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How to Manscape

You can’t be a metrosexual unless you know how to manscape—that is, remove body hair from your chest and back.


  • Step 1: Pick your poison Consider your hair-removal options. Choices include shaving, depilatories, waxing, electrolysis, and laser hair removal. The last two are the most expensive.
  • Step 2: Consider shaving Consider shaving, which is the least complicated method. If you don’t want to use a razor, use electric hair clippers—start on a long setting and go shorter until you’re satisfied.
  • TIP: If you’re using a razor, use shaving cream to reduce cuts and avoid razor burn.
  • Step 3: Consider depilatories Consider depilatories, which are hair-removal creams that are applied to the skin; when they’re wiped off, the hair comes off, too. Using them is almost as easy as shaving, and the hair doesn’t grow back as quickly.
  • Step 4: Ponder your tolerance for pain Ponder your tolerance for pain. If you think you can stand having hot wax poured on your body and then ripped off in paper strips, this option offers smooth results that last four to six weeks.
  • Step 5: Compare electrolysis and laser hair removal If you have several thousand dollars to spend on permanent hair removal, compare and contrast electrolysis with its modern cousin, laser hair removal. Electrolysis requires dozens of sessions, while laser removal can be done in six or fewer.
  • TIP: Dark-haired men do better with laser hair removal than blondes.
  • Step 6: Trim other areas Now that you no longer look like you’re wearing a sweater made of pubic hair, address other unsightly areas, wax that unibrow, and trim those nose hairs.
  • Step 7: Treat yourself to a mani-pedi Complete your sleek new look by getting your fingernails and toenails buffed, shaped, and shined.
  • Step 8: Moisturize! Keep your new, hairless skin smooth as a baby’s behind with daily moisturizing.
  • FACT: If men could change one thing about their bodies, 54.9% would choose less body hair, according to a survey.

You Will Need

  • A method of hair removal
  • A manicurist/pedicurist
  • Nose clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Moisturizer
  • Stoicism

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