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Unkempt body hair, whether it's visible to the public eye or not, can negate any style points you may have scored with your dandy dressing. After all, it's hard to focus on a conversation and remain impressed once you spot someone's nose hair trying to make an escape from his face. And for that matter, ditch the unruly mane and scraggly beards -- they make you look sloppy and give the impression you don't take pride in your looks (unless you're Russell Brand...or Wolverine). To leave a positive mark -- both at the boardroom and bedroom -- make the effort to keep your body hair in check.
Head Use: A razor, handheld mirror
Frequency: Every 1 to 3 days for a clean bald look
After showering, massage pre-shave oil onto your head and follow it up with shaving cream. Imagine that your head is divided into quadrants. Start with a sharp multi-blade razor on the front quadrants – it’s easier that way and you’ll feel more in control, says Matt Southerland, men’s stylist at Persons of Interest barbershop in the US. For the trickier back quadrants, employ the same mirror combination used for shaving your back. Finally, smooth on aftershave balm to soothe irritation. You can use the Gillette Fusion ProGlide ($15.90, Watsons stores) which comes with thinner, finer blades for less tug and pull (read: a smoother shave).
Eyebrows Use: Tweezers
Frequency: Every 2 to 4 weeks
Unibrow, begone! Using your thumb and a finger, hold the skin between your brows taut. Aim the tweezers at the base of a hair and pull it out swiftly. That way, the hair won’t break and you’ll minimise the sting. You can also use tweezers to remove stray hair above and below your eyebrows.
Nose Use: Nose hair trimmer
Frequency: As needed
Nose hairs prevent dirt from entering your mucous membranes, so take it easy. Tom Woodhouse, lead technician at Face Place in the US, suggests you stand in front of a large mirror and squeeze your nose. If you see hair, snip the hair’s tip with a trimmer.
Neck Use: Hair clipper, handheld mirror
Frequency: Every two weeks
A man looks sloppy with more than a quarter inch of growth on his neck, Southerland says. Trim from the base of your neck and move upwards in short movements (so you don’t accidentally cut into your natural hairline).
Back Use: Hair clipper, handheld mirror
Frequency: Every 3 to 4 weeks (or whenever your wife or girlfriend starts making gorilla jokes)
If you have a willing spouse or girlfriend, set a hair trimmer on the lowest setting and have her mow against the grain. If not, use an extendable trimmer. With your back to a large mirror, use a handheld mirror to navigate the area. Guide the trimmer with your other hand.
Chest Use: Hair clipper
Frequency: 2 to 3 weeks
Your goal is to have chest hair that’s a little longer than half an inch, according to Robert Patrizi, owner of Halo [for Men] Salons in the US. If it’s your first time trimming, though, start a little longer than that, so the change doesn’t feel – or appear – too drastic. The Philips Multigroom Grooming Kit Pro ($99, Harvey Norman stores) features seven attachments to let you clip hairs precisely and easily from head to toe.
Use: Hair trimmer
Frequency: As needed
Don’t risk jabbing this tender region with a sharp implement when a trimmer will breeze through your jungle safely. You want to maintain the area while preventing unsightly and uncomfortable razor burns. Aim to leave about an inch of hair – and don’t pretend you’ve never estimated length down there before.