Manscaping is a modern word for the removal and/or trimming of body hair. While most people think that body hair removal is something from this century, you’d be surprised to learn that people have been manscaping for hundreds of years, and various reasons.
In ancient Egypt, depilation was most commonly utilized to combat lice. Using primitive tweezers they would pull out individual hairs, until they were as smooth as a baby. The ancient Greeks and Romans also removed all of their body hair. In Muslim culture, they believe that adults should remove their pubic hair (and underarm hair) as a hygienic measure. All cultures have some form of hair removal or shaping, and since the 20th century lovers worldwide have been regularly modifying their body hair. One popular and scandalous incident of body hair shaping occurred in the 1930s, when Baron Martin Stillman von Brabus altered the pubic hair of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, into a representation of the Mercedes-Bens logo!
In today’s world, manscaping is done mainly as a means of expression. Body builders and porn stars will shear their wooly physiques to highlight their bodies better, while individuals like Olympic swimmers might shave for a more streamlined look that’s less likely to get caught in your speedo. For the average individual, manscaping is more about looking clean and switching things up.
Choosing to manscape is really completely up to the “land owner,” but if you’re looking to try it out there are a few things to consider before attempting it on your own. Some things to consider would be: the areas that need the up-keep, how short you want to go, and getting the right tools for the job.
When it comes to manscaping, it’s all about location. Location of the hair you want removed, that is. While you may be able to reach most areas of the body, some places are just near impossible to get at on your own without some serious yoga classes and a mirror. If you’re set on grooming those hard to reach places, get someone that you trust to help you but keep in mind that when it grows back you may need help again!
If you decide to go the “full Monty” and have it all removed, going to a salon for a good waxing might be the best option for you. Waxing effects last about six weeks before you have to go in again, so there is less overall maintenance and no bending to get it yourself. If sensitive skin is an issue, you can also try sugar waxing as its less sticky and irritating than most waxes. It is important to note that waxing the genital area is probably best done in the salon if you are new to the procedure.
If you’re not really looking to lose the hair completely, than all you really need is an electric beard trimmer. If you’re particularly hairy, get one with guards in multiple lengths. An electric trimmer is a good tool to have since it can be used for multiple purposes. For example, if you’re going to shave with a razor, it’s a good idea to trim it down to a shorter length beforehand which is where the trimmer can come in.
A razor is a good tool to use when you want to clean up edges or go totally hairless. Just remember to be especially careful around thin skinned areas. When using a razor to shave it’s important to have a good shaving cream. The cream in question is up to personal preference, but hair conditioner can make the hair softer and prevent razor burn.
Sometimes it’s hard to get a feel for what’s right when it comes to personal grooming, so here’s a few basic tips.Try to keep it uniform. Don’t have one area hairless and leave another a wild unkempt jungle or you might end up looking like Harvey Dent meets the Wolf Man. It’s also probably a good idea to avoid hard lines or shapes, and don’t try to shape a landing strip or any other novelty shape. These can be hard to maintain and often look weird while they are growing out. If you are trying to achieve a particular cut or style, always trim on the longer side. After all, you can always cut more off, but you have to wait for it to grow back in. Even if you do give yourself a cut that you’re not a big fan of, the good news is that it will grow back!
Whatever the reason for trying out manscaping, a new hair cut is always exciting! It can sometimes be a little scary or come out odd, but trying out a new look is always an adventure. A little extra trim down there can add something different to the bedroom. The odds are that your lady will appreciate it if you take the time to groom your manly bush, and you can reap the benefits of her appreciation!
It’s a good idea to keep in mind that manscaping is something that is perfectly normal, not weird, and it doesn’t make you effeminate. It is now more socially acceptable to have a clean and neat downstairs than to resemble Sasquatch, so don’t be afraid of the razor.