Is your body hair growing out of control? Ever wondered what ‘manscaping’ actually is? And if should you be doing it?
It used to be that significant hair removal was strictly a female domain—though there were always exceptions to the rule. But outside of being a swimmer, exotic male dancer, bodybuilder or cyclist, the chances were that male body hair remained untouched and ungroomed.
Today’s modern man is very different, however. Research demonstrates that more and more men are choosing similar grooming rights—and techniques as women—including pubic hair removal. 50 to 70% of men do some form of manscaping: a term that refers to the removal of a man’s body hair for aesthetic and cosmetic purposes.
From sideburns and smooth chests to male pubic hair removal, “manscaping” is emerging as a popular trend among men of all ages. But even though men are becoming more and more comfortable with the idea of waxing their back or trimming their chest hair, the topic of what to do with a bushy, out-of-control pubic area is still sensitive, embarrassing, and private.
As pubic hair removal for men become more common, many salons and clinics have begun catering specifically to men and their needs, offering both discretion and professionalism to make them feel more comfortable about considering longer-lasting hair removal methods such waxing, electrolysis, or laser treatments.
Best Ways To Remove Pubic Hair For Men
1. Laser Hair Removal Treatment
How It Works: As with all laser hair removal, an expert technician uses laser light energy to penetrate the pubic hair shaft to kill the hair at the root. Technically, this doesn’t kill the hair follicle (where hair growth starts) so another one can grow again, but regrowth is difficult. So, results last longer.
Works to remove and reduce hair growth on stomach, shoulders, back, chest, and genital area. Works best on light skin with dark hair; not so well for blond or white hair.
Session Duration: Roughly 30 -60 minutes per session, between six to eight treatments needed.
How It Works: During electrolysis treatment, a technician will use an ultra-slim needle to penetrate individual hair shafts. The needle then delivers tiny shocks of electricity into the hair follicle to kill the cells that promote hair growth. Once a cell is gone, it's gone for good so that no hair will grow there again.
Electrolysis works for hair removal equally well on all male body areas. However, due to the time-consuming nature of the treatment, small areas are often a better place to start, such as the neck, eyebrows, and face. If used for pubic hair removal, a local anaesthetic may be helpful, as some men find treatment in this area to be very painful.
Session Duration: Each electrolysis session is relatively short—from around 10 to 20 minutes—but if you want a lot of hair removed, it could take a succession of weekly treatments. As each hair is treated individually at a time, consult an expert technician for an indication of how long the treatments may need to be ongoing.
How It Works: Fear not. Waxing is no longer the realm of sticky, gooey, honey-based waxes. Nowadays, salons use creamy wax that is applied to skin, but that adheres only to the hair. Then specially prepared strips of cloth are layered over the wax and the hair is swiftly, and expertly, removed in a smooth movement.
Best for back, shoulders, stomach, pubic hair removal for men, unibrows, eyebrow shaping, hair on ears and neck, legs, underarms, and arms.
Session Duration: Anywhere from 10 minutes up to an hour or more, depending on the area or areas) that need waxing.
Male Pubic Hair Removal Tips And Techniques
- Hair trimming is the quickest solution for ploughing through long pubic hair, though it won’t get rid of all of it. However, trimming makes the area more visible and much easier to shave or wax, if that’s the plan.
- Shaving male pubic hair requires time, patience, and a sharp razor —avoid dull and disposable razors. There’s no such thing as performing a full spruce-up downstairs in five minutes before going out on a date. One uncalculated move and you might end up sorry. Remember, it’s highly sensitive down there, so take it slow.
- Shave slowly in the direction the hair grows and hold the skin tight while shaving with the other hand.
- If you’re heading into manscaping through shaving, then owning two shaving kits definitely important. Have one for the face and one for pubic hair removal. Using the same razor for both areas is not particularly hygienic and will dull the blades faster.
- Waxing can lead to skin infections if the area is not cared for properly post-treatment. It's important to follow any given advice on aftercare, which typically includes using antibacterial skin lotion for several days.
- Avoid scented products after shaving and waxing pubic hair as they may sting.
- Tweezers are great for removing ingrown hairs that have become trapped beneath the skin following shaving or waxing. It can hurt like hell, though, depending on your pain threshold. Just be careful not to go overboard.
- Chemical pubic hair removal for men can be tricky. On the one hand, many chemical-based pubic hair removal creams quickly and easily dissolve hair in one go. On the other hand, however, depending on the product, some may also contain harmful ingredients that can damage or even burn skin. Patch test any product on a small area first to see whether it’s suitable for your skin type.