Hair removal products have always been catered to women, but a growing number of men care about unwanted hair. About 26 percent of baby boomer and 44 percent of Generation X men admit to manscaping or removing hair below the neck, according to a recent report by market research firm Multi-sponsor Surveys.
Shaving and depilatories may be quick and convenient, but they can cause irritation and redness. Experts say there are much better options that are safe and almost pain-free with fewer side effects and better results.
The LightSheer Diode is the gold standard in laser hair removal, according to Dr. Doris J. Day, a New York University clinical associate professor of dermatology and author of “Forget the Facelift.” The laser targets the pigment at the base of the follicle and works best on those with dark hair and light skin.
The LightSheer Duet covers a larger area and doesn’t require a messy gel, so you can treat an entire leg or back in as little as 15 minutes.
While spas offer laser hair removal, a doctor’s office is ideal, since a physician can oversee your treatment to minimize risk, make adjustments and manage side effects.
“The treatments are safe but they have to be done properly,” Day told Fox News.
This method costs about $100 to $500 per session. There are also at-home laser hair removal devices, but these tend to be better for touch-ups.
Cream, honey and hard wax effectively remove hair, but they can all cause burning, skin damage, premature aging and pigmentation. Sugar wax, on the other hand, is a natural alternative that’s just as effective, according to Natashah Torki, beauty director at San Diego based hair removal studio Beauty by Dolly.
Used at room temperature, sugar wax only adheres to the hair so it doesn’t remove your top layer of skin. While it’s a little painful and uncomfortable like traditional wax, there’s no burning sensation and little to no redness or ingrown hairs.
The treatment tends to cost at least $15 and while sugaring works on any part of the body, it’s best for use below the neck. Four to six weeks between sessions is typical.
The most common hair removal method in the Middle East and India, threading is less abrasive and painful and more precise than waxing. The aesthetician uses a piece of thread to twist and roll the thread to quickly remove hairs from the root.
While threading is usually used on eyebrows, the treatment can also be used on the chin, nostrils, upper lip, ears and even beard. It costs about $7 and up, depending on location and four to six weeks between sessions is typical.
A more expensive method, electrolysis destroys hair follicles using a tiny needle to deliver shortwave radio frequencies to the follicles. Costing about $80 to $100 per session, the treatment can be used on all hair and skin colors, including blonde, fine textures and facial hair.
Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal method, according to the FDA. Four to six treatments are typical. Make sure to ask your electrologist about his or her certification and license to lessen the risk of infection and scarring.
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