THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
MAKING SENSE OF THE MYTHS AND MYSTERIES AROUND HAIR REMOVAL HABITS
A traditional barber is the only place to get your hair cut
The traditional barber has been around forever and always will be. However the mushrooming number of unisex salons, especially in suburbs, offer men an alternative grooming space. In addition, modern technology hair removal products and equipment facilitate our complete grooming routine at the privacy of our own home.
One barber is just the same as another
Different factors come into play when you go to the barber; it's not only about a barber's hair cutting abilities– it's about the whole experience. Convenience of location, barber skill, equipment, hygiene and overall environment vary from barber to barber, salon to salon. Remember, you're the paying client, so look for a barber that ticks all your boxes.
Spirits is the best thing to apply to your head after shaving
Spirits are effective in controlling infection to some degree when cuts and nicks occur. However the chemical formulation of spirits isn't recommended for direct skin application. It can cause irritation and dry out the skin. Shaving is a powerful exfoliator, and leaves the skin vulnerable – so a gentle, protective balm or lotion is the ideal post shave treatment.
If a product doesn't sting when you apply it, it's not working
Post shaving, our skin needs the application of something soothing and moisturising. There's no need to hold on to antiquated traditions that cause pain, inflammation and skin deterioration. Modern technology has produced numerous products with gentle, effective formulations that are suitable applications to vulnerable skin.
I'm a man, I don't need “stuff” for after shaving
Our skin is affected by many factors; lifestyle choices, temperature, pollution, environmental factors, emotions, medication to name a few. A well cared for skin stays heathier, ages better, looks and feels preferable. After all, it's the largest organ in your body and definitely warrants some TLC! Caring for your skin is a great investment in how you'll look in the future – ask any woman, they do know best on this score!
You shouldn't remove hair from your chest/legs/underarms/privates
This is entirely a matter of personal preference – there's no hard and fast rule when it comes to body hair. Modern trends tend to favour a cleaner, smoother look, with converts claiming that its cooler, more comfortable and more hygienic, but ultimately it's about what works for you.
Hair Removal Creams and Lotions are for women only
Absolutely not. Nor are deodorants, fragrances, body lotions and moisturisers for that matter. As a rule, women tend to lead the field when it comes to personal care, with guys lagging a bit behind. Our advice is to learn from them, follow their advice and embrace personal grooming. You'll look better for it!
Hair Removal Creams and Lotions contain chemicals
Sure they do. But so do soaps, deodorants, shampoos, body lotions and pretty much all other personal care products. Skin friendly ingredients, used correctly, will do no harm. A reputable manufacturer will be transparent about the ingredients used in the product formulation, allowing you to make an informed choice. Take heed of the precautions, follow the on-pack instructions carefully and discontinue use of any product should a skin reaction develop.
Hair Removal Creams and Lotions give you cancer
There is no evidence or studies to support this theory. Period.