Sorry men, you guys are hairy. Manscaping helps to eliminate this hair. This has been a common behavior for individuals who work out and who swim regularly, but it never had a name before. Now removing the body hair has a name and is accepted on many more levels and many women expect manscaping. This became very popular in the 1990’s and 2000’s, although it has been actively practiced for centuries.
Manscaping is most often done with a razor. The hair is shaved off of the body just as it is done off the face. Ask any woman, and we can tell you that this is not as hard as it sounds. When using a razor, be sure to use a good shaving cream and a fresh razor. Especially when shaving below the belt, even if the razor has been used for a just a few weeks, be sure to get a new razor.
Creams and wax are also very useful means for hair removal. Creams are not appropriate for the private parts and wax can be very painful. If using cream, be sure to use to it appropriately. Do not leave it on the skin longer than necessary thinking to remove the hair faster. Wax can be burn if it is heated too long and it can be painful to rip off. Waxing is often best done with some help.
Manscaping means removing ALL, or at least most, of the excess hair. This means shaving your back, your neck, your chest, privates, and sometimes even arms and legs! This also means plucking your eyebrows and keeping the jaw-line clean. Sometimes this means not using the “do it yourself” method.
Shaving your chest, arms and legs can easily be done at home and in the shower. However! Plucking your eyebrows and shaving your back is not something that can be done alone. Plucking should NEVER be done alone. It is very easy to create an artificial shape, too narrow of a brow and at can be very easy to remove the entire eyebrow, and there is no recovery from that.
This does not mean that the entire body needs to be shaved. Skip shaving the armpits UNLESS you are a body builder or model. Women expect a little bit of hair in the pits and removing all of this hair can give too feminine of an appearance and can show a misunderstanding as to what manscaping really is.
Meeting in the Middle
Now, I spend A LOT of time in the gym. I have a man I love and he spends that same amount of time in the gym with me. That being said, I encourage manscaping… to a point. I prefer men who have some hair on their chest, just not enough to wrap around my fingers. He trims it with a buzz clipper to keep it soft and short without the chest stubble. He does the same for the rest of his body, allowing me to use a razor to clean up his back.
Most of the women I know feel the same about their men. The clean shaven look looks nice right after it is done. It even feels good for the first day. However, hair grows back and it can be tedious to shave daily, resulting in chest stubble. This is a turn off so short, soft hair is nice and fun to touch. Think Teddy Bear when you begin manscaping, and be sure to talk with your partner as their opinion will matter.