Major Differences Between Waxing Men and Women
Most stylists are doing their best to help people of all gender identities and body types feel welcome in their salons. One way to make everyone feel welcome is to teach your salon staff some of the major differences between waxing men and women. While many people don’t identify as men or women, understanding fundamental anatomy differences and typical waxing preferences can help your staff better serve various clientele. We explain more about these differences below.

Skin Sensitivity

Most people of all gender identities have the same level of skin sensitivity unless someone has particularly sensitive skin, is menstruating, or takes a skin-thinning medication. However, when it comes to intimate waxes, people with cisgender male anatomy experience more sensitivity than those with cisgender female anatomy. This is because male anatomy features more nerve endings than female anatomy. Additionally, the skin in this area tends to sag more in men than in women, making it more challenging to hold taut and, therefore, more sensitive to wax. Make sure your wax artists know these skin differences when performing intimate waxes.

Comfort Level

People who grew up with female anatomy and female gender roles got exposed to the idea of waxing early. Some even started waxing themselves or getting professional waxing treatments as teenagers. Those who didn’t get waxed likely know people who did, and those various levels of exposure made many women much more comfortable with professional waxing services.

However, people who grew up with male anatomy and male gender roles weren’t exposed to these ideas. Many learned that waxing was only for women unless they participated in a sport that required less body hair, such as swimming. Now that we’re embracing a more fluid idea of gender, people from all walks of life may want to try waxing but feel uncomfortable following through. Use the consultation time to help assuage any of these worries.

Waxing Locations

Many of the waxing services that men request overlap with what women already ask for, such as intimate and facial waxes. However, many men tend to grow hair in more places, and that hair grows much thicker, so they often request waxes for other body parts too. The chest and back are two waxing locations that most women don’t often request, but men want since it’s challenging to wax themselves. Advertise waxing for these body locations, so people who want these services know they’re available.

While there are some major differences between waxing men and women, there is also significant overlap. People of all gender identities and body types want to enjoy their waxing experience no matter their skin type, may feel nervous before an appointment, and want different locations on their bodies groomed. Train your wax artists so they can take the health, wellness, and comfort of all types of people into consideration when they wax.

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