Removing Male Body Hair
How to Get Rid of Body Hair
Getting rid of body hair is popular in today's society. While there are no magical remedies which stop hair growth all together, there are many methods by which you can reduce hair growth and eventually be left with smooth, hair-free skin.
Shave your body hair.Shaving is the most basic method to get rid of body hair. You can buy a razor and shaving cream in most grocery stores, pharmacies, and even gas stations. Shaving is a fast and painless way to get rid of hair, however it doesn't prevent hair from growing back.
- Unlike waxing, shaving does not hurt, but because of the sharp blades from the razor, you can cut yourself frequently.
- Shaving only lasts for up to a week, until the hair is visible again. Some hair grows back within 1-2 days.
Open your pores with hot water.Open the pores to ensure a smooth shave by either submersing the skin to be shaved in a hot bath or taking a hot shower. If you shave as part of your shower routine, wait until the end (making sure the water is hot at least a few minutes before you begin) to begin shaving.
Wet the area you want to shave (for example, your leg).Apply shaving cream/gel liberally to the area you intend to shave and wait a few minutes for it to set in. This time is critical to ensure the skin is properly lubricated to protect against the razor. Cover the entire area you want to shave.
Take your razor and shave a line smoothly upward.Slowly run the razor across your hair. After 5-6 inches, rinse off the shaving cream and hair and repeat. Slowly (as slowly as you can) shave and with each stroke, wash the blade under hot water. Continue until your skin is smooth.
- Make sure not to press too hard on your skin. Lightly graze it.
Moisturize your skin.You must moisturize to maintain your skin! Shaving removes the most superficial layer so skin is extra-sensitive to damage, but also will absorb moisture better, so take advantage of the time. Use moisturizers with vitamin E or shea butter to help soothe skin and keep it looking young.
- If you need extra protection against razor burn, use an astringent cream or oil (usually containing an analgesic) to prevent irritation.
Try waxing your hair.Waxing strips out all of hair at once by pulling it out of you skin with a strong adhesive. Hair removal wax comes in two forms, a wax that you apply then press paper strips to, or strips with wax already stuck to them. This is often done at a salon, but you can buy at-home waxing kits as. Waxing is another relatively safe way to remove hairs, though it is not recommended around sensitive areas of skin as it can cause injuries, rashes and discomfort. Waxing is generally done on the chest, arms, legs and armpits.
- Every time you wax, your hair gets thinner, so over time, you may barely have any hair on your body.
- Waxing hurts, but the pain is brief.
- Waxing can result in skin burns, irritation, and redness for hours after treatment. If you have sensitive skin, try looking for Sugar Wax, or Beeswax. Many salons have their own formula for wax, but don't be afraid to ask.
Start with clean dry skin.Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and exfoliate with bath salts or a loofah before drying to make sure to remove any moisturizers or natural skin oils and prepare the skin for waxing.
Buy hair removal wax.You can buy cold wax strips or heatable wax, which must be warmed in the microwave and then applied to your skin. In general, the strips are much cleaner and easier to use, though they are less precise.
- Consider sugar waxing. Sugar waxing is much like waxing, although it is applied in the opposite direction of hair growth, then torn in the direction of growth. This causes the hair removal process to be less painful than waxing, but still may cause redness after treatment. This is often done at salons, but you can make your own sugar wax from sugar, water, salt, and lemon.
Pull the skin taut with one hand.You want your skin to be tight so that wax does not get into creases or wrinkles, causing pain. Rub the wax strip in the direction of hair growth multiple times to ensure maximum adherence.
Pull the wax strip in the direction opposite hair growth with the remaining hand.This is essential and necessary to remove the maximum amount of hair! If some is left behind, the same strip can be re-applied, rubbed and pulled in the same manner until the strip seems to lose its stickiness (you'll be able to tell by both the appearance-covered in hair, and the degree of stickiness: less sticky= more hair on strip that was already removed= less area to stick to remaining hair).
Care for your skin before and after waxing.With waxing (unlike shaving), it is ESSENTIAL that you use an after-wax treatment, such as Tend Skin -a celebrity favorite! But any astringent with analgesic (for pain) will work. Aloe vera gel will also work.
- Using aloe vera or tend skin 4 days before waxing can help make the hair easier to remove. Ibuprofin before hair removal can also alleviate pain and swelling.
- Heavy exercise immediately after waxing is not recommended as it can irritate the skin. Swimming should wait at least 24 hours. Moisturize the area daily to soften new hair growth that could become ingrown if left unchecked.
Using an Epilator
Consider epilating.An epilator is made of many many tweezers that pluck out the hair, and can remove your hair for up to two weeks on average. Epilators are painful and more time consuming than shaving, but because it removes the entire hair follicle the results will last much longer. Instead of cutting the hair, an epilator has grooves and small indents where, as you run it up your body it grips the hair and pulls it out at the root.
- Epilators, however can cause a lot of problems with ingrown hairs - be sure to use a hair reduction cream like Depil or Vanish PFB after use.
Pull your skin taut.Epilators cannot reach into creases or wrinkles, but they may grab exposed skin painfully. Use one hand to pull your skin tight as you use it.
- Wet epilation requires submerging the machine and skin underwater during use.
- Dry epilation requires clean, dry skin.
Move the epilator across the skin in the direction opposite hair growth.Multiple passes and directions may be used to achieve best results by removing the most hair (not all hair grows in the same direction).
- If irritation occurs, apply an astringent/analgesics (such as Tend Skin) and follow up with lotion to soften and soothe skin. Redness may appear for the first 24 hours following epilation. Plan to perform hair removal at least a day before scheduled events.
Use tweezers for small areas of body hair.Tweezing the hair can be very time consuming, especially if on a larger body part, however it is very effective in reducing and stopping hair growth on your face. Pulling hair out individually ensures that you are pulling the hair out from the root. While it can be painful, it is also the cheapest form of hair removal.
Pluck your eyebrows with tweezers.You can't shave or 'wax' your eyebrows. Most people use a pair of tweezers to pull all the hairs out individually.
- Use a bright light to see all your eyebrow hairs.
Using Hair-Removal Cream
Buy Nair, Veet, Nad's, or a similar hair removal cream.Hair removal cream is similar to shaving, since the effects last a short amount of time, but does not use a razor or shaving cream. The Nair cream is applied to the hair for specific amount of time, which dissolves the hair, and then is scraped off.These creams chemically remove hair without pain; results can last up to two weeks. This is bought at most drugstores such as Walmart, RiteAid, or Target.
- This is done in the comfort of your own home as well, but is slightly more time consuming than shaving. This method is easier if you're prone to accidental cutting from razors, or have trouble shaving.
- There are some limitations to this method. You can't put them anywhere near your face, breasts (women) or genitals. Some people have an allergic reaction to the chemicals which may result in a rash, extreme tingling sensation or general discomfort to the area. If any of these occur, you should seek medical advice.
- Hair removal creams are one of the safest options providing you don't have an allergy to them. To check if you do have an allergy you can start by applying a small amount to the back of your hand, waiting five minutes and noting if any symptoms occur (Itchiness, Rash, Redness, Irritation, inflammation etc.). If you do get symptoms, maybe hair removal cream isn't your best option.
Apply to a small portion of your skin at first, such as an upper leg.It's best to do this before you shower. Wet your skin down, apply the cream and lather it up, wait for up to 10 minutes (5 normally does it), then scrape the cream off. Most creams come with a soft plastic scraper, don't let it intimidate you, just press it to the skin and glide. Afterwards you can rinse the rest of it off with water as it may leave the area feeling sticky/slimy.
- Don't leave the cream on your skin for longer than the specified time.
- Wash yourself thoroughly with warm water and mild soap, and rinse twice according to the directions.
Watch the area overnight to make sure no irritation appears.If you experience irritation, you'll need to try another method. If you do it too much, it can damage the layers of your skin. It does not hurt, but the hair and the cells inside your skin remain damaged and the hair grows thicker.
Laser Hair Removal
Consider laser treatment for a lasting solution.Laser hair-removal is a proven method to remove hair completely from your body, minimizing future hair growth. Although the process is effective, laser treatment requires a lot of patience and money.
See a laser hair-removal specialist for a consultation.If you have decided to go for a laser treatment, go when you have a full hair growth. This will help the specialist to have a thorough idea about the thickness and properties of your hair which would help them to decide the radiation intensity to use.
Know that it takes 6-10 appointments to fully remove hair.In order to completely clear your body, you need to have at least 6 sittings of laser hair removal. This is not only time-consuming, but painful. However, results can last a long time.
QuestionWhy do I get spots after shaving?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe spots are probably razor burn. Make sure to use shaving cream or conditioner while shaving, and apply lotion afterward.Thanks!
QuestionWill lemon and sugar paste remove leg hair out or will it just make them look thin and weak? My leg hair is thick, long and curly. I only want to make them look weak and thin but not fall off my skin.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe paste will bleach the hair, so depending on your skin color, they will become less visible.Thanks!
QuestionDoes waxing or shaving hurt more?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWaxing will hurt more, but the hair removal is sometimes cleaner and longer lasting.Thanks!
QuestionWhen I shave some hairs are still in my legs and they can't be removed because it is the root of the hair. How do I get rid of these?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNot all will come off with shaving. You can try laser hair removal to get rid of the rest.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I remove pubic hair?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerShaving, waxing, or certain creams.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I remove body hair naturally?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can use something organic or less irritating to the skin, like a sugar wax. For best results, have the removal performed by a professional.Thanks!
QuestionDoes laser hair removal remove the hair permanently?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, it's not permanent, it just lasts a very long time. Usually after a few years you will see a little hair growth.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I permanently remove the hair from my body?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can't. There is no way to completely and permanently remove your body hair.Thanks!
QuestionCan I pluck my stomach hair if it's thin?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSure, if you want to. Sharper tweezers should help if you're having trouble grabbing hold of the hair because it is thin.Thanks!
QuestionWould hair removal pads hurt?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, they might hurt at first, but you will eventually get used to them!Thanks!
- Make sure to keep hair-removal cream, hot wax, and sharp objects away from sensitive areas!
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