Waxing and Shaving

In her list No. 5 Dom de Luxury commands us to shave our body hair: "A smooth sissy is a sexy sissy." A commandment from Dom is not to be ignored so here you will find some ideas for help for this one.

Just so there is no doubt, Dom wants you to remove all of your body hair (except for the stuff on top of your head). Depending on what she has in mind for you, she might order you to shave your head too.

Even without our Dom's urging, as you progress in your beauty goals, you may find that you start wanting this on your own. This was certainly true in my case. Body hair is seriously gross and disgusting and getting rid of it is a major step in curing the disease of masculinity. Once you have done it, you will wonder how you could stand yourself before!

Waxing

In my experience, the best way to have your hair removed is waxing. As far as I am concerned, nothing else even comes close. The result is so much better and, excepting laser hair removal, it lasts much longer.

Unfortunately, there are some practical problems to deal with:

  1. It's expensive. In my town, a full body wax costs around $400.
  2. It's time consuming. It takes several hours out of your day.
  3. A lot of waxing salons are awful and you are better off avoiding them.
  4. A lot of waxing salons refuse male clients.

You are probably already worried about the pain. That's a non-problem. I found it didn't hurt that much. The pain is minor and not at all what you see in comedies or hear about on the internet. Even if you are more sensitive to pain than I am, it's all in a good cause, so relax and just do it.

As for the practical problems, 3 and 4 are the most serious. You can solve both if you are lucky enough to have a Strip Ministry of Waxing in your area. They welcome male clients and are incredibly good at what they do. I also appreciate the light touch and humor of their advertising. If you don't have one where you live then you'll have to look around. Once you have found a place that will accept you as a client do not neglect the issues of hygiene and expertise. Waxing salon horror stories abound, don't become one of them.

Most of us will compromise and do some at home and some at a salon. Strip Ministry of Waxing does a 'boyzilian' and back stripping for $160. Those are the tough areas for most of us and it's nice to have it done by a pro. You can have the arms (a lovely extra) for an additional $55, leaving the legs, chest and underarms for you to do at home.

In my case, the time is much more of a consideration than the expense. As a result, I have been doing more of my hair removal at home. I've found it is quite possible to do a relatively decent job, although there are challenges.

Home Hair Removal

There are various options for home hair removal. I'll talk about what I use and then mention some other possibilities.

Shaving 

Using a razor is an obvious choice. I think it's a universal truth that an electric razor doesn't do quite as good a job as the old-fashioned blades. Men tend to have a lot more body hair than women and this makes using razor blades a problem. Most people (and this includes me) are not skilled enough to use straight razors or safety razors for body hair removal, particularly around those private parts. Unfortunately, cartridge razors become quickly clogged with hair, including those designed for shaving body hair. So I have found, if you are going to shave, an electric razor is the best choice.

This electric razor works really well. I got it for about $60 USD. It can be used in the shower and also has a 'trim' option which can be used prior to waxing.

If you are doing this for the first time, or haven't done it in a while, the trimmer is a real life saver. If you are going to wax anywhere on your body, the hair can't be too long or too short (about 1/4 inch is the recommended length). The trimmer has five length settings, so you can prepare the areas you intend to wax with it and use the shaver on the rest of your body.

The shaver is safe to use on your 'delicate' parts. I have never used it in the shower, but many people have written that using it in the shower is easier and works better.

Waxing

I've tried a few different waxing options. The best one so far is from Nair, they are called "Nair Wax-Ready Strips". Make sure you get the ones for the body and not the face. These are ready to use and don't require warming.

These are the best wax strips I have tried so far. Make sure you get the ones that are specifically for "the body". I buy these from local drug stores, but if you can't find them, here is an example of one from Amazon.

Many strips require heating, these do not, and yet they seem to work as well or better as the ones which require you to heat the strips in your microwave. Here is the basic procedure:

  1. Take a shower and dry well. The strips will adhere better if your skin is free of oil
  2. Separate the strips, fold one in half and set it aside.
  3. If you are sweating, use baby powder or similar. Some people feel baby powder makes the process less painful.
  4. Note the direction of the hair's growth. You want to apply the strip in the direction the hair grows, and pull it off in the opposite direction.
  5. Apply the strip, pressing it into the hair firmly and along the direction of hair growth.
  6. Hold the base of the strip in one hand, then rip the hair off (opposite to the way it grows) with the other. Don't pull straight up, pull back along the arm, you will get more hair that way. Quicker is much less painful.
  7. You can repeat this for the same area twice. You can re-use the strip as long as it is still sticky.

Removing Hair From Face

I hate to shave my face and have long wished to try waxing or threading or some such device. Unfortunately, from all the reading I have done on the subject, it seems that facial waxing is not recommended for men. Apparently, you still need to shave. So I haven't done it.

Full Body Hair Removal Process

This takes a while. If you are preparing for a session with Dom and need to do your entire body, then allow plenty of time and do it a few days before.

I wax my legs, arms, hands, underarms and the front of my torso. I use the razor on my private parts and on any areas that prove resistant to waxing. I would love to wax my privates, but I haven't found strips that work well there. Your mileage may differ. Waxing authorities (yes, there really are such people), will tell you not to use a razor for hair that is left after waxing. They advise you to tweeze any remaining hair. This is great advice if you are using the kind of wax they use in the salons and this is, in fact, what they do in salons. That stuff leaves very few hairs. I have not found any waxing strips that are that effective. So if you do proceed to tweeze, you will be spending a good part of your life at it. I have other things to do with my time, so I don't follow their advice and shave any remaining hairs.

So here are the steps I follow

  1. Trim any hair that you will be waxing so that it is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch in length.
  2. Shave the rest of the hair.
  3. Wax
  4. If any hairs remain, shave or tweeze. 

Not that difficult in concept. I do encourage you to wax your arms and not shave them. It is very tough and you will need to do a bit of acrobatics to get them, but the resulting smoothness is deliciously feminine and lovely. Don't forget to wax the hair on your hands and fingers. There's nothing grosser than a smooth arm, a lovely painted fingernail and gross hairs protruding from the tops of the fingers or hands. Ugh.

Touching Up

If you have waxed/shaved recently, you may not need to do your entire body. Shave the areas that are not looking tidy. Most likely, the waxing areas will not have hair long enough to do the waxing again. Waxed areas remain smooth and lovely for a few weeks, but then hair starts to show up. You can shave it, but then you won't be able to wax it again. You will have to put up with a week or two of sub-optimal appearance until the hair is long enough to be waxed.

Post Waxing Care

Proper care after you wax is extremely important. If you don't follow these steps, you can get infected follicles, which is definitely not cute.

  1. After waxing, do not exercise. Avoid any activity that can make you sweat for 24 hours.
  2. If you have redness, avoid very hot showers or baths. You can use an over the counter steroid which helps to reduce the redness.
  3. Do not exfoliate for one week after waxing.
  4. After one week has passed, exfoliate regularly. If you do not, you can get ingrown hair or infected follicles.

If you get infected follicles

If you don't follow the above procedure, you will get them for sure. Sometimes you get them anyway. If you do, scrub the area with an antiseptic soap and apply an antiseptic cream.

Waxing salons sell creams for treating problems like this, but I find this works great and at around $13.00 is much less expensive.

Other Hair Removal Products

Various companies sell chemical creams and lotions that supposedly dissolve the hair on your body. I haven't tried these because I am sure it will also do something awful to my skin. If you try them, let me know how it goes for you.

You can have your hair removed by a laser. This is permanent. I would love this, but the risks of operator error are much higher, and there is some chance that this can cause skin cancer. While not proven, I prefer not to take the risk. If you are a darker skinned person, this risk will be much less.

I'm interested in learning about more advanced waxing techniques, such as melting my own wax and using strips like they do in salons. Unfortunately there is a wide range of conflicting information on these topics, so some experimentation will be in order. When I figure out a good method, I will let you all know about it.

Thanks for reading!

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