This past week a friend of mine had the courage to finally ask me, “do you remove all your body hair?” I say courage because we have been going to the gym together for years and I figured he noticed but never brought it up. I guess curiosity finally got the cat.
To answer his question, I casually told him, yes I have pretty much lasered my whole body. He didn’t seem phased by it, rather he asked, “why”. I told him I prefer it that way. He was cool with the answer and the conversation stopped there.
That said, as I reflected on the discussion, I was thinking to myself, why did I spend years shaving and ultimately thousands of dollar on laser hair removal. I came up with 3 answers:
1) I prefer it
Ever since I started growing pubic hair, I shaved it off. I simply prefer to be hairless. Nothing beats the feeling, as far as I am concerned.
2) Its more comfortable
I prefer the comfort of not having body hair. When I wear clothes, I like the feel of my body better under the clothes, when I sweat I find not having body hair easier to manage and when I have to go in for needles (unfortunately I get a lot of them) not having any body hair makes the removal of band aids much easier.
3) I got addicted to removing my body hair
I started removing only my armpit and pubic hair and that eventually led to legs, arms, chest, back, buttocks, feet, etc. I hear that when people start with tattoos that you can get addicted to it, well in my case, hair removal become an addiction. I couldn’t stop when I started.
Point #3 is my only word of caution. If you start you may not finish until it is all gone. Just saying.
One common question that seems to float around the Internet is how long does it take to do complete body hair removal on a man. My marathon first session was 3.5 hours and it included the following areas:
Brazilian including the perianal area
My take after the first session? I love the results, they are pretty good and the technician that I went to is really good. The problem is that with this long of a time frame you eventually run out of things to talk about. The second problem with this time is that it is very tiring. You are either laying on your back or your stomach the whole time which after a couple of hours of snapping pain it becomes quite tiring. The technician was really good. I could tell she was getting tired from standing, but she held in there. For the most part everything seems to go quite quick, the area of the body that took the longest and in my opinion the mostÂ tediousÂ was the legs, they just seemed to go on forever.
Would I do this again. Short-answer is that I have one more session like this booked. Then I plan on breaking out the legs and doing themÂ separately. Two reasons for this; the first is that the schedule for legs, according to my tech, is every 8-weeks while the rest of the areas is recommended 4-6 weeks and the second reason is that the legs take about a little over an hour, so they themselves are the biggest chunk to the full body.
If you have done full body or a large portion of your body, I would love to hear your experience
Thinking of getting laser treatment on the male pubic region? With the number of clinics now advertising that offer male brazilians it would appear that the procedure is getting more and more common. Although I don’t have any concrete evidence of this, I can say that in September I joined the ranks of men who have decided to permanently remove their pubic hair via laser hair removal.
The purpose of this post is not to explain the results of the treatment, this is coming in a subsequent post, but rather to explain what I did prior to the treatment to get comfortable with the laser clinic as well as the laser technician. Considering I was about to get partially naked in front of a complete stranger and have them yield a laser that would be touching my testicles, shaft and anus this was not a decision that I was planning to simply run into.
Here are my words of advice for any male (or female) that is looking at getting laser hair removal in their private area done.
#1 – Ask a lot of questions
Some of the questions that I asked my technician:
– What date did you first do a male brazilian?
– How many brazilian’s have you done?
– Can you explain exactly what will happen during the procedure and what you require of me? (This is an important question as some clinics will say you do nothing, then will shift stuff around, and others will say they won’t touch your private area but instead will ask you to participate by moving your junk back and forth)
– Have you had any clients that were not happy with your work?
– How long will it take?
– What % of your clients have started with a brazlian and then moved to other body parts or started with other body parts and moved to brazilian?
– How do you communicate during the procedure?
– Have you burnt any clients?
The purpose of asking a lot of questions is to build rapport. The way a person answers the above questions will show genuine knowledge. If a person is irritated by your questions or wants you to make a decision in a hurry, run away, they clearly don’t care about making you feel at ease. What I was really looking for was to ensure that the person had experience, the rest was building rapport.
#2 – Build Rapport
Starting with the questions you want to make sure you are comfortable with the person doing the procedure. The key comfort level is to make sure that you have good communication to and from the technician to ensure the procedure goes smoothly. Considering how intimate this procedure this (and by intimate I don’t mean anything that would reasonable a turn – just that you are naked with your junk exposed in front of another person) you may also want to have a technician with whom you can have a conversation about general subject matter while the procedure is being performed.
In my case, I like a talkative laser tech. Somebody who can talk intelligently on a variety of subjects. Granted this is a personal preference but I could not spend 20-30 minutes with a tech who was completely silent.
#3 – Get Over the Embarrassment
When you actually go in for the procedure the technician will tell you to remove everything from waist down. In my case I was also doing armpits at the same time, so basically besides socks, I was completely naked on the table. Perhaps for some freakish men this is considered a turn-on, but truthfully, it is a little embarrassing laying on a table naked waiting for a laser tech to come in.
To point #2 of building rapport, the tech came in and immediately put me at ease by jumping into conversation (can’t actually remember what the conversation was) while she setup the machine and gave me the glasses. This immediately put me at ease and brought my tension level down. First she did the armpits and then when she was about to start the brazilian portion she took some time to explain again what was going to happen and when she was going to need me to move stuff around. Probably the most embarrassing part was lifting your legs up to your stomach and spreading slightly while she did the anus area.
When the procedure was done, she left and I got dressed. As I was dressing I was thinking to myself, I am about to go out to the counter and pay the bill to a women who has intimately seen all my nether regions. Going back to the importance of rapport when I got out of the room to pay, she was completely professional, asked how everything was, cracked a good joke and gave me the bill. When I was paying we set-up the second appointment.
As mentioned, I will put up another post on the results (so far after two sessions, I am impressed) but I wanted to share my experience in selecting a technician and the first procedure. Before selecting a clinic I interviewed 4 clinics and 4 technicians who offer the service and I think my list of questions and the initial rapport has paid off in finding a technician who is professional, knowledgeable and makes me comfortable. By the way, the clinic that was selected is called the Hair Free Laser Institute in Calgary.
I hope that you find the information in this post useful.
So I decided to get my chest lasered. After doing a lot of research on the internet about laser hair removal, male laser hair removal and the such, I thought it was time to put my money where my mouth is and go for some male chest laser hair removal. Where did I go, I went to Laser Hair Centre in southwest Calgary.
First the good news. Laser Hair Centre did a great job. Gwenn Molnar is an amazing technician, actually she is an RN, who really understands the process. She was pretty blunt with me, laser hair removal on a man’s chest hurts – plain and simple. In fact, as we were going through the process she even mentioned that women’s private parts are not as sensitive as a male’s chest. Throughout the process, she indicated I was doing well, but there was a few times I was really hoping it would be finished.
The bad news, as you probably have already guessed, is that the first treatment on my chest hair was no picnic. It hurt – it actually really fucking hurt. Throughout the procedure I kept thinking, how do so many women and men remove their genital hair and actually stand it. Gwenn informed me that the skin around the genital hair is actually not as sensitive as a man’s chest, which gave me some comfort in thinking that my pain was worth it.
I was happy when the procedure was completed. I left the office with my chest on fire, super red and feeling like – “what the hell did I just do”. For the next couple of days, my chest hurt. When I showered it hurt. It was red. It looked liked somebody flicked thousands of elastic bands on my chest just for fun. I really contemplated – why the fu&k did I do this. After about a week, the redness subsided. The pain went away. And soon my chest felt like it has never felt before – smooth.
The results are actually pretty amazing, laser hair removal on the chest works – it really does. After the first treatment, the results are incredible. However, is their pain? Yes there is. Don’t let anybody tell you differently, this hurts. That said, the pain is not unbearable. As I stated it hurts and you wish it would stop, but you can get through it. Once you do, depending on your skin, like me you may feel like sh&t for a few days and your skin may look like a war zone. In my case, this all went away and the results are really good.
So … if you can tolerate some pain, some discomfort for a few days, and are committed to having a smooth chest, this is a first person opinion, it is worth it. It does work. This is the first treatment. The second treatment is coming in August, so I will keep you posted on the results.
We decided over the weekend to conduct a search on the number of businesses that list “full body” laser hair removal and the prices to get a nose to the toes type service. Many sites will break down all the body parts, so you can build your own pricing package, but we wanted to feature the sites that give a simple, full body laser hair removal price.
By no means is this a complete list, so if you know of a clinic that offers this service, please add it to the comments section. We will continue to add more sites to this list.
Brazilya Laser (Calgary, Alberta) – price list
Full body – $2499 per session or $9996 for 5-sessions
They offer this service for both men and women
Revita Medispa (London, Ontario) – price list
Full body – $2500 per session
Based on their website we believe this service would be offered to both men and women. They clearly state they do male brazilians ($375 per session) so we have no reason to believe they would not do full male body hair removal.
LightTouch Laser Clinic (Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga) – price list (specials page)
Full body – $999 (although they claim this to be a special, they don’t list their regular price). If somebody knows the regular price, please let us know.
They offer this service for both men and women
Ethos The Spa (London, Ontario) – price list
$2000 per session
They list only women in the full body pricing. On the male side they have a price list for brazilian ($325) compared to female brazilian ($125) so likely full male laser hair removal would be higher in price
Vanish Laser and Beauty (Surrey, BC) – price list
$300 per session for women and $375 per session for men
If anybody has gone to this clinic we would like to hear feedback. Their price list seems incredibly low.
Stars and Rockets (Mississauga) – price list (special page)
$1999 per session (this is a special until the end of April. The site does not list its regular price for this service
On the site they don’t highlight whether this is for men and women, therefore, the price listed for sure is women.
Genesis Laser Renewal (Keswick, Ontario) – price list
$1300 for the first session and $1000 for each follow-up session. Their site claims men and women, but the price list does not explicitly say whether this price is for women only.
Assara Laser Cosmetic Services (New York, NY) – price list
$599 per month for full body laser hair removal. This price is for women
They have a separate section for men, however, they don’t list their prices.
Strawberry Fields Spa & Wellness (Toronto) – price list
$1320 per session for women and $1700 per session for men.
We reviewed this business in another post on getting a male brazilian in Toronto and where frustrated that this business does not list the individual pricing for male brazilians, yet they claim full body on men.
Clearstone Laser Hair Removal (Houston, TX) – price list
Starting at $1300 for full body. Based on their individual price lists, they would offer this service for men and women.
Seasons Aesthetics & Spa (Markam, Ontario) – price list
$999 per session starting price. We believe this price would only be for women as their do not mention any specific men’s services on their price list.
Skin Matters Med Spa (Atlanta, GA) – price list
$1250 per session or package price of $7500 (we think the package price is more than 6 sessions, otherwise you are prepaying the full per session price). Also, we don’t find any reference that their services are for men, so we believe this pricing is women only.
Aesthetic Laser and Skin (Puyallup, WA) – price list
$900 per session or completely unlimited for $8700. We believe this pricing is for women, but they do offer male laser hair removal services.