Male waxing is a method of male pubic hair removal. It is thought to have become more acceptable in the 1990s , though the true number of users is unknown. Male waxing is popular in the body building and male modelling community. There are several types of wax suitable for hair removal.
Waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is then pressed on the top and ripped off with a quick movement against the direction of hair growth. This removes the wax along with the hair and dead skin cells, leaving the skin smooth. Home waxing kits have become increasingly popular over the years.
There are many benefits to waxing versus other forms of hair removal. Waxing is a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for three to eight weeks; when the hair does grow back it is soft and thin. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory cream, the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back in a rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit a thinning of regrowth, and regrowth that is thinner, softer, and lighter in color. The use of a hair inhibitor will also aid the slow re-growth of hair, used over a long period of time this can be used as an almost permanent method.
Although waxing the male genitals makes them look cleaner, it is also to improve sensation along the shaft of the penis and the scrotum. By removing the hair in these areas, the sense of touch is improved in the skin, allowing for a more intense or pleasurable sensation during sexual activities.
There are many drawbacks of waxing as well. Waxing can be painful if the waxing strip is pulled upward instead of across the skin. The pain from waxing is generally short-lived. Another drawback to waxing is the expense: waxing is usually performed by a licensed cosmetologist
, and the cost can be very high. There are, however, do-it-yourself waxing supplies.
An additional drawback is the relative loss of pheromones, which are enhanced by the presence of hair on the genitals. Pheromones play an important part in sexual attraction.
Some physicians do not recommend waxing for persons suffering from diabetes
or who have varicose veins
or poor circulation
as they are more susceptible to infection
Users of Retin-A, Renova, Differin or Isotretinoin are advised not to have waxing performed; these medications tend to weaken the skin and tearing of the skin may occur when the wax is removed.
Waxing should not be done on areas of skin affected by warts, pimples, moles or rashes or on skin that is irritated, chapped or suffering from sunburn. Never apply wax to peeling, broken skin or varicose veins.