What is male intimate hair removal?

Also known as the infamous 'back, sack and crack', Mankini, Boykini, Boyzilian, Brazilian, Hollywood, Sunga (after a skimpy Brazilian male swimsuit), BBC (butt, balls and crotch), The Aussie Outback (everything off 'Down Under'), The Tropicana (banana and coconut smoothie), The Copacabana (all off South of the border), XXX Waxing, The Bald Banana, The Kojak, The Full Monty, Extreme Waxing... this increasingly popular service involves the removal of hair from the groin, speedo line, penis, scrotum, buttocks and crack. As much or as little hair can be removed as desired by the customer, with the final price adjusted accordingly.

What is a popular choice?

Many men today opt to remove hair from the scrotum and penis, and trim and/or shape pubic hair. This can lead to the 'optical extra inch', plus a clean, fresh and tidy look. Removing hair from the speedo line defines and pronounces the pubic hair to enhance the look. If hair is removed from the pubic hair area, I can 'blend' it into a hairy area of the tummy (unless of course you have the tummy hair removed aswell). Hair immediately around the anal area can also be removed for cleanliness. I can also blend any treated area of the crack or buttocks into the buttocks or legs if these remain hairy.

What happens if I get an erection?

Don’t worry, it happens! Most erections that occur during a Brazilian service have nothing to do with sexual arousal. Instead, it is likely to be no more than an involuntary response to the manipulation of the genitals. Any such arousal normally subsides fairly rapidly. I tend to carry on working, asking the customer to hold himself out of the way or moving to a different area of the body if necessary. It is not necessarily a bad thing - it helps the skin to be stretched taut, which helps remove hair less painfully and prevents bruising of the area.

Are STIs a concern?

Clients with known STIs and urinary tract infections cannot be treated. If in doubt, I don’t treat. To protect myself and my clients, I follow the universal hygiene procedures recommended by Habia: wearing of gloves, avoidance of double-dipping of waxing spatulas, disinfection or sterilization of equipment as appropriate, clean towels for each client and the correct disposal of salon waste. Waxing and sugaring are very safe treatments.

How important is hygiene?

Very important – to me and to you. I provide wet wipes for you to freshen up front and back, before your hair is removed. Pulling hair out of your skin will leave empty hair follicles, which can be a haven for bacteria. For each client, I wear fresh nitrile gloves, and apply skin cleansers on you before and after treatment, and follow universal Habia rules: clean wax and wax pots, avoid double-dipping of waxing spatulas, fresh couch roll and spatulas, correct disposal of waste, and disinfection or sterilisation of tweezers, clippers, scissors and all waxing equipment. Bacteria is unable to grow in sugar as it binds up the water and bacteria is unable to grow, so pots of sugar remain bacteria free. Sugaring also provides less mess during a hair removal treatment than waxing as there are no heating pots, no spatulas, and no sticky residues. I provide a free aftercare pack to help keep your skin clean, exfoliated and moisturised for the following day, and retail antiseptic and soothing spot sticks and gel. I also provide an aftercare leaflet with advice about caring for your waxed skin.

What about aftercare?

Certain activities can risk irritation and infection of newly treated skin. Please avoid the following:

o    Scratching and touching the area

o    Sunbathing or sun beds for 48 hours

o    Having a sauna, steam or any heat treatment for 24 hours

o    Taking a hot bath or shower for 24 hours

o    Doing any exercise that encourages sweating for 24 hours

o    Applying any different/new moisturisers or body lotions, perfumes, deodorants, shower gels etc, other than those recommended by me, on the area for 24 hours

o    Having sex for 24 hours after Brazilian hair removal

Light exfoliation twice a week after hair removal greatly reduces the occurrence of ingrown hairs. The first exfoliation should be done 2-3 days after hair removal.

Keeping the skin clean with a light antiseptic will reduce likelihood of infection.