I do a lot of things for my faithful readers. You may not realize the true sacrifices I make all in the name of blogging, but after reading this post, you’ll either have a newfound respect for me or you’ll be shutting this browser window so fast, you may break it! Yep, thanks to Bare for Men, Duane Reed and a grooming process we all call “waxing,” I have truly brought blogging to new heights. Or lows, depending on your view.
Let’s start by saying I have a hairy chest. Not super hairy like my former roommate Mike who could pass for a Grizzly Bear. But not a little bit hairy either. I guess you could say it’s just right. But my wife has always wanted me to shave it. Call it curiosity, a fetish or simply a turn-on. I never had an interest before. Until blogging that is.
I was recently offered the change to review a line of hair removal products called Bare for Men. And yes, they have a Hot Legs line for women too. Seeing this as a sign from the Hairless Chest Gods, I decided to throw caution into the wind and go for it. After all, these days it’s apparently #Cool2LookHot!
I work in Manhattan just one block from a Duane Reade, which is certainly convenient. I always thought Duane Reade was just a small pharmacy with some candy and notebooks. But apparently I’ve been missing out. This one near my office has an entire second floor chock full of personal products for your hair, skin, teeth, body, you name it.
So I picked up a pack of Bare for Men Cool Gel Wax Strips for me and a box of Hot Legs Total Body Wax Strips for Allie to try out. There are 16 to a pack.
Allie gleefully volunteered to help me out both in taking photos and in ripping the hair from my body. Keep in mind that the camera adds like 10 pounds, and I think we had like 4 or 5 cameras on during this shoot…
Okay, let’s start with the patented Before photo… And you can tell this is a real classy photoshoot by the big black bag of garbage in the background.
In the box are 8 packets and each packet gets pulled apart for a pair of sticky/waxy strips. Allie picked her spot and stuck it on, smoothing it out in all corners. Notice I’m still smiling at this point.
One superquick yank later (and a big ol’ YELP from me) and gazillions of hair follicles are separated from my body. Just like that!
Next up, Allie went the vertical route. I think she was trying to make a Pac-Man maze on my chest or something. Still smiling, though there’s a touch of nervous anticipation in there.
Toss in a diagonal pull from Allie and here’s where my chest currently stood.
In the end, we used up all 16 strips and got the bulk of my chest. We’d probably need another 16 to get my entire stomach and the little bit left by my shoulders. The scariest part of it all? Yes, you guessed it… the nipples!
I was scared to begin with before Allie attempted to rip off my nipple. But when she puts the strip on gently and tells me, “I don’t want your nipple to come off” as she quickly tears it, well, let’s just say I almost passed out. Almost.
Here’s how it all looked in the end:
Did it hurt? I’ll be honest. It certainly didn’t tickle. And while the box says “painless,” I wouldn’t quite go that far. It basically felt like pulling off a bandaid super fast. And since I have never done this before in my life and I do have a decently hairy chest, then yes it hurt. But only for a split second on each part. The less hairy the area, the less it actually hurt.
Now, if you’re still reading at this point I give you serious credit. You’re a braver person than me! And for that, you deserve to be rewarded. So, here’s a short video of the Bare for Men strips doing their waxing thing.
CAUTION! Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weak heart conditions should consult their doctors before viewing the following:
Looks like fun, right?
To be fair, now that it’s a day later, I kind of like how it feels. I don’t think I’d ever actually use a razor to shave my chest, so I may have to keep this up. And I doubt it’d hurt even close to as much as the first time, since there’d be far less hair going forward.
Now it was Allie’s turn. She’s done it all: waxing, shaving, you name it. For this experiment, she wanted to get rid of the hair on her arms.
Here’s the Before photo:
Barely skipping a beat, she ripped open a box of the Hot Legs Total Body Wax Strips, separated a packet and slapped it around her arm.
A super quick yank and… BAM, well, take a look.
It only took her a few strips per arm, but Allie was really pleased with the results. Here’s a comparison after she finished one arm.
She definitely liked how well these worked and said they were a lot more effective than things she’s tried in the past.
So there you have it. One hairy tale of a blog post where I bared my chest for you all. I’m not sure how many of you guys out there have shaved your chest or thought about it, but I definitely say it’s worth trying at least once in your life.
Look for Bare for Men and Hot Legs products at your local Duane Reade.
Do you wax?