Waxing for Men: Head to Toe and Everywhere in Between
In recent years, waxing has become a fast and favorite method of ‘manscaping,’ a term that loosely defines the removal of hair on a man’s body for cosmetic effect. Men have always taken measures to look professional, handsome and physically fit, yet an old-fashioned stigma about certain types of grooming lingers, and we’d like to put it to rest. Today, body grooming is more than just a haircut and shave, and more than just a trend.
Men who swear by waxing as a regular part of their self-care routine – which may include treating the neck, back or chest, the Bikini Wax or Manzillian – find that they feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin, more attractive, and have a better self-image, clothes on or off.
Men, if we’ve piqued your curiosity, let us address some of the top concerns we’ve received at Maui’s Best Massage + Spa:
Why would I?
Waxing treatments are effective for hair removal because they get to the root of the hair follicle. Hair regrowth slows and softens. With repeated treatments, the follicles weaken resulting in less hair over time.
Other reasons? Athletes choose waxing for the removal of body hair to improve aerodynamics and enhance their appearance. Some men choose the bikini wax or the Manzillian to impress or please a loved one or increase sexual sensitivity. Others receive treatments to improve personal hygiene.
Does it hurt?
Well, yes. Depending on your pain tolerance and location of the wax application, the first treatment, while short, may be uncomfortable. Discomfort fades with subsequent treatments as the hair follicles weaken. Talk to your esthetician about ways to dull the pain ahead of time and start small to familiarize yourself with the treatment process.
Do I have to be completely naked?
If you’re having a bikini wax or the Manzillian, it is necessary to undress from the waist down. We understand that this could be embarrassing, however, our lead estheticians are experts. Waxing treatments are common and to us, we’re just taking care of hair and skin. Putting our clients at ease is a top priority.
What’s the difference between a Bikini Wax, and the Manzillian?
The bikini wax for men is very similar to the female version of a bikini wax. The main objective is to clean-up hair outside of the underwear line. The Manzillian is more comprehensive. All surrounding hair in the genital area is removed.
Are there any side-effects?
Generally no, however preparation and post-care are key to minimizing any uncomfortable or unsightly results. Be sure to shower prior to treatment, wear loose clothing, and allow 12-24 hours before sun exposure, exercise, swimming, or using exfoliating products while the skin is more vulnerable to irritation.
How often is waxing necessary to keep skin soft and smooth?
We advise scheduling treatments every four – eight weeks. Our estheticians recommend a treatment plan specific to each client’s unique needs.
Ready to schedule your first appointment?
Maui’s Best Massage + Spa’s estheticians specialize in waxing services for both women and men. Call 808-426-7418 and we’ll advise you on how to prepare for your first appointment.