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Hair where you don't want it...

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I'm a hairy guy but thankfully not overly hairy... having darker skin (for a white guy at least) and trimming has in the past made it look fine for me. Problem is, in my early 20s, I started getting back hair. Wasn't a lot at first but I shaved/trimmed it right away, and here we are years later and I'd say I have hair on 30-40% of my back and shoulders. Needless to say I hate this. I've gotten a pro wax job once which hurt like a biatch, cost $50 bucks, and resulted in infected folicle roots for days, which again hurt pretty bad. I'm tired of trimming it for many reasons, want to start waxing again every 2, 3 months but that will cost a lot. I researched laser removal and it's not effective enough for me to want to drop 1k on it. Suggestions? Nair, etc. scares me worse than professional waxing...
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thanks for the advice. I assume you go to some type of salon? I went to one here in town where you could tell they don't have many guys come in... I'll definitely be going to one of the better salon/spas next time.
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i took this from a men's health fitness board posting as it seems very useful, it does seem to have some grammar and spelling errors, but i did not take the time to correct those: as such, i hope this may be of some use: "Nair is a dilapitory hair removal cream. It has acid that dissolves hair from under the skin. Therefore, hair removed by dilapitory methods takes little longer to grow back than shaving that simply removes hair from the surface of skin. It's easy to use and leaves skin nice and smooth like baby butt. Regular Nair (supposedly for women) is much much better than Nair for men, which is stronger but burns more. "Electric Epilator is another method to remove hair temporarily. It basically works on the principle of a tweezer with several tweezers that electrically rotate and grab and pull number of hair from roots at a time. It's painful. I have never used it but maybe someone else may explain it better? (Braun silk epilator costs no more than $70 or so). "With that said, here is a plan you might wanna follow: "Eyebrows: Trim that "sticking out" hair with a scissor. If need be, get it done by a professional (small scissor costs no more than $3-salon waxing of eyebrows should not cost more than $10-12)). "Ears: Like it or not, as men grow older, hair starts sprouting at all unexpected places. Pull out hair with your fingers. It's usually a single or few shafts sticking out that can be easily grabbed and pulled with fingers. "Nose: Pull out hair that is popping out of nose with your fingers or you can easily shave it with a razor by pulling your nostril aside a little bit or else buy a nose trimmer (trimmer costs no more than $9). "Under eyes: Use a tweezer to grab and pull that unwanted hair (tweezer costs no more than $3). "Arms: Use an electric hair clipper machine to trim down the hair on forearms/arms (hair clipper set costs no more than $12). "Armpits: You can absolutely use a razor to shave off hair from the pit in shower under running water (used face shaving razor is equally effective and economical). "Chest & Abs: Use Nair hair removal cream. If you have long hair, trim it down with the clipper first. Use regular Nair (for women) instead of Nair for men (Why? Check the above link). "Back & Shoulders: The most hated hair. Use sugar wax Nad's for men or regular Nad's or any sugar waxing will do. Nad has the advantage that you do not need to heat the wax. It can be used cold and therefore, there is no risk of a burn. You need someone to help you with waxing on the back. Wax is a sticky substance that's spread onto your skin and a piece of cloth is used on the top of it that "grabs" hair and then the strip is pulled with a quick jerk and hair comes off in "lumpsum". Using wax for back is less painful than using on any other area (Nad's $29 at Genovese; other sugar wax about $8). "Pubic: Shave it with a razor along with hair on shaft and balls in shower under running water. Yup. u can easily shave balls and shaft with a razor. "Peri-anal: It's a sensitive area, so never use Nair or any hair removal cream. You can easily shave it. Bend down a little bit, pull one cheek with one hand and shave the area with the other hand. Trust me it's easy. "Butts: You can remove hair either by using Nair or shaving by razor. "Legs: Shaving is more economical and preferable than using Nair. Make sure you wet hair on your leg. You may use soap, or some inexpensive shaving gel, or even a little bit of hair conditioner to make hair soft and easy to shave."
post #6 of 12
i use men's nair on my back. much better than a razor. only problem is that the center of my back is hard to reach with fingers to apply it in the right amount. between applications, i use a razor in the shower to keep the problem under control. before a date that might end in sex, i use the nair. anyone try laser hair removal?
post #7 of 12
I am going to try waxing soon. Nair for men broke me out in big red bumps that lasted about a week. I have only tried it once.
post #8 of 12
Best option is to have a friend shave your back every month or so. Helps if your friend has the same problem (it can be your little secret).
post #9 of 12
Sadly, I have the same problem I've tried about all the methods.. here's my opinion: Nads - hurt like hell, gave the worst (i say burn) red bumbs i've ever had however hair was gone for 2 maybe 3 weeks Nair for men- Little red bumbs not painfull, little irritation. hair completly gone, hair stays away for 1 -2 weeks wax - same as nads exept hurt if nuked too much razor - painless untill next day when hair grows back and rubs inside of shirt. then turns into rash... i've been thinking about the veet bladless razor, my guess is it's like nair only using the plastic blade instead a damp washrag(in my opinion thats what causes the irritation
post #10 of 12
I largel ignore my back hair until I notice that my shoulders are sprouting long ones. I'm a gay man who lives in San Francisco, so I've pretty much seen it all. However, yesterday I got my first back shave in a professional barbershop. It was advertised -- $14. I asked the barber how the state cosmetology board felt about that, and he said a recent inspector saw the sign and didn't mention it. He clipped it first, then lathered my back up and used a straight razor on it. Since I don't have much hair on my head and what's there gets buzzed, I got a package deal.
post #11 of 12
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Sadly, I have the same problem I've tried about all the methods.. here's my opinion: Nads - hurt like hell, gave the worst (i say burn) red bumbs i've ever had  however hair was gone for 2 maybe 3 weeks Nair for men- Little red bumbs not painfull, little irritation.  hair completly gone, hair stays away for 1 -2 weeks wax - same as nads exept hurt if nuked too much razor - painless untill next day when hair grows back and rubs inside of shirt.  then turns into rash... i've been thinking about the veet bladless razor,  my guess is it's  like nair only using the plastic blade instead a damp washrag(in my opinion thats what causes the irritation
so from this would you recommend Nair for men?
post #12 of 12
I've used Nair for men on my chest and back and it works well, just not for very long. I've since gone for the Gentlelase Laser treatment twice now for my back, which was very hairy. Even with the optional numbing cream you can put on prior to the treatment, its still a little painful, but the cream really does help and is worth it. I must say i'm very happy with the results. They say each person is different but expect 3-5 treatments to end up with a totally smooth back, as the folicles grow in stages. I think i'll be able to get away with only 3 treatments. I've taken pictures of the before and after results each time for my records. Its certainly not inexpensive, but if you buy a package (which i'd definitely recommend), and if you add other body parts, the prices can get very reasonable. I found an introductory add in the LA Weekly which knocked off like $150 off my first treatment. The treatments also come with a free 'touch up' session approx. 15 days later to hit any hairs that may have been overlooked. I also did a comparison with the Nair on my chest the same day i had my back done and its amazing how fast the hair grew back on my chest compared to my back. The only hairs that come back are the dormant ones that didn't have pigment in them and they seem to come back really slowly. Hope this helps. Stevo
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