When Things Get Too Hairy - Grooming Guidelines For Men | Men's Health Magazine Australia

When Things Get Too Hairy

Unkempt hair can make you feel dirty and look older. Shaving cream and razor blades aren’t always the answer – hair texture varies depending on where it appears, and some areas are more sensitive than others. Read on for our handy tips on keeping every hair in (or out of) its place.

1/ Eyebrows
A unibrow will not win friends or influence dates. To take care of your brows, use tweezers to grab each hair as close to the root as you can; then yank assertively. Clean up stray hairs around the edges to sharpen the brow’s shape.

2/ Chest
Don’t go overboard – most women say a hairy chest looks more masculine. You want to keep it a little longer than a half inch. It’ll look natural but tidy. If you like the bare look, go with a wax or prepare to shave every three days. Chest stubble looks and feels ridiculous.

3/ Armpits
Armpit hair can be a friendly forest for odour-causing bacteria, so keep it as short as possible. Trim it every couple of weeks with scissors or a trimmer. If you want it gone, use a razor in the shower, just like your wife does.

4/ Back
Waxing keeps you hairless for as long as six weeks, versus six days for shaving. See a professional, who will trim the hair with scissors before applying wax and using strips to rip it out from its roots. If you decide to go DIY, you’ll need a partner and the right razor. The Braun Multi Grooming Kit features a body grooming head that allows for maximum flexibility, with minimal fuss.

5/ Head
Unruly hair that’s sporting white flakes is never a good look. Treat a dry scalp with a dandruff-fighting shampoo and conditioner and keep cowlicks under control with a matte-finish hair clay.

6/ Nose & Ear Hair
Keep those growths out of sight with an ear-and-nose trimmer, or nose-hair scissors. Move with caution so you don’t give yourself a bloody nose. You can also have these areas waxed. Never pluck nose hair – that can clear a path for bacteria and allergens.

7/ Pubic Hair
Bushy is bad; bare is just plain weird. Use scissors to trim hair to about a centimetre, then run a clipper with a short guard up and down your inner thighs – and lightly over your scrotum – to tidy things up. Hold the skin taut to prevent any grabbing or nicking.

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