Hair removal, waxing and well-groomed beards as well as not so well groomed are hot male 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 salons and spas for men. Less irritating than shaving and more attractive than buzzing down, waxing also lasts longer, cutting down on daily hair removal regimen. Not to mention the trend has gone south, where men like women have decided to bare it all.
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.
Another good question to ask is how long should your hair be before you wax. A good wax center will be sure to provide this information to you if you disclose you’re a first timer. Recommendations do vary based on the area you are treating so make sure to address this question if the receptionist does NOT ask when you call to book the appointment. Always view websites to as salons usually do provide guidance or quick tips there. Other questions might be whether the wax will be traditional hot wax or if vegetable wax is also available.
Now what are some options for the face? Tons of guys 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 uptick 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 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, minimizing 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. Again, defer to friends or reviews as that can be helpful when selecting a salon to have this treatment done.
Another recent spa finder article describes Brazilian waxing, tips and methodology to ensure your more sensitive areas are treated with TLC. To read more about these trends click here. In essence, the same methods are recommended you might just want to ask a few more questions before you book an appointment.
Now that you’ve groomed your face nose up, what do you do with your beard?
Be patient. Hair needs time to grow. You’re only responsibility is to make sure its not unruly, unless of course you want it this way. Normally 4-6 weeks out hair will grow out and by then it’ll have evened out. You can then pick a style based on your hair density. Going to a barber is recommended. They’ll 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 is 100% intact, invest in a quality trimmer for home use and on occasion if you want to dress up your beard, try beard oil.
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 has created a broader audience for salon services. Amongst them, and one that is often ignored, is the importance of the man 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 an 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 to address either one. Men like women have skin issues they’d like to treat but might not know exactly how to.
Always remember, while looking better is a plus, feeling better is a must so show your man around the salon so he can feel good too.
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