One thing men often seem hesitant to discuss openly, but most of us are at least curious about, is the art of manscaping. We recently put out a piece with tips on proper beard maintenance, so it seems only fair that we share our thoughts and tips on dealing with any unwanted hair as well. There’s no reason we don’t deserve to look our best if we’re willing to put in the time and effort, so today, let’s look at the best ways to deal with even the most stubborn and persistent areas prone to unwanted follicles sprouting up.
From head to toe, this is the gentleman’s guide to manscaping:
- The Face
- We might as well start with the most obvious and basic area that is visible to everyone we meet. If beards aren’t for you, you’ve probably already been shaving for years, but there are other options for getting rid of facial hair that require much less upkeep. While waxing your entire face is something many men never consider, it is a viable option that can leave you free of five o’clock shadow for weeks. It does, however, come with the trade-off of temporary skin irritation and inflammation, which can be lessened with proper exfoliation.
- Waxing is also a great option for ears, nose, and eyebrows. If you aren’t comfortable going to a salon, there are plenty of great kits to do it yourself at home, and waxing lasts much longer than shaving and plucking. If you’ve decided that beards are just never going to be for you or you’re tired of keeping your eyebrows trimmed, you can consult a dermatologist and get a nearly-permanent laser hair removal treatment. While laser treatments are the most expensive option, not having to worry about plucking your eyebrows or checking your ears before heading out gives many men the peace of mind to make it worthwhile.
- One of the most heated areas of debate when it comes to men’s body hair is the torso. Unwanted back hair plagues many of us, and some men just don’t want chest hair at all. No judgment here, we all have our own preferences, and there are some great options for dealing with these problem areas.
- While waxing and laser hair removal are still on the table, there are also chemical options that work great for these areas as well. Chemical hair removal is generally a no-go when it comes to the face as it’s just too strong and will cause too much skin irritation. However, an alternative is spreading on a cream and letting it sit for a few minutes, then wiping away the unwanted hair. It’s one of the simplest and easiest ways to keep your chest and back smooth.
- Limbs and Other
- You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer to appreciate having smooth arms and legs. Chemical hair removal can work great in these areas along with both waxing and laser treatments. The trickier area to tackle is the nether regions. Chemical treatments often warn heavily against using them in your more sensitive areas, and we certainly agree.
- However, waxing and laser options are still available to remove unwanted hair. You should probably take it easy for at least twenty-four hours after waxing and avoid applying any products that contain fragrances or harsh chemicals. Also, you most definitely want to avoid the swimming pool or hot tub for at least a day or two because the chlorine can further irritate such delicate skin. There is even a new electric trimmer designed specifically for targeting your most intimate area that offers the versatility of keeping everything tidy without removing all of your hair.