What to wax? A beginners guide to male waxing

Had enough of your body hair? Considering waxing? With a massive range of waxes and salons out there, the rise in male waxing has been phenomenal. If you are thinking that waxing could be for you, but just need to get your head round some of the finer details, read on.

What can you wax?

To be honest, the real answer is anything. However there are the most popular areas men go for the Secret Oasis Spa:

  • Chest
  • Back
  • Neck
  • Cheeks
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Eyebrows

Some salons will also offer intimate waxing (where they take the hair off your neither regions) giving options for a back, sack and crack, Brazilian and Hollywood waxes too.

Does it hurt?

Well, yes it does, but maybe not as much as you are expecting. There are a number of things you can do to help reduce pain too including:

Pop a painkiller
Taking an over the counter painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen around 45 minutes prior to your appointment will help dull any pain. Avoid aspirin (it will increase blood flow and therefore pain).

Avoid alcohol and caffeine
This may be bad news for some, but keeping off the booze and the caffeine for a couple of days before your appointment will make the experience a lot more pleasant and a lot less painful. Let’s face it, a hangover is bad enough, but a hangover AND a wax – that’s only for the really brave…

Don’t exercise before waxing
Normally we’d be encouraging those guy visits, but not before a waxing session. Exercise increases circulation, which will make your waxing experience more painful. So save your trip to the gym for the next day.

And don’t take a shower or bath immediately before waxing
Your hair will be softer and more likely to break, but do make sure any areas to be waxed are clean – wet wipes are great for this.

Find out what wax the salon uses
Different waxes need to be used at different temperatures. Generally speaking higher temperature waxes will be more painful. We only ever use Lycon wax, to give you the best experience, as pain-free as possible.

Always choose a professional
There are plenty of DIY waxing products out there, but even with all the will in the world, you are never going to get the same results as a trained, professional waxing technician. They not only have the skills and expertise, but they have also been trained in waxing in the most pain-free ways possible. A professional wax is almost always worth its weight in gold, so go have a chat to your local salon.

What else do I need to know before I wax?

Start small
If you are a first timer, you might not want to go all out for that full body wax. Start with a less intensive wax, then if you are happy with how it goes, they you can book yourself in for additional treatments the next time.

Get exfoliating
Your skin will thank you for it if you regularly exfoliate, not just before your wax, but after it too. You’ll have better results all round and help avoid ingrowing hairs.

Invest in a good moisturiser
Keeping your skin hydrated will keep it smooth and healthy too.

Don’t shave or trim prior to a wax
Sounds obvious but it’s going to be far easier for your waxing technician to remove hair if it’s longer – this will help ensure it is pulled out at the root. The ideal length for waxing is 1/4 – 1/2 and inch. The coarser the hair, the closer to 1/2 inch the better.

Sensitive soul?
If you have allergies, eczema, or skin sensitivity you absolutely need to tell your beautician before you begin. Some eczema drugs and creams will make waxing unsuitable. If you know you have problem skin, it may be worth talking about doing a patch test (just like dying your hair) before your appointment. Talk to your salon if you have any worries.

Your waxer will probably be female
Look they have seen it all before and really won’t be paying attention to your body in ‘that’ way. When they are looking at you, they are assessing where to take the hair from next, so sit back and relax – this is all part of the job for them.

It’s your body
So if at any point you are not comfortable with how your wax is going, stop and walk away.
Live or work in the Fulham area? Check out our waxing page or get in touch direct for a chat on 020 7371 5118. You can email us on info@secretoasisspa.co.uk or fill in our online contact form to contact us for an appointment.

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