Hair Removal: For Men Only
Is your body hair growing out of control? Hair removal experts discuss the best solutions for men.
Hair Removal Option No. 3: Electrolysis
What It Does
: Using an ultra-slim needle to penetrate each
individual hair shaft, this system delivers tiny shocks of electricity to the
hair follicle, killing the cells that actually make hair. Once a cell is gone,
it's gone, so no hair will grow there again.
How Long It Takes
: Each electrolysis treatment is
relatively short - from 10 to 20 minutes - but if you want a lot of hair
removed, it could take up to a year of weekly treatments. Since each hair
is treated one at a time, take a glance at the thickness of your "fur"
and you'll have an idea of how long a commitment it will
: While electrolysis works for hair removal equally
well on all areas, because of the time-consuming nature of the treatment, small
areas are often a good place to start, such as brows and neck. If used for
genital hair removal, a local anesthetic can help, though many men find
treatment in this area to be very painful.
: About $40 per treatment.
Lasting Result: Permanent
: "The most common electrolysis treatment
for young men is the unibrow, but as men get older, many become concerned with
excess in the area around the collar and ears, and around the nose," says
Patsy Kirby, president of the American Electrolysis Association in Bodega Bay,
Calif. But she doesn't discourage men from going for larger areas of clearing:
"The length of treatments usually shorten as your time goes on with the
electrologist. ... While the first treatment may take 20 to 30 minutes,
subsequent treatments may take just 5 or 10 minutes, so it's a long-term
commitment, but it's not time-consuming."
Hair Removal Option No. 4: Back Shavers
What It Does
: With blades as wide as an inch and a
half, and hinged handles as long as a foot, these specialty straight razors
allow you to literally shave your back and shoulders, in much the way you use a
back scrub brush during a shower.
Best For: Any area of the back, shoulders, or buttocks.
Shaving the genital area is possible, but not recommended since a cut in this
region could have serious complications.