This is the first of a series of posts regarding hair removal and when I was about to undertake this minor correction of my body I didn’t think much of it, but as I was writing this post it occurred to me that this was a lot harder to put in words than I had expected. I was seriously contemplating not publishing the picture of me below at all. Why? It all comes down to one thing. It isn’t just women who are insecure about their bodies. We men are flooded by images of perfect models with perfect bodies whether we open a magazine, watch TV or what not. These men are hairless, have perfect abs and bodies and are the ones considered having ideal body types adored by both women and men. I’m not starting a movement to empower men to be proud of their bodies just as they are, but I do want to raise awareness of us men being equally aware of our imperfections and how bad it makes us feel, time and time again.
The issue of body hair is something that has followed me since I began growing some in my teen years and something I have wanted to get rid of ever since. “Big deal”, some of you might say. Well, for me it has been. As you can see in the pictures I’m not in perfect shape. I’m skinny, but I lack muscles. That is something I can change by working out, something I now actively am doing and the next time you are going to see me shirtless I promise you (but most importantly myself), that it’s a completely different body you are going to see. Ever since my teen years, especially in the US where body hair seems to be a big no no, I have got comments such as “eww, what’s that jungle on your back?” or “you look so boyish, yet you’re so hairy”. Comments like these have stuck to my head and I am so glad when Curos Skin Clinic reached out to me to let me try their Nordlys by Ellipse which also treats light and thin hair. To be honest, for the sake of the pictures I let my hair on my lower back and my stomach as well as chest grow out. I am not comfortable in publishing these pictures at all as I have shaved, waxed and even bleached the areas mentioned since I was a teen, but this is me being real. Also, it allows you to see the results. I’ve chosen to leave my scar visible as well, so no Photoshop is being used here. The reason for that? Well, the clinic can also make the scar, if not go away, appear a lot less visible. More on that in a completely different blog post.
The treatment really isn’t a big deal at all, however it does take time. As your body hair grows in cycles it means your hair follicles are resting between the cycles and in order to get to each follicle you have to repeat the procedure every 2 months or so up to 4 or 5 times in order to get rid of it all. In order for the laser to work, you should not tan for 3 weeks prior and after your treatment as it might cause damage to your skin.
The laser itself is as you can see very powerful, but only kills the hair follicles (and tightens your skin, great bonus right?). The laser stings a bit, but for someone who has been through a lot worse, that’s not a biggie. I’d say manicure can hurt more to be honest.
The staff at Curos Skin Clinic is extremely kind and make you feel comfortable, both with your body and the treatment itself. I’ve been a patient at the clinic for about two years for other medical reasons and although they are based in the south of Sweden and there for sure are clinics in Stockholm who perform similar laser treatments, I would not feel comfortable recommending something that I don’t trust a 100%. Some of you might think I’m a hypocrite changing myself to fit into a norm of what “men should be like”, i.e. not hairy. Well, this is the complete opposite. I’m taking control over my body and dealing with an issue I’ve had for more than 10 years. It is all part of becoming more confident. I know there are super hairy men out there. If you’re comfortable with that, fine, if not, here’s an option you can take into consideration. I cannot in words express the feeling of not needing to shave my body like 4 times a week anymore. I’m finally getting rid of my unwanted body hair and owe it all to the wonderful team at Curos Skin Clinic. As promised, results will come later, but as this is a long term procedure it will take a few more months until that.
This post is sponsored by Curos Skin Clinic, but all views and opinions are my own.