Removal for Men
by Lance LaHara
Hair Removal For Men: Okay for Modern Vikings?
Considering hair removal? For men, the process may spark a fair
amount of ridicule from family and friends, especially if you
live outside a major metropolitan area.
But such static is not
new. In a translation of 10th-century Old Icelandic sagas I read
recently, the Viking treasure hunters reach a large trading port
in their journey. As they explore the town, they’re amazed
to see men actually paying good money to have their beards scraped
Even Arnold Likes the Smooth Look
Times have changed. Nowadays, hair removal for men via shaving
or otherwise is accepted at all levels of society. Athletes who
eliminate hair from their chests, arms, and even legs will hardly
raise a fashionably-trimmed eyebrow. The modern “Metrosexual”
concern for personal appearance has banished male body hair from
movies and magazines. And even modern Viking types like Arnold
Swartzeneggar are reported to be paying to have their backs waxed
at exclusive boutiques.
Hair Removal for Men: Temporary and Less Expensive Methods
• Shaving is easy enough and new multi-blade razors make
it virtually painless. But the early-onset of five-o’clock
shadow and sandpaper skin makes it a high maintenance solution.
• Waxing and “Sugaring” (a gluey paste applied
to the skin and stripped off quickly) last longer, but they both
take more time and are somewhat more painful than shaving, no
matter what the product label says.
• “Epilating,” a sort of rotary tweezing, also
lasts longer than shaving. Results are varied and some people
(masochists?) say it isn’t that painful.
• Depilatories: These creams work fairly well to remove
hair for several weeks. The famous name brand for women now makes
a male version, and other companies are jumping on the bandwagon.
Because of potential skin irritation, try it on a small area first—a
one-inch patch of skin is a good test—before you treat an
entire body part.
Hair Removal for Men: More Permanent Methods
If you have back hair, neck hair, excessive chest or facial hair,
or other miscellaneous unwanted fur that seems to grow in thicker
as age sets in, you may be ready for more permanent hair removal.
Men who don’t mind entering personal-care territory usually
frequented by women may consider these more serious methods.
“Permanent” hair removal for men via electrolysis:
A century-old method wherein the hair follicles are literally
electrocuted one at a time, this method is effective but fairly
expensive and time consuming. Both professional treatments and
home units are available.
. “Permanent” hair removal for men via laser:
premium method, reportedly less painful and quicker, but more
expensive than electrolysis. Usually performed by a doctor, laser
treatment does essentially the same thing as electrolysis, zapping
and “killing” the hair follicle. A fairly new method,
so long term stats on side effects and effectiveness are not yet
Lance LaHara writes unique opinion pieces on life topics for Pulse MEDIA International (PulseMed.org)
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