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Several different options exist to remove excess body hair. Four common ones include laser removal, electrolysis, shaving or clipping, and waxing. They each have their pros and cons, and some have longer-lasting results than others. The one that is best for you ultimately comes down to personal preference.
Yes, it's true that body hair is manly. However, it's possible to have too much of a good thing. But how much is too much? That's an entirely personal preference. Some men prefer or need a nearly totally smooth body, perhaps for athletic reasons. Others are just looking to thin out their especially hairy areas. Many men are looking to get rid of rogue hairs that have popped up in unexpected places, such as at the back of the neck or in the ears.
Whatever your reason, you've got several options for removing excess hair. Each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.
Laser hair removal is typically considered the "Cadillac" of hair removal options. Why? For one, it's not cheap. But, it's permanent (more or less).
You'll have to shave the area before each treatment. You can't pluck, wax, or remove hairs in any other way except shaving or trimming; otherwise, the effectiveness will be compromised. It takes several laser hair removal treatments initially, since the laser affects only the hairs that are in a certain stage of the hair growth cycle. In order to get all of the hairs, you need to have several treatment sessions to catch all the hairs at the right time.
As mentioned, this process is expensive, although in the long run, it's quite affordable, since most of the investment is up front. You'll need touch-ups every year or so to take care of any hairs that sprout up, but these sessions are short and inexpensive.
Not all hair colors and skin tones respond well to laser hair removal. The combination of dark hair and light skin works best. Last but not least, it hurts! Don't believe any claims that laser hair removal causes "minor discomfort." It causes pain. Real pain. Some areas of the body hurt more than others, but it certainly isn't going to be pleasant no matter where you're treating.
Most people have laser hair removal done professionally, although there are a few laser devices available to buy for home use. It's unclear how well these home devices work compared to professional laser hair removal services.