Below The Belt Treatment For Men
Men are generally hairy – and some don’t necessarily want to be hairy. Some don’t have much body hair or are quite happy with it, but have heard about the awesome effects of Brazilian waxing and want to get a piece of the action.
Years ago women had the monopoly on waxing – Fortunately this is no longer the case.
Yet still, men who have not discovered waxing silently deal with the issue hair removal themselves, often resulting in painful side effects. Depilatory creams, can often burn, clippers, may nick the skin, scrotum’s skin tears from cold wax strips, partners attempting to shave them…
Virtually every male I see has at some point attempted to remove their own body hair – and more importantly, been dissatisfied or injured in the process.
Recommendation: If you planning to receive any waxing treatment for the first time I recommend you to schedule your complimentary Consultation & Patch Test.
Before you come for your waxing treatment please do not shave or trim your hair (the area you want waxed). In order for the wax to grip the hair it needs to be around 1/4 inch in length. Some other dont’s to be aware of, don’t have a fake tan for a few days before (or after), don’t come straight from a hot shower.
Be sure to be prepared to give full disclosure concerning medications and products that may thin the skin. I will be glad to answer any other questions you may have about suitability before any treatment takes place. Our first meeting I will go over a confidential, private consultation form with a client. This establishes exactly what is required. I will only go-ahead with a treatment when the client is happy and understands the procedure.
Waxing is a very safe treatment however it cannot be done where there is sun burn, varicose veins, skin diseases, cuts and abrasions, chaffed or broken skin, warts or hairy moles. Also new scar tissue cannot be waxed over, (ie after an operation). If you suffer from oversensitive skin, peripheral artery disease, peripheral neuropathy or diabetes you should consult your Doctor or a health professional before being waxed.
Skin that has been treated with steroid creams, Retin-A, Differin or other retinoid acne products within the last 3 months cannot be waxed. Those who are or have been taking Roaccutane must wait at least 6 months after finishing the course before a waxing treatment.
You need 1/8″ to 1/4″ hair growth for the wax to hold onto, no more – no less. Trimming maybe recommended if needed – but not required.
First of all any questions you may have about the treatment are answered. Then we will go through a consultation process to ascertain areas to be waxed, and to ensure no problems that may mean that area isn’t suitable for waxing. Once on the massage table the area to be waxed is cleansed with a pre-wax lotion, then warm wax is applied to the area, a paper strip pressed down and then quickly removed – its no worse then pulling a plaster off. The wax grips the hairs and when removed pulls them away with it. This is repeated across the area to be treated.
What does waxing involve?
The area to be treated is coated with a thin layer of depilatory warm wax, which sticks to the hair and removes it by the root when pulled off. I use a combination of soft wax (removed with paper strips) and hard wax (which sets on the skin and is then peeled off by hand) for the most effective and comfortable treatment possible.
Depilatory waxing is non-chemical, and thus is not aggressive to the epidermis. Since it is non-mechanical, depilatory waxing adapts to all parts of the body and face and to all anatomies. It leaves the skin perfectly smooth and soft. Practiced regularly, it weakens and slows hair regrowth and produces results that last longer and longer.
What type of man goes in for waxing?
Any man, regardless of age or sexual persuasion, who feels that too much body hair is blighting his life.
Are there any conditions that will prevent me from getting waxed?
Contagious skin conditions will prevent us from waxing the affected area until the condition has completely cleared. Clients taking Roaccutane must wait 6 months after finishing their medication before receiving a waxing treatment. I’m also unable to remove hair from skin that is sunburnt, chafed or broken, or from skin that has been treated with steroid creams, Retin-A, Differin or other retinoid acne products within the last 3 months.
I do not recommend having your first wax immediately before a special occasion or vacation, as the treated area may look and feel a little sore afterwards – better to play it safe and allow a couple of days for things to settle down before surprising your unsuspecting partner.
Will it hurt?
Oh, the number one question! I’m not going to lie to you, but it is no way near as painful as your mind makes it up to be. If I had a dollar for every time I heard “Ah it wasn’t that bad” I would be on vacation right now! No waxing is totally pain free but I use the best products, the best methods and I put client comfort first. It might hurt a bit but it is over in an instant and the results are worth it. For hair removal from the intimate areas of the body, a hard wax, designed for just that purpose, is used. The wax is thick almost like soft Toffee when warmed and is applied in small strips to the area to be waxed. Unlike soft wax it does not adhere to the skin but gently shrink wraps the hair, staying flexible as it cools and dries. Then it is quickly removed, taking the hair with it. Using hard wax makes waxing in the male genital area a more comfortable experience; as an added bonus, it also gets easier with every subsequent appointment.
Will it feel uncomfortable afterwards?
Some slight soreness and redness are common temporary reactions, particularly if this is your first wax. These should subside within a few hours, and many people find that regular waxing results in less irritation. It is not unusual for first time waxees to experience a few pimples on the chest and back – I recommend applying an antiseptic cream to the area for a few days after your treatment, which will help to soothe and protect the skin.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
Please shower before your appointment and, if possible, gently exfoliate the areas you are having waxed for a few days beforehand. This helps to remove any dead skin cells and lifts the hair. Do not shave or use hair removal creams (e.g. Veet) on the area for at least 3 weeks prior to your appointment, as hair needs to be a minimum of 1/4 inch long in order to wax successfully. If you are already getting waxed on a regular basis, you will need to leave at least 4 weeks between treatments. I will do any necessary trimming for you on the day. I suggest wearing a clean, loose-fitting t-shirt if having your back or chest waxed, loose pants for leg waxing, and clean cotton underwear for all Brazilian waxing. In other words, don’t turn up in your sweaty gym clothes and avoid clothing that rubs excessively.
What happens if I'm running late for my appointment?
Please keep an eye on your watch, mobile or tablet for your appointment. I often have clients booked before and after your appointment so you need to arrive at the time that we agreed. If you get here earlier than your scheduled time, text me and I’ll see if I can take you in, or give you an E.T.A (estimated time of arrival). If you arrive late for your appointment and if I have a client booked afterwards this may result in having to reschedule your appointment, or offering you a reduced treatment time. Offering a quality service to all my clients is important. As all quoted treatments times are approximate. So a quick text is a good idea.
How long will the treatment take?
This depends on the area being waxed and the density of hair. Eyebrows take about 15 minutes, legs 45-60 minutes, and a chest or back wax will take 15-30 minutes depending on hair growth. A first time Brazilian takes 45-60 minutes. I allow extra time for new clients so that you don’t feel rushed, but it’s also worth knowing that it gets quicker and easier every time you attend.
How should I care for my skin afterwards?
You must avoid heat and friction for at least 24 hours after your appointment. This means no hot baths or showers (washing with cool or lukewarm water is fine), no sunbathing, no saunas, hot tubs or steam rooms, no exercise, and no tight clothing that might cause excessive skin rubbing. You should also avoid swimming and the use of fragrance body lotions or sprays. I recommend applying an antiseptic cream (available from your therapist) to the freshly waxed area regularly for 3 days, to soothe and protect the skin. To help prevent ingrown hairs, scrub with a loofah or exfoliating mitt 3 times a week in the bath or shower, then follow with a light slick of moisturizer.
Can I book a massage, spray tan or sunbed after my wax?
Depending on the area waxed, I generally advise first time customers to wait a day or so before having a massage. You must leave at least 24 hours before tanning, which includes fake tanning and the use of UV sunbeds.
How long will the results last?
This varies from person to person. Unlike shaving or hair removal creams, waxing removes hair by the root – this avoids the discomfort of itchy stubble and your hair will grow back slower, softer and sparser. Because of the way hair grows, it may take 3 or 4 appointments spaced evenly apart to get on a growth cycle that gives best results, but stick with it and you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about. To maintain your smooth appearance, I recommend waxing regularly every 4 to 5 weeks.
Is intimate waxing embarrassing?
A few strange positions, but remember your therapist is a professional! So please do not feel embarrassed. There is a slight warming sensation when the wax is applied, but this will not be hot so there is no need to worry. I will give you your privacy to get undressed, removal of your underwear is necessary for intimate waxing but you will be given a towel to cover yourself so please don’t panic! Most of the treatment your dignity will be kept intact as you use the towel to cover and hold your parts not being waxed out of the way, this also keeps the skin taught making your treatment much more comfortable. You will need to be naked from the waist down to ensure a perfect result. The results are worth it.
Cancellation Policy: Once an appointment is confirmed, you are notified (your choice) via e-mail and text. I understand that plans can change, so if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you can do so within 24 hours of confirmation with no penalty.
Look after your skin
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 symptoms 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 Sexual activity (your pores are open;
- 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;
- Avoid picking or digging;
- 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 1/4 inch 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 exfoliating mitt or product. Also moisturize the area every day, this will help keep the skin supple and help new hairs to grow through normally.
Why not shave?
Shaving stimulates potential hair growth and can strengthen the hair follicle. Shaving also cuts the hair at the hair shaft, which not only re-grows with a stubbly feel but it allows the hair to re-grow the next day or in some cases the same day.