When women say that they prefer a hairy man, they’re almost certainly referring to a Ryan Giggs or Tom Selleck-style chest rug rather than protruding nostril or ear hair, which are about as sexy as your grandma modeling Victoria’s Secret underwear.
Even the aforementioned chest rugs should be carefully controlled. And under no circumstances allow your body hair to drift to your upper arms or, heaven forbid, your back. A one-time contributor to EX magazine, who shall remain nameless, sported so much hair on his chest and back that it looked as though he was wearing a tank-top.
So how do we go about eradicating excess body hair? Temporary solutions include shaving, plucking, tweezing, waxing and using various creams. But fellas, our time is precious – we shouldn’t be wasting it preening ourselves in front of the mirror every few days. No, it’s time to take affirmative action in the fight against follicular unsightliness, and opt for a light-based laser technology treatment, which permanently reduces unwanted hair using fewer treatments and with far less discomfort than traditional procedures. Here comes the science…
The hair growth cycle
Hair grows and is then shedded in a continuous cycle over three phases.
1: Anagen. The growth phase where hair is attached to hair root.
2: Catagen. A transitional phase where hair is detached from hair root.
3: Telogen. The resting phase where hair will be shed away.
How long each hair spends on each phase varies from one person to another, and is determined by genetics, hormones, and area of the body.
How to get rid of it – forever!
We spoke to GloAesthetics, who use light based and laser technologies to eradicate hair for good. They use ruby, alexandrite, and diode lasers, which are recognized as the most effective for hair removal. These light-based technologies work best on light-skinned, dark-haired individuals because dark pigments in the surrounding skin cannot absorb the light they emit. However, Glo also use light source devices with longer wavelengths which have the ability to treat darker skin types, including Indian and African-American skin. When laser or pulse-light is fired to the skin, a low-energy beam is emitted and absorbed by dark pigment (melanin) present in the shaft of the hair follicles. Since hair grows in three cycles of hair growth, repeated treatments are necessary to achieve permanent hair reduction.
The hair removal process
• Light is absorbed by melanin in hair
• The hair gets heated up
• Heat damages the bulge and bulb disabling the hair structure
• The epidermis is cooled to prevent epidermal damage
Will all the hair in the treated area be permanently removed?
The percentage of hairs removed per session varies according to the body location. Generally, areas with thin skin such as armpits achieve a better response than areas with thick skin such as the back and chin. Approximately a 10-25% reduction in hair growth can be expected with each treatment. Treatments are repeated every four to eight weeks. The hair that re-grows after each treatments tends to be lighter and finer in texture.