Competitive Bodybuilding is Not Compatible with Body Hair
So, you think you are a bodybuilder and you want to compete. Well, there’s more than just lifting weights and dieting to worry about when entering a bodybuilding show. For instance, you have to consider tanning, oiling, and posing. And those three components won’t help you one iota if you have any hair anywhere on your body. (Incidentally, it was NOT easy to find a sexy picture of a female bodybuilder, so enjoy this image while it lasts.)
As a bodybuilder you strive to look your best, and when you enter competitions, part of that package is a sleek and hair-free body. You don’t spend hours at the gym, lifting weights and cross-training, so that you can lose a competition because of a little extra peach fuzz on your arms and legs.
While molding your body to precise measurements and proportions is certainly the harder part of preparing to compete, you still have to attend to cosmetic issues, including tanning, oiling, and choosing the right outfit to display your physique in all its glory. And this cosmetic maintenance includes keeping your body free of fuzz. If you’re unfamiliar with the process you may be on the lookout for a few different methods of hair removal to try.
Here are some options to consider when you need to go hairless.
- Waxing. This is generally considered to be the fastest and most effective method of temporary hair removal. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat painful thanks to hot wax and the fact that you’re basically pulling every hair out at the root. In addition, you have to wait for your hair to re-grow to at least a quarter of an inch in length before you can get your next waxing (at least if you want the best results), which means you can only have the procedure done about once a month. If you have several competitions lined up over a few weeks, this could be problematic. You must also find a clean, safe business to frequent and a skilled technician that’s not going to take off your skin with wax that’s too hot.
- Depilatory creams. These chemical concoctions are designed to weaken the hair so that it can be easily wiped away, and as a result, it is a painless way to get rid of unwanted fuzz. Plus, it doesn’t matter how long or short your hair is; you can use a depilatory cream at any time. The only problem is that you may not want to slather it on your whole body. For one thing, it can irritate sensitive skin, leading to redness and itching. And it’s not suited for certain areas, like the bikini line, for example. Plus, you might not like the idea of removing hair with potentially toxic chemicals.
- Shaving. Using a razor may be one of the common methods of hair removal, but it’s probably the most labor-intensive since the hair will begin growing back immediately, meaning you’ll have to shave daily. This can be ridiculously time consuming and require Herculean contortions, depending on how much of your body you have to shave, but you don’t have to make an appointment to do it.
- Epilators. If you want long-term results that you can accomplish on your own, epilators may be a good option. These handheld devices pull out hair at the roots, offering the same results as waxing, sans the hot wax. And websites like Epilator Central can help you find the one that’s right for you.
- Laser. By far the most permanent method of nixing your fuzz is with laser hair removal. A laser is used to zap hair at the root so that it never grows back again. The process can be painful and expensive, and you may have to return for several sessions in order to get the job done, but over the long haul, you could save yourself time, effort, and money while getting the hair-free body you want.