Men’s hair removal techniques are not very different from women’s.
However, men’s hair tends to be coarser than women’s due to a hormone called androgen. Men produce more of this hormone than women, so their hair is thicker. This means that men’s hair removal requires a slightly different approach than women’s hair removal.
Keep reading for the five best men’s hair removal techniques and the pros and cons of each.
Shaving is one of the most commonly used men’s hair removal techniques.
- Quick process
- Done at home
- Styling is easier
- Hair grows back fast
- Can create ingrown hair and razor bumps
Best Areas for Men’s Shaving
The best area to shave is the face and neck region. Shaving allows you to style your facial hair how you like, giving you more control.
While you can shave the larger regions of your body, like the chest, back, or legs, it can take a lot of time to get a close shave. Plus, since hair grows back quickly after shaving, you’ll be shaving these areas frequently.
Additionally, since shaving cuts rather than removes the hair strand, shaving can create dark spots due to the coarseness of men's hair.
Men’s waxing is an underrated form of hair removal. It's longer-lasting than shaving and offers smoother results.
- Removes hair at the root
- Fast hair removal
- Creates smooth skin
- Long-lasting (up to 4-6 weeks)
- Salon visits can get expensive (unless you wax at home)
- If done incorrectly, it can be painful
- Can cause ingrown hair
Best Areas for Men’s Waxing
You can use hair wax for men on any body part. Using an At-Home Waxing Kit allows you to wax any area, from small regions like eyebrows to large regions like legs. Plus, our at-home kit comes with a Purifying Lotion and Nourishing Oil to prevent ingrown hairs and help ease waxing-related discomfort.
Curious about how to get a painless wax? Read our guide on how to get a pain-free wax.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal for men has become increasingly popular in recent years and may be worth considering.
- Results in permanent hair loss
- Typically pain-free
- No razor bumps or burns
- Can be expensive
- Requires diligent sessions for permanent results
- Can result in skin conditions like burns, discoloration, or scarring
Best Areas for Laser Hair Removal for Men
While you can do laser hair removal on any region, it may be best suited for smaller areas like neck, or pubic area. It’s an expensive hair removal technique and requires many sessions for permanent results. Regions like the back, chest, or legs can become very expensive.
If you do intend to laser hair in larger areas, we recommend starting with a patch test to ensure your skin is compatible with the laser machine.
Hair removal creams can be suitable for those prone to ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
- Easy to use
- Longer lasting than shaving
- Fast process
- Results in smooth skin
- Reduced chance of ingrown hairs
- Can result in skin irritations due to the chemicals
- Strong smell
Best Areas for Depilatory Creams for Men
We recommend starting with a patch test on the inside of your arm if it’s the first time using a hair removal cream. Some people do not react well to these creams, so it’s best to make sure it works for your skin.
After ensuring the patch test is successful, you can use hair removal cream almost anywhere on your body. When using it on sensitive areas, such as your pubic area or your face, we recommend exercising caution.
Threading is a good technique to consider.
- Removes hair by the root
- Quick process
- Relatively painless
- Longer-lasting than shaving
- Requires salon visits
- Can’t be done everywhere on the body
Best Areas for Threading for Men
Threading is a specific technique using tightly wound cotton threads to remove a few strands at a time. This makes it unsuitable for larger regions or sensitive areas, as it can only remove up to a few hairs at a time.
Men's hair is also coarser than women's, so larger areas could be more painful for hair removal. The best places for threading for men are the eyebrows, upper lip, and around the chin and neck.
Want to learn more about threading? Read our guide on deciding between threading and waxing as hair removal techniques.
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