When it comes to personal grooming, most men are a bit behind. However, with more and more men embracing self-care and wanting to appear more enticing to the ladies, manscaping is not only common but expected. So, what is manscaping, and how should a guy approach this potentially challenging task?
What Is Manscaping and How Is It Different From Personal Grooming?
Technically speaking, manscaping, which tends to refer to the removal of hair, especially pubic hair, is a part of personal grooming and one that’s been readily embraced. According to Men’s Health, 67% of men have shaved below the belt. Manscaping can be done via waxing, trimming, shaving, or even depilatory creams.
Benefits of Manscaping
There are a few great benefits of manscaping, including the hygienic and aesthetic benefits:
- It Can Affect How Large You Look: A bush of hair can make you seem smaller than you actually are, while keeping the hair around your privates trimmed is an easy way to make yourself appear bigger. While manscaping won’t actually change your privates’ size, it is a great way to make them seem larger, which is great if you want to impress your partner.
- It’s More Hygienic: Hair traps things like sweat, dirt, and odor so, if you have a lot of unruly hair, you’re basically just carrying all of that with you, which is pretty gross.
- It Can Get in the Way: If you have a lot of hair, it may even affect how clothes sit on your body and might even make certain activities difficult due to the risk of catching.
- It’s Becoming Necessary: While women have long been expected to manage unwanted hair, men are just starting to realize that they, too, could benefit from this bit of personal hygiene. With many men removing unnecessary hair and taking time to style their beards, it’s become more and more common to manscape.
Downside of Manscaping
There are many a few risks to manscaping, which can be avoided when the manscaping is done correctly:
- Injury: Because removing hair requires the use of a sharp object or wax, injury is a potential risk. To avoid injury while manscaping, make sure that you take it slow and read all safety recommendations.
- Irritation: Skin can become irritated when hair is removed, leading to redness and possibly even ingrown hairs. To avoid this, make sure that you’re manscaping a pre-cleaned area that’s been exfoliated and moisturize after you’re done.
- Mistakes: As with other forms of personal styling, you risk making a mistake when it comes to manscaping. While you can always take off more hair, you can’t take off less, so we recommend that you go slowly to avoid taking off too much too fast.
How to Approach Manscaping
The best way to approach manscaping is to know what you need to be doing, the correct tools, and plenty of patience. Remember, safety first, especially when it comes to the private parts.
- Figure Out What You’ll Be Manscaping: Manscaping can include an array of areas, including eyebrows, belly, back, legs, underarms, and even the pubic region. Figuring out which areas you’d like to tackle during your manscaping session will help you choose the right tools and engage in the right prep.
- Find the Right Hair Removal Method: The right hair removal method will vary depending on where you want to manscape and how much hair you’ll want to remove. You’ll also want to consider the rate at which hair will regrow after your chosen method. For instance, trimming does help make your hair neater without getting rid of everything but takes a bit of time and patience. On the other hand, waxing is relatively quick but also painful.
- Read the Instructions: Whether you’re using a new razor or a store-bought depilatory cream, reading the instructions is key for any manscaping tool. In some cases, you may even find that the wax/cream/tweezer/razor that you just bought is not suited for some regions of the body- believe this disclaimer and search for an alternative.
- Ask for Help: Some areas are easier to manscape than others. Fortunately, there are plenty of spas and salons with experience in serving men and their manscaping needs. We especially recommend getting help if you’re removing hair from a hard-to-reach area or a sensitive area.
Don’t Treat All Areas the Same
Removing hair from your chest is very different from removing extra hair from your eyebrows. Here’s a brief rundown for manscaping major areas:
- Chest: If you want to remove chest hair, a depilatory cream is one of the best ways to go. It’s painless, unlike waxing, and will give you prolonged smoothness. Plucking chest hair just seems excessive- unless you have one or two stray hairs from waxing or using a depilatory cream. If you don’t want to completely remove chest hair, trimming to keep it neat and short is also an option.
- Eyebrows: You’ll definitely want to tweeze here because the eyebrows are a small area, and tweezing gives you time without hair. While shaving is also an option, you risk taking off too much eyebrow- and having to shave daily.
- Shoulders and Back: Body trimmers are recommended for shoulder and back hair. Prior to working on your back and shoulders, you’ll want to wash and exfoliate to avoid future breakouts- after all, our back and shoulders don’t get much fresh air under our clothes.
- Arm Pits: If you aren’t completely shaving your pits, it is recommended that you use a trimmer, no, not a beard trimmer, on your armpits.
- Pubic Hair and Privates: Razors are not recommended though, if you absolutely must, you can try using them on pubic hair. Nothing sharp, not a razor and not your regular beard trimmer, should ever come in direct contact with your privates. We recommend depilatory creams or waxing for the pubic hair specifically and using a special trimmer for pubic hair to gently trim the balls and shaft.
- Arms and Legs: The hair on the arms and legs is generally fine, so it often does not require removal. However, if you have decided to include arm and leg hair in your manscaping, pretty much any method works.
Many men manscape.
You do not have to manscape if you don’t want to
Figuring out where you want to manscape is the key to setting up a solid plan and getting the right products.