Bodybuilders remove body hair to flaunt their ripped muscles. The hair disguises and dulls the contours they’ve worked hard to create so the hair HAS to go. There are many articles on the best ways to get rid of hair for bodybuilders (see this Livestrong article and here on The Boxing Scene) but why choose waxing instead of shaving or hair removal cream?
Cost Effective hair removal…
Shaving certainly seems cheaper and in the short term yes, its quick and cheap. When you are removing the hair from your entire body however you’re going to want to use high quality blades that are sharp. So you’re looking at two plus blades per shave as well as cream. It’s worth thinking about how often you’ll shave too. Will it be once a week or every other day? Of course this depends on your general hairiness, the colour of hair (darker hair shows up faster), whether you like to be looking smooth and buffed every day or just for competitions. If it’s a once in a blue moon smooth body you’re after then shaving is fine. If you want to appear smooth all the time then you are far better booking a full body wax, lying back and letting us do the hard work, because waxing removes hair from the root you’ll not have to think about it for at least four weeks.
Depilatory cream is also a good way of removing hair on odd occasions. It’s marginally better than shaving. It doesn’t create a sharp edge from the blade when the hair is removed. So it’s not quite so cactus like for regrowth but, it’s pretty stinky and packed with harsh chemicals which can burn some sensitive skin types. Cost wise its reasonably cheap if you are only doing it once in a while.
Waxing offers long lasting smooth skin with a higher one off payment for the appointment. If you work on the basis of once a month appointments it works out to be very cost effective. And the more you wax the better the results. You’ll see your hair become softer, finer and look lighter in colour. If you follow our aftercare advice your skin will stay smooth and bump free.
We know Bodybuliders love a fake tan to further define and accentuate musle definition. Waxing creates the perfect base for your tan. By removing dead skin cells and giving you a better even finish and longer lasting tan.
The few seconds of pain is worth the gain. If you don’t believe us, check out this video from Gert Louw:
After spending so much time working hard to build, let us get you smooth and competition ready. Your time is precious so don’t waste it on shaving your entire body. It will only grow back stubbly, itchy and ugly the next day. Got a question? Have a look at our frequently asked questions page or drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Considering your first Back Wax? Here’s what to expect and how to prepare…
Male back waxing is a very popular treatment all year round at The Waxologist in Manchester however we have a spike of busyness in summer for this treatment as many men feel more confident on holiday with a lovely smooth back.
Why not DIY Back wax?
We have many men come for a back wax that have previously tried to tame the hair themselves either by shaving, depilatory cream or waxing. It’s an area that’s hard to reach and see so you’re unlikely to get the best results doing it yourself and neither shaving or hair removal creams last long as they remove only the hair above the skin whereas waxing removes the hair right out of the root so a new softer finer hair grows back taking more time and giving you smoother skin for longer.
My Partner wants to wax my back!
Fact. Waxing is fun. Here at The Waxologist we wax all day long and it’s satisfying to take a client from hairy to bare, but here’s the thing… we’re highly trained, qualified and experienced as well as being insured. We’ll remove the hair quickly with minimum trauma to the skin using products chosen to suit your skin and hair type. I’m sure your partner is a wonderful person who would enjoy watching you wriggle and shriek as they try out a home waxing kit that could lead to a silly argument, a rubbish job and you’re more likely to suffer contra indications or issues afterwards. There are better ways to spend an evening with your loved one so JUST SAY NO!
When shall I book?
If you’ve never had a wax before it’s a good idea to have a trial back wax before the holiday back wax, this will allow us to see what works best for your skin and hair type. Ideally you would come for your holiday wax two or three days before you go away, this allows any reaction to settle and you’ll be able to follow aftercare by not swimming or sunbathing in the 48 hours after the wax. For the trial wax six weeks before would be perfect to allow enough time for the hair to grow through ready for the subsequent wax.
How often do I need to wax my back?
You don’t need to wax your back! It’s a choice and its individual. We have many clients that we see once a year before a holiday and we have regulars we see every four weeks. Most men start to develop more hair on their back with age so at 30 years old there might be a light spattering of hair on the shoulder blades and a patch on the lower back just above the waist band but by 40 years old hair will have spread out to the whole back and as the years progress the hair may become longer and denser. If you want to see a reduction in hair growth and you like having a smooth back, then we’d suggest coming in every four to six weeks otherwise just book in whenever suits you.
What do I need to do before I get my back waxed?
If you normally shave or trim don’t remove hair for a minimum of four weeks before your appointment. Stay out of the sun or off the sunbed as sunburnt skin cannot be waxed. Exfoliate gently in the shower and don’t apply any potions or lotions prior to your appointment. If you can avoid caffeine for a couple of hours before your appointment it can minimise pain as stimulants in the system can sensitise you to pain.
Ever wondered why cyclists wax? Here are a few reasons………It’s race season, you’ve got a winters worth of leg hair and a series of races coming up. Do you shave, repeatedly? Or do you take the plunge the try a leg wax? There are many reasons male cyclists de-fuzz themselves. Not just through the race season but all year too.
The dreaded Road Rash
Road rash is a graze times 10. The skin is literally burned off by the friction of you skidding along the ground. Ouch! If you happen to take a tumble, the wound can be more easily cleaned and cleared of grit if hair free. You’ll find that dressing your wound is easier. And of course removing any dressing if your legs are smooth too!
Post-Race a good hard rub down to soothe your aching muscles will be far more pleasant and effective if the masseuse has nice smooth legs to work on.
Waxing makes you go Faster!
Honestly, we’re not even making it up! A major bike manufacturer has done wind tunnel testing and has found there is an aerodynamic benefit to having smooth legs. The hairier you are, the more difference a wax will make. Trailing with six cyclists of varying pre-wax hairiness, the average saving over 40 kilometres was an impressive 70 seconds.
To find out more about what the future Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins types were doing about their hairy legs, we had a spy on cyclechat.net to see what was going on. There was a really mixed bag of opinions knocking about and some of our favourite quotes were: –
“got waxed at a salon in Glasgow before I went cycling and it was great, would recommend it.”
“I shaved all the way up my legs, then a day later when the stubble started, it made my balls sore leaving me walking like John Wayne for the next couple of days”
“Shaving is a pain and you have to do it so often”
Why Wax When You Can shave?
Shaving, It is certainly easy to do and doesn’t cause any pain at the time. However, it doesn’t last long, you’ll have stubble the very next day, so you’ll need to do it again and again and again. There’s razor rash and itching on re-growth to look forward to as well. A full leg wax is 30 minutes of your time, lasts up to 4 weeks, with no rash or itching when it grows back.
Here at The Waxologist, we’re used to waxing men from top to toe (apart from the dangly bits, we don’t do those). As Waxing Specialists, we can attest that waxing men’s legs is quite different from waxing women’s. We have many cyclists, Male and Female, from professionals to summer time enthusiasts, who are regular clients after enjoying the pros of a good professional wax.
Does it hurt?
There is one part of waxing we skipped over and we shall skip no more. The pain. We all have different pain thresholds and if you’ve fallen off your bike, a leg wax is not as painful as that! Honestly, it’s a short flick of discomfort and nothing more!
Men’s grooming is the fastest growing area of within the beauty industry and it has been for a while now. It’s not just the metro-sexual new man getting in on the act either. From cut throat shaves, whole lines of products geared towards men’s skincare to Intimate Waxing (Back sac and crack) men of all ages are getting in on the act.
We will continue to see the trend for facial hair such as moustaches, which are set to become bigger and wilder! However I’m relieved to hear that beards are uncool according to the New York Times. How long it will take to filter down to Uber trendy Chorlton in Manchester I don’t know!
Tattoos are here to stay for a while yet. As long as they are original and artistically executed I’m all for them. If you are tattooed try getting the area waxed as any hair dulls the tattoo.
Well hello there, dear!
Wax, wax baby
I’m really pleased to notice more men are coming in for facial waxing. I offer a Men’s facial package which includes Brows, Ears and a Nostril Wax which will leave you looking years younger in ten minutes. Wild Brows, combined with excessive Nasal and Ear hair are something we associate with ‘Old Men’. However, once a guy is over 35 he will start sprouting more hair in these areas and it is ageing.
No more monobrow!
When I do Eyebrows for Men or ‘Guybrows’ I like to keep things very soft and natural. I don’t want to create any harsh lines or arches as they become feminine. I remove any sign of a Mono brow, tidy any strays and trim the longer hairs. The wiry crazy hair that won’t lie flat is best plucked. A 10 minute Brow tint can also be beneficial if there is a lot of grey in the brow.
Getting rid of the monobrow!
There are a lot of trimmers on the market to deal with ears and nostrils. But Waxing has longer lasting effects as the hair is taken from the root so you won’t have to worry about it for 3-4 weeks. Also getting rid of ear hair in the mirror is quite awkward. While some facial hair styles will come in and out of fashion ear and nose hair will not be on the catwalk any time soon! Everyone plucked a hair out of their nose at least once right? Eye watering agony I know but Waxing all the hair out in one very swift move is surprisingly painless (If I do it for you anyway). Afterwards you will feel like you are ‘breathing in High Definition’.
We’ve all done it!
For Men’s Facial waxing I use a Wax formulated for Men’s Tough hair. It does not stick to skin, this reduces pain and redness. However if you have a date arranged I would get Waxed the day before.