How to Groom Men's Unwelcome Body Hair

Updated 05/15/19
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We've all got body hair (unless it's been lasered off) and yet so many people want to get rid of it. For decades, women have been expected to go hairless everywhere but their heads while the cultural norms for dealing with men's body hair have been a little murkier. Some men go all natural, only cutting the hair on their heads, while others are more groomed—tweezing, waxing, and shaving unwanted hair on their feet, backs, brows, and anywhere else they find it. If that's your style, there are a few tips you should take into consideration.

Brows

It's easy enough to grow a unibrow and never take care of it—plucking those little brow hairs hurts. But this is one of the greatest faux pas that men are guilty of. Your eyebrows are meant to be two individual rows of hair growing over each eye, not one straight length of hair. If you just have a few stray hairs, use a pair of tweezers and pluck them right out. If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself and your hair is overgrown, visit a professional who can wax it for you. It is quick and only stings a little, but then you can easily maintain the clean separation with a pair of tweezers as your hair starts to grow back in.

Ears

The hairs in your ears are important, of course, to protect your inner ears from dust and debris. But once hair starts sprouting out, you can safely groom it. Carefully trim them with a pair of blunt-nosed scissors or a small electric razor meant to fit into the small space. If you do not want to bother with it, you can always ask your hairstylist or barber to trim the hair on your lobes for you.

Nose 

Just like your ears, your nose has hair for a good reason. But if it's sticking out from your nostrils, it can become distracting. If you have a single stray hair, give it a quick tweeze. If your nose hair grows in more of a bushel, you can purchase an electric trimmer specifically for the nose. Nose trimmers have a cylinder end that inserts shallowly into your nostril and quickly trims the excess hair.

Shoulders

Due to the friction of your shirt, shoulder hair often doesn't grow in evenly like it does on your legs or forearms. Instead, it can tend to look patchy. If this bothers you, remove it. You can wax it off or use an at-home hair removal cream which you can apply, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it off. Be careful with this, as sensitive skin can tend to get irritated with the chemical in the cream.

Back

If you're not a fan of back hair, treat yourself to a wax at your local spa. A professional will remove the hair quickly as it is a difficult angle to try and handle yourself. Follow up with a back facial and you will feel clean, smooth and relieved to be rid of all that itchy hair.

Toes

Foot care is something men might forget to incorporate into their routines, but regular pedicures can keep feet feeling smooth and toenails looking well-maintained. Some guys have hair on their toes and a quick shave in the shower or even a stop at the salon for a wax will get rid of the tufts of toe hair.

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