Steve Carell screaming “Kelly Clarkson!” as the esthetician rips the wax off his chest is without a doubt the most memorable moment in 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
To make the situation more realistic, Carell decided to let the film roll as the hair was literally ripped from his chest, leaving three bald patches. Hair takes no prisoners, with regular folk and Hollywood elite sharing the never-ending fight to keep follicles fur free.
FashionBeans reported the pros, cons, tips and tricks of hair removal methods, including waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, sugaring and laser hair removal. Beginning with waxing, the pro is the long-lasting upshot. “You’ll be hair-free for up to six weeks, and since hair is removed at the root, it’ll grow back with fine—rather than blunt—ends so you’re less likely to itch,” says the men’s publication.
As for the cons, just remember Carell in the movie and “make no mistake: this is eye-watering stuff,” though the pain does lessen in time. To lower the blow, FashionBeans recommends exfoliating skin a day before waxing, trimming hair to one centimeter and “tapping or pressing” skin directly after, as well as patting a cold flannel cloth to the treated area.
The most traditional way to shed hair is shaving. Simplicity is by far the pro, but the con is the cuts that come with it. Some tips to help keep the face and neck clear of nicks is to shave while showering since “the steam and hot water will plump up the hair shafts making them softer and easier to cut,” notes FashionBeans.
While women are more likely to use depilatory creams, the method is just as good for men, with products made specifically for them. After applying and letting the chemicals wane hair at the root, it’s just a matter of wiping it away. However, this pain-free method’s con is hair grows back in a week, unlike waxing.
Before using a depilatory cream, it’s important to first test a small area to assure no irritation occurs. “Follow the same post-application procedure as you would if you were waxing: wear cool, loose clothing for 24 hours afterwards, avoid getting overly hot and sweaty, and use an antibacterial spray to fend off breakouts,” reports the men’s lifestyle publication.
The sweetest method of hair removal is sugaring, which dates back at least 2000 years. FashionBeans says the sugar-based paste acts as a wax, but is quicker and less painful. “Since it is water-based, it’s easy to wash off, and because it’s generally removed in the direction of hair growth, there’s less chance of irritation and ingrown hairs too,” reports the publication. A noted con is it’s not as common of a procedure, making it less available in salons.
If applied to oneself, some tips are to dust skin with talc or corn flour and always pull the hair against the direction it grows. Also “avoid using perfumed products or antiperspirants for 24 hours after sugaring and avoid sun exposure for 48 hours,” says FashionBeans.
Laser hair removal is the final and increasingly popular method of hair removal that’s “especially good for the back, shoulders, neck or buttocks.” Cons are cost and a slight stinging, as well as many treatments spread out over a period of months to tackle all phases of the hair growth cycle.
In the end, the type of hair removal method used truly depends on the individual. If you or someone you know would like more information about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today! We will connect you with Premier Laser Spa or one of our other providers.