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One of the more popular questions we get from new prospective customers, is what kit should they select. Even though we provide a survey that matches the best products and selects the right kit for an individual’s hair and skin situation, new customers still want to know what is the difference between the 3 kits; 2-Step, 2-Step Advanced and Complete Kit. We’ve put together the benefits and strengths of each kit to clarify the differences, so you can make the best choice for your hair removal regimen.
2-STEP KIT: OUR CORE 2-STEP SYSTEM
Our 2-STEP KIT is our 2-Step Core system with built in skin therapy. Real hair removal is really about the skin, so we based our core system on the 4 principles of an elite waxing esthetician which are as follows;
- Clean and prep the skin
- Create a barrier for the skin so the wax (doesn’t damage the skin) only adheres to the hair
- Treat and remove hair at the root
- Clean, disinfect and hydrate the skin POST hair removal and in between removal sessions.
What we learned is that most waxing estheticians and hair removal solutions (laser, shaving, men’s depilatory creams) in general, either don’t believe in or don’t implement the 4th principle.
That’s where we decided to focus on. We also learned that the PH level for men’s skin was essential to a successful hair removal session and overall skin health. This is why our core system is packed with tons of skin care ingredients designed to hydrate and bring the skin back to a neutral PH level (not too acidic or too alkaline). This is so important because most of the issues men face are post hair removal. This is due to an out of whack PH level caused by archaic methods (old formulated depilatory creams that are too acidic) and waxing techniques not specific to men. Men’s skin is its most vulnerable right after a hair removal session for the next 72 hours, so having NO after care solution is just not an option for an optimum hair removal system. Our Step 2 REDUCE ST2, is our game changer. It’s a pre and post solution that soothes, hydrates the skin while simultaneously stimulates new collagen (any type of hair removal exfoliates the outer layer of skin, so you need to replenish that layer with healthy new collagen) and helps reduce new regrowth. This helps eliminate irritation, bumps and ingrown hair for fine to combination type hair only.
2-STEP KIT is recommended for:
Skin Type: Normal
Hair Type: Fine to Combination
Not recommended for: Sensitive skin, Ingrown hair issues, back hair removal, coarse hair.
2-STEP KIT: OUR CORE SYSTEM + POWER TOOLS
We wanted to address all of the pain points in terms of men’s hair removal and two of the biggest pain points for men are removing back hair and preventing or eliminating ingrown hair. This advance kit specifically addresses those two concerns with our two power tools; the WINGMAN and THE EXFOLIATOR. When asked, men said they preferred an at-home solution but most of those solutions did not offer unassisted back hair removal. We wanted to change the game, so we developed the WINGMAN which is a back applicator that allows men to remove their own back hair unassisted. We also assembled this kit to address specific needs like thick coarse hair which we know can be difficult to remove and manage. For this we actually sourced an existing professional grade exfoliating cloth that previously was only available to high end salons. We made a deal and now we offer it in our 2-Step Advanced and Complete kit options. Using THE EXFOLIATOR 2x time a week will help soften coarse hair and polish the skin to improve it’s look and feel. This will also help to eliminate ingrown hair
2-STEP ADVANCED KIT is recommended for:
Skin Type: Normal
Hair Type: Fine to Combination, Thick Coarse
Not recommended for: Sensitive skin,
COMPLETE KIT: OUR CORE SYSTEM + POWER TOOLS + PERFORMANCE ENHANCERS
This is the Ferrari of all of the kits. It’s our ultimate solution for men’s hair removal to address EVERY SINGLE pain point associated with hair removal including the ones you may not even be aware of. It’s also an anti-aging and skin corrector kit. That’s right our Performance Enhancers can help dial back the clock, while it helps correct and prevent skin issues; face and body acne, dry skin, scars, blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, the list goes on. Our Performance Enhancers include PREVENT an Ingrown and blemish prevention tool and SCRUB a vitamin rich anti-oxidant body wash engineered to bring the skin back to it’s natural hydration level (neutral PH level). Both products contain collagen firming ingredients to keep the skin tight and healthy. This kit was originally assembled for body builders with the help of Flex Wheeler and Danny Hester, two Mr. Olympia athletes. It is designed to remove hair effectively and use the Performance Enhancers to bring the skin to its optimum level to be displayed on the big stage.
This kit is virtually full proof so if you’ve ever had a bad depilatory or waxing experience you need to try and purchase the Complete Kit. You’ll be amazed at the results and your faith in men’s hair removal will be forever restored. See we’ve done our homework and through our research we discovered and addressed ALL issues associated with pre and post hair removal. An additional post hair removal issue we discovered is caused by using men’s body wash after a hair removal session. Most men’s products (manufactured by large corporations) still contain known skin irritants like synthetic dyes and fragrances not to mention, paraben, sulfates and other harsh chemicals. Users that apply a typical men’s body wash after a waxing, shaving, depilatory or laser session, escalated their chances of irritation considerably by introducing these known skin irritants. Our SCRUB eliminates that risk especially when used immediately after a hair removal session (no matter what the removal method is) because its FREE and CLEAR of all skin enemies. It’s loaded with anti-oxidants to nourish and hydrate the skin. It also stimulates new collagen to again replenish that exfoliated outer layer of dead skin that is removed from any type of hair removal method. This is one of the main reasons we recommend this kit to all 1st time users to eliminate any chance of a skin reaction which again is usually caused by known skin irritants not associated with the hair removal product. After a hair removal session, the skin and pores are now exposed and if the first introduction to the skin and pores is a body wash that is NOT free and clear, your chances of having issues increases dramatically. Even if you don’t notice the adverse effects on the skin, we’ve discovered that these products typically dry out your skin in the long run which leads to other issues.
If you have sensitive skin and or ingrown hair, then our PREVENT is a must. It’s also a pre and post solution that polishes the dermis, exfoliates the skin so regrowth can exit more easily and corrects blemishes, scars and other skin defects. It’s professional grade and is based off an award-winning formulation. We actually have a separate group of customers that only by SCRUB, PREVENT and REDUCE ST2 for their skin and never purchase our removal lotion. REDUCE ST2 is also great for facial and head shaving members which we have a lot of as well. That’s why this kit is labeled “Hair Removal + Skin Care Kit”
COMPLETE KIT is recommended for: All 1st time users
Skin Type: All skin types (normal, dry, sensitive)
Hair Type: All hair types (fine, combination, coarse)
Not recommended for: men with psoriasis, eczema or ultra-sensitive skin
Check out our latest release: REFRESH N GO a full body cleansing cloth the largest in it’s category and the only medical grade cloth on the market. It removes sweat, dirt and body odor. It also revives the skin with natural fruit extracts to give you that fresh out of the shower feeling. It’s another game changer.
Hair removal creams also known as depilatories, are very popular now and continue to grow in the men’s category due to ease of use.
Depilatories are currently available in different forms from creams to lotions, sprays, gels, and even roll-ons. They vary in different strength and speed depending on the brand and body parts they are designed to be used for. In this article we will discuss the pros and cons related to depilatories and educate you on all you should know before you decide on which brand to choose for your grooming needs.
#1 DEPILATORIES – HOW DO THEY WORK?
Thioglycolic acid (TGA) is the most commonly used ingredient in hair removal creams, often in salt forms such as calcium thioglycolate and sodium thioglycolate.
The hair structure’s main component is a protein called Keratin, which makes up 65% – 95% of the hair’s total fiber by weight. This forms the strength of your hair.
Illustration of internal structure of hair – it’s the cortex which contains the keratin
It is the TGA in the cream which breaks down the structure of the keratin to weaken the hair and dissolve it so that it can be easily wiped away from its follicle, just below the skin’s surface.
The top layer of your skin (the epidermis) also contains keratin, which is why some hair removal creams should never be left on for too long, as the skin may become adversely affected. This is important for men, so we will revisit this point later in this article. But you can learn more here.
#2 THE PROS OF USING DEPILATORIES
All depilatories are quick and easy to use. The majority of them, you simply apply, leave on as little as 3 minutes or as long as 20 minutes, wipe away and rinse.
Minutes by Brand
Nair for Men 3-8 minutes
Veet for Men 5-12 minutes
SmoothTech Pro* 6-20+ minutes
*SmoothTech Pro uses all-natural ingredients including the active ingredients. The Ph adjuster is lowered so that the 11 skin care ingredients can create a barrier for the epidermis to allow the active ingredients to smart target only the protein keratin in the hair and not the keratin in the skin. This results in a slower speed but is much safer for the skin.
That’s it, results last longer than shaving and with some brands, you can achieve results similar to waxing. Most brands typically have results that last anywhere from 3 to 7 days.
Results by Brand
Nair for Men 3-7 days
Veet for Men 3-8 days
SmoothTech Pro* 3-10+ or more day (with continued use)
Another pro is that most depilatories are relatively inexpensive ranging from a low of $9 dollars to a high of $30 dollars for more advanced formulations like SmoothTech Pro.
Average Price Range by Brand
Nair for Men $9-15
Veet for Men $9-18
SmoothTech Pro* $29-79
*SmoothTech Pro is the 1st and only system that has a core 2-step process; step 1-hair removal lotion that moisturizes and step 2- an after care gel that soothes and hydrates the skin, stimulates new collagen and helps slow regrowth. The more you use it the slower the regrowth
The biggest pro for men, has to be the pain free aspect associated with most depilatories. Again, removal creams do range in strength and speed which can have a direct effect on men’s skin, but overall, men’s depilatory creams are painless, especially compared to other methods like waxing.
#3 THE CONS OF USING DEPILATORIES
Because hair removal creams work by dissolving the hair through active ingredients, these ingredients must be mildly acidic. Caustic ingredients are usually slightly pungent and although some depilatory creams are perfumed, some may have a distinct smell, which many people can find off-putting. This hair removal method can also be quite messy, especially when you’re required to use your hands as an application tool. Unlike shaving, depilatory creams can cause an allergic reaction which can cause some stinging and discomfort. Hair removal creams are also limited. They are not suitable for all areas of the body and should be refrained from being used near the eyes or where there is any broken skin. Similar to shaving, depilatory creams need to be used extremely frequently, because re-growth appears several days later. This method of hair removal is only temporary, and some people find having to repeat the process as often as every five days, tiresome and off-putting. Although these creams do usually thwart re-growth for a few days longer than shaving does. To adhere to the ever-increasing quest for ultra-smooth and hairless bodies depilatory creams have gradually become harsher as more caustic ingredients have been added to become more effective tools in removing hair. Again, the high PH level found in some hair removal creams can have a negative effect on the skin, especially mature skin. As skin matures it becomes more susceptible to the harsh elements it has been relentlessly exposed to. The caustic nature of hair removal creams can therefore have a negative effect on the skin, especially if the skin is mature or sensitive. This has been a problem with most men’s depilatory as they are now designed for speed which means the same ingredients that are breaking down the hair keratin, is also breaking down the skin keratin which is a major problem. On top of that some brands include known skin irritants like perfumes to cover up the smell of the active ingredients and dyes to make for a better presentation for men.
Because of this, it is therefore of paramount importance to carry out a patch test and follow the instructions provided with the depilatory cream package. One of the safest brands out there is SmoothTech Pro which is specifically designed for men’s skin. It is the 1st and only 2-Step core system that actually uses another form of TGA that is safer and gentler on the skin. They have the only pre and post care solution that is designed to keep the skin at its natural PH level, not too acidic and not too much alkalinity. SmoothTech Pro knows that if a man’s skin has an out of whack PH level, then that will lead to other skin issues, so choose wisely.
In short, If the procedure is carried out correctly, depilatory creams are an effective, versatile, inexpensive, painless and almost immediate method to conform to society’s expectations regarding body hair.
What is the difference between Nair for Men and SmoothTech Pro?
Let’s do one better.
Let’s discuss the difference between the 3 leading men’s depilatories:
Nair For Men Veet For Men Nad’s for Men
The obvious difference is in the title, “For Men” which should tell you that this product was not originally intended for Men’s use. We’ll come back to this in a minute.
Let’s discuss the #1 complaint men have with the current depilatories on the market:
They can cause irritation or worse, chemical burns from the ingredients some of these brands use.
You see the active ingredients used in depilatories are meant to raise the ph level in the hair but these same ingredients can also affect the skin if the levels are too high.
Why is this a problem?
Well, the main cause behind troubled skin, whether it be acne, eczema, wrinkled or dry skin is an out of whack ph level.
Why should this mean anything to you?
1 The health of your body—and skin—is directly linked to maintaining the right balance between acidity and alkalinity.
2 The skin’s barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in lipids and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria. If this barrier is compromised you set yourself up for a lot of issues.
3 So when you remove hair, you expose more of your skin, so it’s important to maintain a natural ph level to ensure healthy skin.
We know this at SmoothTech Pro so we address this issue in each step of our end to end system which ensures that the skin is hydrated before, during and after the hair removal process.
Comparing Just The Removal Products
STEP 1 ELIMINATE ST1:
Our lotion helps protect the skin’s barrier with moisturizing and hydrating properties that are specifically formulated for men’s skin. This helps to maintain a natural ph level during the hair removal process.
We use only natural and naturally derived ingredients and retain lower levels of Potassium Thioglycolate and Calcium Hydroxide (the active ingredients) to ensure the skin’s barrier is not compromised. Because of the special mix our removal lotion performs a bit slower but is much safer than the competition.
There are 3 issues we found with today’s men’s depilatories. Let’s go back to the For Men title. You see years ago beauty companies believed that men’s skin was meant to be rough and rugged, therefore they did not need the important skin care ingredients that are found in the women’s products. Most of the competitors still prescribe to this old way of thinking so the;
1st issue is that the formulations for the Men’s products, are stripped of important skin care ingredients.
2nd issue is the active ingredients Potassium Thioglycolate and ph adjuster Calcium Hydroxide, percentage levels are too high for the average man’s skin, because again they were originally formulated for women.
3rd issue is that some of the competitors elect to use synthetic dyes, chemicals and fragrance all of which are known skin irritants.
The combination of these three factors is what causes the irritation and in some cases chemical burns for some men. These product perform faster because they are designed for rapid breakdown of the keratin but the problem is that these products also throw off men’s ph levels which causes the irritation and burns and ultimately prematurely ages the skin.
Comparing The After Care Products
REDUCE ST2 (Step 2 hair regrowth minimizer) VS NAIR AND VEET
1. All Organic
2. After care solution that immediately soothes and hydrates the skin
- 3. Stimulates new collagen
4. Helps slow down new regrowth
5. Helps bring the skin back to a natural hydration level
6 Helps keep skin young and firm with age defying ingredients
- NAIR, VEET AND NADS
- ALL 3 HAVE NO AFTER CARE PRODUCTS (One of the reason why men breakout after using these products)
Remember whether you shave, wax and use a depilatory, your skin is its most vulnerable right after a hair removal session for the next 72 hours. NOT having an after care solution guarantees that your skin (at the very least) will dry out which can play a role in potentially prematurely aging and damaging it. So to really make things clear to really compare Nair Veet and Nads to our system you’d have to buy a few more products. We hope this clarifies the difference. We’re the first and only end to end system SPECIFICALLY formulated for men’s skin. Smoothtech Pro No competition. Try it now.