THE FOUR COMMANDMENTS OF MANSCAPING
1. Always go against the grain
2. To avoid ingrown hairs, moisturise the hair beforehand
3. Make sure you blend the line between body parts (eg shoulders into arms)
4. Don’t go too short, as it can get prickly
1. CHEST HAIR
Already imagining Steve Carell getting his chest mat ripped off in The 40-Year-Old Virgin? Same. But trust us: it doesn’t have to be that excruciating. “The best way to manage chest hair would be to stay on top of it by trimming monthly – or more frequently, depending on how hairy you are. That way it becomes less of an ordeal,” says Jules Tognini, VSforMen grooming expert. In terms of tools, Tognini has this advice: “For manscaping, you need something versatile and easy to use. I use VSforMen’s The All-Rounder ($62.95). It’s waterproof, which means you can manscape in the shower and wash away all of the evidence.”
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2. THE BACK
There are some areas of hair worth keeping around. A back-and-shoulder rug is not one of them. “Nobody likes shoulder and back hair, so best to get rid of it,” says Tognini. “Doing this on a weekly basis will make the job less of a chore.” Use a body trimmer for this area, too, as it’s susceptible to breakouts. If you lack the flexibility of a yogi, ask your partner or roomie to lend a hand.
3. YOUR JEWELS
Do not put a razor near your junk. Repeat: do not put a razor near your junk. For short and curlies, you need a body trimmer or depilatory cream. With a body trimmer you can trim it all to a shorter, more uniform length. “Keep the length on the shorter side as it will make you look bigger,” says Tognini, a touch presumptuously, perhaps. There aren’t a lot of good reasons for shaving your marbles, but if you’re going to do it, you gotta do it right. A body trimmer is your best weapon for the job – just be sure to pull the skin taut with each pass and NEVER put the trimmer directly on your skin. “Always keep the guard on the tool as there could be blood and tears,” says Tognini.
4. ARMS AND LEGS
The skin on your arms and legs is a lot less irritable, so you can opt either for a body groomer if you simply want to trim it down, or a depilatory cream, wax or razor if you want it all goneski. We like Gillette® SkinGuard ($15) because it’s kind on sensitive skin. “Trim legs and arms if they are massively hairy, but otherwise there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of hair – it’s natural for men to have hair, especially on the arms and legs,” says Tongini.