing effect, this balm is laced with vegan-friendly glycerin – an ingredient that is commonly reduced or eliminated from store-bought brands. An issue that some customers have is that this balm doesn’t melt well, leaving visible traces of the waxy substance in your beard. Users are recommended to give their beards a thorough brushing after applying this balm to avoid visible residue. Essentially, with careful handling and proper cleanup, Seven Potions Woodland can be one of the best beard balms for black men.

Pros

  • Organic ingredients and vegan-friendly
  • Can soothe beard itchiness and dryness
  • Amazing, long-lasting scent

Cons

  • Requires a patient hand to apply into the beard
  • Works more effectively on straight beards

4. Best Beard Comb: Loffect Anti-Static Beard Comb

  • Anti-static
  • Soft-edged teeth
  • For all types of beards

Oftentimes, a beard comb will leave patches of your beard sticking outward, but with this anti-static beard comb, your beard style troubles are over. This comb is made of natural wood and features soft-edged teeth that won’t break off and get lost in the abyss of your beard. This comb is suitable for all types of beards, from tightly curled to long and straight. Handle this comb carefully, and consider purchasing a cushiony comb case: because it’s made of wood, the teeth can snap off easily due to even the slightest of falls.

Pros

  • Anti-static properties to keep your beard in check
  • Wide gaps between soft-edged teeth to prevent tearing and tugging

Cons

  • A little too small (pocket size)
  • Can’t withstand drops

5. Best Beard Straightener: Entil Cordless Hair Straightener

  • Energy-efficient
  • Portable
  • For beards of any texture

The most unique thing about this beard and hair straightener is that it’s cordless and can be charged by connecting it with anything – laptop, car charger or power bank – using a USB cable. Its 3/4 ceramic plates are quicker to heat up and retain heat for longer, reducing energy usage while simultaneously improving straightening quality. This device is small, but it’s the perfect solution to style your beard on the fly!

However, this device does come with its own set of drawbacks. For instance, it is not a plug-in flat iron, so it may not stay hot consistently, and might not get as hot as corded devices. On the bright side, this is definitely a safer tool for less experienced hair straightener users: it’s a lot harder to burn yourself (or your beard) with this device!

Pros

  • Compact size
  • 30-minute auto shut-off feature for extra safety
  • Excellent performance on beards of any texture (3 temperature settings)

Cons

  • Possibly inconsistent temperature
  • Needs charging

6. Best Beard Growth Kit: FULLIGHT TECH Beard Growth Kit

If you are on a beard growth journey and do not know where to start, this beard care kit would be a great addition to your routine. At the lowest price, you get all the essential items for your beard growth: Shampoo Wash, Beard Care Growth Oil, Balm, Brush, Comb, Scissors & Storage Bag. This kit’s beard oil and balm are formulated to promote growth and keep your beard shiny and soft. In addition, they contain argan oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter that work to give you a full and nice beard.

Another good feature is that this beard grooming kit comes with a beard wash shampoo formulated to clean your beard while keeping it moist and soft. However, before purchasing this kit, you should note that the oil has a smell that can be unpleasant to you. So, if you are one for scent-free products, this one might not be for you.

Pros

  • All in one beard kit
  • Rich in essential oils and nutrients that promote beard growth
  • Moisturizing beard wash shampoo

Cons

  • Strong smell

The Bottom Line

I hope this post taught you a thing or two about proper beard care for black men.

The most important advice of all is this:

When it comes to hair and beard grooming for African Americans, it’s important to find a product that won’t strip your hairs and skin of its naturally forming oils. The only sort of shampoos, balms, and oils you should ever apply on your beard are ones with natural beard care ingredients that won’t cause skin irritation and add plenty of moisture on and around the beards of black men.

For African Americans, growing and maintaining a full-bodied beard is a challenge… but the results are definitely worth the trouble!

I hope this guide will help you grow a healthy, trendy, and all around epic beard.

Thoughts? Comments? Crazy beard style ideas? Share with me in the comment section below!

Related Content: Black Mustache Styles, styles can give off an aura of attractiveness and trustworthiness!

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 About the author Dennis Walker

A Dallas-based freelance writer and blogger, Dennis creates the go-to resources for  men who are embracing style, grooming and skin care in an open-minded and forward-thinking way.

September 9, 2022

Full Beginner’s Guide to Waxing at Home 2022

When it comes to hair removal, there’s only ever been two things that I really care about: long lasting results, and smooth, rash-free regrowth.

*Sigh*…

It sounds like such a simple checklist, but if you’re anything like me you know that achieving these results is far from simple- especially if you’re someone with dark, thick hair, and fast regrowth.

I’ve done my fair share of outrageous things in an effort to get to this point (if there was ever an appropriate time to tell you about the occasion my belly button piercing got stuck in an epilator, this would probably be it).

But I’ve finally found the light at the end of the hairy tunnel: I’ve discovered how to wax at home like a pro.

And the best part?

Waxing at home is something anyone can do successfully.

That means no horror stories about it being too painful to go through with and ending up with a wax strip stuck to your whatsit for the next three days, zero close encounters accidentally gluing your hooha together because you were a bit heavy handed with the hot wax, and nil chance of ending up with a violet bruise on your thingamajig because you didn’t pull the strip off the right way.

Just silky smoothness and total hairlessness.

All you need are one or two essential tools, and one or two more expert tips- fortunately for you, this article is about to give you both.

So… Why Wax?

At home waxing is not as hard as you think; I promise.

There are just a few tricks that you need to get down in order to get the best results. It doesn’t always work out perfectly the first time, but if you’re anything like me, as soon as it clicks you’ll unlock a serious level-up in your hair removal game.

Here’s the lowdown when it comes to at home waxing:

 

  • Much cheaper than salon treatments

Let’s face it:

Salon waxing is insanely expensive.

With the money you would have spent on a salon wax, you can buy a home waxing kit and still have money to pay for a night out afterwards (which, if we’re honest, is exactly what you’ll want to do once you’re all silky smooth). Let’s have a look at the tools you might want to get for at-home waxing (I’ll be reviewing all of these later in this article):

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Product

Our Rating

Price

Gigi Brazilian Waxing Kit, 14 Ounce
Nad’s Body Wax Strips, 24 Strips
Yeelen Hair Removal Hot Wax Warmer Waxing Kit
GiGi Honee Natural All Purpose Hair Removing Hot Wax 14 Oz Jar
FantaSea Non Woven Facial and Body Wax 100 Strips, 50 small 50 large
  • Long lasting results:

     

How long does waxing last?

Typically, you’ll be hairless for 3-4 weeks afterwards. Imagine that: a whole month without needing to worry about hair removal once! Of course, results will depend on the rate of your hair regrowth, but coming from someone whose hair grows back extremely fast (I’ll shave in the evening and have full on stubble when I wake up in the morning) I can safely say this is a huge factor.

In a nutshell: the results of at home waxing will last just as long as a salon treatment, but for a fraction of the price!

  • Suitable for all hair types

     

This is one of the greatest things about waxing.

I know so many girls who are basically excluded from using a certain hair removal method because their hair isn’t suitable: hair that’s too thin won’t work well with epilators, blonde and red haired folk can’t use lasers, and hair that’s unusually coarse sometimes doesn’t respond well to depilatories.

Waxing works on all hair types, and when done right, will effectively remove 100% of the hairs from any given area.

  • Can be done all over the body

     

Whether you’re getting to grips with your leg fur or tackling the fanny forest, waxing is extremely versatile.

Many other hair removal methods are only suitable for use on certain parts of the body, but the best thing about waxing is that it can be done virtually everywhere (more on that in the next section).

  • Improved regrowth

     

Between ingrown hairs, razor rash, bumps, burns, and itchiness… hair regrowth sucks.

I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend a lot of time on the beach, which means lots of time in bikinis… Unluckily, I am not and never have been one of those girls whose pubes grow in a cute little ‘v’ shape and stays politely within the bikini boundary.

A typical week used to go something like this:

Day 1: Hair looks like cross between wookie and shetland pony. Time to shave. Nice and smooth…for all of 8 hours.

Day 2: Oh hello there stubble, you’re looking even darker and pricklier than usual.

Day 3: Have woken self up in middle of night due to accidental over-scratching of front bum area. Note to self: wear oven mitts to bed in future.

Day 4: Stubble now visible even from a distance, so shave again out of necessity. Nearly rip skin off due to razor rash and skin irritation. Don’t finish shaving because of it.

Day 5, 6, and 7: Skin and hair recovering from previous days abuse. Bumps, ingrown hairs, redness galore.

It was a constant battle.

When I started waxing? Everything changed.

Shaving and depilatories are great for some things, but at the end of the day they are just slicing off the hair somewhere along the shaft, which does nothing to improve regrowth.

Waxing is all about removing hairs from the root, which has a couple of important effects:

  1. When hair regrows, it’s a totally new hair, so the thinnest part is at the top (i.e. less scratchy and irritating stubble and massively reduced chance of ingrown hairs and rashes).
  2. Hair grows in cycles, so all your hairs won’t necessarily grow back at the same time (the visual effect will be that your hair growth has thinned). For me, I wax once a month, and only about 60% of my hair has grown back at that point. If I wait longer (say 8 weeks) then all hairs will have grown back by then.
  3. If you continuously wax, over time you may find that some hairs don’t grow back at all because the follicle has been permanently damaged.(I have found this to be true on my bikini area.)
  • Convenience

     

The single most important factor for so many people:

At home waxing is super convenient because it can be done in the privacy of your own bedroom or bathroom, at any time that suits you. No waiting for appointments, no depending on other people, no fitting things into a schedule.

You control everything about the experience.

Where can I wax? More importantly… where can I not wax?

Like I mentioned briefly above, waxing is amazingly versatile. Most people prefer waxing because of the clean and smooth results after removing body hair. You may be familiar with certain waxing areas in your body, like Brazilian waxes, leg hair wax, and facial hair wax, but there are other options. Some of the places you can wax are further explained below.

You can wax virtually every part of your body: legs (both upper and lower), bikini/brazilian (which I am now an expert on thanks to all the extra research I did on this area), butt, back, arms, underarms, back, chest, shoulders, tummy, and even on the face (check out the full story of my search for the best tools for facial waxing here).

There are even waxing kits out there that can be used on your nose and ears; just be careful if you want to use it here- wax should stay on your outer ear, not inner.

Do take note that eyebrow waxing is a bit of an art; if you’re going to go down this route make sure you get yourself a high quality eyebrow waxing kit, either like Sally Hansen’s hot wax kits for eyebrows, face and lip or a simple kit with eyebrow waxing strips.

How long does hair have to be to wax? (And how long is too long?)

This is key.

There is an optimal length for hair that is going to be waxed.

The minimum length is generally considered to be ¼ inch, and the maximum (yes, there is a maximum) is around ¾ inch.

If hair is any shorter than this, the wax won’t be able to adhere to the hair properly, and if it’s any longer, the wax strip will pull the hair more, causing more discomfort than it would if the hairs were shorter.

I usually try to wax as soon as my hairs are long enough; in my experience, if you remove the hair at the ‘sweet’ point in the growth cycle, it discourages the hairs from growing back at all (this is one of the key reasons sugar waxing is so popular – be sure to check my sugar wax recipe).

Keep reading to find out how best to optimize your hair length before you wax.

The Different Types of Wax and What are they Best For

First thing’s first:

When diving into the world of DIY waxing, it pays to know the difference between the different types of wax out there.

Here’s the ins and outs of it:

Hot vs. Cold

The first big difference you need to know about is hot wax and cold wax:

The hot variety is a ‘home waxing kit’ style of product, which typically includes the wax itself (often in the form of beads), some strips of muslin (only if it’s a soft wax kit- keep reading the next section to find out the difference between soft and hard wax), and some kind of applicator (like a wooden spatula). You can read all about my quest to find the best waxing kit!

The wax component needs to be heated in the supplied heater until it melts fully and can be easily spread on the skin.

Here’s why hot wax kits rock:

The heater has a temperature regulator on it, which means wax will be heated to optimum temperature for the entirety of the waxing process; no waxing burns because it’s too hot, and not need to reheat the wax mid-session because it cooled down too much and went hard.

Simple, and stress-free.

My absolute favorite kit is the Gigi Brazilian waxing kit (brazilian wax refers to the fact that it is suitable for use on extra thick coarse hairs, but in reality it can be used all over the body).

Not only does it include the wax, warmer, and spatula, but it also comes with a pre-epilation oil and cooling gel, so it’s literally an all-in-one package.

Alternatively, cold wax refers to pre prepared wax strips that need to be heated using your hands (or a hairdryer if you’re lazy).

The benefit of cold wax is that it’s much less messy and very easy to apply (not to mention it’s super portable and easy to travel with).

The downside?

9 times out of 10, cold wax isn’t as effective as its hot sister because it’s more difficult for the wax to adhere properly to the hairs.

It definitely has its benefits- which is why I always keep a pack of Nad’s all natural beeswax strips in my cosmetics bag in case of unruly hair related emergencies.

If you want to know which wax strips have proven to be way better than all the others, catch the full article here!

Hard vs. Soft

Now,

When it comes to hot ​​​​wax, not all products are created equal!

Here, you’ve got another subgroup of wax types: hard wax and soft wax.

Soft wax is the type that needs to be applied thinly with a spatula and covered with a muslin strip in order to remove it.

It’s most suitable for use on large areas of the body, such as arms and legs, and is extra good at grabbing fine hairs.

While you can use a wax heater for soft wax, a lot of products can also be heated in the microwave without the waxing machine (good choice if you’re on a tight budget); this Honee wax from Gigi is a great choice when paired with a pack of high quality muslin wax strips (or homemade wax strips if you’re feeling innovative).

Hard wax (otherwise known as stripless wax) is applied in a thick layer on the skin using a spatula, then left to cool ever so slightly so that it can be peeled off directly with your fingers.

Hard wax kits are usually used to treat sensitive areas with coarse hair, such as bikini/brazilian area, eyebrows, and underarms- it’s extra good at grabbing short, thick hairs, and is generally considered to be less painful than soft wax when used on the face.

Note: hard wax hair removal is only suitable on small areas; hard wax breaks when applied to large areas.

The Gigi hard wax kit I mentioned already is easily the best at home wax kit out there (yup, it gets two mentions- it’s that good).

How to Use Wax at Home (Like a Pro)

Preparation

Once you’ve got your ducks in a row and your wax ready to go, you’re going to need to prep the area you’re about to wax.

Preparation is vital to the success of your self waxing efforts.

The waxing process removes the hair from the follicle; therefore, prepping is vital to avoid skin irritation and bumps. With proper preparation, there will be no unwanted reactions, and your skin will be much smoother. Several waxing sessions do not end well due to bad prepping. Several things need to be kept in mind before the actual waxing process.

Luckily, solid prep is super simple and requires very little extra effort (or expense).

Follow these rules religiously:

  1. Exfoliate

Hugely important for preventing ingrown hairs.

Doubly important for sloughing away dead skin so that hairs are more available for the wax to stick to.

Best to do this at least one day in advance of your wax, since exfoliating right before might make your skin overly sensitive and cause it to become irritated by the wax itself.

Use a damp washcloth or a natural hemp loofa with a small amount of exfoliating product. Go for something all natural and free from micro beads, which are extremely damaging to the ocean. My favorite is Premium Nature’s coconut milk exfoliating scrub, because it’s packed full of organic cruelty-free ingredients like coconut oil, avocado oil, almond oil, and sea salt.

  1. Trim the hairs if needed

Remember when I said there is an optimal hair length for waxing?

And if your hairs are too long, the wax is going to yank and pull them instead of swifty removing them, which is only going to cause you unnecessary discomfort.

If hairs are longer than ¾ of an inch, trim them down to ¼-½ an inch first using an electric shaver like the ever popular Panasonic ES2207P.

This is such a good product to have in your collection because it is so versatile, and can be used to complement your other hair removal methods (sometimes I prefer to just trim my ‘brazilian’ area and wax the bikini line).

  1. Sprinkle on some baby powder

This is one expert tip that changed everything for me.

Just before you apply the wax, sprinkle baby powder over the area you’re about to do. It will absorb any extra moisture,meaning the wax will stick to the hair and not to your skin.

You can thank me for that one later.

  1. If you’re sensitive to pain, learn to manage it.

Honestly, the pain of waxing is not all it’s made out to be (in my opinion).

But:

If you have a really low threshold, or it’s your first time and you’re feeling a bit out of your comfort zone, you can always rely on a pain management method (read on to find out my expert recommendations for a painless wax).

Application

Once skin is perfectly prepped, you’re ready to go.

Here’s how to use wax at home (and get results like a pro!):

  1. How to apply wax

     

Apply in the direction of the hair growth. Remove in opposite direction.

Simple as.

  1. Hold skin taut

     

Golden rule!

Use one hand to hold skin taut and stretch it as much as possible (this is crucial for reducing pain and allowing wax to effectively pull hair- not skin).

  1. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL: The angle to remove the wax strip

     

This is the tip that changed my waxing game.

Don’t pull the wax off at a 90 degree angle (i.e. straight up).

This is painful, can lead to skin damage, and likely won’t remove your hair very well.

The goal is the pull back the wax/strip on itself as close to the skin as possible.

The better you get at reaching this angle, the more effective your self waxing efforts will be.

  1. Redoing same section: what not to do

     

If you find that you didn’t remove all the hairs after the first strip is removed, it’s not always a good idea to go back over the same area immediately (or at all).

Soft wax, for example, can’t be applied to the same area twice because it removes a thin layer of skin with each strip. Doing this more than once can lead to pretty nasty skin irritation.

In this case:

Leave the area and carry on somewhere else. At the end, you can use tweezers to remove the leftover hairs. Or, if there’s really a lot left, wait until the next day and do it again.

  1. Reduce stinging with this one simple trick

     

Salons use this trick all the time.

Immediately after you rip of the wax strip, quickly pat the area that’s stinging using your (clean) fingers. Do so gently while applying just enough pressure to relieve the smarting.

You won’t even believe how well this works because it sounds so simple!

Just try it.

How to Remove wax from Skin

Inevitably, you’re going to end up with a small amount of waxy residue on your skin after you’ve finished.

You can try different options to rid the wax, but before we get to other alternatives, start by washing the area with warm water, then using a water-based lotion to moisturize the area to prevent dry skin. If that doesn’t work, here are other methods:

    • One way you can try is using a hot water compress. Soak a clean washcloth in hot water, then place it on the area with the wax residue, and leave it for about 60 seconds to allow it to soften the wax. You can then remove the wax from the skin using the washcloth.
    • You can also try using oil by dipping cotton pads in oil. This can be olive oil, mineral oil, or massage oil. Please also note that warmer oil is more preferred than cold oil. Place the soaked pad right on the waxy residue till saturation, do this for about two minutes. Once done, use a cotton pad to clean off the wax residue.
    • Petroleum jelly can also remove wax. Apply a generous amount of it to the area with the residue. Leave it on for five minutes, then use a clean cotton pad to wipe off the site. The wax should come off along with the petroleum jelly.
    • Using alcohol is relatively simple. Begin using alcohol pads or a cotton pad dipped in alcohol to rub the wax residue. Do this in a circular motion until it peels off or dissolves. You may experience skin irritation afterward. Should this happen, apply moisturizing lotion to the area.
    • Ice is another solution. Get some ice cubes and hold them over the residue wax for about 60 seconds. Some of the wax will be brittle after this. Just flake them off. In some instances, you might want to peel or scrape but do not, as it can result in skin damage. If the leftover wax does not flake off, use the other removal methods mentioned above.

Since the wax isn’t water soluble, water won’t be enough to get it off (neither will most soaps, not without a good bit of scrubbing which is a big no-no straight after a wax!).

The experts use oil to remove excess wax.

The trick is to use a lightweight oil that is all natural and contains no added fragrances or chemicals.

My go-to choice is either Aria Starr’s Organic Argan Oil or this super-formula Ancient Greek Remedy blend of lavender, almond, grapeseed and olive oil.

Gently rub the oil onto the remaining waxy area in small circular motions, and the wax should slip right off (and you’re skin will be super moisturized and dewy too!).

Post-Wax Recovery 

The treatment doesn’t end when the last strip is pulled off; you need to pay extra care during the recovery period for two reasons:

  • To ensure your newly smoothed skin looks its best for the next couple of hair-free weeks
  • And to set yourself up for an even better waxing experience next time.

What to do:

Use a gentle, anti inflammatory product such as Amara Organics Cold Pressed Aloe Vera Gel, which will soothe skin and reduce any sign of redness or inflammation post-wax (it’s also one of the best natural moisturizers out there, and can be used as a hair mask too!).

After the first 24-48 hours, you can start to gently exfoliate the waxed area. You should do this every couple of days to keep dead skin cells at bay and reduce the chance of getting ingrown hairs

What to avoid:

  • Chemical based products

     

If you’ve read this far, you can tell I’m a religious believer in all-natural products.

This isn’t just because they are much better for the environment and your skin:

But because chemical based products and cosmetics with added fragrance are the opposite of what your skin wants/needs- especially after it’s been waxed.

Post-wax, your skin is at its most sensitive, and chemicals will only serve to inflame and aggravate your skin.

Steer clear of them in a big way. Stick to natural.

  • Hot showers or baths

     

High temperatures of any kind are going to cause your waxed skin to prickle and sting and can actually lead to pretty nasty inflammation.

Avoid very hot showers, baths, saunas, and steam rooms for 24 hours.

  • Sunbathing

     

Direct sunlight and heat are the opposite of what you want post-wax. Avoid for 24 hours.

  • Chlorinated swimming pools

     

Chemical laden pool water soaking on your extremely sensitive, freshly waxed skin? No.

Just no.

Wait at least a day.

  • Tight clothing and underwear

     

Tight clothing will rub against your skin and lead to redness, rashes, and bumps after waxing.

Avoid all tight clothes, especially scratchy lacy underwear. Stick to breathables and light cotton.

Pain Management

If you really can’t cope with the pain of waxing, there are a couple of super effective options available to help you minimize your discomfort.

  1. Oral pain meds

A simple over the counter pain medication like Paracetamol can help to dull your sensitivity. Pop one half an hour before you start to wax.

  1. Topical numbing cream

Favored by those going under the tattooing needle, topical numbing creams are an extremely effective way to reduce your sensitivity to waxing.

The Relax and Wax No-Scream-Cream is a crowd favorite, while many others claim great results with HUSH anesthetic cream which is actually designed to be used for tattoos (so you can be sure it’s extra powerful).

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Bottom line

Waxing at home is the way to go for so many reasons.

And if there’s any nugget of wisdom I might have imparted on you, it’s that it is so easy to get salon quality results at home.

Happy hair removal!

Any questions left unanswered? Drop a line and I’ll share my two cents.

   About the author Alyssa Kaye

Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

August 12, 2022

77 Best Black Men Beard Styles

Before you dive in… If you want to find out exactly how to deforest any part of your body with amazing results, check out my guide to choosing the best razors for black men and the notorious full guide to hair removal for men!

There are several beard types that are currently in style, including long, short, curly, and straight beards.

African American men with trendy black man mustache styles can give off an aura of attractiveness and trustworthiness, and they are sure to make passersby give them a second look. 

However, the most important thing behind a good beard style is the man behind the facial hair.

The only true recommendation we can give to you is to find one that suits your personality best.

77 Black Man Mustache Styles

We understand that there is a huge number of beard styles to choose from, so make sure you take your time in finding the right one.

You will want to consider certain factors such as skin tone and face shape when choosing the ideal beard.

To help in finding the best black men beard styles, we’ll provide you a list of 77 styles for you to pick and choose from! Here goes:

1. The Goatee

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Perhaps the most popular beard style for black men is the traditional goatee. The black man goatee is one of the most versatile beard styles since you can pass it off with as little effort as possible.

This black guy beard goes well on people with round faces. It looks most attractive when the mustache is incorporated directly to the chin beard.

2. The Full Beard

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In the past, the full beard used to be the most popular choice of facial hair for African Americans, and now we see a resurgence of the old.

The classic full beard goes with any hair pattern or growth and can be shaped to work with just about any face shape.

This beard type is great for people looking for an aged look.

3.  The Mustache

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Perhaps you’re not looking for something so in-your-face. Instead, you can go with a subtle line of facial hair above the lip.

Whether you decide to go with a thick or thin mustache styles for black, be sure to put as much attention into your facial hair as you would with your wardrobe.

4. The 5 O’Clock Shadow                     

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The old-fashioned 5 o’clock shadow can make you irresistible to the opposite sex.

Nowadays, it’s common to find African American men grow their beards out for several days to get the look of a 5 o’clock beard.

However, this beard style isn’t for the lazy – it requires time and effort to pull off flawlessly.

5. The Carved Beard

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Another black man beard that is the carved beard since it the man can be as flexible or rigid with this beard style as they want.

Sculpting this beard style works perfectly with any face shape. However, to get the perfect look every day requires daily maintenance.

6. The Short Beard

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One of the most pleasing beard styles that an African American man can sport is the short beard.

Some think that a short beard on a black man wouldn’t contrast well with a darker skin tone, but this is a look that many men and women prefer.

The beard will need a trim every 3 days to prevent sloppiness.

7. The Soul Patch

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This is one of the simplest beard styles for black men.

The patch of hair growing below the bottom lip can be trimmed to any width and length.

One way to complement the soul patch is by letting it connect to the beard growing on the chin.

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8. The Van Dyke

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This black man beard style is a twist on the classic goatee. It’s simply a mustache and chin-beard combination with a fuller body.

This look requires daily trimming to give it its “care-free” look while maintaining its stylishness.

9. Mutton Chops

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Mutton chops aren’t just for the Amish. The side-fuzz has been adapted as a black man beard style for ages (just look at Mr. T).

This requires growing brushy sideburns and letting them drop down the jawline and connecting at the chin.

10. Warmer Mutton Chops

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Perhaps full-sized mutton chops aren’t your thing, but you’re still looking to hide your jowls or check chubs.

Black men have the option to sport a warmer, friendlier mutton chop style to cover the side of the face while still appearing classy.

11. The Chin Curtain

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Another hot black man beard style is the chin curtain. The cheek stubble begins on each cheek and rolls its way down towards the chin.

Maintaining a chin curtain doesn’t require meticulous trimming – just a nice electric shaver and razor for cleaning up.

12. The Anchor Style

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The anchor style is a beard that covers nothing while appearing to do a whole lot.

Let your chin stubble, soul patch, and mustache grow a quarter of an inch or so and maintain a short cut while avoiding a clean-shaven look.

13. Bald Head, Bushy Beard

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For men who are going bald, this one is for you. Forget that Lebron James thinning of the hair and cut it all off while letting your facial hair grow out.

Keep it clean by buzzing off a few centimeters when it grows too unfurl.

14. The Rounded Beard

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The rounded beard is basically your beard growing naturally while keeping it proportional.

It’s a great beard to spot if you’re trying to hide scars. Take a pair of scissors and clip any long strands of facial hair when it grows too bushy.

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15. Professor Dreadlocks and Short Beard

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This is a rare look that not many can pull off (because not many people are professors).

However, if you want to look the part, let your hair grow out and put them in dreadlocks and grow a short beard.

Keep the beard trimmed to avoid looking too messy, find a tweed jacket with suede elbow patches, and you can begin teaching.

16. The Stubble

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Having a little bit of a stubble on the end of your chin is a simple way to draw attention to your cheekbones and other facial features.

Buzz your chin hairs once in a while to prevent them from growing too wildly. You can also shave off your cheek hairs and mustache to amplify the effect.

17. Ducktail Neck Beard

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The ducktail style is a popular choice when it comes to black men beards.

It’s somewhat shaggy but it looks well taken care of. Shave off any hair that grows past the beard line to keep it clean.

18. Garibaldi

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The Garibaldi style is sort of like the ducktail style, but it’s used more by curly beard-wearers than straight ones.

Use a pair of scissors to clip off the ends to help your beard grow bigger and stronger.

19. Shaven Goatee

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The goatee is a classic, but sometimes black men want their facial hair to appear thicker without covering up the face.

Buzz your goatee to about a quarter of an inch to get this sexy look.

20. Curly Buzz Beard

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The curly buzz beard requires having bushy, curly facial hair. Basically, you let your beard and mustache grow out while shaving the soul patch.

Feel free to keep or shave any cheek hairs to get a cleaner, more comfortable look.

21. Hipster Beard for Black Men

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There’s really no single “hipster” beard for black men. You can let it grow wild like a lumberjack’s or as carefully trimmed as you like.

The beard mainly complements whatever wild mane you have sitting atop your head.

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22. Extended Goatee

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The goatee is a classic, and there’s practically no wrong way of wearing one.

An extended goatee can be extended to any direction you like – forwards, downwards off the chin, or even connected by mutton chop sideburns.

Depending on which style you prefer, maintenance can range from not at all to super uptight.

23. Short Boxed Beard

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A boxed beard is basically a box-shape made up of facial hair that surrounds the mouth. Keeping it short and neat is ideal since having long mustache styles for black might cause it to drape into your mouth at unexpected times.

A steady hand, a sharp razor, and a little bit of hair-cutting know-how are all you need to reproduce this look.

24. Crusader Beard

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The Crusader beard requires an experienced touch to get the beard curving under the cheekbones.

This accentuates your facial features while giving you a dark, mysterious look. Keep it clean isn’t too difficult – shave your cheeks from time to time and clipping the ends of your beard.

25. Medium Stubble

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A stubble is super-short hair that’s cut frequently to give your chin and cheeks a ticklish feel.

However, some people might not like having short hair but want a stubble. Let your hair grow out a little and buzz it with a ¼-inch attachment to get that short, non-ticklish feel.

26. Long Stubble

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Or perhaps you’re looking to wear an even longer, more full-bodied stubble.

Cut your beard with a ½- to ¾-inch attachments, trim the edges, and you’ve got a long stubble. Continue to buzz your beard when it grows too long.

27. The Circle Beard Styles for Black Men

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The circle beard is like a goatee but the beard is positioned along the circumference of the mouth and chin area without any extensions or connections to and from the sideburns and neckbeard.

Simply take a sharp razor and shave away any excess strands of hair.

28. Tight Beard

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The tight beard style is a popular choice among black men.

It doesn’t require much maintenance – just keep the beard tightly wound up around the bin and mouth areas.

Cut off any stray strands of hair with a sharp razor or clippers.

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29. Chin Strap

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The chin strap is a simple beard that extends from a sideburn down the chin and up the other sideburn.

You can style this beard yourself – get a sharp razor and cut along your sideburns and chin. Ensure the width of the beard is constant throughout.

30. Balbo Black Beard Styles

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The Balbo beard style looks like a goatee but with more fuzz on the cheek. It’s not a messy style, but it is a time-saver since you don’t need to trim your face fuzz every day.

Make sure your chin beard doesn’t drop too far down to your neck.

31. Pencil Beard

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The pencil beard can be as thin as you’d like. It has been a popular beard choice among black men for many decades.

You might require getting help from your barber to ensure that the pencil beard is a constant thickness from sideburn to sideburn.

32. The Door-Knocker

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The door-knocker beard looks just like a door knocker, except it’s on your face.

It’s a thick goatee with a soul patch that is sure to draw attention to the wearer.

If you like, let your soul patch grow and connect to your chin.

33. Chevron Mustache

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Not many black men wear Chevron mustaches mainly because it involves having a straight mustache that is molded to point outwards.

However, this can also be considered a black man beard style though the mustache portion is kept short and prickly.

34. The Trash Beard and ‘Stache

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As you can probably assume, the trash beard and ‘stache style doesn’t require too much trimming and leveling.

Just let your facial hair grow naturally and keep it neat by matting it down. Trimming isn’t required unless you want to have a neater look.

35. Face Bush

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A face bush is a beard style that requires little to no maintenance.

Brush your beard to encourage growth and clip it when it gets too tangled at the edges – or don’t if you don’t want to.

This is the simplest beard style for black guys.

36. Tapered

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You might need to wear curlers on the edge of your beard to keep it tapered and pointed forward.

Let your neck and chin beard grow as long as possible, direct your facial fuzz forward, and apply product to give it a solid, rigid feel.

37. Thick Throughout

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This style of beard isn’t a classic, but it’s one that’s been slowly picking up traction in the last couple of years.

This beard style for black men requires growing a bushy beard but rounding it out at the bottom and sides.

To prevent it from appearing too wild, it’s best to keep your hair short and your sideburns cut short to disconnect it from the beard.

38. Hebrew Beard

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Shalom. The Hebrew beard involves imitating the facial hair that conservative Jewish folk wear.

No curls are necessary – just grow your beard long, outwards, and bushy. Shave your cheeks often.

39. Geometric Cut

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The geometric cut requires the assistance of a professional barber who has a steady hand and years of experience.

Fades, splits, and skin peeling in optional, but if you’re going for a geometric look, you might as well go all out.

The beard should have sharp edges and smooth curves along the cheek.

40. Curly with Fade

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This isn’t precisely a black men beard style, but it’s something unique to African American men.

You get a fade on the temple without touching the beard. Let your beard grow out as much as possible.

A mop top is up to the wearer.

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41. Smooth with Fade

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Once again, the focus of this style is not on the beard, but rather the fade that separated your hair from your beard.

Get a fade and keep your hair short while your beard can be as wild as you like.

42. Disconnected Sideburns with Mid-Range Beard

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The name says it all – keep your sideburns away from your beard while you let it grow to medium length.

The chin beard can extend to the neck and chest while the hairs on either side of your chin are shorter.

43. Side Fade

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This is less a beard style than a hairstyle. The real character of this hair and beard combination comes from the expert side fade.

The beard can be as bushy, short, trimmed, or pencil-thin as you’d like.

44. Wavy Fade with Geometric Beard

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This style combines both waves on the head and an expertly cut geometric beard.

It’s impossible to recreate this style on your own so you may need to head to the nearest barbershop to get it done.

The downside is that keeping it neat requires going to the barbershop each time.

45. Afro-to-Face

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If you want a lion’s mane, the best you can do is sport an afro-to-face hairstyle.

Let your wild afro and beard grow as long as possible, making sure that they connect along the sideburns.

Pick at it every morning to get a full-body afro head and afro beard.

46. Full Stubble

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A stubble style that people want is the 5 o’clock shadow that’s messier and spread along the entire face.

Let your beard grow for 2 to 3 days before shaving it off with a 1/8- to ¼-inch buzz attachments.

You can maintain this look with a buzz every 3 days.

47. Nicholas II Beard

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Imagine JaVale McGee with a grown-out chin beard, and you have the Nicholas II beard style.

Connect your chin beard to your sideburns, grow a goatee, and you’re rocking the Nick beard.

Keep the tips clipped regularly and shave your cheek fuzz often.

48.  Clean Shaven

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This isn’t really a beard style, but one of the biggest black men styles has to be having a clean-shaven face.

Combine this with a bald head and all eyes are going to be focused on you, especially if you polish your head frequently.

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49. Classy Hobo

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Childish Gambino’s current style has to be the manifestation of a classy hobo.

Even though you’re going for a careless look, try and keep the sides of the beard neat.

You can grow a soul patch to incorporate into the chin beard if you want.

50. The Verdi

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The Verdi involves having a straight-haired mustache pointed outwards, but since most black guys don’t have straight facial hair, let your curls grow bushy above your lip.

Trim the connectors between your mustache and chin beard to prevent a goatee.

51. The Dutch Variation

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The Dutch-style beard doesn’t usually come with a mustache, but the variation version has the wearer sporting a pencil-thin ‘stache.

It’s hardly there, but it’s a noticeable difference from the Dutch classic.

Neither the beard nor the mustache needs frequent tune-ups.

52. The Imperial

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The imperial beard and mustache wasn’t normally used by black men, but it’s finding its way onto more and more black faces in recent times.

This style features a dapper beard on the chin while a neat mustache curls at the edge of your lips.

53. Pencil Goatee

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As we mentioned earlier, the goatee is a popular choice for black men simply because it’s extremely versatile.

Make it as thick and bushy or as thin and neat as you’d like, and you’ll be able to pull it off.

The pencil goatee, however, requires a steady hand and more frequent trimming to keep it perfect.

54. French Style

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This look is perhaps most famously worn by rapper Snoop Dogg. Feel free to mix it up – your soul patch doesn’t need to connect to the chin, and you can add a divider on your medial cleft.

Smoking a blunt while sporting this beard is optional.

55. Spruce Beard

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The spruce beard is a simple pointed beard that drops towards the chest and protrudes past the nose.

It’s pretty easy to pull off since any face shape and skin tone can sport one without fear of looking silly.

You can touch up the cheek fuzz with a razor to keep it looking fresh.

56. Faded Beard

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Fades aren’t just for your hair – you can ask your hair stylist to give your beard a fade.

The gradual light-to-dark clashes well with any skin tone, and it makes you appear super clean.

This is pretty high maintenance, though, so you’ll need to have it touched up whenever the fade fades.

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57. Temple Fade Full Beard

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The gradual transition in the modern fade is a feat that only the best barbers can achieve.

Complement your fade with a full-sized beard. Your temples will show class while your beards radiate ruggedness.

58. The Hollawain

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This beard style for black men is easy to follow.

Let your hair grow naturally, trim the ends to keep them healthy and strong, and shave your cheeks and neck every couple of days.

It’s a quick black man beard style for every person to start off with.

59. Rasta Beard

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Black men started the Rastafarian beard style and there’s no wonder why they keep it – it’s a conversation starter.

Your beard doesn’t have to be unkempt to get an authentic Rastafarian look.

Use products to keep them from tangling or just comb it once in a while.

60. Staying True to Nature

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Sometimes doing nothing pays off more than spending hundreds of dollars on the finest hair products and treatment.

If you have great cheekbones and a strong jawline, then consider letting nature take the reins to give you a burly beard style.

61. The Lumberjack

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Lumberjacks are men’s men. They do the tough work that nobody wants to do, and they smile while doing it.

Their rugged looks are mainly brought on by the beard – untamed, bushy, but sexy.

62. The Lineup

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Back in the day, nobody wanted boxy haircuts and beards, but now we see that keeping things perfectly in line is a popular beard trend among black men.

It’s downright impossible to do this by yourself, so consider visiting a top-tier salon or barber shop and have an experienced hand do the cutting for you.

63. Straight and Curly

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This oxymoron of a beard style is a popular choice for people who don’t want to go to extraordinary lengths to manage their facial hair.

Simply let your beard grow, trim the edges to keep them straight and in line with your cheekbones, and you’re good.

64. Double Chin Cover-Up

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Rick Ross’ beard serves to cover the unsightly double-chin that many overweight fellas bear.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but sometimes we want to look as good as we feel. Grow your beard past your chin and neck to get a complete effect.

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65. Full Van Dyke

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Unlike the regular Van Dyke, the full version has a thicker, bushier appearance while giving off a clean, well-maintained aura of self-care.

It’s not the most popular black men beard, but it’s a great way to show you have more confidence – and confidence is always sexy.

66. Braids and Beard

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Having braids or cornrows is enough to draw attention to you, but combined with a side-fade beard and all eyes will be on you.

Be sure to keep your braids intact and prevent fuzziness whenever possible. The beard can be whatever you feel confident wearing.

67.  Medium Length

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If you’re in search of a black man beard style but aren’t willing to invest (time or money) in maintaining a full-bodied beard, try growing it out to a neutral, natural size.

Buzz some of it off when it gets too big, and shave off any strands that grow up your check.

68. Extended French

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The French beard is a timeless beard style that has been rocked by many stars.

If you’re looking to draw more attention to your beard, grow your French beard out a little bit more, and keep it clean by shaving off any excess growth.

69. Chin Curtain with Mustache and Full-Sized Beard

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The chin curtain is a classic – a short stubble funning from the sideburns all the way down the chin.

Add more body to it by letting your beard grow a bit longer while letting your mustache grow naturally.

Keep it clean and manageable with facial hair products and a quick trim every 2 or 3 days.

70. Goatee with Beard Extension

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A goatee is a nice addition that increases character and attractiveness, but extending the chin beard portion makes it even more irresistible.

The mustache and beard connectors require the most attention to keep clean, and the beard just needs a trim from time to time to prevent overgrown bushiness.

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71. The Brett Beard

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The Brett beard works best on black men with short, curly hair. Just let your sideburns grow out as they connect with the chin beard and mustache.

Trim it frequently to give it a clean, well-maintained look.

72. The James Harden

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James Harden’s iconic beard gives him the power to hit three-point shots (we think). Let your beard grow bushy and outwards.

The only way to enhance the Harden look is to smile more often.

73. The Viking

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The Viking look is a classic that all men want to grow. Recently, along with the hipster look, the Viking beard has found its way into black men beard styles.

Very little cutting is required unless you want clean cheeks.

74. The Sailor

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What makes a sea captain a sea captain is his long, bushy beard, along with the innate skill of navigating through rough waters.

African American beard styles like the sailor require no maintenance at all, except for applying beard-growing creams and styling gels to keep the mustache pointy.

75. Natural Curls

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Curly hair and a curly beard go hand-in-hand. Since most African American beard styles revolve around curly hair, it’s nice to keep the beard well-trimmed and hair slicked.

Trim as often as required to achieve a well-cared-for appearance.

76. The Carefully Messy

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Some people strive to achieve the just-woke-up look without looking like a total mess. Your beard can be fashionably messy if you grow it bushy.

Just clip the ends every week to get that bed-head (or bed-beard) form.

77. Handlebar Mustache

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Whether you want a Hulk Hogan mustache or a simply twirled-up one, they’ll work on black men looking to add personality to the wearer.

Apply gel to keep the mustache pointed or slicked down, and you’re ready to rock that mustache during the next wrestling match.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of the best black man mustache styles out there.

Thoughts? Comments? Crazy beard style ideas? Share with me in the comment section below!

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 About the author Dennis Walker

A Dallas-based freelance writer and blogger, Dennis creates the go-to resources for  men who are embracing style, grooming and skin care in an open-minded and forward-thinking way.

May 10, 2020

Why is Hair Removal Cream not Working? [Depilatory Creams 101]

Like many of my fellow hairy girls, I had a very early experience with depilatory creams – mainly because my parents completely forbid me from shaving, telling me that I was too young (and also that I would become hairier! What a lie).

While wistfully browsing the women’s body grooming section at the drugstore, I spotted my salvation (or so I thought) – a can of Veet, promising silky smooth legs, no shaving required.

Hallelujah!

I could finally stop being Chewbacca’s little sister.

This was it – I was finally going to get rid of my leg hair discreetly and effectively because it wasn’t technically shaving. Well, my scheming little self was shocked when I actually used the stuff. I thought I would come out the other end of using Veet cream as a smooth, hairless nymph – but that wasn’t the case.

Afterward, my legs were covered tiny, itchy bumps – AND, I still had patches of half-dissolved hair all up and down my legs. Not the look I was going for, obvi.

So what went wrong? Why is hair removal cream not working for me?

First off:

I didn’t patch test. Because depilatory creams are extremely basic (as in, alkaline) to dissolve the keratin bonds that hold your hair together, they can sometimes irritate skin. A patch test is the best way to check how resilient (or not, in my case) your skin will be to the chemicals in depilatory creams.

Second, it wasn’t strong enough for my thick hairs – even though it had been strong enough to irritate my skin and stink out my bathroom, I still had some thicker hairs left in uneven patches, something I clearly did not anticipate.

Luckily, this didn’t entirely put me off hair removal creams – they definitely have their advantages over other methods of hair removal, and are one of my favorite go-to products for being hairfree because they’re so easy to use and yield quick, hairless results.

How Does Hair Removal Cream Work?

Hair removal creams will use a blend of alkaline ingredients in a moisturizing, lotion-like base to soften hairs, and basically turn them to jelly so that they can be easily wiped away from the skin. Ta-dah!

You can use them pretty much anywhere on your body (legs, bikini, underarm, face) so long as it’s correctly formulated for that area – please don’t use body-strength creams on your upper lip!

It’s these same alkaline ingredients that are responsible for that signature, slightly nostril-singeing chemical smell that you get with hair removal creams. The smell can be a make or break deal for a lot of girls out there, and I don’t blame them – even hair removal creams that have scent added to cover-up fail to cover anything up at all!

Sometimes, such a strong chemical smell can make you wonder if maybe, just maybe, hair removal cream is bad for you. It’s okay, I can see how one would think that – they absolutely STINK and when used incorrectly, your skin could become very, very irritated. But on the whole, they’re completely safe to use, even during pregnancy! In that case, it’s more about whether or not your pregnancy nose can handle the smell.

Related Reading: Is It Safe to Use Hair Removal Cream During Pregnancy?

Hair removal creams take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to work, and it’s absolutely essential that you stick to the time recommended to you on the instructions. There was a time when I decided that the instructions did not apply to me and again – I was left rashy for weeks after.

Does Hair Removal Cream Hurt?

IMO, this is the number one advantage that hair removal cream has over basically all other removal methods –

it’s actually painless.

…At least, it is when it’s done correctly. Hair removal cream should only ever be used on healthy, unbroken skin – no rashes, mosquito bites, shaving nicks, nada.

This goes for everywhere that you plan to use it, even on your bikini area – if you can’t handle bikini waxing but still want a smooth bikini line, hair removal cream could be the way to go – here’s my post about the best pubic hair removal cream.

If your skin is sensitive and always seems to tingle or burn (wash that ish off ASAP if it’s burning!) then, unfortunately, hair removal creams may not be right for your skin type – luckily, there’s a whole world of other de-hairing options out there.

Getting the Most Out of Hair Removal Cream

If you’ve used hair removal creams before, dutifully followed all the instructions and still found that you had a few leftover hairs time and time again, you might be sitting there thinking, “Wait, why doesn’t hair removal cream work on me?”

There are a couple tips and tricks that you can use to get the most out of your hair removal creams for gloriously smooth, hairfree skin.

A cream designed for facial hair might not be strong enough to dissolve hair on your underarms, and likewise, a product designed for your bikini area could be too strong for your face.

Like waxing, there’s an ideal length for hair removal via depilatory creams – because they rely on a thick, even layer coating the hair to dissolve it, some hair can be too short for it to be visibly effective.

Doing this helps ensure you’ve taken off as much of the hair as possible down to the root, totally eliminating any chance of leaving any half-dissolved hairs behind. Get ready to feel smooth AF!

Which Is Better: Hair Removal Cream or Waxing? 

Now in comparison, waxing is a whole different ball game. The major difference is how exactly the hair is removed from the skin. Waxing rips hair out at the root for a few weeks of totally hairless skin but can be painful if you’re not used to it. Hair removal cream only dissolves the visible hair on the skin, not the root, so regrowth from depilatory creams can appear pretty quickly – so you’d have to use a hair removal cream about once a week for general upkeep.

Improper waxing aftercare can leave you more prone to ingrowns than hair removal creams because the hair root is totally removed, and the hair has to regrow completely. But, there’s no funky smell and it’s over relatively quickly in the hands of a skilled aesthetician.

They’re both excellent ways of managing body hair (believe me, I know) and, at the end of the day, comes down to your personal hair-managing preference.

Here’s to happy hair removal!

May 7, 2020

The Notorious Pubic Hair-STI Study: What You Really Need to Know

You may have seen a few frightening articles floating around lately about a new study claiming that there’s a definite relationship between pubic grooming (waxing, shaving, sugaring, trimming, you name it, it’s grooming) and STIs.

I'm not going to lie:

I got pretty freaked out at first... but I knew that there had to be more info, especially if I could find the original study.

It definitely LOOKS alarming on the surface, but when you dig into the nitty-gritty of the study itself, there are actually more questions than answers from the data collected.

Going into this, I’d just like to say that this study doesn’t prove a cause and effect relationship. The researchers literally say so. That is, the results of this study aren’t “If you wax/trim/pluck/shave your pubes, you will get STIs.” *Coach Carr voice from Mean Girls*

Source: https://apilgriminnarnia.com/

But what does it really tell us about our grooming habits and STIs?

The study, which involved asking 7,500 people about their pubic grooming habits (this is considered a good sample size, btw - one of the only things that I remember from my STATS 101 class is that large sample sizes are always better and more likely to help you find useful info!) grouped people into four categories:

  • Never Groomed (never trimmed, waxed, plucked, ever. Nada. Nothing. You’re all natural, babe!)
  • Ever Groomed (so even if you’ve only ever waxed or shaved once, you fall into this category)
  • Extreme Groomers (11+ times a year - this is about the frequency of someone that goes for a wax every 4-6 weeks. Personally, I’d rename this category to “Maintenance Groomers”)
  • High-Frequency Groomers (trim daily or weekly - if you groom this frequently, it’s probably time to consider laser hair removal!)

They also asked participants about their STI history to try and pinpoint any relationships between the frequency of grooming and STIs. The types of STIs were also split into three categories: those transmitted through skin, those transmitted through body fluids, and lice.

(I guess the silver lining is, if you’re grooming down there pretty regularly, you probably won’t get lice.)

Researchers did find that statistically, if you had ever groomed your pubes, you were more likely to contract an STI in your lifetime. And the chances were even higher if you were a High-Frequency groomer.

But again -this isn’t a causal relationship. There’s no Coach Carr logic here. Let’s go into what the researchers found - and what they need to investigate further.

"Much to Learn You Still Have"

So, one reason that the scientists hypothesized for the apparent relationship between higher rates of STIs was that more frequent waxing, plucking, or otherwise yanking hairs out of skin left it more vulnerable to STI transmission through skin.

I thought this was pretty plausible - think about how sensitive your skin is after a waxing session. Sore, right? And all those hair follicles that your hair got ripped out from are basically open and vulnerable to attack.

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This could, hypothetically, create more opportunities for STIs to transfer through skin-to-skin contact when you’re bumping uglies. Tbh, that’s probably another good reason to use pubic hair removal cream or even better, book in for a laser appointment - not only does laser leave you smooth permanently, it’s literally not traumatizing to skin in the way that yanking lots of hair out at once via waxing or sugaring is. It’ll save you time, stress, ingrowns, and maybe even STIs in the long run.

However:

Any definitive relationship between skin trauma caused by pubic grooming and STIs can’t be proved with this study alone.

We need more info!

Another idea that the scientists had was just that people who groomed themselves more frequently are just more sexually active, specifically with non-relationship partners (read: hook-ups, girl!)

And I don’t blame them - wouldn’t you to look your best from head to toe for that hottie that you swiped right on Tinder? However, this is still only a hunch about the extra sexually-active bunch of the participants in the study. Researchers need to gather more info for - they didn’t ask about condom use, or about grooming habits of people in long-term relationships, or about how frequently people got tested for STIs.

So again... we need more info!

So What's the Bottom Line?

This study is actually a really interesting place to start when it comes to having a look at how we take care of our bodies and what some of the (unintended) results could be.

What I think it does point out is the current norm/expectation for people (obvi, mainly women but some guys too) to remove body hair. I mean, it’s just preference - if you’re all natural and rocking it, you do you! But overall, hair removal has always struck me as something that I (and I’m 100% sure I’m not alone here) do to make myself more presentable - and with pubic grooming, more attractive.

Also, I know I sound like a high school sex ed teacher, but this is a pretty great reminder to ALWAYS USE A CONDOM! Above all, above every single little iota of info in this study, we need to remember what impacts STI transmission the MOST is protection.

So ladies - no matter if you sugar, wax, trim, or do nothing at all, don’t forget to protect yourself - and you won’t have to ever worry if your monthly hair removal sesh is putting you at risk for STIs! 

   About the author Alyssa Kaye

Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

May 7, 2020

Does Home Laser Hair Removal Cause Cancer?

Although I am a no-Hair Evangelist, I feel I should also play fair and look at the not-so-cool facts about laser hair removal.

Okay, the really big question to start with is:

Does laser hair removal cause cancer?

No. It doesn’t, and that is the short and sweet answer, but we’re not going to leave it there on my word.

This research proves that over a twenty-five year research period, there is no evidence to directly link the use of lasers and IPL (intense pulsed light a.k.a. home laser hair removal machines) to cancer, specifically skin cancer.

However:

(I suppose there always has to be a ‘but’)…

…there were a handful of hearsay cases where melanomas were detected after laser hair removal was used for a period of over twenty years (still doesn’t sound nearly as scary as smoking stats).

We need to be realistic though:

Anything you do over a really long time may expose you to risks down the line, but the cancer research and laser hair removal is quite clear-cut without alarm bells, red flags, and dire warnings.

That answers the cancer question, but it doesn’t exclude the fact that there are other possible IPL side effects. So, let’s take a look at those.

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What Are The Possible Side Effects of Home Laser Hair Removal?

IPL treatment side effects include feeling pain, discomfort, or feeling itchy after laser hair removal, but it is temporary and there are tricks that can help for relief. Let’s talk in-depth about the most common issues:

1. Burns

After laser treatment, your skin could behave and feel like it’s been sunburned, even with peeling afterwards. This is laser hair removal burn and also why I mentioned in a previous post that it really does help to start applying high factor sun cream from four weeks before treatment and then continuously after treatment as well.

2. Swelling

Swelling after laser hair removal is also quite common but not permanent! Just apply soothing gels or take anti-inflammatories if it causes a lot of tenderness and pain.

3. Hyperpigmentation

Firstly, what is hyperpigmentation?

Think of it like having freckles or patches of discolored skin which vary in size and severity.

Laser hair removal hyperpigmentation is a more serious possible side effect, but you can follow some simple rules to reduce this.  It is most commonly caused by “over lasering” an area, so don’t sit and text in one hand, while you have your laser in the other. Lasers penetrate the lower skin layers, so overheating in an area under the skin will cause lighter skin patches.

So, if you’re wondering who is more susceptible to laser hair removal discoloration, well unfortunately, people with darker skin tones (like me!) are prone to hyperpigmentation after laser hair removal. I can safely say that to date (touch wood), I have not yet experienced this side effect. If you’re feeling a little unsure, try laser a small area first to see if you are predisposed to developing laser hair removal dark spots.

But, one very important rule to follow before and after treatment is to avoid the sun! It can worsen or even trigger the hyperpigmentation after laser hair removal.

I actually cannot stress this point enough:

Line up those sun cream bottles, keep your hat on, and keep covered. This is also a good reason to start your laser hair treatment in autumn or winter.

4. Itching

Itching after laser hair removal is another common side effect. In fact, I found this to be the worst one of the Brazilian laser hair removal side effects. It is not very classy to keep having to scratch down there so I highly recommend using a cool compress or Aloe Vera gel after treatment.

5. Irritation

You could also experience redness or any other skin irritation after laser hair removal… but don’t panic. It does not mean you’re a case study for Laser Hair Removal Gone Wrong, it is just your skin having a laser hair removal reaction. In very rare cases, laser hair removal has stimulated dormant infections and, in that case, you would need to get proper medical creams and advice to treat it.

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe for my Face?

I want to end off talking about the face.

It generally is a safe, tried, and tested technique but if things do go wrong it’s a bit more difficult to hide.

I have read some credible research where 10% of people could experience crusting of the skin on the face. Again, this is another temporary side effect and proper aftercare will help alleviate the crusting.

Be super careful when using laser hair removal on your face because of the eyes! When I’m brave enough to use the laser on my face, I will invest in a pair of heavy duty factory eyewear.

Pigmentation issues can also affect the skin on your face and it seems quite usual to see your skin going lighter (or even darker) while lasering, but it usually rectifies itself post treatment. But, like I said before, permanent discoloration could occur, specifically in us darker beauties!

Blistering and scarring has been reported after laser hair removal on the face. I would be very worried about the potential of scarring because this is permanent.

How does scarring happen?

By using the wrong settings on your laser device – so make sure you learn everything you can about the device and went through the manual more than once.

Remember:

Be safe, be knowledgeable about what you’re doing, and look after your skin before and after laser hair removal, no matter which part of your body is going hairless.

Happy hair removal!

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   About the author Alyssa Kaye

Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

April 29, 2020

Is It Safe to Use Hair Removal Cream During Pregnancy?

If you’re reading this, then I think it’s a pretty safe bet for me to say “Congrats”!

Because girl, why else would you be wondering “What hair removal cream can I use when pregnant”?

And, if you’re a long time reader of my blog, then it’s pretty safe to say that you’re also a self-confessed hairy girl like me – and now you’re doing your due research to see if you can keep up with your fave de-hairing and de-fuzzing treatments now that you have a bun in the oven.

…Or you’re a nosey Nelly and want to know what a difference pregnancy makes on your hair removal routine. That’s okay gal – we can find that out together!

You’re pregnant, and your body is changing – and I’m not just talking about the size of your stomach. Pregnancy hormones can kick-start extra hair growth, so you just might find that you have some extra hair here and there – and yes, I mean more than usual! (And in different places than usual…)

When you’re pregnant, there seems to be an endless list of things that you can’t do or can’t eat – have sushi, eat soft cheeses, drink alcohol… (Kudos to all my pregnant mamas out there, by the way – there’s no way I would be able to give up sushi and rosé for 9 months!)

You can’t help but wonder – are depilatory creams off limits too?

Is hair removal cream safe during pregnancy?

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So, Can Hair Removal Cream Be Used During Pregnancy?

If you’re super loyal to your depilatory creams, you’ll be thrilled to know that they’re totally safe for you and bub during your pregnancy. They can totally be used in your regular hair removal routine, as well as for zapping any new hormonally-charged hairs that are coming through in places that you never thought possible…

I’ll just leave that to your imagination.

It’s not hard to see why depilatory creams are one of the most favored hair removal methods – you just apply to where it’s needed, then wipe off once time’s up. I went over some of my favorite creams in my best pubic hair removal cream guide.

HOWEVER,

(and that’s a big however…)

…there are a couple of important things to note that might influence whether or not you want to use hair removal cream during pregnancy.

1) The Smell

There’s no getting around that most depilatory creams smell.

Like, really smell.

And, we all know that pregnant women are especially sensitive to strong smells (or even not so strong smells).

Even in the most well ventilated, airy room, it’s totally possible that your pregnancy nose wouldn’t be able to handle how strong some hair removal creams are. I mean, there are some out there that even my non-pregnant self can’t handle – so I can’t imagine how strong that would smell to someone that is!

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2) Skin Sensitivity

Pregnancy could also make your skin more sensitive, could cause skin issues like dryness and flakiness, even from products that you’ve used time and time again with no issues.

Again, this is down to hormones and how they’re affecting your hair and skin.

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How Do I Know Which Hair Removal Cream Is Best During Pregnancy?

But, there is one pretty crucial step that you can take to make sure that you know which hair removal cream is safe during pregnancy – patch testing. Patch testing is something that you should be doing with every beauty and skin care product anyway, but that’s a post for another time.

It’s strongly recommended by pretty much any dermatologist to do before any product, because patch testing will let you know beforehand if your skin can handle what you’re about to slather over it.

The perfect patch test basically entails leaving your chosen hair removal cream of choice on your skin for the allotted time (always follow instructions!) to see how well it behaves on your skin, and if your nose can handle it. If your trusty depilatory cream passes the test – congrats!

If you find that your old reliable just isn’t cutting it anymore, I have some tips on what to look for to help answer the question “What hair removal cream can I use when pregnant?”

  • Developed for sensitive skin. Creams targeted for pubic hair removal would be a great place to start, as they’re designed to remove coarser hair, without irritating the more sensitive skin down there. The Gigi Hair Removal lotion is designed for the bikini area, making it perfect for sensitive skin, and it smells amazing too.
  • Added nourishing ingredients. Ingredients such as aloe and vitamin E can help counteract any irritation and stinging from the chemicals commonly found in hair removal cream. The Veet Hair Removal Cream Sensitive Skin with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E has two ingredients proven to protect and nourish.

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Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

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