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December 26, 2018

Waxing Ass Hair: Pros, Cons, Risks and Alternatives

Psst! Before you dive in... I just wanted to make sure that you didn't miss my epic guide to hair removal for men!

Bunghole, backdoor, or just simply- ring; we live in an age where butt-talk has become so commonplace that we don’t even bat an eyelid when our chart singers spout out euphemisms about eating ass.

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).

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the options:

Ass Hair Removal: The Do's

1. Waxing Ass Hair

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.

2. Trimming

If you’re not ready to go whole hog and wax 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.

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.

BUT:

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.

The Don'ts

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).

What's the Bottom (Lol) Line?

So... What's the best way to deforest your bum? Is waxing ass hair really the answer? Well... there’s really no “best” overall solution - but based on this article as well as my full how to get rid of butt hair guide, you should be able to find the right method for your individual needs.

Got a question? An intimate issue? A crazy-ass waxing story? Be sure to share with me in the comments below!

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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.

December 26, 2018

How to Get Rid of Stomach Hair?

Psst! Before you dive in... I just wanted to make sure that you didn't miss my epic guide to hair removal for men!

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:

How to Get Rid of Stomach hair: the Do's

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.

Why?

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.

Here’s why:

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).

3. Epilation

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.

How to Get Rid of Stomach hair: the Don'ts

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.

The Bottom Line

So... how to get rid of stomach hair? Which way is the best? Well... there’s really no “best” overall answer - but based on this post, you should be able to find the right solution for your own individual needs.

Got a question? An intimate issue? A crazy-ass stomach waxing story? Be sure to share with me in the comments below!

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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.

December 26, 2018

Best Way to Get Rid of Back Hair

Psst! Before you dive in... I just wanted to make sure that you didn't miss my epic guide to hair removal for men!

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.

Below is a rundown of the best ways to get rid of back hair:

4 Best Ways to Get Rid of Back Hair

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.

In truth:

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.

If you go down this route, kit yourself out with a good quality high speed epilator, or wax strips/hot wax.

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 Bottom Line?  

Men’s hair removal methods vary greatly depending on body part and hair growth patterns, so there’s really no best-overall way to get rid of back hair, but you can choose the best method for you out of shaving, hair removal creams, laser and back waxing. 

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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.

December 26, 2018

Chest Hair Removal 101: What’s the Best Way to Get Rid of It?

Before you dive in... If you want to find out exactly how to deforest any part of your body with amazing results, be sure to check out my notorious guide to hair removal for men!

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, below are the dos and don’ts of at-home chest hair removal for men:

How to get rid of chest hair: The Do's

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.

Why?

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 a lot 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. Electric trimmer

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.

Why?

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. 

5. Epilation

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. Another use for this epilator? For mens pubic hair! (Not gonna lie, though... It hurts!)

The Don'ts 

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. 

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there’s really no “best” overall chest hair removing method; but based on this article, you should be able to find the right solution for your own individual needs.

Found this post useful? Don't forget to save it for later on Pinterest!

Got a question? An intimate issue? An epic chest waxing story? I want them all - let me know in the comments below!

 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.