Today, a male body builder is not the only person into removing hair from all over their body.
Aside from the fact that there are more and more female body builders, there are scores of everyday males and females who remove hair from all over their bodies.
Both in the media and on the street, an obvious example is how many males and females are into head shaving.
At the pool or the beach, and even on neighborhood basketball courts, it’s much more common to see males with smooth and hairless chests and backs. And even a few without armpit or leg hair.
And if you think about it, males in the media advertising underwear and fitness equipment don’t have any body hair. They have it removed because the current fashion in this society is for males to be hairless.
Some would say it’s about time they caught up with the females …
But the truth is – Today’s males ARE more aware of and conscientious about their overall image and removing body hair is a major means of projecting the most positive image. Besides, males have been learning what females have known ever since they started removing their body hair – There are some definite benefits to doing so.
Less body hair means less body heat. Less body heat means less body odor. And we can all support that.
But, perhaps even more of a benefit is the fact that removing body hair helps to define body shape. For females in particular, this applies to their legs. For males, their chests.
That’s why when body builders are getting their body ready for competition, they use some type of hair removal.
And because there is such a growing trend towards complete body hair removal these days, we look to body builders and other athletes for information about the best way to accomplish it.
But even for body builders, it hasn’t always been easy to connect with the, “perfect”, hair removal product or system.
Before the mid 90s, body builders relied mostly on services employing people who became their personal body shaver. These people used a wet razor to remove the hair from the body builder’s entire body a few hours before a competition. Then they’d oil them down.
After the mid 90s, body builders began relying on laser hair removal treatments. But that didn’t really work out so well.
Partly because the high cost of the treatments took a big chunk of their competition winnings, but mostly because their entire body couldn’t be made completely hairless in one session, or even two or three. So there was the time factor.
Then there were the unsavory side effects of swelling, redness and maybe even some blistering, that often kept body builders from competitions, even if they completed the treatments well ahead of time. When people started coming up with scars – that was pretty much it.
So many body builders returned to the tried and true body shaver.
But that’s not to say that many body builders haven’t experimented with a variety of other alternatives to laser hair removal.
The main laser hair removal alternative methods include: electrolysis, waxing, depilatories, and the old stand by, shaving.
Electrolysis may be the only hair removal method that has been proven to be permanent, and that would seem ideal for a body builder, but –
Because electrolysis involves treating each individual hair follicle, (the skin depression from which the hair emerges), it is also the most time consuming hair removal 永久脫毛 method. It can take years of weekly or monthly sessions to completely remove all hairs in just one area. And –
Because electrolysis involves inserting a fine wire alongside the hair shaft into the hair follicle through which an electric current and/or strong chemical is sent down to destroy the growth source, (papilla), at the end of the hair, it is also quite painful, even for mighty body builders, even with the use of a topical anesthetic. And –
Electrolysis has some of the worst temporary side effects – Swelling, redness, pinpoint scabbing and skin discoloration, and worse, the possible permanent effects of skin discoloration and scarring.