Thanks for your contributions, guys. I appreciate all of them. Plus thanks for the hot guy shaving his chest. I am hoping this topic becomes more popular because despite what people say, more and more men are shaving their body.
I could say a lot from what I read, and it is all over the place. I read forums on no no and they say it is a rip off or something, some kind of negative feedback from it. I didn't pay too much attention because I don't think I'm interested in it, which doesn't mean you can't write more on it. Please be my guest!
Yeah, the epilators. I read now that it makes the hair that grows back in coarser. I am told that waxing makes the hair grow in finer. I don't get it. What's the difference between pulling a hair out, whether it's from an epilator, waxing, or tweezing. Anyhow.
Not into the pain of an epilator but heard some guys swear by it...that they only get a couple of hairs and are smooth after doing it for a while. Who knows of they are basically smooth to start or what. Every BODY is different.
There's a site or forum on hair removal that is run by a couple of people who like or practice (want clients) for electrolysis. So I don't know how much I can trust what they say or how they edit the forum. They are always pushing it because it supposed to be the only permanent form of hair removal. I'm not going to do it. It's painful, takes a long time, is not affordable. So forget it for me.
I know a lot about shaving, can write about that if anyone has questions.
I also am doing laser hair removal, and know some on that. Can answer some questions and give tips. Thing is that laser is considered "permanent hair reduction" rather than "permanent hair removal." For all practical purposes, it is permanent hair removal. You really do get and stay smooth. I forget or didn't find the explanation for it being hair reduction rather than hair removal. I think you can look at it as permanent period, and expect you may grow some more hair, maybe only a little, and probably almost nothing or nothing. My guess.
One thing people should know is it doesn't have to be painful. Lots of people can take laser, find other hair removal more painful. Depends on many things. If you have more hair, or denser hair, it can be more painful. It can be more painful over bony areas. People should use numbing cream if they need it, such a simple answer. Many guys do.
Get a prescription for Emla cream - its lidocaine and prilocaine. Make sure you tell your doctor all the meds you take and your ailments and background to determine if it is safe to use on you. It usually is, and they even use it on babies. But it cannot be used with certain meds and conditions. Othewise, it is safe and works. I still felt the laser in the worst areas, but nothing compared to not having the cream. Mostly you won't feel much or anything with the cream. You put the cream on the skin (do not need to rub it in, just rub it on and leave it. Put it on an hour and a half before the treatment. After you put it on your skin, immediately cover it completely with plastic wrap. Leave it covered until your treatment. Wash off with just water and dry skin right before treatment. I do it right in the treatment room. The numbing will last about an hour or more after you wash it off. If your laser technician is good, they will have ice to put on your skin before and after to help numb it more.
The thing with laser is you want the latest laser equipment, not the old kind. Laser is just a high energy beam, light, that is absorbed into the hair (because the hair is pigmented). The energy goes right to the root, and the absorption releases heat, which is what destroys the root. Much more info on this. In fact, I have to much too write about laser hair removal. Different issues, depending on which company you go to. Details on what do you do if you have light blonde hair or have dark skin...it will take longer but there are ways they can do this. The only hair that cannot be removed with laser is "grey" or white hairs because they have lost their pigments.
You CANNOT tan while doing laser hair removal.
Laser is thousands of dollars. Make sure you show you want a good deal unless money is not am issue. Laser centers know it is costly and are willing to make a deal if you stick to it.
The process takes a long time depending on many factors. They will tell you it will take maybe 6 treatments. Treatments are spaced every so many weeks or months depending on hair growth cycles. I am well past my 6 treatments and it has been more than two years. I am hoping another year of treatments should get rid of all of it (chest and abs down to pubes).
If you are on a testosterone replacement, the company may or may not care. Some conservative, overly cautious companies make up unfounded concerns and say you can't take testosterone and get hair removal. I would just not tell them if you do is my advice.