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Jul 6, 2010
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Unless it was on your head—or if you were Alec Baldwin’s chest—hair was never an issue. It was just something you grew out, occasionally groomed or trimmed, but otherwise left on its own. Hair removal was a totally girl/gay thing. [firstpara]
Then you saw Steve Carell in The 40-Year Old Virgin waxing none-too-poetic while his rug of a chest was being waxed, screaming expletives while he underwent what seemed like the equivalent of circumcision for grown men. It made your eyes tear and it made you squirm.

But it also made sense. Hair could be thinned out, or completely removed, especially if it was growing from your back. And you did it, not just because girls seem to like it bare, but because, well, it does look better. Here’s the lowdown on the hair removal options available today—aside from shaving.

 1. Waxing
What it does: Wax or cream are spread on area to be treated, strips of specially prepared cloth are layered over, then removed (think of pulling off a bandage or a velcro band) and, just like that, the hair is gone—for about four to six weeks.
How long it takes: Anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour or more, depending on what’s being waxed.
Best for: Eyebrow shaping,  Eyebrow shaping, unibrow removal, hair on ears and neck, legs, underarms, chest and arms
Cost: About P500 up if you have it done at a salon. You can buy DIY home removal kits for about P600 a box.

2.  Laser Hair Removal
What it does: Laser light kills the hair root. This, however, doesn’t kill the follicle (where hair growth starts). So technically, another hair can grow in its place. After a number of treatments, however, hair thins out. After all laser hair removal treatments are completed, results could be almost permanent, with touch-up treatments annually to maintain results.
How long it takes: Roughly 30 minutes per treatment depending on area of removal
Best for: Removing or reducing hair on back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and genital area.
Cost: P25,000-up for a package of six treatments

Next: Electro-wut?!