Hair Removal for Men: The Art of Manscaping

Remember that scene in “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” where Steve Carell’s character, Andy Stitzer, received a chest waxing at the urging of his friends? Well don’t worry, hair removal for men doesn’t have to be that dramatic and is actually more common than you think.

Men choosing to remove unwanted body hair for cosmetic reasons are nothing new, in fact it’s been around since ancient times, but it’s certainly been building in Western culture since the 1960s and is a staple of 21st century entertainment and fashion. Whether it’s achieved with waxing, shaving or laser hair removal, a smoother, less burly look for men is what we see most often in the media today. Back hair is especially frowned upon and is the most common reason for hair removal, though there are a rising number of men who choose to remove the hair on their chest, legs and face (eyebrows, ears, back of the neck and even the beard area). Look at these laser hair removal before and after photos to see the different areas hair can be removed from.

Laser hair removal is the most efficient and more permanent solution for treating a man’s hairy areas, but waxing is easier to approach as it’s more cost effective in the short run and has a more immediate effect; the average cost of a professional waxing can run between $60 - $100, with home kits costing around $20, while laser hair removal can run you anywhere from $400 - $1000 a session with multiple sessions. Laser hair removal also takes weeks of treatments to achieve the desired look; when you’re planning a weekend getaway to a popular beach resort, there’s no time to waste.

In regards to pain, either treatment can cause it to some degree, though laser hair removal treatments generally come with a numbing cream to ease the discomfort. No one can argue that ripping the hair from your body with strips of waxy paper doesn’t look pretty painful; however the benefits often outweigh the costs, and what’s more manly than braving a little pain? So whether you’re looking for a quick waxing for a vacation or planning to say goodbye to your pelt for good with laser hair removal, that manscaped look can be yours with a minimum of fuss.