While laser hair removal might be viewed traditionally as a service sought after mainly by women, men are also now beginning to utilize the power, convenience, and effectiveness of laser hair removal.
Not Just for Women Anymore
Women in various cultures around the world have been engaging in regular body hair removal for hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years – and today in the United States, the cultural norm is for women to shave, wax, tweeze, or otherwise deplete any number of hairy areas, from underarms and legs to eyebrows and upper lips.
But although men do not have a long history of body depilation, recent research has shown that more men are engaging in more habitual body hair removal – and on more areas of their bodies. In fact, a 2009 study found that 84 percent of men in the United States now engage in some type of body depilation besides shaving their face. Another survey, this one taken in the United Kingdom in 2014, found that 17 percent of hair removal clients in London are now men, a significant increase from just a few years ago.
The growing trend of men interested in body hair removal paired with the growing popularity of laser hair removal has created a larger number of men engaging in laser hair removal in recent years.
Shifts in Cultural Norms
For generations, male body hair has been relentlessly associated with masculinity, strength and manliness. In fact, the only hair issue that has bothered the men of the past decades is hair loss and baldness. However, in recent years, the acceptable locations and amounts of male body hair have changed throughout the culture. Research shows that while chest hair is still seen as a sexually attractive trait among men, most women do not find excessive back hair sexually attractive.
In addition, there has been an overall societal shift in the importance of general grooming and cleanliness, especially focused on trimming hair and removing hair in certain areas, such as the neck, between the eyebrows, on the shoulders, and in the genital area. While many men wish to keep the hair on their chests, arms, and legs, they often wish to limit the amount of hair or the exact location of the hair.
Understanding Hair Removal Options for Men
The razor has long been the hair removal tool of choice for men, as shaving is the most common hair removal technique for beards and mustaches. But as the wish for other types of body hair removal has grown, more men are seeking alternative strategies that have benefits over shaving: strategies that have longer results, minimize ingrown hair, and save time.
The Gaining Popularity of Laser Hair Removal
Since its inception two decades ago, laser hair removal has become an increasingly popular choice for women seeking permanent solutions to reducing unwanted body hair. The procedure is the most popular cosmetic procedure among women under the age of 35 and the second most popular cosmetic procedure among women under 35 (only Botox is more common).
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has a number of benefits:
- Laser hair removal only necessitates a few sessions to see results.
- The results of laser hair reduction are often permanent.
- Over time, laser hair removal costs less than regular waxing sessions.
- The procedure is fast and accurate.
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