4 Sure-Fire Ways a Man Can Get Rid of Excess Body Hair
Electrolysis is much like laser hair removal, in that it is essentially permanent (not including the rogue hairs that occasionally pop up), it takes several sessions, and it hurts. Electrolysis uses a very tiny needle to deliver a small current of electricity to the hair's root, permanently killing it.
One of the advantages of electrolysis is that it works on all skin tones and hair colors. However, it can take many sessions to get rid of hair, especially if you have a large treatment area. Like laser hair removal, electrolysis is an expensive investment.
Generally, electrolysis is done professionally, not at home. Don't wax, sugar, or pluck hairs before electrolysis. Shaving and trimming are okay, but you'll need a bit of growth -- enough to grab onto with a tweezers for each treatment session.
We won't lie; like laser hair removal, waxing hurts. On some areas of the body, it's a slight sting. On other areas, it feels like searing hot death. Some people say that sugaring (which is similar to waxing, except it uses a sugar-based gel or paste) is gentler, although it depends on the product and the user.
Some men get their excess hair waxed or sugared professionally, and others use at-home kits. Either way, you need to have a certain amount of hair growth for the wax to "grab" onto (the exact length depends on the specific type of product used), so this method isn't ideal if you need to be smooth 100 percent of the time.
Waxing lasts a month or so. Some men have trouble with irritation or ingrown hairs.
Clipping or shaving is probably the easiest, cheapest, painless, and most private of all hair-removal methods. You probably have all the tools and products already, and you already know how to shave or trim your beard.
However, the downsides to these methods are easy to spot. First, they don't provide lasting smoothness. Even if you shave every morning, you'll probably be dealing with stubble by the evening. Shaving can cause irritation, red bumps, and ingrown hairs. Also, some areas of the body are difficult to reach (and to see what you are doing) by yourself.