Hair removal, waxing and well-groomed beards, as well as not so well-groomed, are hot male grooming trends right now. Whether it’s for athletic purposes, or just for the ladies, for many years, men have been removing body hair, taking care of their bearded locks and just themselves overall.
When asked why they groom, many respond “because my wife or girlfriend likes it”.
With the ladies weighing in, waxing has become quite popular in spas for men. Less irritating than shaving, waxing also lasts longer, cutting down on the daily hair removal regimen. Not to mention the trend has gone south, where men like women have decided to bare it all, in some cases even performing permanent manscaping.
So how does a first timer prepare for his first wax experience?
First, exfoliate. You want to make sure that you remove as many ingrown hairs as you can.
Secondly, brace yourself. Waxing for the first time can be a surprise and it will separate the men from the boys. Be sure to select a salon that has good reviews either by friends or online. Hair follicles start growing out finer after the first wax so every wax after the first one gets easier. Don’t be discouraged and chalk it up to first time experiences.
Check out our Men’s Spa Guide for spa do’s and don’ts.
A question to ask is how long should your hair be before you wax. Recommendations do vary based on the area you are treating so make sure to address this question.
Now, what are some male grooming options for the face?
Many men are lightly removing hair around their eyes and grooming their beards instead.
For eyebrow areas, men can choose to wax, but threading and sugaring are also popular. Both trends have seen an increase recently. Threading involves a thin (cotton or polyester) thread that is doubled then twisted. It is rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short rows of hair.
Sugaring, sugar waxing or Persian waxing is a method of hair removal that has been in use since 1900 BC. Sugaring (epilation) is often compared to standard waxing. During the process, a sugaring substrate sticks to and essentially removes hair without attaching to the skin. The substrate can be applied at room temperature or heated to a lukewarm temperature, minimising the risk of burns. For this reason, sugaring is generally preferred over waxing when it comes to removing hair from larger areas of skin. If someone has sensitive skin, sugaring can nevertheless result in skin irritation and reaction but this can be said of waxing as well.
Now that you’ve groomed your face nose up, what do you do with your beard?
Be patient. Hair needs time to grow. Your only responsibility is to make sure it is not unruly unless you want it this way. Normally after 4-6 weeks hair will grow out and by then it’ll have evened out. You can then pick a style based on your hair density. A barber will use a straight razor to line it and in the beginning, you’ll want to show that beard as much TLC as you can. Remember boys, match your beard to your face, seek a professional barber to make sure your beard suits you 100%, invest in a quality trimmer for home use and on occasion if you want to dress up your beard, try beard oil.
Male grooming maintenance
After all this talk about grooming and hair removal, another important trend not touched upon is the importance of maintenance overall and facials. It’s no longer so strange to see a man competing for your pedicure seat or trimming his nails along with yours. Presentation and self-care have created a broader audience for salon services. Amongst them, and one that is often ignored, is the importance of the male facial. Men need to take care of their skin too. Clogged pores, oily skin and sometimes a detox is in order to simply peel away dead layers, exfoliate and reveal smoother refreshed skin. Particularly for active people, facials can make your skin radiant again. Speak to your facial specialist first also if you have rosacea or psoriasis. While facials are not necessarily ways to treat either, these skin anomalies can be treated by professionals and these would be the people to ask. Some might also suggest alternative ways address either one. Men, like women, have skin issues they’d like to treat but might not know exactly how to.
Always remember that, while looking better is a plus, feeling better is a must, so explore the spa amenities and take the time to relax afterward.
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