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    IS it advised that i shave my body hair, like chest and belly areas, or will they grow thicker and more dense? Should i just use an electric trimmer, and just on it down instead of shaving them with a deep razor? Also wil there be more itchiness and uncomfortable feeling by shaving them?

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    I am a proponent of waxing (though I am in the minority). Hair won't regrow any thicker with waxing. I believe the same is true of shaving - so whether you want to groom it's just your preferences for the look, you shouldn't worry about becoming a monkey.

    The difference between shaving and waxing is that waxing lasts a much longer time (most people say 8 weeks, but on me more than 3 months, I am rather hairless in general).

    Also, when one shaves, the first few days of regrowth one tends to get a stubble, a bit like for the beard (but less so, since body hair is less dense). As you point out, the first few times, one can get some itchiness for a few days, but that depends a lot on the person. Also, not all partners like the stubby feel.

    With waxing, regrowth is thin and smooth. The downside of waxing is that the first day one can get some redness (but no itchiness or uncomfortable feelings), so one shouldn't plan anything particular for the evening of the day one has waxed.

    In any case, for both methods, one should apply some glycolic or salicylic based creams for exfoliation one or two days after the process, to avoid ingrown hair, which can look bad.

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    A cheap beard and moustache trimmer will do the job on chest and front, as will a dedicated body hair unit.

    Why shave there? In three or four weeks when you get around to doing it again, you would have a hard time seeing any difference between a shaved chest and a trimmed one.

    That said it is probably easier to shave the shoulder and neck areas with a cartridge razor.
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    I'm using a trimmer, but it takes a long time, i need to go over and over the same spot many times, and it pisses me off. I could consider waxing, but can i do it on my own? Like get the cream and tape, and practice it on mself, instead of having to go somewhere and pay for the service?

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    Quote Originally Posted by therock003 View Post
    IS it advised that i shave my body hair, like chest and belly areas, or will they grow thicker and more dense?
    I guess that depends on the personal prefernce of the individual. I don't shave my body hair. Never felt the need or desire to.
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    For waxing, chest and belly are easy. Often pre-waxed strips work well too. "down there" (the front) is thicker but can be done decently, armpits are a touch more complicated because you can use only one arm while doing it. As for shaving, you need somebody to do the back.

    Each waxing session takes much longer than a trimming/shaving one. But the point is that one has to do it much less frequently.

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    Slightly embarrassed to respond here, but I have to say, why don't you, OP, use a depilatory? Might not be the best for large areas (like the entire chest), but certainly it could be used in some areas of the body. Maybe not the best for axilla and groin, but then again it is often used by women to remove hair for bikini season.

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    If you have a hairy chest, it would be best to trim it up, but don't shave it. Rock that hairy chest manly man!
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    How big do the hair have to be in order to apply wax removal? Last time i shaved was 2 weeks ago, and the hair are still short. Will they be pulled out, if i go for waxng, or do i have to wait till the gain some height

    Quote Originally Posted by Curly11 View Post
    Slightly embarrassed to respond here, but I have to say, why don't you, OP, use a depilatory? Might not be the best for large areas (like the entire chest), but certainly it could be used in some areas of the body. Maybe not the best for axilla and groin, but then again it is often used by women to remove hair for bikini season.
    What's depilatory?

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    Some product recommend an optimal hair length for waxing of 1/4 inch (or 1/2 cm). It probably doesn't need to be that long, but it shouldn't be too short either, or it won't adhere, especially if you have shaved before, because the hair will be stubbly. the hair shouldn't be much longer than that, though.

    I suspect curry was referring to depilatory creams. I've never used them, so I don't know. I'd be a little scared of using them down there.

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    Its obvious that it wont work with stubble but still 0.5 cm sounds hopeful as well. Mine are like that and i doubt if they will still adhere. Maybe i should wait a week or two longer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by therock003 View Post
    How big do the hair have to be in order to apply wax removal? Last time i shaved was 2 weeks ago, and the hair are still short. Will they be pulled out, if i go for waxng, or do i have to wait till the gain some height



    What's depilatory?
    A depilatory is a cream that dissolves hair. In the U.S. there were a couple cream/lotions called Nair and Bikini Bare that I used. I just followed the directions on the labels. They never caused me any trouble, but I was not aiming for complete eradication of body hair. I would imagine that these creams ought to be used very carefully, and maybe not at all, on sensitive parts of the body. There are laser treatments for permanent hair removal, but the price is much higher than waxing or shaving. A male friend of mine was embarrassed by the hair growth on his back and had a series of the laser treatments to remove the growth.

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    Personally I shave my breasts when I shave the face. Quick and easy as most of my hair congregates in other places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    Quick and easy as most of my hair congregates in other places.
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    No waxing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    I am a proponent of waxing (though I am in the minority). Hair won't regrow any thicker with waxing. I believe the same is true of shaving - so whether you want to groom it's just your preferences for the look, you shouldn't worry about becoming a monkey.

    The difference between shaving and waxing is that waxing lasts a much longer time (most people say 8 weeks, but on me more than 3 months, I am rather hairless in general).

    Also, when one shaves, the first few days of regrowth one tends to get a stubble, a bit like for the beard (but less so, since body hair is less dense). As you point out, the first few times, one can get some itchiness for a few days, but that depends a lot on the person. Also, not all partners like the stubby feel.

    With waxing, regrowth is thin and smooth. The downside of waxing is that the first day one can get some redness (but no itchiness or uncomfortable feelings), so one shouldn't plan anything particular for the evening of the day one has waxed.

    In any case, for both methods, one should apply some glycolic or salicylic based creams for exfoliation one or two days after the process, to avoid ingrown hair, which can look bad.

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    Cacio, as one who waxes, how soon after waxing any upper extremities do you think it would be OK for a person to go sunbathing around a pool or at a beach? A friend who is taking a trip to a tropical destination was asking me and I wasn't sure.

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    As I mentioned, the problem is that one could get a small irritation and redness right after doing it, so one may not look good. But the irritation lasts only one, maximum two days (after which, one should occasionally use glycolic acids or similar, to avoid ingrown hair, which also don't look particularly nice, though they are just red dots).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    As I mentioned, the problem is that one could get a small irritation and redness right after doing it, so one may not look good. But the irritation lasts only one, maximum two days (after which, one should occasionally use glycolic acids or similar, to avoid ingrown hair, which also don't look particularly nice, though they are just red dots).

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    Waxing is one way to go. I just had a Brazilian last week, I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasatch View Post
    Waxing is one way to go. I just had a Brazilian last week, I like.
    Years ago I had one done in Brazil at the recommendation of a friend - believe me even better done there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Years ago I had one done in Brazil at the recommendation of a friend - believe me even better done there!

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    I just tried th waxing method like a week ago. My skin got really irritated around that area, and pimples formed, or rather surfaced. Also most of the hair was not pulled off, and it took many tries and considerable pain. This procedure was annoying to be honest. But the hair that did get pulled out, seems to experience slower rate of reforming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therock003 View Post
    I just tried th waxing method like a week ago. My skin got really irritated around that area, and pimples formed, or rather surfaced. Also most of the hair was not pulled off, and it took many tries and considerable pain. This procedure was annoying to be honest. But the hair that did get pulled out, seems to experience slower rate of reforming.
    They did a bad job I say, go to another place next time. All hair should have been removed, they should not have let you leave until it was. My skin also just got irratted the next day, the day after it was completly gone. You are not suppose to exercise, go into a pool, lake.. for I believe 24-48 hours after the procedure. They should also have a solution they sell, something like PFB to help remove the pimples, in grown hairs, ..... You should not put baby on it, vaseline is good though to help with the redness, that is what I did for 2 days. For some waxing is just does not agree with them. Definitely look for a more reputable place next time.

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    Therock:

    the first time can be harder and cause more redness. Redness and pimple-like irritations are normal, and should go away in a day or two.

    As wasatch was saying though, many tries is not normal, hair should go off in one go (at least on chest and armpits. The groin area can be tougher), so the person who was doing a good job.

    If the redness is gone, you should use some product to avoid ingrown hair for a couple of weeks (usually, these are creams based on glycolic or salicylic acid, which you put on for a few minutes then wash away), or at least scrub well the area when you shower, which helps free newly forming hair. On average, a waxing should last at least 2 months (more on people whose hair grows slowly, I usually go 3 months between waxing).

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    personally, I take a good quality beard trimmer and hit big areas like chest+stomach, legs, etc with a #3, and groin, armpits, backside, with #2. It minimizes the bulk and it's quick, hard to mess up, and I don't have to worry about suddenly being hairless, then it growing back, etc. It's still the same me, just with an overall reduction in the bulk. Takes about 5-10 minutes standing in the bathtub before a shower and I only do it probably once a week, maybe every two weeks.

    IMO, why go through this extreme range of full hair, no hair, growing it back, etc, plus all the pain and money? I find trimmed down still looks natural.
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    Grooming Body Hair?

    Hey, if it helps you look better in your bikini then go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe mcclaine View Post
    Grooming Body Hair?

    Hey, if it helps you look better in your bikini then go for it.
    Wait a minute...isn't this the MEN'S grooming thread?

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    I must say that the the title conjured up visions of people with hairdryers & styling products until I read the thread!

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    Bikini for men are, of course, speedos, and waxing does help there.

    Interesting ideas about styling gels and the like (colors anybody?) - after all, if it's not taken out, one will have to do something...

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    We could start a new hair trend here!

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    I was hoping to find examples of some nice braids, but only found this:

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    Not gonna lie, I've always wanted to shave the Batman logo into my chest hair. Lucky for me, the girlfriend likes me hairy. Only a little bit of manscaping does the trick.
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    I stay very well groomed. I've always done this for gym reasons, but the ladies don't like, well, ........lol. I'm not saying you have to be porn-star ready, but you get the idea lol.
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    Ok so i have been shaving my chest, and i am doing this like a couple times a week.

    Question, I'm thinking of purchasing a badger like Omega 10048 or 20102. I have heard that using shaving cream with a badger to lather to the body is not a good idea, and you have to get a special sopa instead. Why is that? I like the gel i am using and keep on using it, just want to spread it with the brush not by hand.

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