No more blood, sweat, and/or tears.
Summer means one thing: less clothes. It feels great to switch your sweatshirt for a tank top and let those guns breathe, right? But for most men, showing more skin showing also means more body hair on display. And not everyone likes it.
That’s why manscaping hits an all-time high in the summer: guys are shedding their winter coats (both literally and figuratively). No matter how much hair you have, manscaping is probably something you’ve done already, or at least thought about. And these days, no part of the body is off limits. Our own Men’s Health survey shows that 62% of men trim or shave below the belt. That number climbs higher when you start talking about other areas like your chest (72%) and back (78%), according to a 2018 study by Chicago’s Advanced Dermatology.
The way we manscape, too, is changing. According to Doug Janczyn, owner of Manscape Spa in Victoria, Canada, “ten years ago chest waxing was a huge thing. Guys wanted it all gone. Now trimming is more popular.” The natural look is in and most men are just looking for ways to look trimmer and neater, not Ken doll-smooth.
Grooming your body hair is personal, to a point. Whether you want to completely get rid of hair or just keep it trimmed depends on your preference and it’s entirely possible to do it yourself at home. But for some areas you may need to get some extra help, like your back. Sure, you could get someone to help you, says Janczyn, “but shaving your own back is a challenge. Even with a partner, it never ends up looking right.” He says it’s common for his customers to come in for waxing appointments to fix areas they’ve tried to shave themselves. “The benefit of waxing is that you only need to do it a few times a year,” he says.
There are also actual health concerns to manscaping yourself, says dermatologist Evan Rieder, MD. “The biggest risks of manscaping are infection, ingrown hairs (pseudofolliculitis), and skin irritation,” he says, not to mention the risk of cuts and more serious injuries, which nearly half of men have experienced from manscaping, according to a recent survey. Most of these issues come from improper technique and using the wrong tools. Here are the 7 must-follow tips to manscape your body safely and effectively, as well as the proper tools to get the job done right.