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From razor bumps to irritation, every guy has been on the wrong side of shaving, plucking or waxing at some point in his life.
And that’s why more and more dudes turn to laser hair removal for a smooth-skin look.
If you’re thinking of jumping on the bandwagon yourself, here’s what you need to know about laser hair removal for men.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

As you may have guessed by the name, laser hair removal (LHR), which is also known as selective photo-thermolysis, is a process that helps you get rid of all the unwanted hair on your body using a specially designed laser machine.

The device, in particular, is programmed to emit pulses of laser light which target the shaft’s pigment and destroy the hair follicle (more on that below).

This method was first performed in the mid-90s and has grown in popularity ever since as they claimed that it doesn’t come with any life-threatening side effects and is much more effective than other hair removal methods (see: waxing or shaving).

Can Men Have Laser Hair Removal?

Um, does a bear sh*t in the woods?

Can post-workout supplements help you sh*t?

Well, of course, men can have laser hair removal!

And to be honest, why shouldn’t they?

After all, the male body grows so much more hair than the female, making it imperative for us to find a removal method that promises long-term results and not just a quick fix for those who want to get rid of their bristles.

Plus, recent reports show that women nowadays are huge fans of manscaping as it can help us show off any existing muscle definition, no matter how strong or subtle it is.

And on top of that, they believe that man-sweat soaks into our hair, especially in our armpits and genitals, making us smell quite nasty.

FYI, that last one is actually true.

So, the moral of the story?

Men can and should have laser hair removal (if that’s something they want), of course.

How Do Laser Hair Removal Machines Work?

Now, onto the more technical stuff, a.k.a. how the freaking laser machine zaps out your hair. So, let’s start with the basics.

You see, every laser machine (no matter the type) features a tube.

With the push of a button, this tube emits concentrated beams of light onto a targeted area, which, in our case, is the unwanted hair.

Now, as the rays are pulsed toward your skin, your hair’s pigment absorbs the laser light and converts it into heat.

By doing so, it damages not just the shaft, but also the hair follicle, preventing it from growing new strands ever again.

So, as you see, the efficacy of this process depends on the color of your hair, and specifically how dark it is.

But, wait!

Doesn’t that put blonde, ginger and gray-haired dudes out of the picture?

No, it doesn’t.

These days, cosmetic lasers are a far cry from the machines of the past as they have longer wavelengths and are more sensitive to melanin.

That being said, there are special laser hair removal treatments which can work on light hair as efficiently as they do on dark strands without damaging your skin.

Friendly tip: You should be extra careful as to which type of machine you’ll choose to go under as every hair color and skin type is different – which brings us to the next point.

4 Types of Laser Hair Removal Machines and How to Pick the Right One for You

From visible light to infrared radiation, laser hair removal machines are specially designed to emit light at various wavelengths.

That means that there are multiple types of laser hair removal machines out there, and each one is capable of delivering different results.

Unfortunately, as companies like to name-drop the kind of laser technology they use without giving proper credit to the OG types, it can be downright confusing to pick the right model for you.

So, here’s a quick list of the four laser hair removal types on the market today and how to choose the right one for you, depending on your skin and hair color.

1. Ruby Laser

As the first system used for permanent hair reduction, the Ruby laser features a short wavelength and a high melanin absorption rate which make it perfect for guys with thin, light hair and fair skin.

The type got its name from the color of the laser light, which is deep red.

One of the best things about this machine type is that it comes with long pauses between pulses which minimizes the discomfort.

Unfortunately, that means that the treatments may require more time than others, which is why it’s usually recommended for treating small areas on your body, for example, your armpits.

Best for: Guys with pale, fair skin and thin hair.

Popular Brand Names: RubyStar, EpiPulse Ruby, Palomar 2000.

2. Diode Laser

A relatively new addition to the LHR market, the Diode laser can emit light both at short and long wavelengths, which makes it perfect for men with of all skin and hair tones.

The system is named after the diodes of the machine, which are semiconductors that produce laser beams.

The best part about this type is that, given its longer wavelengths, the laser rays can penetrate deep into the hair follicle without causing significant damage to the surrounding skin.

That’s why it’s often recommended for large skin areas like your chest or back.

Best for: Guys with both fair/dark skin and thick/thin hair.

Popular Brand Names: SopranoXL, LaserLite, LightSheer, Epistar.

3. Alexandrite Laser

By far the most popular option these days, the Alexandrite laser operates at a long wavelength, which means, in comparison with other types of machines it’s prone to give good results for pretty much all skin tones, including olive.

What’s great about this type of laser machines is that they work incredibly fast.

As a result, they’re the go-to choice for everyone looking to treat large areas of their body quickly (such as the back or chest).

This type is also a top choice for guys who want to try a full-body laser hair removal.

Be careful, though!

Due to its quick repetition rate, the Alexandrite laser can be quite painful, so look for a model with built-in cooling feats for maximum comfort.

Best for: Guys with all skin tones, even olive skin.

Popular Brand Names: Candela, EpiTouch Plus, Cynosure Apogee.

4. Nd: Yag Laser

Used for more than just laser hair removal for men (see: tattoo removal), the Nd: Yag system functions at a long wavelength, which means it can reach deep down into the hair follicle and get the job done efficiently.

As a result, I’d definitely choose this one if I’m the guy with coarse, thick hair and dark skin tone.

The only problem is that it has a weak melanin absorption rate, so it’s not a good fit for anyone with blonde, red, white, or gray hair.

Best for: Guys with dark skin and coarse, dark hair.

Popular Brand Names: Cynosure Elite, Cutera, Sciton, Candela GentleYAG.

How to Prepare for Your First Session

Don’t know what you’ve heard, but prepping for your first LHR session is actually quite easy.

In fact, all you have to do is being a bit careful in the weeks leading up to your treatment, and shave the desired area a couple of days in advance.

I swear; that’s it!

And if you don’t believe me, here’s a quick list of the steps you need to follow before your first session (FYI, they’re expert-approved!).

1. Stay out of the Sun

One of your first priorities, before you hit the laser room, is to keep your skin as natural as possible.

To do that, avoid spending long hours in the sun and applying tanning creams for at least six weeks before your appointment.

If you do, the darker tone will affect the way your skin reacts with the laser light, and the procedure may not be as efficient as you planned.

2. Don’t Touch Your Hair in Any Way

Avoid waxing or plucking your hair for at least six weeks before your treatment.

By doing so, you refrain from injuring your hair follicle and roughening your skin.

3. Avoid Medications

A research shows that certain drugs such as antihistamines, antibiotics, and NSAIDs tend to make your skin sensitive to sunlight.

So, to avoid messing with your pigmentation, try and lay them off about one week before your first session.

4. Shave the Area 1-2 Days in Advance

You also need to shave the desired area a couple of days before the treatment.

That’s because by the time you’ll go under the laser, your hair will be short enough to reach down the follicle and long enough to know where to apply the beams.

Plus, if your hair is long, you risk burning and scarring your skin as the heated shafts will rest on it post-treatment.

Pro tip: Use your best depilatory cream and a new, sharp razor to shave the area as closely as possible.

5. Clean the Area Thoroughly

Lastly, you need to wash the soon-to-be-treated area thoroughly and make sure it’s not coated with any dirt, skin oils, or cosmetics that could interfere with the process.

To do that, just use warm water and soap.

How Many Sessions Do You Actually Need?

Let’s be honest: Guys are hairy.

That said, laser hair removal for men could be a time-consuming procedure.

In fact, depending on your hair thickness and the size of the area you want to treat, the whole thing could take anywhere from 6 to 12 sessions.

Of course, there are cases where you may need to surpass the maximum amount of visits per area.

But, my advice is to make sure you know in advance just how many sessions you need to achieve the desired result.

This way, no one will try to rip you off later on.

Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

You probably knew this, but laser hair removal is no walk in the park.

More often than not, it’s a painful procedure that leaves your skin irritated and reddish for a few hours after you leave the laser room.

However, it’s not as bad as some people may think, and that’s because, in the worst-case scenario, you’ll feel as if a rubber band is being snapped against your skin.

That said, the stinging sensation is short-lived, and doesn’t last more than a few seconds.

And if we’re being honest, LHR is far less painful than waxing or threading.

Oh, and one more thing: You can get away with the pain if you opt for a machine with built-in cooling features that soothe your skin after each pulse is being released.

The Takeaway

So, whether it’s your patchy back or chest that’s troubling you or you have a few tufts here and there that you no longer want to have on your body, laser hair removal for men is a solid way to get yourself well groomed.

Would you consider it as an option?

Let me know in the comments down below!

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Agnaldo Lima

Agnaldo Lima

Hey there, I'm the guy behind the wheel. I've been passionate about looking good and feeling confident about myself since I know myself as a person. I love to share my experiences with such an amazing audience. Feel free to drop me a line if you feel like wanting to.
Agnaldo Lima

Agnaldo Lima

Hey there, I'm the guy behind the wheel. I've been passionate about looking good and feeling confident about myself since I know myself as a person. I love to share my experiences with such an amazing audience. Feel free to drop me a line if you feel like wanting to.

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