Hair Removal For Men

hair-removal-menOnce upon a time, hair removal was something only women did – if you were a man, you just didn’t do that type of thing, unless for some reason, it was part of your job/hobby (Bodybuilder, swimmer, that sort of thing.) That’s all changed now, hair removal for men is a pretty popular thing.

Blame it on the media, or peer pressure, or who knows what, but men are opting in more and more for hair removal now. Nearly just as many men are having hair removal done as women now!

Should men remove body hair?

A lot of men wonder if removing their hair is something that should be done. Our parents or friends have probably made fun of such a thing for so long that we just assume it’s a terrible thing as a habit. However, it’s not that bad – and there’s no reason as to why it shouldn’t be done, if it’s something that you want done.

Different Methods

Hair removal for men is still a pretty new thing – or fad (you decide.), so while women usually tend to know what they’re doing in that department, men grow up not knowing much about it. An occasional article in a magazine, or maybe HairRemovalHelp.org website – or whatever is on the back of the hair removal cream box at the local store – that’s about all of the formal training men get.

So, that being said, let’s dig into a few different options for hair removal and cut through some of the fog for you.

 

waxing-for-menHair Removal option 1: Waxing

You’ve probably seen this done in quite a few movies – usually comedies – because there is some pain involved. Though, it’s not as bad as said movies make it out to be.

Hair removal wax nowadays isn’t that terrible.

It’s designed to specifically stick to only your hair. Just apply the wax to the area that you’re working on, apply a special cloth strip on top of the wax and give it a few minutes to dry. (Check your instructions – each wax may be different.) Once it’s dry, just pull the strip away and the hair will come with it. While there is a little pain with this method, it really only takes a few minutes to do – so that’s a big plus. The cost is also pretty low. You’ll be looking at $5-$10 for a kit from your local store.

 

hair-removal-creamsHair Removal For Men Option 2: Creams

This option is similar to waxing in many ways. There’s no strips to rip off of your skin – so there’s a lot less pain. This option may work best for many men who want to do it quickly and easily at home, but don’t want to deal with the pain and complications of trying to use a wax.

Hair removal creams work by way of a chemical reaction by literally dissolving the hair at the base, which causes the hairs to just fall out and wipe away when you remove the cream. It’s a really painless and quick method of hair removal.

However, that being said – as it is a chemical, some people may be allergic.

Test it on a small area to see how it works first.

Also, keep in mind, this may not be the best option for genitals – that skin may be too sensitive for this. One last – make sure that you pay close attention to the directions on the kit, because if the cream is left on for too long, it may very well cause chemical burns – which is worse to look at than a lot of hair, and painful.

These kits are usually pretty cheap, going for roughly $10 a piece at your local retail store.

 

laser-therapyHair Removal For Men Option 3: Laser Treatments

This method you can’t do at home – and it’s quite a bit more expensive compared to the previous two options. However, in the long run this may be the cheapest option.

Laser treatment literally uses a laser (okay, a laser light – not as “Trekky” as it sounds.) to kill the root of the hairs.

Technically the hair can grow back – but a lot of times, the hair is gone for good.

If it does grow back, you’ll notice that it’s quite a bit thinner than before and it probably took a really long time to get to the point it’s at. “Touch ups” can always be done to take care of those hairs too.

Again, this method is a bit expensive – around $500 or so, but keep in mind: Most of your hair will probably be gone for good – and if it’s not it will take a long time to grow back.

 

As you can see, there are a few options – and no option is best. However, one of these methods may work better for you over another, so hopefully this information will help you decide how you want to go about it.

 

Hair loss – Why does it happen and what can you do about it?

hair-lossYou’re losing your hair right now. In fact, everyone is losing their hair – most people are losing about 100 hairs per day.

Most people won’t see any normal loss or thinning at that rate.

However, as we get older, our hair does tend to thin out – some more than others. There are many factors that affect this: some of them natural, some of them caused by outside sources.

Let’s talk about all of the factors that can cause it, what you can do about it – and even what you shouldn’t do that could make it worse.

Genetic Causes

  1. Androgenic Alopecia – also known as Male Pattern Baldness (This can also affect women, called Female Pattern Baldness) is a condition that can start to rear its head as early as a man’s teens or twenties. You’ll notice a receding hairline at the front and in the back, you’ll notice the hair starting to disappear from the crown.
  2. Involutional Alopecia – this is another condition that’s somewhat natural, in the sense that it just happens. Over time, as a person gets older, they gradually lose more hair.
  3. Hormonal Changes (such as pregnancy or menopause) can also cause hair loss, although this is normally temporary, so don’t feel bad if this is happening – but still have it checked out!

 

Medical Conditions

There’s a number of medical conditions that will cause a person to start losing their hair – infections such as ringworm, any disease that could possibly cause scarring, thyroid gland conditions, and a disease called Alopecia Areata. This disease causes the immune system to attack hair follicles.

Drugs

There are also many drugs that can cause hair loss – Cancer drugs, blood pressure/heart drugs, arthritis drugs, and depression drugs can all cause some type of loss or thinning.

 

prevent-hair-lossCan hair loss be prevented?

The short answer is yes and no.

As discussed above, hair loss is caused by many factors – and more specifically, if it’s caused by medication or diet (lack of nutrients such as iron or protein) or hormones, it can be treated.

Keep your diet in check – make sure you’re eating proper nutrients, research your medications, and if you’re pregnant or going through menopause, do some research there as well – if you take care of yourself you can prevent it. If it’s past the point of prevention, then fret not – you can still treat it and it should grow back.

Sadly, genetic loss cannot be prevented. It’s going to happen.

 

What NOT to do.

So, losing your hair/thinning hair is going to happen – it’s just part of life. It’s a sad part, but sometimes it’s just there. You can take measures to possibly slow down the thinning.

  1. Don’t use pounds of chemicals. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you’ll probably want to style up your hair now and then – and that’s ok. Try not to use a ton of harmful chemicals, if possible. Perms, Hair colors, Hair bleaches and so on – those can all damage your hair.
  2. Don’t wash your hair every day. A lot of people do this, it just sounds like it’s right – but it’s really not. Your hair will be fine if it’s only washed a few days a week. Regular washing dries the hair of all of it’s natural oils and can damage it.
  3. Don’t stress. I know this one can be tough, but do what you have to to ease some of the stress in your life, because it will make you go bald.
  4. Don’t eat trashy foods. It’s 2014 – it’s hard to not eat junk food/fast food these days, but keep in mind: Those foods are low in all of the important vitamins and minerals your body needs to survive. I have a feeling that cavemen had more hair than we do.
  5. Don’t ignore it. lastly, if you’re sure everything is in check: Your diet is good, your medications aren’t causing it, everything in your life is where it should be – don’t ignore it. Go talk to your doctor, because perhaps you missed something that’s causing it. If not, then they will be better equipped to help you deal with it.