Ever Heard of Manscaping?
Here at the Shaving Emporium, we came across a term known as MANSCAPING. Now that was a word that until now, we had simply not heard of, so we checked it out. According to the Urban Dictionary, it means the shaving or waxing of superfluous hair on a man’s body, and specifically shaving below the belt. So, there you go, I guess you learn something new everyday.
So just to clarify this a little more, we are not talking here about complete body shaving, but simply a general tidy up. It is certainly an interesting concept, and one that we think actually shows up a generation gap.
For the older generations, they could easily look on this with some horror. After all, for many years, men have basically allowed body hair to grow in a pretty untamed fashion. Underarm hair, or hair “down below”, has been allowed to follow the course of nature.
There have been little, if any attempts, to restrict or remove any form of growth. On the other hand, the younger generation, and by that we mean the under 35 age group, think little of taking out a body groomer and having a body hair trim.
It would certainly make an interesting debate as to why there has been this shift in the way men view their bodies. Is this the way of the modern man? Is it just for hygiene purposes? Has it been driven by the various types of celebrity behaviour?
We have various contributors here at the Emporium. People like myself, are in the over 50 age group, and anything to do with manscaping has most certainly passed us by. We also have younger contributors and for them, they think that manscaping is something that any man should do. They think the idea of allowing the hair under your arms to grow free and wild is just rather silly. They think the same when it comes to the hair “down under.”
Male Body Hair Waxing vs Shaving vs Trimming?
It is intriguing to take this debate to the next stage. Most of the younger contributors here believed that men should trim simply to look neat and tidy. They also thought that it was a hygienic thing to do. Many of those younger men also did this as they worked out a lot, and wanted to look good. We decided to ask a number of men why they would decide to manscape and the answers were indeed very interesting. We have listed these below:
- Mainly for hygiene reasons
- It makes me look good
- It makes my **** look bigger
- My partner hates hairy bodies
- I am a body builder and compete
They were certainly a mixture of answers, and some a bit stranger than others. As I mentioned earlier I am fast approaching 60. Back in the days when I was playing football, no one would have dared to wax, shave or trim and then get into a shower with other men. Not only would they have been laughed at, but to be honest they would have been ridiculed.
Times however have moved on and various reasons have been offered as to why men feel more relaxed about the removal of body hair. For quite a few years the removal of all body hair has belonged to the adult film industry or to male strippers. Many people thought that it would always remain there, but that has not proved to be the case.
A lot of men these days will shave and/or wax their upper torso without too much thought. Chest hair, back hair and underarm hair can all be easily removed easily by waxing or shaving. Waxing can last for up to 6-8 weeks and is now the preferred method for many men. Some men choose to use a body groomer like the Philips Norelco, or even a wet shaving technique, such as a safety razor and cream.
Shaving Below The Belt
Now when it comes to actually shaving below the belt, then almost every man that we asked said they did trim, but very few would shave completely, and none of those that we asked would even consider waxing. Some men do of course wax and just take the pain, but that is certainly a very small minority. It would seem that the back, sack and crack is at least two steps too many for most guys.
That is especially true around the thin skinned testicle area. They would of course trim here and most of them used some type of specially designed body groomer such as the Philips TT2040. There were one or two who would risk going in with a standard wet shaver, but most of the guys we spoke with were too afraid of nicks or cuts, to risk that particular adventure.
To Shave or Not to Shave?
When we had finished all of our questions and looked at all the answers, we realised that the decision came down to a few really basic things and a few basic choices. if you give it a bit of consideration, then you could maybe ask yourself a few questions.
- Do you really want to see a burst of hair popping out from a man’s neck and cascading out over a shirt collar?
- What about the man who looks like a carpet when you are at the beach?
- Is a flowing mane of underarm hair really a pretty sight?
- Does a little less lawn make the tree look taller?
- Does a fully waxed look do anything for you?
The Proper Tools for Manscaping
The body groomer that you see in the picture can be used in and out of the shower, and also includes a back attachment. That is particularly useful as getting at your back, can be a pretty difficult thing to do. It also has a number of combs that allow a guy to trim their body hair down to different lengths.
That means for example that you could trim the hair under your arms, to a different length, that say for example the hair on your chest and back. It offers a number of choices. Instead of using a body groomer though, some men do use a beard trimmer and these also work pretty well. The decision comes down to a matter of personal choice.As we mentioned earlier, men can also wax as well. The one that I have shown here is a popular choice for many guys out there.
It can be used on the chest, back, arms, shoulders and legs. This is applied by rubbing it on, leaving it for around 4-5 minutes, and then rinsing it off. A choice like this costs around £6-7 on average and lasts for a few days. Like any waxing though, you should be aware that there is no gain without pain so be warned.
Just so you know here is a quote from users of this cream:
After having been told my danglies looked like an elderly Rastifarian I decided to take the plunge and buy some of this as previous shaving attempts had only been mildly successful and I nearly put my back out trying to reach the more difficult bits. At first there was a gentle warmth which in a matter of seconds was replaced by an intense burning.So to sum it up Veet removes hair, dignity and self respect…:)
So hopefully that gives you an idea of the choices, should you decide to go for some body grooming.
For pure hygiene reasons though, one thing we would strongly recommend is to make sure that you have a separate shaver for your body hair and the one you normally use for shaving your face. You should never use the same shaver for both tasks. I have also done a list of the best body groomers, so feel free to read that.
The debate as to whether men should remove body hair shall go on and on. Here at the Emporium we think it really is a personal choice, but if you decide to do it, then we think you should do it properly. We would not do full waxing as we think that is just over the top.
However keeping body hair under control is a sensible enough idea, and makes you look neat and tidy. We have done a full article on the different body groomers that are available, which you can read by clicking here. Many ladies like their guys to look good, and body grooming forms part of that look. If you have any thoughts on manscaping, then please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.