YEARS after the word “metrosexual” entered the mainstream, there’s nothing eyebrow-raising about men getting a manicure or a facial. Lately though, guys’ grooming has gone one step further, deep into territory that was previously reserved solely for women: waxing.

If you think only metrosexuals, gay men, or triathletes would choose to go totally bare down there, think again. Hairlessness among men is surging in popularity for all types of guys, from straight to ultra conservative to liberal from their chest to their nether regions.

It’s definitely not just the downtown guys getting waxed anymore. In London the Spa’s chain has seen a rise in male clients by almost 30 percent this year alone. Guys are doing it not only because it makes them feel cleaner, but also for the illusion of the “optical inch” — by minimising hair you maximize the appearance of other “parts.”

Another reason for the recent rise of manscaping? More men are becoming open to getting waxed because their girlfriends and wives are encouraging them to clean up. Usually men come back after the first time because waxing makes you feel more confident by eliminating a 5 o’clock shadow on your back or groin area, and helps relieve ingrown hairs caused by shaving. Plus, it saves time since you don’t have to shave daily, and eventually hair starts to grow back thinner so you don’t need to come in as often.

Male Waxing Aftercare Advice

After any waxing appointment it is important to ensure you look after your skin in the days following. This will help ensure the best possible result from the treatment. Some slight soreness, small bumps and redness are common and perfectly normal temporary reactions, particularly after your first wax. These symptons usually subside over the 24-48 hours following the treatment.

You should keep the waxed area clean, and avoid heat and friction during the next 24 – 48 hours. This usually means:

•No hot baths or showers (warm is fine);

•No saunas, steam rooms or hot tubs;

•No tanning (sunbathing, sunbeds or fake tans);

•No sport, gym, or other exercise;

•Avoid scratching or touching the treated area with unwashed hands;

•Wear clean, loose fitting clothes;

•Avoid swimming in chlorinated water;

•Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the area, other then those recommended by your therapist;

•To sooth and protect the skin, apply an antiseptic cream to the waxed area regularly for 3 days. Always wash your hands before applying any product.

You may notice a small amount of regrowth after a week or so. It can take up to four treatments for your hair to get on a growth cycle that gives the best results. Hair needs to be at least 5mm long before it can be successfully removed by waxing. Please do not shave between appointments. To maintain your smooth appearance we recommend regular waxing every 4 – 6 weeks.

To prevent ingrown hairs

Starting a few days after your appointment, gently scrub the skin three times a week in the bath or shower using a loofah, exfoliating mitt or product. Also moisturise the area eery day, this will help keep the skin supple and help new hairs to grow through normally.

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