Hair removal for men
Hair removal is increasing in popularity for men, especially those in the 35 – 45 year age group. Very rarely does a young man have a hairy back, but as they get older it can start to sprout faster than a summer wheat harvest. Comedian Robin Williams used to joke, “A lot of people don’t wear fur – but I am fur.” For today’s metrosexuals though,being hairy is no joke.
Noticing the advertising aimed at men today, there isn’t a chest hair to be seen. Hairiness is beginning to be associated with a more primitive man. The hairless exception used to be seen only in the body building industry. Even Charles Atlas was hairless. Owen Connolly, consulting psychologist said:
“If you have enough images of hairless guys showing of their six-packs, men will become very conscious of themselves – to the point that they want laser hair removal on their chest and legs.”
Feminism has also influenced the way men think, although young men are active in creating their new image of masculinity. The reconfiguring of masculinity enables men to promote themselves in ways that didn’t seem appropriate in the past, without feeling the need to conform to outdated notions. In some clinics, as many as 20 percent of laser hair removal customers are men, and the number is increasing steadily.
The degree of hair varies enormously amongst men. Some have only a small patch of hair on their back – others are covered from belt line or below to the top of the neck. The obvious extension is in treating the male bikini line for the complete hairless look. Most reputable clinics suggest laser hair removal rather than waxing due to the long-lasting results.
The choice remains an individual one. Many men still prefer the DIY approach, lathering up once a week and shaving. Women are becoming increasingly vocal in their preference for a smooth man, but despite the trend, furry guys are not giving up easily. A recent ad in Brazil showing beautiful women encouraging men to shave their chests met with cries of ‘prejudice against hairy men’.
Nevertheless, even if a lack of body hair is just fashion, it seems it will be a long time before the Tom Selleck look makes a comeback. Fashion can also feed on insecurities, just think skinny emaciated models, but there are many men who remove hair willingly and with confidence, remaining very happy with the result, and with the increased attention.