When it comes to hair removal for men, everyone’s got an opinion.
When I was a kid in school, I took crap from all the other kids in my class because I had “legs hairier than most kids’ dads”; like, oh thanks, welcome to the first grade... I became so self conscious about my body hair (at way too young an age) that I started to shave.
I took crap from all the other kids for shaving. That’s one way to teach young ones the meaning of Catch-22.
I think you'll agree with me when I say:
There’s a lot of talk about male body hair removal but not enough quality information.
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That’s where this monster guide comes in:
Nowadays, hair removal is something that people are concerned with regardless of gender, and this guide is all about disclosing the details- especially the intimate ones.
This is all the information you’ll ever need when it comes to men’s hair removal methods, options, and techniques.
Whether it’s for purely aesthetic reasons, or sexual ones, a sporting requirement or just a confidence boost, the fact that you’re concerned with hair removal puts you among nearly 90% of the Western male population who are doing the same.
The Challenges Men are Faced With
Although it is rapidly becoming a cultural norm, a lot of us are still cagey about the hair removal process:
Whether that means being embarrassed to ask for information in fear of being perceived negatively by our peers, or being too nervous to go to a professional salon and baring all in front of a stranger (or getting an erection during a brazilian treatment- which is, as it turns out, a lot more normal than you think).
But that’s not the end of it:
On top of the psychological challenges, there are also some very tangible problems that we are faced with, mainly:
access to and knowledge about male-suitable products.
In a nutshell: men’s skin and hair qualities are very different to that of women, and our hair removal processes need to take that into account.
For these reasons, this article is going to focus on detailing the best products and techniques for at-home hair removal for men.
Let’s look at the options available, and how best to use them.
The Options Available for Men’s Hair Removal
There are two main types of total hair removal methods, permanent and temporary.
1. Permanent hair removal for men
Laser hair removal for men
LumaRx Full Body IPL Hair Removal Device for Face & Body
Laser hair removal is a technology that uses very focused lasers that target the hair root and “blast” it so that it is unable to grow again. It usually takes a number of sessions to see results, and the outcome is pretty close to permanent.
The process works best on people with light skin and dark hair; it is not suitable for blonde or red hairs, or dark skin (dark skinned folk can use the specialized nd:YAG laser model).
There’s something very important to note about this method that a lot of people overlook:
Each hair needs to be treated individually, so it’s a very time consuming process, and because it is the hair root that is being sizzled (as opposed to the follicle) there’s still a possibility of another hair root growing nearby it in future.
Laser hair removal is suitable for use on all parts of the body except around the eyes (so no eyebrow treatments); you can even have laser hair removal on beards.
Electrolysis for men
If you’re wondering how to stop hair growth, let me tell you now:
It’s pretty close to impossible unless you’re doing electrolysis. Electrolysis is the only 100% permanent hair removal technique, which involves inserting a hair-sized needle into the hair follicle and sending a charge in that destroys it, and renders it unable to grow hair again.
Alyssa's comment:Electrolysis is a very time consuming process since each hair needs to be treated individually, so it works best on very small areas - eyebrows, hands, or feet.
While there are a number of home electrolysis kits on the market, I cannot recommend them as a replacement for professional treatment- the risks of skin damage and scarring are high, as are the chances of not getting a successful hair-free outcome.
Here’s the deal:
Since this article is only focusing on the best at-home hair removal methods, I’m not going to include electrolysis in any of my recommendations.
If you are interested in electrolysis, best practice is to consult a pro.
Waxing is the sort of technique you’ll either love or hate.
Either way, it is one of the longest lasting and effective methods of temporary hair removal- and it can be done virtually everywhere on the body (as long as you can stand the sting).
You can wax neck hair, back hair, arms/legs, eyebrows, pubic/ass hair...like I said, pretty much anywhere.
There are a number of variations when it comes to men’s hair waxing, especially if you have it done professionally. At-home products can generally be split into two categories: strips or hot wax. Strips are the ready made versions which are comprised of 2 pieces of waxy paper which need to be warmed up between your hands and applied to the skin.
Hot wax (which I personally always find more effective) involves heating up your wax mixture separately, applying it directly to the skin and pressing some kind of muslin cloth or paper on top (or you can buy purpose made strips like these pretty cheap)- then quickly ripping it off in the opposite direction of your hair growth.
If you’re going down the hot wax route, you’re best off to buy an all-in-one kit like this one from Wokaar, which is super convenient for first-timers.
Pro tip: hot wax takes a bit of practice, and getting the right angle is paramount; try it out a few times in an easy to reach spot before you start getting adventurous.
I won’t kid you:
It’s not a pain free experience- but results last anywhere from 3-6 weeks and over time, hairs will grow back more sparsely than before. It also has less side effects than shaving (less risk of rashes and irritation), and the chance of ingrown hairs can be further reduced by gently exfoliating and using an alpha-hydroxy lotion the day after.
Waxing is suitable for large and small areas alike, although it is not a very precise method of hair removal so using it for very detailed areas like the eyebrows can be tricky if you haven’t got a lot of practice.
Tweezing for men
Tweezing as a form of hair removal is a double edged sword:
It’s precise, effective, and cheap hair removal, but because each hair has to be pulled more or less individually, it’s not an ideal method for removing hair from larger areas.
Keep the tweezers for the small stuff; eyebrows, nose, ears, hands and feet, and the odd pubic hair you might have missed.
I swear by Rubis tweezers; thanks to their being super high quality, stainless steel, Swiss made products.
Alyssa's comment:Invest in a good quality pair of stainless steel tweezers once in your life, and you’ll never have to buy another pair again. Ever.
Epilator for men
Here’s the deal:
Epilators combine the concept of tweezing with the technology of an electric shaver, but instead of ‘cutting’ the hairs the way a shaver would, it utilises a number of tiny tweezer-like mechanisms to pull hairs out in bulk.
Most epilators use 72 tweezers, and the good ones like this one from Emjoi, have multiple speed settings.
It’s not for the faint-hearted (or as the person in the Reddit forum so eloquently put it, “epilators are painful as shit”), but if you can handle the sting you’ll be rewarded with results that last as long as waxing that can be achieved with less technical skill.
Epilators are great for removing large amounts of hair from the legs and arms for example, but you’ve got to be brave to put them anywhere near your more sensitive regions- although if you do- remember, numbing cream is always an option.
Hair removal cream for men
Hair removal cream, or depilatory cream as it’s sometimes called, is the preferred option for many men because the results last longer than shaving and it offers painless hair removal.
How does it work?
In a nutshell: the creams contain strong chemicals that work to break down the proteins that bond your hairs together, so when applied to the hairs it will turn them into a jelly-like substance in a matter of minutes, that can then be wiped away with a washcloth or plastic spatula.
The cream works on hair just below the surface of the skin, resulting in a super smooth finish which lasts considerably longer than shaving (anywhere from a couple of days to 2 weeks depending on hair growth, although personally I’m definitely only at the ‘couple of days’ end of the spectrum).
Men’s hair removal cream is suitable for use all over the body...
BUT (yes, there’s a but):
I don’t recommend using it on beard hair, even though facial hair removal cream for men does exist...stay away from it; your skin will thank you.
One more thing:
If you plan to use it on your pubic area, there are creams specifically designed to give the best results for this purpose- use them.
Alyssa's comment:most depilatory creams are designed for women, but some brands also carry a small range for men - extra strong and capable of dissolving coarse, thick hair.
Although many guys report great results using female products, the men’s creams are concocted specifically to work on thicker, coarser male hair (without the need to leave the ‘normal’ creams on for longer and risk damaging your skin).
But be extremely careful:
Depilatory creams do carry their own risks.
If you leave them on too long you can experience a pretty nasty chemical burn (if you have an allergic reaction you’ll also end up with a mean looking rash), which is why it’s crucial you do a patch test on a small area before going to town with the whole bottle.
These are all great options for total hair removal, but what if the bald effect isn’t what we’re going for?
Maybe you feel it would look unnatural to have absolutely no hair in a certain area, so you’re just looking to tackle a certain amount of the growth.
This is where hair thinning methods come into play.
3. Hair Thinning Methods
Remington iLIGHT Pro Clinically Proven Hair Removal System
Where it may be unsuitable (or just undesirable) to use other hair removal methods- the beard, for example- you can use products that will inhibit the growth of your hair.
When it comes to hair removal products, natural is always better. Stop Grow’s hair inhibitor formula is what I usually use and it works amazingly (plus all natural ingredients!)
Here’s the bottom line:
These products will not actually remove hair, but they will help to lengthen the amount of time between your other hair removal sessions, and over time they can be very effective in discouraging overall thickness of growth.
Electric trimming for men
Electric trimmers and shavers are a great method for maintaining a ‘groomed’ look, and offer a welcome alternative for people who suffer from razor burn and irritation when shaving with a blade.
Philips pretty much set the gold standard when it comes to electric shavers. The Norelco is my ‘old-faithful’ thanks to its durability and cost effectiveness.
Traditionally, trimmers are used on the head and face, but nowadays there are more and more men trimming leg hair, pubic hair, chest hair, and even using trimmers for the finer details like ear, eyebrow, and nose hairs.
How do they work?
Electric razors work with a clipper or rotary blade that spin underneath a protective shield, which then trims the hairs it comes into contact with.
Here’s the best part:
Since the closeness of the shave can be adjusted, electric shavers are a great way to maintain a desired hair length, especially on areas like the chest, shoulders, and groin.
Just be aware:
By its nature, an electric shaver is never going to be able to give you a really smooth result because the blade does not come into direct contact with the skin.
Now we’ve laid the foundation, let’s look at how best to fight the fur on each body part:
Best Solutions for Hair Removal for Men, By Body Part
It seems the trend of showing off a hairy chest has well and truly died, and in its place comes a new wave of men losing it for smooth skin.
The truth of the matter is:
Professional salons all over the world are reporting significant spikes in the number of men coming to have their chest hair removed, and while it used to be something limited mainly to swimmers and metrosexuals, many surmise the recent increase can be attributed to partners asking their man to “clean up”.
Whatever your motivations are, here are the dos and don’t of at-home chest hair removing for men:
Hair removal creams
Laser hair removal
1. Chest wax: waxing has got to be one of the most effective ways to totally remove chest hair, and thanks to the (relatively) smooth regrowth, it’s a much better choice than shaving.
The chest area is a large one, but with waxing- you can remove the hairs in bulk with a pull of a single wax strip.
As I mentioned earlier, I find hot wax way more effective than the pre prepared strips (although it’s also alot messier. If you want to keep it simple for the first try I recommend these wax strips from Nad’s), they just seem to have a better grip on the hairs.
Here’s the crux of it:
The hot wax kit (such as this all inclusive set from Genround, the best choice for the pro waxing man IMO) will come with instructions which you should follow closely, but in general the process will be to:
heat up the wax in the microwave (or in the electric wax heater that you can purchase as part of the kit) until it’s runny and glue-like
stir it with a small wooden spatula (not plastic- it’ll melt), and apply it directly to your skin.
Then, gently press a strip of muslin cloth or suitable paper on top of the wax while it’s still runny and hot
pat it gently, wait several seconds, and rip it off in the direction opposite your hair growth. And repeat.
Start small! No need to go coating your entire chest all at once. Also, start at a point you think is least sensitive; it can be hard to motivate yourself to go on if you begin with the most sensitive areas.
You can always take an over the counter pain killer half an hour before you start to mitigate some of the discomfort, and a cooling aloe vera gel (or any other kind of soothing lotion) afterwards will take away the after-sting.
Self-waxing can be tricky for first timers:
It’s a good idea to watch some videos first so you can see the correct angle to pull the strips off from. Once you get the technique down though, it’s plain sailing- and results will last a good few weeks.
Bonus points for this one:
Regrowth tends to be far less stubbly than shaving, which makes your chest much more pleasant to the touch when the hairs do start to grow back.
2. Hair removal cream: Depilatory creams are a great way to tackle chest fur, and offer a pain-free alternative to waxing.
It’s a super simple process:
Simply apply the cream all over the hairy area, and wait no more than the recommended amount of minutes before hopping in the shower and wiping it off.
Cream, hair, the whole shebang.
But you might still be wondering:
How does the regrowth compare with shaving?
Generally, results will last anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks depending on your hair growth, and the texture of the regrowth will be somewhat softer than shaving. My favorite products are the range of Nair Men Hair Removal Creams because they come in a big bottle with a pump head, meaning not only is it cleaner and more convenient to use, but the bigger bottle size also lasts a decent amount of time, even when using it on large areas like the chest.
But be warned:
Hair removal cream is messy business, and usually smells like someone is dissolving a body in a tub of acid.
No, really. This is because the chemicals themselves smell bad to begin with, but when applied to the hairs, it begins a chemical reaction which makes the smell even stronger.
3. Using electric trimmers on chest. Trimmers are a brilliant way to keep chest hair in check, but they don’t offer full-on removal.
If you’re going for the more natural look, trimmers are the way to go. Each device will have different settings so you can tailor how long/short a cut you want.
I’m a Braun man myself; the Braun 3010 model is my favorite as it can be used in the shower and it recharges insanely fast.
4. Laser hair removal. Although it can be costly to purchase an at-home laser hair removal machine in the short run (Remington have a great entry level budget-friendly model), it does offer a long term solution to your chest hair woes.
Treatments can be tailored for total hair removal, or just hair thinning depending on what look you’re going for. It’s usually a low-pain or no-pain process too.
But it’s really important to note:
Your suitability for laser hair removal will depend on your skin pigment and hair color, so it’s important to read up on this before you buy the machine yourself.
Epilators are a good choice for chest hair removal because they will clear away hair from a large area in a relatively short time frame.
It’s going to sting a bit on the chest, but there are plenty of ways to reduce the pain from epilation if it’s bothering you.
Check out this one from Emjoi, specifically designed for male epilation.
1. Shaving. When it comes to chest hair, shaving is definitely not ideal.
Here’s the truth of the matter:
Results will last a very short period of time, a couple of days at best, and regrowth will be stubbly and sharp to the touch. Shaving also carries increased risk of ingrown hairs, and since chest hairs are usually curly anyway, that risk doubles.
2. Tweezing. With the chest being such a large area, tweezing would be far too time consuming to be an effective method of hair removal.
Much like chest hair, the trend of removing stomach hair has become much more mainstream recently.
Many say it makes them feel cleaner and more groomed, while others do so because it can make abs look more defined. It’s also a common practice for sportspeople.
Generally, the same goes for removing stomach hair as it does for chest hair, so I’ll keep this brief:
Hair removal creams
Laser hair removal
1. Waxing: if you want to totally remove your stomach hair, waxing either with strips or a hot wax kit is a good way to go.
Long lasting results and finer regrowth make it a favorable choice over shaving, and you can treat a large area like the stomach in a relatively short amount of time (half an hour on average).
2. Hair removal cream: another total hair removal method that will serve to effectively clear away unwanted stomach hair is depilation.
Depilatory cream will quickly melt away your stomach hairs with zero pain, and because the skin on your stomach isn’t hugely sensitive (when compared with other parts of the body) you should be able to use it there without any adverse effects (as long as you follow the instructions).
Not going to lie:
It’s going to hurt on the stomach area. But if you can put up with the pain, you’ll set yourself up for a hair free stomach area for several weeks. Make sure you use a good quality epilator with multiple speed functions (it may seem counter-intuitive but the higher the speed the less it will hurt).
4. Laser hair removal. Whether it’s total hair removal or just ‘thinning’ that you’re going for, laser hair removal is the most permanent at-home option for stomach hair removal. Once you’re happy to fork out the initial investment for a good quality machine and take the time to learn to use it, it’s the most effective long-term method for stomach hair removal you can find.
You probably know what I’m going to say next...
...just make sure that your skin and hair are within the suitable category for laser treatment first.
5. Electric trimmers. If you’re not too concerned about being totally hairless, electric trimmers are a fool-proof way to tame your stomach hair without completely removing it.
The best part is this:
You also spare your skin from irritation as the blades won’t come into direct contact with it, so no rashes, bumps, or ingrown hairs afterwards.
1. Shaving. Stubbly regrowth and prickly to touch?
Not ideal for the stomach area, and doesn’t look good either.
Plus results are so fleeting, it’s barely worth the time it takes to do so.
2. Tweezing. Unless you’ve only got a couple of hairs on your belly (in which case, tweeze away) you’d probably read Ulysses faster than the time it would take you to pluck all the hairs from your stomach area.
3. Waxing. Although this method definitely requires a bit of finesse, one well-positioned blob of hot wax in the ear will effectively rip out all the unwanted hairs at once.
If you’ve got a mini forest situation, this is probably the best option for you.
Although this kit is designed for the nose, it can be used on the ears too with the exact same technique.
1. Home electrolysis:
We need to get serious for a sec:
I’ve already mentioned my concerns about home electrolysis, but I want to specifically stress it here, because I’ve heard several comments from men about this type of treatment.
Long story short:
While electrolysis will provide permanent ear hair removal, it should really only ever be carried out by a qualified physician. Not you, in a mirror, trying and failing to look halfway around the other side of your head while waving around a mini death stick needley whatsit.
2. Depilatory creams: Your ear is a canal. You do NOT want those chemicals going for a swim up that river.
This is by far the most common form of men’s hair removal. In one way or another, most of us are concerned with keeping a clean shop down there.
Although it’s hard to get an accurate read on what percentage of men are regularly mowing the southern lawn, reports are coming in from 40-90%.
Taming the beast below has become common practice; however, the nature of the nether regions makes this a hair removal practice that needs to be taken very seriously.
So, to avoid you ending up with your danglies in a tub of strawberry ice cream with a brussel sprout up your arse while trying to achieve the optical inch, better read up on the dos and don’t of male genital hair removal.
Here’s the most important part:
The skin on your pubic area is much softer and more sensitive than on other parts of your body (which makes it more prone to irritation); meanwhile the hairs tend to be much thicker, coarser, and curlier (increasing the likelihood of ingrown hairs, and painful or rashy regrowth). Not to be missed: my full guide on male pubic hair removal.
Below you’ll find the best way to avoid these common issues and achieve the desired outcome:
Hair removal creams
Laser hair removal
1. Trimming pubic hair for men:
Trimmers are a top way of managing hair on the pubic region.
Here’s the reason why:
Whether you’re trying to achieve a short trimmed look, or maintain a more natural “groomed” appearance, the multiple length settings on a good quality electric shaver will allow you to reach whatever outcome you’re looking for.
You’ll never achieve a really smooth, totally hairless shave; if that’s what you’re after, this isn’t the option for you- skip to the next method below.
Trimmers also work very well in conjunction with another type of pubic hair removal, such as waxing or- if you must- shaving. For example:
You could wax (or shave) just around the outer edges of your pubic zone and use the electric shaver to trim up the rest of the area.
***in a nutshell: The benefit of using trimmers on your genital area is that the blade never comes into direct contact with your skin, which pretty much eliminates your chances of irritation.
Especially important for sensitive skinned people:
Because the hairs are cut above the surface of the skin, regrowth is much more comfortable and the risk of ingrown hairs is greatly reduced.
I love the Philips Norelco because it has so many extra settings and attachments, which means you’ll definitely be able to achieve whatever look you’re going for.
2. Waxing pubic hair:
When I want an all-over clean up, this is my go-to method of pubic hair removal. I’ve had a bit of practice by now, and I have to say that the pain is far less than many people seem to imagine (practice makes perfect, and so does a couple of ibuprofens beforehand).
Waxing the genital area does require some skill and technique, which takes practice to get right (the first time I did it to myself, I didn’t manage to rip off the strip at the right angle and ended up giving myself a purple-ish looking bruise).
It’s by no means impossible, but it will require some persistence and a bit of homework too. However, if you get it down pat (it won’t take that long) you’ll be rewarded with a cost effective and long lasting method of pubic hair removal with minimal side effects (great for men who suffer from razor burn and painful regrowth from shaving; with waxing, the hairs grow back softer and thinner).
I’ve recently been experimenting with sugaring (same principal as waxing, but natural ingredients and slightly different application) and I am extremely impressed with the results so far (I use the paste from Cocojojo).
Best practice is to sprinkle some talc over the area first to soak up any moisture (it also helps the wax adhere to the hairs more and the skin less, reducing pain), and apply the wax little by little.
The best way to approach it is:
Start on the outer upper corners and work your way in, and down; after you rip off each piece, quickly pat and press the skin to reduce the stinging sensation.
For first timers, it’s best to start by just tidying up the edges, so you know what you’re in for by the time you decide to do a full sack-and-crack.
For those of you who are not keen to experience the pain of waxing or are not confident with your own abilities to pull it off (sorry…), depilatory creams are a brilliant choice for total or partial pubic hair removal.
Here’s what you need to know:
There are a number of creams specifically designed for use on men’s pubic areas, although the best product that I’ve ever used for this purpose is one that claims to be for use on the body (not the genitals specifically).
If you want total success, you’ll probably want to look into this:
Nad’s for Men is my top pick; it’s fast acting and effective at removing virtually all of the hairs with ease (I also have to say, a surprisingly high number of men are claiming amazing success using women’s Veet on their pubic area, though I have yet to try it myself.)
The only downside:
Depilatory creams are messy and difficult to use when it comes to precision hair removal.
They’re a good choice if you’re going for all-over hair removal, but may pose some challenges if you only want to remove hair from a specific area. Not impossible, just challenging.
And don’t forget:
Depilatory creams are not always suitable for people with sensitive skin; if you fall into this category it’s vital that you carry out a patch test first.
4. Laser hair removal for the pubic area: this has got to be the best option for long term pubic hair removal.
Not only that:
Laser hair removal also answers a lot of the common problems associated with pubic hair removal (uncomfortable regrowth, unsightly stubble, results that don’t last long enough).
In theory, epilation would work perfectly well on the pubic area, but if you try it you’re a braver man than I am.
I feel like waxing would be a much more bearable experience than epilating because the strip gets torn off all at once; with an epilator it’s a much more drawn out process- and I’m not sure I could handle it.
If you do decide to take the plunge in pube-ville, this is advice to live by:
***expert tip: Trim the hairs first; the shorter they are, the less ‘pulling’ will occur, and before you put the epilator to work, pull the skin taut on the area you are about to treat- this also reduces the sensation of hairs being painfully pulled at.
2. Tweezing: tweezers are great to use in combo with another method (eg. picking up the last stray soldiers after a wax) but are inefficient and time consuming to use on larger jobs.
When it comes to the down-there-hair, very few people’s pelts grow in a perfect little V shape in only the right places, and when we talk about pubic grooming, it’s almost always the, erm, front-end workers who get all the attention.
Nobody in the history of manscaping has ever said it better than this Reddit user:
For starters, let’s all breathe a deep sigh of relief in the knowledge that we’re about to go through an entire list of hair removal methods that are infinitely better than just “[grabbing] the hair with toilet paper and [tearing] it out”.
But let’s first talk about what’s so special about the enchanted valley of arse, and what that means for our hair removal techniques.
Like the rest of your genital area, your skin here is soft and sensitive, even more so because it’s an area that rarely gets exposed to the light of day (only on special occasions, amirite?)
Depending on your hair growth, you could have anything from peach fuzz to a full on pube forest, and the most suitable technique for you is going to depend on your own needs (and make sure to check out my full article: how to get rid of butt hair).
Let’s take a look at the options:
Hair removal creams
Laser hair removal
1. Trimming: if you’re not ready to go whole hog and shave the thing bald, you can always start by managing the hair growth with a tidy-up trim.
Make sure you invest in a pair of contoured clippers that are designed to hug the curves of the body- something like the the Philips Norelco Bodygroom series.
2. Waxing: What’s the reason waxing ass hair is such an effective solution?
Because it tones down the scratchiness you’d normally experience during the regrowth phase, which you better believe feels like walking around with a piece of coarse sandpaper clenched between your butt cheeks.
That, coupled with the fact that results will last several weeks makes waxing the optimum solution for total butt hair removal.
The only downside?
It’s not an easy angle to manage, but do some stretches first and you’ll get there…. Hot wax or strips will both work well.
3. Depilatory cream: men’s hair removal creams are a popular option for this particular variety of manscaping, thanks to the pain-free process and little-to-no skill requirements needed for a successful outcome.
It’s really as simple as this:
Squeeze out a liberal amount of the depilatory cream and whack in on your crack.
One more thing, before you go getting all excited:
Watch out for the ol’ balloon knot- you don’t want any of this stuff swimming up the channel.
4. Epilator: Yeah, that’s gonna sting.
It’ll be just as simple as using a pair of clippers (which you should be able to manage with the help of a mirror and some squats) and results will last several weeks.
1. Shaving: Although this is the option that many guys go for, shaving causes extremely stubbly regrowth (see sandpaper metaphor above), and comes hand in hand with other issues like ingrown hairs, bumps, and burns.
2. Tweezing: ...because, who can actually navigate a pair of tweezers in the mirror to grab a single hair at a time on the backside of your body?
No one I know.
3. Laser hair removal: if you’re delving into the world of home laser hair removal, you need to work precisely and carefully on each individual hair- something you’d never be able to do (unless by some great empowerment from the yogi gods you can look directly at your own arse crack).
“If, as the old saying goes, the eyes are the windows to your soul, then the eyebrows are the curtains: Get ’em wrong and you screw up the whole view”.
Bad news for the unibrow-prone, your days of pulling off the caterpillar look are well and truly over.
The good news is:
Tuning up your eyebrows is just about the lowest maintenance of all the hair removal concerns you could possibly have.
Precision is what it’s all about when it comes to your brows (lest you end up with about 75% less of your eyebrow than you planned…), which immediately limits your options to just a few of the following:
Hair removal cream
Laser hair removal
Here’s the deal:
You can easily keep your eyebrows in check by using a slim sized electric trimmer, one that’s small enough to mow the lawn between your eyes, and whose trim length can be adjusted to cut back those few hairs that grow inexplicably longer and thicker than the rest.
‘What tools do I need?’, you might be wondering:
This shaver from Remington is one of the best one-for-all products out there; it comes with 8 attachments, meaning you can use it as a full sized shaver for the rest of your body and pop on the small-sized head to trim up your brows (and nose and ear hair).
Trimming will give you a more than decent overall appearance, but if it’s a smooth landing strip you’re looking for, better try one of the following methods instead.
2. Tweezing. Plucking is the age old solution when it comes to eyebrows.
It’s precise, effective, and carries no ongoing cost.
***expert tip: Start small in the middle and work your way in.
If you want to continue on shaping the rest of your brows, remember only to pluck the strays, otherwise you’re going to end up with a baby caterpillar chasing momma caterpillar scene right on your very own forehead.
3. Waxing: Waxing a unibrow is the best solution for mass clearing the hairs at once.
The truth is:
It doesn’t require a lot of skill to get right the way waxing some of your other body parts does, and because it’s such a small area the pain is over and done before you’ve even realized it. The trick is to position the wax in just the right place.
Be careful of removing hair too far inland and taking away more eyebrow than intended.
You can always mark your skin first with a small pen/make up pencil before you apply the wax so you have some guidelines.
At the end of the day, some men (and their women/men) like hair.
Some of them like beards.
Some of them like a good hairy chest.
Some of them even say the little tufts of fur on their man’s knuckles are “cute” (i.e. tolerable).
But when it comes to back hair, it seems society’s general appreciation for the permanent sweater fades- fast.
In waxing salons, a back hair wax for men is the most common male treatment, but back hair removal at home is tricky (that is, if you’re talking an area any further away than your shoulders).
You either need to have a partner prepared to go through one of the least sexy experiences they ever imagined they go through with you, or you need to have the right equipment to do it yourself.
Needs differ greatly from person to person when it comes to deforesting the back:
While some are after total hair removal, many are just looking to manage the growth and reduce its thickness.
Here’s a rundown of the best way to get rid of back hair:
Hair removal cream
Laser hair removal
1. Hair removal cream:
This is the most foolproof method of total back hair removal; the only difficulty lies in the application. Obviously it’s best if there’s someone at home who can help you apply it, otherwise you’re looking at a few minutes of contorting and wriggling as you try to apply it all over the hard to reach areas- not impossible, but not exactly easy.
To make it easier for yourself you can invest in a long-armed applicator, such as this Zehui Long Armed Applicator (which also doubles as a massager...because why not).
***expert tip: Since you’re dealing with such a large surface area, you’re going to want to buy a cream that comes in a big bottle (preferably with a pump head for cleanliness); I usually stick with Nair for Men for this reason.
2. Shaving (with a really REALLY long razor...no seriously):
Okay, so it’s not the most elegant of solutions, but a long-armed razor will help you reach the middle of your back without pulling a muscle.
If you’ve been wondering how to shave your back alone, look no further than this specifically designed product from BakBlade:
It’s the best I’ve found for the job. The best part about it is how wide the blade is, meaning you can take care of huge areas in a small amount of time.
Although shaving isn’t the optimal solution here (mainly because it takes quite some time to do and results are fleeting) it’s still worth mentioning for its cheapness and simplicity.
3. Back waxing or epilating: These methods of back hair removal, while long lasting and super effective, are not something that can really be done on your own.
You’re in luck if you’ve got a willing partner; you can even make it into something fun if you get creative:
4. Laser hair removal: Lasering your back is a brilliant way of either totally removing or reducing your hair growth- depending on what your needs are.
The thing is:
You’re not going to be able to do it solo. If you have a partner willing to help you with your at-home laser hair removal, you’ll find it offers a long term solution.
The only home remedy left on the list, tweezing, is definitely not an ideal choice for such a large surface area.
Men’s hair removal needs vary greatly depending on body part, skin type, hair growth patterns, and desired outcome, so there’s really no “best” overall method; but through a combination of:
Hair removal cream
Laser hair removal
...you should be able to find the right solution for your own individual needs.
Got a question? An intimate issue? A crazy-ass story? I want them all! Let me know your own experiences with hair removal for men.
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.