Today clean shaven goes far beyond facial hair. More and more men are taking hair off their backs and chests.
Sales of men's hair removal lotions are climbing. Consumer Reports tested two.
A scene in the new movie Hitch shows Kevin James getting his back waxed.
Will Smith plays a date doctor who insists a smooth back is a must to get a girl.
Consumer Reports just tested two hair removal creams marketed to men, Nair for Men Hair Remover Body Cream and Kwik Off Hair Remover for Men.
Consumer Reports asked six men to try the products at home. Their reactions weren't all that positive.
One man said, “I probably wouldn't try it again just because I think certain areas were a little more sensitive and burned i noticed near the armpits."
Another man said, “The most difficult thing was to have to apply it and then wait for ten to fifteen minutes. The products always said shorter time. I always had to leave it on longer for it to be effective."
Consumer Reports also tested 16 products for women. Some are creams and lotions. Others are home waxing kits. The women scored the women's products higher than the men scored the men's products.
But Consumer Reports points out there's really no reason why a man can't use a woman's product. Among the creams and lotions, the women panelists preferred these three, Sally Hansen Spa Gel Hair Remover for Body, Sally Hansen Lotion Hair Remover and Veet Bladeless Razor Kit.
As for the home waxing kits, nair roll-on sugaring wax was the least expensive and also one of the best liked. Consumer Reports says men might want to try it too. But after you've seen a movie like hitch, you may have second thoughts.
With any hair removing products, figure you'll need more than one application or a touch up with a razor. Consumer Reports found none of the products removed all the hair the first time.