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PUBIC TOPIARY EXPLAINED

Thinking of getting a ‘Boyzilian’? MH has the info you need

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What is it?

Brought into the mainstream by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard, waxing is now one of the most popular ways of removing unwanted body hair. And it’s not just shoulders and backs you can have de-fuzzed. The ‘Boyzilian’ is essentially the male equivalent of the popular female ‘Brazilian’, and involves hair being removed from around your shaft, testicles, perineum, and backside using wax or a sugaring treatment.

You can even opt for a male Hollywood which involves the removal of all the hair from your nether regions. Alternatively, you can just have the bits you want done and leave other bits au naturel.

Why would I want one?

For starters, with the current backlash against big bushes (both male and female) you’ll be bang-on trend. But a little pubic topiary can also prove to be more hygienic (bacteria thrive on sweaty body hair) and it’ll enhance the appearance of your ‘undercarriage’ and make your tackle look bigger. Lots of women prefer the look of a tidy trunkline too.

The advantage of waxing over shaving is that it removes the hairs at the root, so you get better, smoother results which last longer – on average between 3-6 weeks. Because the hairs grow back with naturally fine ends (rather than blunt ones that come from shaving) there’s no itchy re-growth either.

What does it involve?

Long hair is usually trimmed to make things easier to remove. Then, the skin is pulled taught and soft warm wax (or a sugar paste) is applied to the hairs and quickly ripped off, taking the hairs with it. A post-waxing moisturiser is then applied to soothe and protect the freshly-waxed area.

It’s an intimate procedure, but a towel is used to cover your modesty and the therapists will be too busy ensuring a smooth finish (no, not a happy one) to be concerned about your ‘gentleman’s area’. Also, waxing and arousal rarely go hand-in-hand, so don’t worry about embarrassing yourself. The whole procedure takes less than an hour, so is something you fit into your lunch break.

Does it hurt?

As most women who’ve had Brazilians will testify, it only hurts a little, and men who’ve gone back for more tend to find the first time is the worst. Taking a peg to bite on is probably a bit extreme, but taking a stress ball to squeeze might not be a bad idea.

How much does is cost?

At the Ministry of Waxing a Boyzilian will set you back just under £60.

Where to get it done

For more information see ministryofwaxing.com, thesohosalon.com andboyzilians.com