From Manscape, we have a tale of a male wax treatment (makes me wince just typing that!):
"When it came time to start the wax, I was asked to get on the treatment table on all fours where I leant down on my elbows with my butt in the air. This is one of the most unpleasant positions for a man to be in. Nevertheless I did as I was told and Nancy went to work. First she pasted with a large wooden spatula some warm liquid along the crack and down to the perineum. It was not really hot but came as a little shock at first when she placed the strips and started the process."
For the full story on the Male Brazilian: Men on Wax
With summer in full swing and loads of events where you're expected to lose your shirt, expect a rash of manscaping articles in the press!
From the NY Times:
"As hairless torsos have become the norm for male models and actors, below-the-neck hair removal has gone mainstream. The nascent category of body shavers has surpassed $10 million in annual sales, according to Nielsen data cited by Remington. But many men who aspire to the polished trunks of the "Jersey Shore" men face a dilemma when it comes to their backs: they don't want to undergo the expense of waxing or laser hair removal, but are embarrassed to ask others for assistance."
"Taking a trip to the salon to get his back waxed once every couple of weeks is not at the top of most guys' to-do lists. It can cost, on average, $50 each time for a back wax not to mention the hundreds if not thousands of dollars laser hair removal can cost. And for guys who'd rather avoid an embarrassing salon experience their options are even more limited (for many, asking their significant others for help with their hairy backs is totally out of the question). The $49.99 MANGROOMER gives men a do-it-yourself solution without busting their wallets (or their egos). And with no more painful waxing or embarrassing salon visits, guys can feel a little less self-conscious on the beach and in the bedroom and Dads can feel better about spending more time in the pool with the kids."
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"This falls into the category of TMI when it comes to testicles. Personally, several of us girls here at The Frisky think you shouldn't be doing any manscaping at all, but if you insist, keep that private grooming to a private room. Besides, seeing a razor that close to the coolers for your baby-factories makes us nervous."
"I saw a metrosexual on the street the other day. He didn't look good.
I don't mean that; he looked fabulous, of course. He was well-barbered, well-dressed, with every nostril hair trimmed to regulation length. Negligible body fat. Eyebrows shaped. Face moisturized, skin as soft and supple as a baby's bottom. An ultra-tweezed, self-pleased dude in every way.
We've officially made it to spring, and our thoughts are turning to beaches, pools, sunbathing, tanktops and even going topless. But for some men, these activities are to be avoided because of the feeling that everyone's staring at the bearskin rug on their back.
Feeling a little hairy? Get your body into shape for spring with these top manscaping tools:
The Philips Norelco BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver is a perennial manscaping favorite. It's affordable and effective, and based on the number of units selling right now, it has got to be one of (if not the) top body hair trimmer for men.
"The Philips Norelco BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver is the All-in-One grooming solution, exclusively for men that safely trims and shaves all body zones. With the Bodygroom, men can trim and shave hair from their chest & abs, underarms, groin area, legs, back and shoulders. Bodygroom features the very latest technology and ergonomic design to offer a convenient, easy and pain-free way to remove and trim body hair. Bodygroom's advanced design allows for it to be used wet or dry and even in the shower. Its hypoallergenic foil protects even the most sensitive skin against nicks, cuts or irritation, and its stainless-steel blades ensure long-lasting performance."
"The Mangroomer Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Shaver is absolutely the best way to get rid of unwanted back hair. This one-of-a-kind device features a large 1.5-inch blade that enables you to shave larger areas of your back with ease. The Mangroomer's cutting-edge blade design delivers extremely close and smooth results without the potential of ingrown hairs that are commonly caused by straight edge and foil shavers. And with the unique patent-pending design, the Mangroomer opens to a staggering 135-degrees so you can reach all areas of your back from different angles with ease."
The Razorba Silencer Back Hair Shaver isn't electric, but it could also double as a self-defense weapon in a pinch. The handle accommodates most disposable razors, and looks great hanging on your bathroom wall as well!
"The Razorba is the convenient, do it yourself, painless and embarrassment free solution to back hair removal. The Razorba is the patented razor handle wand that holds your favorite razor, ergonomically designed and tested by men with back hair. It solves the problem of back hair by letting you shave at your convenience. It works with any standard razors"
I'll just say right off that I'm not a manscaper. Now, I'm not a super hairy guy. But I still can't find the justification for taking all the hair off other parts of the body than the face. The more I read about other men's experiences with waxing, and think about why they do it, the more I'm convinced that it's a fashion conspiracy.
"Aside from occasional, youthful experiments with shaving, I've never been a big proponent of so-called "manscaping." It was just too hopeless. Considering my chest looks like a Joseph Conrad novel, you would need to napalm that manscape.
I've also avoided manscaping because I kind of took pride in a lush chest pelt. It harkened back to the days of Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds, when men were men and women were grossed out by those men. It was a simpler time.
Basically, due to laziness and misplaced machismo, I'm quite comfortable in my hair suit. It just fits."
He then goes through the process of waxing for us, describing the pain and the aftereffects of itching and raw skin: "The raw chest rubbing up against the fabric of my shirt is agony." Ouch! (And the before and after picture at the top of the article is rather disturbing...)
But the interesting tidbit for me was the idea that 53% of women surveyed "endorsed" chest grooming, whereas 83% of men didn't shave or wax their chests. So I wondered if the marketing piece comes through convincing women that men should shave or wax elsewhere, and then they convince us we need to do so.
What do you think? Is the pressure to manscape going to come from our wives and girlfriends?
Before you start on your New Year's Manscaping Resolution, remember that not all women are down with it. They may actually prefer your hairy self.
"Depilating dudes? Hell no. Let me just say it: Men should have hair. On their heads if possible but certainly on their bodies. I've heard arguments to the contrary -- "a sweater should be worn not grown." To which I respond: Who's more appealing the ultra-depilated Brüno or his very hairy -- and sexy -- alter ego Sacha Baron Cohen? Chest fur connotes virility testosterone bad-boy biker danger. In a rugby match pitting Liev Schreiber and Clive Owen against Matthew McConaughey and Robert Pattinson I'm backing team one on leg hair alone. And I believe that pretty-boy teenage vampires notwithstanding most women are rooting along with me.
I found this great tutorial on DIY hair removal using sugar over at Tracker of Plants:
"Sugaring is a form of hair removal that is very much like waxing. Sometimes it is done by cooking the sugar to a taffy-like consistency that can be smoothed onto a patch of hair, with the hands, peeled off, and the ball of hair-taffy folded in half and pressed onto a new area. This is repeated until the ball is too sticky or hairy to use."
I'm not so sure I'd do this for my facial hair, but if you're into shaving your legs (ladies, or road bikers...) or your chest, you might find this to be of use to you.