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Male Waxing 101 Tips and Tricks

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In recent years, male waxing, also called male bikini waxing, has become increasingly popular. Although some men are initially hesitant to undergo this hair removal method, they are nonetheless choosing it for its benefits.

You don’t have to endure painful waxing, and at the hands of an experienced esthetician at SOS Wax, male Brazilian waxing may even be more pleasant than shaving.

Benefits of Male Bikini Waxing

There’s a good reason why more clients are getting drawn to male bikini waxing. In the past, the most common hair removal method is shaving using a razor. However, this can lead to many adverse side effects, such as ingrown hairs, razor rash, faster regrowth, and cuts.

When you take the alternative waxing route, you can experience the following benefits:

  • Fewer ingrown hair and less coarse hair
  • Slower regrowth
  • Finer hair regrowth
  • No razor rash
  • No razor cuts
  • Exfoliated skin

Waxing also ensures you’ll be hair-free for a longer period. This is great, especially for men, as they tend to have faster, denser hair growth than women. Since waxing removes unwanted hair at the root, this also means that you will have a lower chance of ingrown hairs, which can cause skin irritation.

Preparing For Your First Male Waxing Session

Before you embark on your first waxing session, there are a few things to note. It is important to prepare your skin before you begin your waxing journey. Some of the steps that you may want to take include:

  • Exfoliating your skin at least two days before the waxing is scheduled.
  • Avoiding retinoids for the two days before the wax.
  • Taking a painkiller before the session.
  • Avoiding the wax if you have skin sensitivity.

Due to the nature of male waxing, an essential step to take is to make sure that the skin is ready for the session. If the skin is not ready, it could become irritable and make the session more difficult to complete. By following these tips, you can minimize discomfort during the session.

Step-by-Step Guide to Male Waxing

Your first male full-body waxing or male facial session can be both exciting and scary. Depending on who is carrying out the service, you may feel a little anxious or uneasy about how it will feel and what will happen. One way of alleviating your worries is by working with an experienced esthetician who will guide you throughout the session.

Overthinking the situation will boost your anxiety levels and cause you to be more reluctant during the session. Here is a step-by-step guide on male waxing.

Step 1: Understanding Your Hair Growth

Understanding how your hair growth works is an essential step in a successful waxing session. There are a few stages of growth that your hair goes through. 

  • Anagen Phase – The anagen phase is the best hair growth stage for waxing. This is also called the growing stage, when the hair is still actively growing.
  • Catagen Phase – The catagen phase is when the hair has stopped growing and has moved away from the hair follicle.
  • Telogen and Exogen Phase – The final stage, the telogen and exogen phase, is when the older hair is ready to fall out and be replaced by the newer hair that will grow. 

The optimal length of hair for the session is around a quarter of an inch. This ensures that the wax is spread evenly and not in a clumped mess that longer hair causes. Once the waxing is complete, you will be able to get into the cycles of hair growth easier, and waxing will become a simpler task.

Usually, the average time between each wax is around 4-5 weeks, depending on your hair regrowth speed.

Step 2: Positioning the Skin Taut and Firmly

It is important to hold the skin firmly during the wax. If the skin is not held firmly, it could cause the wax removal process to be more painful and less thorough. The aim of the wax is to remove the hair root from the skin, not to tug on the layer of skin directly.

Since the hair is deeply positioned in the skin, pulling on the wax whilst having a firm grip on the skin ensures that the separation between the two is easier and more effective with less pain.

Step 3: Pulling in the Direction of Hair Growth

To make the waxing easier, it is best to pull the wax in the direction of the hair growth. Pulling it in the opposite direction makes the process more painful and less thorough. When you pull it in the direction that it grows, this causes the hairs to be more accurately removed whilst ensuring that it is pulled out directly from the root.

When done right, waxing should not be an extremely painful experience. If you experience mild discomfort, it is important to remain calm and control your breathing. Take deep breaths to lower your anxiety levels. This immensely helps the overall discomfort and helps you get through the session.

Post-Wax Tips and Tricks

After the waxing session, the hair will be completely removed, and the skin will be gently exfoliated. To ensure that your skin is well taken care of, here are a few great tips and tricks that you can follow after your waxing session.

1. Removing Any Wax Residue After the Session

A great way to remove the wax safely from your skin is to soak a cloth in hot to warm water and then place it on the area for around 60 seconds. You can simply wipe the area down. Warm water is a great tool for removing any leftover wax and will clean it up in no time.

2. Applying a Moisturizer or Cream to Soothe Sensitive Skin

Once the wax has been removed from the skin, using a moisturizer or cream is a great way to lower your skin’s irritation. This prevents irritation and improves the overall health of your smooth skin, and soothes the affected areas after the process.

3. Avoid Sun Exposure

You are more vulnerable to infections down there for the first 48 hours after waxing. As tempting as it may be to be out and about, remember that sensitive skin is more susceptible to UV rays.

Book Your First Appointment at SOS Wax

Are you looking forward to your first male waxing session? Waxing should be a therapeutic session and receiving professional assistance can truly make a difference.

At SOS Wax, you can experience a hassle-free waxing appointment at the hands of our licensed estheticians. Book an appointment with SOS Wax and enjoy your smooth, hair-free skin!