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clean man. We also have some women bringing
their men in just to say look what we have to go
"Usually once the guy tries it out, he ll come
back on his own accord. He realises it s not that bad
and actually enjoys the feeling of being hair-free."
You re probably itching to know now how
much the man-wax actually hurts. Well, speaking
from experience: only a bit.
In the past, I d always frightened away from
getting my carpets pulled up because movies like
The 40 Year Old Virgin made it seem so damn
painful. But when this story came along I thought
I d bolster up some courage and book myself in for
a back wax.
As it turns out those screaming depictions are
only really half-true. There were times when it felt
like my skin had been ripped off, forcing all the
other hairs to stand up and take notice. But that
was just through the thicker patches -- for the most
of it, the sting was slight.
Plus I m a man of European blood so my body
hair count is greater than most. In fact, the animals
I m often likened to are black sheep and baby bears.
With all this in mind -- and the fact that it was
my first time (typically the most painful) -- I can
confidently say the waxing experience isn t as bad
as we re led to believe.
If however the thought of ripped follicles still
sends a shiver down your furry spine, there are other
hair removal options you can consider like IPL
(Intense Pulse Laser) and special Alkaline washes.
"Usually men will start off with the wax and if
they don t like it or find it too painful, they ll move
on to one of the more gentle treatments," says Bella.
"With IPL you get permanent hair reduction
after six or seven treatments. Waxing you have to
do consistently every four weeks. And the Alkaline
washes, maybe every six to eight weeks. They each
have their pros and cons but generally they all
make the skin feel a lot nicer," she says.
And it s true. When I touch my back now it
does feel really smooth.
The only problem is the rest of my body is
noticeably hairy by comparison. This, I suspect, is
how the obsession begins. sm
THE "BOYTOX" BOOM has also hit Perth. With
a few quick lunchtime injections men are finding
they can look years younger, without the scandal
and suspicion that goes along with "getting
Local businesswoman Dr Alana Rowick of Vice
Aesthetics confirms a 300 percent increase over
the past six months of men asking for Botox to
boost their appearance.
The term "boytox", or "bro-tox" has been
heard around in LA and London for quite some
time now, and treatment has become so popu-
lar that some London clinics report one in three
patients are now male.
Celebrity endorsements from Simon Cowell and
TV tough guy chef Gordon Ramsay confirm growing
acceptance of the idea that having needles poked
into your face perhaps isn't such a girly thing after all.
Men are most commonly treated for vertical
lines between eyebrows (scowl lines) and fine lines
around the eyes (crows feet).
Ben, a 35-year-old entrepreneur from Nedlands,
has been "boytoxing" these areas for just over a year.
He says curiosity drove him to give Botox a try.
"I suppose I did have some anxiety at the outset,
firstly about running into someone I know...(he
laughs) and then sitting in a chair whilst someone
stuck needles in my face. But Dr Rowick made me
feel completely at ease."
Dr Alana Rowick, Stirling Road Claremont, by
appointment; phone 1300 771 857.
THE BOYTOX INJECTION
text stephenie mchenry
"We are seeing a lot more men coming in for the man-zillian
(also known as the back, crack and sack wax)..."
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