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Ditch the razor, discover laser: a guide to male laser hair removal

Written by
Chloe James

It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female – if you want to get rid of hair, you want to get rid of it for good. Cue laser hair removal – this tried-and-tested treatment zaps hair right at the root, damaging unwanted hair until it can’t grow back.

Admittedly, this doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a few sessions to catch them all – but once you do, you can live out your ideal state of hairiness. And for men, who are more genetically prone to hirsuteness than women, this can make a huge difference to your daily routine. Here’s everything you need to know before you get started.

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Benefits of laser hair removal

Male or female, the most obvious benefit is that you get to enjoy a hair-free life without the hassle of regular grooming. To put it into context, it’s estimated that the average man spends almost 140 days of his life shaving – and that’s just for the face.

If you do decide to make your hair removal a little more permanent, a major advantage for men as opposed to women is the hair itself. Male facial and body hair tends to be coarse and dark – which is the exact combo that works best for laser hair removal. This means fewer sessions to achieve your ideal hair situation, wherever you choose to zap.

Most popular areas for laser hair removal

Face

Whether you want to shape your beard, thin out facial hair, or eliminate it completely, laser hair removal can do it all. The skin on your face can be sensitive, but if you often struggle with razor burn, folliculitis, or ingrown hairs, you can finally go irritation-free by ditching the daily shave.

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Ears and nose

Most men experience excess ear and nose hair in later life, but for some it can happen as early as your twenties. The ear is an easy place to zap, and usually provides speedy results. The nose, however, is slightly trickier. Laser can be used to eliminate hair around and outside the nasal cavity itself, but the inside is incredibly delicate – not to mention home to hairs that are important for preventing infections – so best left alone.

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Chest

Some men have a chest full of hair, some men don’t. Wherever you fall on that hairiness spectrum, laser hair removal can help tailor it to your preference. A few sessions can thin out thick hair, helping it to grow back thinner and sparser. Or, if you so please, you can have more sessions to leave you totally hair-free. A huge benefit of lasering the chest is that, unlike shaving or waxing, you won’t have to experience the potential irritation of ingrown hairs. Bonus.

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Underarms

Just like the chest, laser gives you the freedom to thin out or totally remove underarm hair. Another pro: it can also reduce body odour. The underarms tend to be a sweaty place, but less hair for sweat to cling onto equals less opportunity for bad odours to form.

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Back

Unless you can perform some impressive arm gymnastics, it’s tough to shave your own back. Besides the obvious advantage of defuzzing your back, laser hair removal can also be surprisingly helpful with bacne. Breakouts in this area are often caused by the safe haven our hair creates for acne-friendly bacteria. Ingrown hairs can also play a big role. Eliminating the hair won’t make it impossible for new blemishes to appear, but it will put the odds more in your favour.

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What else do I need to know?

Before

It doesn’t matter where on your body you’re getting lasered – your prep should always be the same. Shave the area the day before your appointment, and make sure you avoid direct sunlight for two weeks.

During

Everyone experiences laser hair removal differently. Some people feel nothing, some people say it feels like a rubber band hitting the skin. Generally, those with darker and coarser hair experience the most discomfort (sorry, men – genetics aren’t on your side here), but this usually eases with every session as more and more hair follicles are destroyed.

After

Your skin will be more sensitive post-laser, which is why you need to skip the sunbathing afterwards, too. This sensitivity can mean that the skin also looks a little red for a while. But the good news is that when we say, ‘a while’, we mean a matter of hours. This rarely lingers much longer – and if it does on more sensitive areas like the beard line, it should resolve itself within a day or so.

The key to laser hair removal

As with all the best things in life, laser hair removal requires patience. While you’ll see some improvement from a few days after your first session – and some hair types will benefit quicker than others – it can take a few months to get the results you’re after. So, sit back, sit tight, and enjoy.

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