Why it should stop being a fact but reality and something relatable that me grooming actually adds to the handsome appearance for most men which in turn boost health, style and esteem for some, while grooming is considered really good for men, what should happen when you go overboard?. Well if you ask me I would say, the same thing that happens when you abuse drugs. Which is why I have this post put together to guide you on the topic here
In this post I will cover What body grooming is, share some history of body grooming, importance of grooming, Best body grooming products and some tips on how to groom with ease and style, all these should assist you with looking awesome, which is among the purpose of this website.
So without more preambles and intros lets get straight into things here.
What is Body Grooming all About
grooming is the removal of hairs from the face, stubble, sideburns, neckline, nose, arm pits, body, chest, leg, back, from between the buttocks (“crack”) and from the scrotum (“sack”) areas of the body, particularly common with male gender in previous times, but not both genders as far as there the need to look good and “hairs” are seen as barriers.
According to research:
20% of men aged 15 to 90 in the United States and 50% of men in Germany of the same age range shave, wax, sugar or trim hair below the neck. For men between 24 and 34 in the U.S., the number jumps to 30% and in Germany, the number reaches 40% among men between 20 and 34 years of age, with numbers still rising.o but not regarded as fashion now common with both males and females.
Little History on Body Grooming
Historically, body hair has been associated with virility, power and attractiveness. Body hair removal is not just a modern-day fad. In fact, hair removal has a traceable history that stretches as far back as ancient Egypt, where men and women would shave their bodies, heads and faces and priests ritualistically shaved their bodies every three days.
Back in the 5th century BC, the Greeks see the young, hairless, athletic man as beautiful while hairy bodies were considered hideous and associated with satyrs, barbarians and the cult of Dionysus.
For much of the late 19th century, long beards were en vogue and hair removal was frowned upon. The 1960s were also a major ‘hair milestone’ as hippies let hair of all kinds grow wild in contrast to the clean-cut military style during the Vietnam War. Hair and hairy chests were signs of eroticism and free love. “Too much hairy stuff”
During the 1990s, the idea of the perfect man as plucked, very well moisturized, neat-shaven and devoid of most body hair went mainstream and dominated major media from fashion magazines to television, due to the kinds of fashion wears and accessories of that time and even now. The metro sexual period also made it socially acceptable for men to shave parts of their body, face and neck.
Essential Body Grooming Tools
There are tons of grooming tools out there, ranging from Shavers, trimmers, Wax, tweezers, electrolysis, mangroomers among others, while by definition and origin grooming tools are tools used for trimming, shaving, cutting, tweezing and combing, there have been some arguments that there are some people who would want to leave their body hair untrimmed deodorants and body cream should be added to the grooming kit.
As the name suggests these are grooming kit which variety of tools to select from, creating an organized grooming experience, one of the advantage of the multifunction grooming kit is the ease to get a particular tool rather than shop for them individually, see image below, sample of a multi functional grooming kit.
Shavers/Razors or Trimmers
Shavers or razors are tools used for cutting the hair off the face with a razor, and the use of the razors is not just limited to cutting facial hairs, but also used to cut hairs off other parts of the body, like the arms and legs, nose, and ear hair. Though it should be noted that there are now tons of grooming tools that can be used for other parts of the body. Basically there are two main kinds of shavers right now, which are electric and manual designed shavers. Here is a sample image of a trimmer
Electric rotary shavers
Electric shavers/trimmers for men
Manual shaving kit for men
Tweezers are small instruments like a pair of pincers used in the medical field, but the tweezers are used for plucking out hairs from the unwanted areas of the body, because tweezing is done manually it is only recommended and used for parts of the body with not so many hairs, because it can be tiring, but the overall result is always satisfactory.
Sample of a tweezers
The man groomer is a recent grooming device used for shaving hairs from parts of the body where the hands cannot conveniently access, mangroomers are usually made with curvy parts which adjust to the shape of the body and allows for easily scrapping the parts of the body with ease.
Electrolysis involves inserting a fine needle into the hair follicle and applying an electric current to the follicle root. This procedure burns the hair root, theoretically preventing it from producing more hair. Though it is advisable to seek the advice of a Trichologist before embarking on this to avoid or minimize any consequence.
Waxing is hair removal from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to six weeks, Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, pubic hair (called bikini waxing), legs, arms, back, abdomen, knuckles, and feet apart from the scrotal and external body wounds. There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair from the body.
Strip waxing (soft wax) is accomplished by spreading a wax thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is applied and pressed firmly, adhering the strip to the wax and the wax to the skin. The strip is then quickly ripped against the direction of hair growth, as parallel as possible to the skin to avoid trauma to the skin. This removes the wax along with the hair. There are different forms of strip waxing or soft waxing: heated, cold or pre-made strips. Unlike cold waxing, heated wax is spread easily over the skin. Cold waxing is thicker, which makes it more difficult to spread smoothly over the skin. Pre-made strips come with the wax on them, and they come in different sizes for different area uses.
Stripless wax which is also referred to as hard wax, is applied somewhat thickly and with no cloth or paper strips as opposed strip waxing. The wax then hardens when it cools, thus allowing the easy removal by a therapist without the aid of cloths. This waxing method is very beneficial to people who have sensitive skin. Stripless wax does not adhere to the skin as much as strip wax does, thus making it a good option for sensitive skin as finer hairs are more easily removed because the hard wax encapsulates the hair as it hardens. The stripless waxing method can also be less painful.
This is done by a device which using laser releases energy of short intense pulse light is absorbed preferentially by the pigment in root hair follicle, with then prevent further growth of hair in that part of the body overtime.
Other Body Grooming tools Include:
There are some basic body grooming tools that should not be removed from the list due to the important role they play as either a substitute or as a support to other major grooming tools and they include
- Hair Bleachers
- Beard Shaper among others.
Benefits of Body Grooming
- A well-groomed body adds to your style, charisma and confidence and it also affects the way you walk. A well groomed male will not have a problem creating a relationship and good impression with people, rather then hide when all hairs are all around the face not properly groomed
- Being properly groomed also draws people to you; you become that handsome, cute guy that people just can’t stop admiring. The ladies always wants to come around you, not because you wear expensive stuff, but because of what it is really. You are properly groomed.
- Grooming yourself gives the impression that you are neat a clean, you feel comfortable, which in turn affects the way people react and respond to you.
- Men choose to groom their bodies for hygienic purposes, much fail to realize though that it is not the hair that smells but the bacteria that have been caged in for a long time,
Hair reduces the amount of air exchange and traps sweat so it can support the growth of odor-causing bacteria, for a guy that does not have all the time to constantly worry about those bacteria smells, grooming not only brings the hygiene importance but good
- Most guys also take to body grooming to show off their muscles(Biceps and triceps), especially for guys with hairy chest, grooming actually brings out the shape of the biceps and clearly outlines the packs, especially when you pull off those undershirts.
- Some men take up body grooming to stay up to date with current trend, take for example. “Beard Gangs” and other trends.
- Besides, trimming or removing body hair has long been popular among athletes because it can provide a slight competitive edge. For swimmers, cyclists and track stars, body hair can slow them down by causing drag or minimal wind resistance. Wrestlers remove hair so their opponents will have less to grab onto while fighting for a win.
Tips on How to Groom with Ease and Style
Make grooming a routine thing till you get the desired result, and what people expect from grooming differs a lot, your main reason may be to get complemented or to permanently stop hair growth at the particular part of the body. Keep a routine and expect change.
Grooming tools and kits should be properly stored to avoid the complications of poor storage which may in turn disfigure parts of the body if not cause some serious health implications.
Every grooming products have its detailed method of use and application, be sure to read, understand and follow the instruction to get the desirable result from the product.
Avoid substandard grooming tools, and only go for authentic grooming kits approved by relevant agencies.
If you cannot afford a particular grooming kit, look for a reachable alternative, trust me, there are alternatives to most grooming tools.
After an Extensive Grooming Session
you go out, shine and become the superstar you really are, with that being said. I really hope you found value in this post, I would recommend you check out this post
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