Again, these are amongst the longstanding supporters of
having it off (hair that is!). This time
entirely for aesthetic reasons to show off those rippling muscles to the max
(in conjunction with copious applications of fake tan and the dreaded competition
Footballers, rugby players, tennis players and now
triathletes, amongst many more sportsmen have succumbed to the need to be free…
of hair! Their reasons are essentially
as described above.
Now, let’s have a quick look at hair removal methods and
their pros and cons:
Perhaps the “easiest” and most common method, although only
a temporary solution
- Can be done at home by yourself (with some
help?), using a bladed or electric razor
- It’s cheap
- The hair is only cut off at the skin surface and
you will see and feel stubble in a few days.
- Shaving is required every few days to achieve
that smooth-skin feel.
- Ingrown hairs can become a problem, escalating
to folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles, red tender spots, can have a surface
pustule). These are often called "red bumpies".
- If folliculitis occurs on the groin area, it can
prevent the sportsmen from training or competing until resolved
- The red bumpies are ugly.
This method is effective for pulling out large amounts of
hair at one time. The method involves spreading warm wax over an area and
allowing the wax to cool. The cooled wax grabs onto the hairs. The wax is then quickly pulled off in the opposite direction
of growth, pulling out the hair shaft and bulb.
hair base is pulled out, overall results will last longer than shaving.
Some hair growth may appear after approximately 10 days; but some people
can go between four and eight weeks with good results.
are best when done by a trained professional.
tends to be less likelihood for ingrown hairs with this method, compared
professionals will wax the bikini lines.
is possible to do your own waxing at home, but you may need some help.
people believe that the hair grows back finer after waxing, but others
people find the procedure very painful.
wax can be too hot and damage skin.
people can get skin irritation from the wax itself.
wrong wax can be used in delicate areas.
people are uncomfortable having their groin area exposed to a waxing
all professionals will wax the male undercarriage.
can mount up over time, due to the need for regular treatments, perhaps
for many years
the best results, you must wait for four weeks after you last shave before
waxing. The hair must be a certain length for the wax to grab it and pull
This is a chemical lotion application that is done at home.
The chemical is applied and left for some three to 15 minutes. The chemical
literally melts the hair away.
inexpensive compared to waxing.
application of lotion can be done at home, usually with some help
people have fewer ingrown hairs with this method.
can be very messy
the chemicals melt hair, these chemicals can also damage skin, especially
through adverse reaction
groin area is more sensitive and while the chemicals may work on legs,
they may not work on the groin
The IPL/laser machine emits light at various wavelengths,
energy output and pulse widths. The technician needs to tune the laser to
target the melanin in your hair. This procedure works best on fair-skinned
people with dark hair.
Hairs in the anagen phase are more easily destroyed than
those in the telogen phase. For this reason, the treatment must be done in a
series, separated by some four to six weeks. Depending on your individual
requirements, 6-12 sessions will be required. Roughly 80 percent of hair
reduction is achieved with the initial treatment.
procedure can claim "permanent hair reduction," but only certain
lasers approved by the FDA can make this claim (e.g. Ecolite IPL as used
80 percent hair reduction occurs in 80 to 90 percent of the good
of the high success rate, women are more likely to have the entire bikini
area receive laser treatment. It is not uncommon for women to have arm
pits, legs and a good percentage of the groin area treated with laser.
large number of people have complete elimination of any ingrown hairs and
infections. This is a huge advantage in the groin area.
shaving bumps are eliminated.
time consuming over the long haul than shaving or other at-home methods.
- can actually be cost-effective in the longterm