Gale Bernhardt's latest cycling article, Body-Hair Removal Methods for Athletes, runs down the list of options for going hair-free.
I used to shave once a year for swimming championships, but it always took a long time. Now that I'm getting into cycling more and more, my riding buddies keep telling me I need to shave before the inevitable road rash completely and painfully rips all the hair out of my legs.
So what do you guys think is the best way to keep the hair off?
So, Toby, I'm assuming you are answering Jesse's question and you are a fan of the self-sandpaper method? Any comments on pros and cons? Works best on which body parts? Any body parts to definitely avoid with this technique?
We need to get someone who has used this to post here and let us know if its legit. The video is pretty convincing, but an athlete endorsement would go a long way. That would be pretty funny to be on a ride some day and see "Smooth Away" sponsor logo on a bike jersey!
I don't know about other areas of the country but sugaring is becoming quite prominent in the Seattle area. it's like waxing but less painful, more organic (you can actually eat the product) and less wasteful. the experience is much different as well as the results: less in-grown hairs, softer skin, less irritation, etc. check it out!
I am going to be doing the STP ride this weekend (Seattle to Portland) and just used an over the counter product called Veet. This would be the cream you apply then wash off. I found it to be very sucessful in removing the hair. If you have allot of hair and long hair a second application may be needed. Even though this was a little messier than waxing it was surely less painful. A little help from my girlfriend made it allot easier to get to some of those hard to reach spots. I am not sure how long its going take before the hair grows back as that is my next step in the trial of new products. Veet also has their own waxing strips which i may try next. I will report back to here when i get more info.
To all I am back again with an up date and a warning. I was going to wait till i did the waxing but felt I should warn you all right away. Stay away from the fine crystals ad that you all see above. My girlfriend bought it and sure enough was a complete failure. Try rubbing your inner tube from you bike on your legs because that is what this feels like. It did not take off one bit of hair and yes we followed directions to the T.
Now back to Veet. I have yet to go out and get there waxing strips but am looking to do that this week. The cream worked real well i had a small rash for a few hours only. Just make sure you rinse it off really well and make sure you dont get any on you where you want to keep your hair. If your hair is thick or long it will requires a second application. The hair stayed away for about 3-4 days before a second application was needed. I would have to say i am very pleased with Veet over any other products at this time. I will get back to all again after i find their waxing strips. Till then ride safe and keep the rubber side down.
Alright this will be the last post on this subject. I bought the wax strips from Veet and was not real impressed with the results. It did take some of the hair away but not all of it. We did the strips on my back, and once again it hurts allot when you peal them away, same as any other waxing.
I did try another one of Veets product which is the cream that comes in the green bottle, this one only takes about 3-5 minutes instead of 5-8 min that the blue bottle requires. The green bottle has a little scrubbie pad that goes with it. This worked real well. So all in all i liked the Veet cream products for being the less painful and having good results. The hair does seem to come back a little sooner than waxing but i will gladly sacrifice that over the pain and discomfort caused by waxing.
There you have it and i hope this answers all your questions on waxing.