In order to prepare for his upcoming role in Magic Mike XXL, Channing Tatum had to do far more than eat right, work out, learn new dance moves, and memorize lines. He had to undergo a procedure few men ever even consider. He had to have his entire body waxed, ripping hair out forcibly at the root, all over his body. All over again.
“I waxed last time, and I promised myself I was not gonna do it again,” Tatum told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview on her show, Ellen. “And then [co-star] Matt Bomer goes, ‘No, no, you just didn’t have the right lady. She just wasn’t doing it right.’ And then I went again, and it sucked just as bad.”
According to Tatum, one of the reasons why his waxing experiences have been so excruciating is due to his hair color.
“After they started, they said, ‘Oh, you’re ginger’ — I have a little red in there — and they were like, ‘It’s always the worst for them.’ And I’m like, ‘Then why did you start? Why didn’t you tell me this beforehand!?'”
Unfortunately for Tatum, they could have done several things to reduce the pain. For example, there’s a topical numbing cream that can be purchased for about $40 online, which will quickly numb any area it’s applied to in half an hour. It’s also possible to take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like Advil, ibuprofen, aspirin, 30 minutes before waxing to help reduce the pain.
It’s also a good idea to wait until the hair of the area a person wants waxed has grown to about a quarter of an inch. Anything less is too short to be pulled from the root. Anything longer will just pull the hair without removing it from the source, which is going to cause a lot of pain. Luckily, estheticians can trim the area down to size.
Afterwards, it’s also a good idea to stop shaving once a person begins waxing. While each effectively removes hair, shaving causes hair to grow in more dense, while waxing causes it to grow back less dense. If a person starts waxing and stops shaving, then each successive waxing session will be less painful. If they continue shaving, though, each session will be just as painful as before.