Should men wax?

Gone are the days when it was fashionable for men to sport low buttoned shorts with reams of chest hair hanging out... today's metrosexual man hates excess body hair as much as women do! But would you go as far as to wax your body hair? Here we consider the tricky question: should men wax?!

The pros of male waxing

Ultimately, personal preference plays a major role in the decision of whether men should wax or not. If you hate your excess body hair, waxing is a fast, easy and cheap way to get rid of it - allowing you to achieve the look you want and enjoy greater body confidence.

In addition, waxing can also boost the performance of athletes like swimmers, cyclists and body builders.

As a hair removal method, waxing achieves smoother, longer lasting results than shaving does. Waxing actually weakens the root of the hair, meaning that over time hair may grow back thinner and lighter.

Many salons offer special waxing packages for men and these are some of the most popular treatments beauty therapists perform - meaning that there's absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about. You can also wax at home with minimal fuss.

The cons of male waxing

Let's start with the obvious - it's painful! if you've got thick hair and you want to wax delicate areas (such as the upper chest), be prepared for an eye-watering experience.

It's common for newly waxed skin to redden or develop a rash - so you might want to avoid a waxing treatment a couple of days before a big night out.

As we mentioned previously, the decision over whether men should wax or not often comes down to personal preference. While you might hanker after smooth, hairless skin, your wife or girlfriend might not be too impressed with the results.

If you do decide to wax, you should also take steps to prevent ingrown hairs by exfoliating and moisturising regularly.

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