GaGu, what can I do about my unwanted hair?
ZACK HOWELL, KIDDERMINSTER
AGaGu’s long-suffering groomer has been forced to invest heavily in the appropriately-named Grizzly 10-inch Wet Grinder Kit (around £220) to keep his clippers in working order; all being well, your follicles won’t eject the same steel fibres that Guru’s do.
Over-manly hirsuteness aside, we’ve all felt the pain of a hair or two in the wrong place. There’s no shame in instituting a proper grooming regime that includes hair removal, and if you use the correct tools with the correct skill you should be able to get yourself fuzz free without much drama.
Guru has covered shaving before (see T3 issue 258 for that pep talk) but let’s quickly recap the essentials. The BaByliss i-stubble + (£45) remains the recommended option for accurate hair clipping, while Cornerstone’s subscription razor system (from £30) is a top option for a silky smooth face. So what of the rest of your body?
Cyclists’ legs will benefit from a sharp razor and a proper technique – knee to thigh first, then ankle to knee – and the same exfoliation and lotion application you’d perform on your face (you do that, right?). Other hairprone areas can be dealt with using similar care and consideration for hair direction. If you can get away with not going super-close on your armpits or on other specific areas prone to sweat and rubbing, that would be Guru’s primary recommendation.
More permanent hair removal gets a little scientific. You could wax your coarser hairs (the Zeos Men’s Waxing Kit will set you back £30), although you may be better off getting the job done for the first time at a professional salon, then take advice from them about maintenance and ongoing care.
Alternatively, you could try hair removal creams (a tube of Nad’s – stop tittering at the back! – costs around £10) as long as you’re aware that the results will be patchy and your skin will sting. And you could, if you were really desperate, use an epilator (the iVog X-Tweez at £30, for example), but that’s an instrument of pure torture even Guru can’t enjoy.