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Manscaping
Written by Curtis Hunter   

man shaving his face

Manscaping – a term used to define male grooming above and below the belt; a fine art form exclusive to men; the continued upkeep of exceptional hygiene and strategic hair removal as they pertain to the male body.

People have always been a little shy when it comes to talking about male grooming, but I'm here to set the record straight about the art of manscaping both upstairs, and down. It should not be intimidating, or scary, and with a few simple do's and don'ts on the subject, things will seem a lot less fuzzy... so to speak.

Manscaping Do's

Let's start above the belt...

Get a haircut, buddy!

Getting regular cuts with your hairstylist can lessen the amount of effort you have to put into your manscaping. I recommend getting a full cut every 4-6 weeks. If you are a little extra hairy, I suggest stopping in every 2-3 weeks for a neck trim. A good stylist should be able to clean up that neck beard (it's there, even if you can't see it), trim your ear hairs, and even groom those stray eyebrow hairs. Trust me, if I can see them, everyone can too. Your stylist can also give you great tips on how to maintain your look at home, and advise you on the correct products to use. Your stylist can also help you achieve the perfect beard shape for your face. Knowing how to balance your facial hair with your overall personal look can really tie everything together. For example, an unkempt beard may be balanced with a slick polished hairstyle, or a clean, button-down shirt.

Buy the right tools!

Make sure to buy the right tool for the job. In order to properly shape or get rid of unwanted hair, investing in the right tools can make all the difference. A disposable razor and shaving cream just won't cut it. Invest in a quality electric trimmer (my personal favorite is the Braun Series 7), a good set of tweezers from Tweezerman, a Panasonic nose hair trimmer, and perhaps a small pair of scissors.

Trim your chest!

No one needs to see hair creeping over your shirt collar, or poking between your buttons. Use your electric trimmer to shorten the hair to your personal preference. Remember to start with a longer guard attachment because you can always go shorter. The point is to manage the hair, not to completely remove it... unless the hair is on your back. Then you have full permission to completely remove it, permanently, with laser hair removal.

Manscaping Don'ts

Don't over do it!

When it comes to male grooming, remember that less is more. You are, after all, a man. Men have hair. Resist the urge to overly shape your brows. This is a big no-no. Tweezing those random, unruly hairs is perfectly fine, but anything beyond that should be dealt with by a trusted professional, and you should proceed with caution.

Don't use at-home waxes or creams!

This is not the time for DIY. Stick with what you know. More often than not, at-home waxes and hair removal creams will create more of a mess, and can actually leave you with some nasty rashes, or burns.  Men's hair is typically coarser and stronger than women's hair, so if you do need to have waxing services done, please save yourself the trouble and have things professionally waxed. Back hair and shoulder hair can easily be removed with minimal pain and suffering if done properly by a pro.

Don't go bare, down there!

Remember, the art of manscaping is about controlling and shaping one's hair. Don't shave any harsh lines into your body hair. An artificial boundary of where your hair begins and where it ends is not going to fool anyone. Keep things tidy and make your efforts look natural. Be sure to make good use of the guard attachments on your trimmer, and you should have no trouble at all. Unless you are a swimmer or a stripper, most people will agree that removing everything just makes you look a little too naked.

These are all just guidelines, and everyone will find their personal preference and comfort levels when it comes to manscaping. Including manscaping as part of your overall hygiene routine can help you look and feel your best. You could even enlist the help of your partner and get their opinions on your manscaping. We all have preferences, and it might be nice to know what your partner prefers. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Curtis Hunter -

Curtis Hunter is a senior stylist at Moods Hair Salon in Yaletown. With 15 years of experience in the hairstyling industry, he has created a devoted and loyal following of clients and fans. When he isn’t behind the chair working with clients, Curtis is actively pursuing his other passions, which include hairstyling for magazines and photo shoots. For online bookings or to read Curtis’ reviews, visit moodshairsalon.com/book-on-line

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