Manscaping: A Guy’s Guide to Getting Rid of Body Hair! Waxing isn’t just for the ladies, hair removal for men is growing in popularity.

If you think only metrosexuals (men getting a manicure or a facial), gay men, or triathletes would choose to go totally bare, think again. Hairlessness among men is surging in popularity for all types of guys, from straight to ultra conservative to liberal. Men are losing it, from their chest to their nether regions. There has been a rise in male clients by almost 30 percent this year alone in waxing.


Stars such as David Beckham may be contributing to the male hairless trend all over the body. Popular areas for guys include feet and toes, butt, back, and chest.

David Beckham

Another reason for the recent rise of manscaping? More men are becoming open to getting waxed because their girlfriends and wives are encouraging them to clean up. Usually men come back after the first time because waxing makes you feel more confident by eliminating a 5 o’clock shadow on your back or other areas, it helps make them feel cleaner, and helps relieve ingrown hairs caused by shaving. Plus, it saves time since you don’t have to shave daily, and eventually hair starts to grow back thinner so you don’t need to come in as often.”

Danny Ghitis for The New York Times
Kenny Milstead, an esthetician at Bliss Spa in SoHo with a client, Ryan Pepper.

As with women’s waxing, aftercare is important, since the risk of ingrown hairs.  For the first 24 hours after defuzzing, most estheticians advise avoiding anything that will get the area overheated, including steam rooms, and workouts.

Keeping the area clean is also important. A unisex calming product, like Tendskin, Malin and Goetz’s newly-introduced ingrown hair cream and FixMySkin healing body balm, which comes in a tube that looks like a child’s glue stick, can help soothe any irritation or redness.

Worried about the pain, try these tips for a better experience:

You can also apply a numbing cream 45 minutes to a hour prior to your waxing appointment.

Such as, LMX 5% Topical Anorectal Cream, make sure to remove the product with soap and water after waxing it is not meant to be left on the skin for a prolonged period of time.

LMX 5% Topical Anorectal Cream

Check with your Doctor before using this product!


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