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Waxing... not just for women anymore!

Hair Removal: How Waxing Works

  Waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hairs will not grow back in the previously waxed area for two to eight weeks. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. If waxing is done regularly for several years, permanent hair reduction may be achieved. Waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is then pressed on the top and ripped off with a quick movement against the direction of hair growth. This removes the wax along with the hair.


Brazilian bikini waxes have been "all the rage" since the late 90's, but they're certainly not new in the United States. Brazilian waxing was introduced to New York in 1987 by seven Brazilian-born sisters. 

  So how does it differ from a regular bikini wax? Basically, with the Brazilian, hair is removed in the front, back and everything in between. Most of the time a "landing strip" is left in the front, but some clients opt for everything removed.


Questions + Answers


Do many guys get waxed?  What do they wax?
  In Halsted Street Beach's first year of offering hair removal services, we performed around 1500 male wax treatments. The majority of these services were men's backs, chests, butts, and brazilians. 

Am I too young/old to get waxed?
Our youngest waxing client is 16 and our oldest 68, so the range and reasons are diverse. 

Why do People get waxed?
People usually get waxed to satisfy their sense of self-image, or because their partners prefer the smooth look.  Waxing can also be cultural, attaching itself to certain professions, and not the ones you'd expect. 

It's interesting to note that around half of Halsted Street Beach waxing clients are people in the public eye - teachers, policemen, firemen, doctors, lawyers, and other demographic groups. You can't get much more mainstream than that!

How much does waxing hurt?
As a general guide, the feeling is like being slapped with a plastic ruler and fades quickly.  Follow up treatments are gentler than the first, as the hair hasn't had time to fully develop.

As a general rule of thumb, the most tender areas on a guy are the chest, sides, belly, arms, and feet.  Further down the list are the perineum and the base of the penis shaft. 

Despite popular myth, the least tender area is definitely the butt. The butt cheeks, back and scrotum aren't too bad either.  

If I get a Brazilian, will it increase sensitivity during sex?
Yes, dramatically. The difference is amazing.

I'm worried that I'll get aroused during my Brazilian treatment.
Don't stress.  A degree of arousal is common when someone is working in the genital area, be it a doctor, a nurse, or a waxing therapist. It has little to do with true arousal and more to do with adrenaline.  In any case, once the waxing treatment begins, the sensation quickly passes. The only thing you need to focus on is feeling comfortable with yourself, and that includes not beating yourself up over a reaction that's perfectly natural.
We'll do our best to preserve your modesty at all times.

Can I book a spray tan for after my wax treatment?
Only if you are in a rush for time.  The after wax lotion will create a barrier between your skin and the tanning solution.  Ideally you should leave the after wax lotion on, then come back in a day or two for tanning. We can clean you off with our cleaning spray and spray you, but it will increase the chance of bumps on the waxed areas.

Can I go Tanning after my wax treatment?
Definitely not.  You should avoid heat following a wax treatment and tanning gets you hot. Also avoid hot showers, saunas, whirlpools, etc. Some people like hot action tanning lotions which will inflame the skin after waxing. Leave 1 to 2 days between waxing and tanning.