There may be nothing more of a turn off for women than unruly body hair on their guys. This may come as a surprise to you considering how many guys are walking around with beards that house more crumbs than a breadbox, but it is the sad truth. While there was a time that it was manly to sport some scruff on your chest, those days are over and the days of the super smooth, action figure-like bare skin look are in. What is a guy to do? Fret not, here’s our handy guide to manscaping.
Must shave areas
There are certain areas where hair is just simply not acceptable in today’s society, and the frontrunner in this segment is the chest. If your chest is hairy, it’s time to shave and or wax. Beyond the chest, your stomach should also be bare—how weird would it be to have a smooth chest and a hairy breadbasket? The other area in the mandatory hairless section is your back. Chewbacca was single for a reason.
Maybe shave (or at least trim)
Believe it or not, some women find unruly armpit hair to be a turn off. While shaving it off altogether might be a bit daunting, you could always opt for trimming it down to less than a half an inch and you’ll be fine. The other area that requires attention here is your private area. The smooth look is in—and not just for women. Again, going down to no hair at all in this area might be hard for you. Go for a light shave and leave just a little bit of fuzz.
Leave it alone
Your arms, legs, face and top of your head are safe from the razors in today’s hair-conscious world. Unless your arm and leg hair rival a bear, you don’t have to worry at all. Same goes for your face or the top of your head—just be groomed, combed and looking clean and just about any style will be appreciated.
Unless you’re shaving down to bare skin and want to be totally smooth, an electric clipper can almost always do the trick. While it leaves some stubble, it won’t irritate your skin and you won’t need any shaving cream or balms for after. If you’re going for the shiny, fresh as a baby look, you’re going to need the razor, shaving cream and aftershave lotions. Your best bet is to use a women’s razor with a good moisturizer to save your skin any hassles. And, remember: Always let your hair moisten before any shave like this, unless you really like bleeding out from a million microscopic cuts.