I am not sure if there is much difference between the mens and womens formulations for Nair. It is most likely just the packaging however, since guys don’t like pink bottles.
I have tried the women’s formulations for both Nair and Neet and they will burn you too if you don’t follow the instructions exactly, and even sometimes when you do. Some peoples skin is more sensitive than others. If you have just shaved recently then you are asking for trouble.
They too leave an odor while they are working, that of chemically disolving hair.
I am going to copy some info on depilatories I found which has some important info related to them, uses, cautions, etc…
What is a depilatory?
A depilatory is a solution of calcium thioglycolate or barium sulfide that removes hair.
Examples of some familiar brands are Nairï¿½ and Nad’sï¿½.
Does the chemical react with the hair?
The chemical ingredients of depilatories are alkaline. They break down the hair; the strong bases dissolve the proteins in hair similar to the way in which acid eats away at skin or clothing.
How is a depilatory used?
The product comes in a choice of lotion, cream, gel, aerosol, or roll-on.
First, a pre-test must be done in a small area for allergy or sensitivity to the chemicals.
Next, the solution is applied to the affected area.
The chemical is left on for anywhere from four to fifteen minutes, depending upon the courseness/fineness of the hair involved.
The solution is wiped off with a washcloth or towel, taking the hair along with it.
The area is thoroughly rinsed to remove all traces of the chemical.
[Caution: A depilatory must never be left on for longer than instructed; it can cause severe burns.]
What are the advantages of depilatories?
The advantages of depilatories are that:
There is no minimum hair length restriction for use.
It is feasible to use them on large areas.
Application is relatively quick and easy.
Results last slightly longer than shaving.
They are not painful to use.
What are the disadvantages of depilatories?
The disadvantages of depilatories are that they are:
Not suitable for use over certain broken skin, such as razor nicks
Apt to cause irritation
Application should not be repeated more frequently than as directed on the package.
Costly compared to shaving
What parts of the body are depilatories good for?
The skin in the vicinity of the eyes is not suited for this method of hair removal. Chemical depilatories are particularly suited for:
The Bikini Line
Unless indicated on the label, they are too harsh for use on the face.
[Note: The products come in varying concentrations formulated for use on different parts of the body. To reduce the chance of irritation, be sure to choose the product meant for the area of skin on which it will be applied.]
Source: American Academy of Dermatology
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