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Whether it’s an epidemic or not, so many gay men groom their body hair that it’s best to know what you’re doing. Stubble is bad enough, but here are some no-shave options with varying degrees of burn, baby, burn!

imageHey Mike!
What’s the best way of getting rid of body hair without shaving?

I hate the stubble, but I also hate the pain of the alternatives.
–Third Degree

Dear Third Degree:
There are very few scream-free options in the rug-removing business, and they’ll thin out your wallet along with your fur. Your options:

Laser Removal
What it is: Laser light grabs the hair follicle, says, “Luke, I am your father” and kills the hair root. It doesn’t kill the follicle, though, so hair can still grow back. Maybe it should say, “Luke, I did your Father,” and it would work better.

How long it’ll take: About half an hour per session. Like the “Star Wars” movies, it’ll take about 8 sequels to get the job done.

Where you should aim it: At your boss. But if you need the job, your chest, back, stomach and genitals.

The hit: About $450 per treatment.

Duration: It’s the most permanent of your options, but touch-ups are the rule.

imageWaxing
What it is: Torture. They put strips of cloth over the wax and then RIP the fucker off. The new waxes aren’t supposed to be as painful as the old waxes, but that’s like saying getting stabbed by a dull knife doesn’t hurt as much as a sharp one. Technically true, but…

How long it’ll take: Ten minutes to an hour.

Where you should aim it: Unibrows, hair on the ears and neck, legs, underarms, and arms. Do not use it on your genitals unless you’re an extra on the next sequel to “The Hills Have Eyes” and need the screaming practice.

The hit: About $50-70 a session

Duration: About 4 to 6 weeks.

imageElectrolysis
What it is: Death by lightning bolt. Ultra-slim needles penetrate the hair shaft, delivering tiny shocks of electricity to the hair follicle.

How long it’ll take: This ain’t a Manhunt Bang-N-Go hookup. Depending on how much fur you’re scalping, we’re talking about 20-minute weekly sessions for up to a year. Man, that ain’t a trick, that’s a husband.

Where you should aim it: Because it’s so time-consuming, I’d keep to small places like the eyebrows and neck.

Who it’ll work on: Guys looking for a long-term commitment.

The hit: About $40 per session

Duration: It’s permanent, if you don’t mind being a lightning rod for a year.

Depilatories
What it is: French for “Chemical Burn.” Chemicals dissolve proteins in the hair, loosening them to the point that they drop to the floor like the last date you got drunk. The good news: They leave a rounded, smoother edge, minimizing the sharp, hard, stubble that shaving leaves.

How long it’ll take: 3-5 minutes, depending on how much straw you’ve got on your broom.

What it works best for: Best for back, chest, arms and legs. The chemicals can be harsher than my advice columns, so always do a “patch test” on a small area of skin (the inner arm below the elbow is a good place). Wipe it off immediately if you get any kind of reaction—burning, redness, or an insatiable desire to tell everyone Whitney’s comeback is just around the corner. Different brands have different formulations, so if one doesn’t work try another.

The hit: $5-$10

Duration: 7 to 14 days.

Where you should aim it: Your face, arms and legs. You could use it on your genitals, but man, I’d be as nervous as a dog outside of a Korean meatpacking plant. Make sure you use formulas marked “for sensitive areas” and stare at the stopwatch like your balls depended on it–because they do.

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality. Download his latest ebook, “Meet The Hottie In The Corner: The 21-Day Plan To Overcome Your Fear of Rejection, Master the Art of Icebreakers and Snag Guys You Never Thought You Could Get.” Got a question for Need Wood? Just {encode=”[email protected]” title=”send it in”}.

Need Wood? is sponsored in Atlanta by Brushstrokes and Capulets/Brushstrokes Pleasures.

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