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GEN­DER NEU­TRAL: MEN ARE JOIN­ING WOMEN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST UN­WANTED TUFTS

The Citizen (KZN) - - City - Brian Sokutu

Re­moval with laser tech­nol­ogy has been proven the safest per­ma­nent method.

The US-based Grand View Re­search ex­pects the hair-re­moval de­vices mar­ket to reach $3.4 bil­lion (R49.9 bil­lion) by 2025.

While Grand View Re­search at­tributes the mar­ket boost to an in­crease in the level of beauty con­scious­ness among women, it main­tains that the male pop­u­la­tion is not lag­ging be­hind, due to a grow­ing aware­ness about the ben­e­fits of groom­ing, which in­cludes good looks.

Says Grand View Re­search: “High de­mand for non-in­va­sive tech­niques for hair re­moval, such as laser treat­ment, owe their ben­e­fits to pre­ci­sion, sav­ing time and money in the long run.

“Most hair-re­moval de­vices can be used at home, which in turn is also con­tribut­ing to the high de­mand for per­sonal non-in­va­sive groom­ing tech­niques.”

The num­ber of men opt­ing for laser hair re­moval – proven to be the safest per­ma­nent way to re­move un­wanted hair – is grow­ing, ac­cord­ing to Gabriella Cir­illo, one of the SA beauty in­dus­try’s lead­ers.

Spe­cial­is­ing in the lat­est laser hair-re­moval tech­nol­ogy, Cir­illo’s Lightsculp­t is a groom­ing en­tity with branches in Bed­ford­view, Rose­bank and Umh­langa.

She says: “Lately, there has been more in­ter­est shown by men in the per­ma­nent re­moval treat­ment of un­wanted hair, con­ducted by the lat­est laser tech­nol­ogy.

“Many men opt for laser hair re­moval to re­duce the amount of hair in a spe­cific area, es­pe­cially across the chest and back.

“Par­tial hair re­moval is also com­mon on the neck, where many men strug­gle with ra­zor burn and in­grown hairs.

“Body­builders don’t want any hair on their body, be­cause it helps en­hance mus­cle def­i­ni­tion.”

Cy­clists, she says, “do their legs and lower bod­ies, too”.

“A lot of body hair can cause added chaf­ing and ir­ri­ta­tion when com­bined with tight cy­cling kits, sweat and long ride times in the sad­dle.

“It also makes putting on com­pres­sion tights, foam rolling and mas­sages eas­ier and painfree, be­cause hairs won’t get caught or tugged.

“If they can save one-tenth of a sec­ond by hav­ing less hair and break a record, is what seems to work for swim­mers.

“Plus, it saves any ath­lete loads of groom­ing time. “There’s no need to shave and prep their bod­ies be­fore a race or com­pe­ti­tion, and it erad­i­cates any risk of cuts and nicks from get­ting in­fected in a locker room or pool,” ex­plains Cir­illo. Laser hair re­moval, she says, can take any­thing from 20 min­utes to an hour, de­pend­ing on the area be­ing treated.

“We have full ad­justa­bil­ity on our sys­tems to match set­tings to op­ti­mal out­come re­quire­ments, al­low­ing for pa­tient safety and com­fort through­out a treat­ment regime.

“For ex­am­ple, in our hair-re­moval tech­nol­ogy, we can ad­just both flu­ence and pulse du­ra­tion to ef­fec­tively and safely tar­get re­growth as it changes den­sity and ap­pear­ance through the process of per­ma­nent re­duc­tion en­abling us to pro­vide re­sults in six to eight ses­sions.

“Let’s clear up a mis­con­cep­tion: laser hair re­moval doesn’t have to leave you look­ing like a hair­less fit­ness model un­less you want it to.

“It is ap­peal­ing to men who are un­com­fort­able with ex­cess hair on their back, chest, stom­ach, or all over.

“This might sound strange: some guys would rather treat their head than have spo­radic bald­ing, while oth­ers might want to get rid of botched hair plugs that just don’t look right or ir­ri­tate them.”

Does the tech­nol­ogy hurt? Says Cir­illo: “With the ad­vent of new lasers, it doesn’t hurt a lot.

“Of course, it’ll de­pend on your pain tol­er­ance, but for the most part, it’ll feel like heat or a rub­ber band snap.”

Be­sides, “ladies seem to like a less hairy man”.

Pic­ture: iStock

Gabriella Cir­illo

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