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Manscape Madness

Tending to Body Hair is Sacrificial Bravery

— December 25, 2008 — Fashion
If you, or your lust interest, object to the the hairy backs, fronts, butts, and brushy hinterlands of the male anatomy, you may share the growing interest in manscaping. Manscaping, simply put, is the removal of body hair. A true manscape masterpiece has the option of hair only on his head and/or face.

Most men notice that as time passes, hair from the head seems to migrate downward. Hint: Lying in your recliner, beer in hand, chanting, "up, up, up," will not yield the desired results. You will need to Manscape.

Good news: Manscaping is one of those endeavors that you can enter into a bit at a time, working from the top downward, back to front below the neck. If you’re squeamish you may wish to begin with the face, perhaps shaving with increased intent, or trimming up the sides just a little more. Your back might be the next logical step. You can work your way 'round to the front and/or down in a future step, once your courage is up.

Your hair-removal choices are pluck, shave, depilatory creams, wax, or laser. Each has distinct advantages and drawbacks: Plucking is easy. You can do it yourself. If you're very hairy, plucking will take a very long time, and it hurts; Shaving might work. It's easy, but you have to be able to see the area to be shaved or have someone shave you. When the shaved hairs grow out, they ITCH; Depilatory creams are smelly, cause skin irritation, and aren't very effective. Skip those; Wax is favored by many for its superior end result. Heated wax is applied to the hairy skin, then lifted with a tug or rip. The hairs come flying out of their follicles like soldiers late for the mess hall. It is the most painful of all of the methods; The most permanent hair removal is laser. The hairs are obliterated forever - after six or more sessions. It’s a relatively painless process, but costs about $1,500.

Let me interject here that not everyone is excited by hairless-as-a-baby man-bodies, and some men can be both fuzzy and alluring. There are limits, of course. For example, if no one notices that you aren't wearing a sweater when you’re buck naked, you should seriously consider tending to the manscape.

If you’re not quite ready to do the deed, you can start preparing. Get a grip on the facial hair by visiting the Schick manscaping site. Upload a photo and experiment with facial hair arrangements. Next, watch the very entertaining video above for trimming tips from ladies at large. You should be ready then to answer the question, "To manscape or not to manscape?"