Written by: Brian Millward
Life is hectic and stressful for a man. You’re trying to juggle work, a social life, a love life, working out, eating right, and maintaining an air of masculinity. For decades the modern man never had to consider his body hair as an accessory, it was either there or it wasn’t. If you were lucky enough to have a chest carpet a la Tom Selleck you had it made! Nowadays men have to add another task to their to-do list; manscaping.
Coined in the early 2000’s, manscaping is the trimming and maintenance of male body hair.
To the relief of many of us (am I right ladies?) manscaping has taken off, with many major men’s razor companies rebranding their most popular beard trimmers as “body-groomers”. While some men might see manscaping as a taxing chore, it can actually provide an almost zen experience as long as you have the right mindset.
Manscaping offers you to have some quality time with the most important person in your life, you. Showers can become so redundant, and a good manscaping can really spice up your lack lustre lather! Take those extra five or ten minutes, just a couple times a month, and get back in touch with your body. Think of your body as an elite, luxury sports car and manscaping is just taking it through its routine maintenance. Just because you have a Mercedes-Benz badge on top of the hood, if there’s a lemon underneath, nobody’s driving that car (was that good enough pandering?).
Grooming your body hair also offers an opportunity to get away from this crazy world we all live in. For those few minutes of man-grooming you get to completely zone out, and focus on the simplicity of the task at hand. Honestly if you have a decent trimmer with a guard on it so that you don’t end up looking like your prepubescent self, manscaping is as simple as making a bowl of cereal. So don’t overthink it and instead let your mind quiet. Focus on your breathing and just going with the grain. These minutes of mindfulness in the shower might help you be more productive later on in the day. Let your body become your own personal rock garden that only you get to tend to, unless mutual grooming is something you’re into, and in that case you do you.
There’s also a big lesson in balance when it comes to manscaping. You don’t want to be the guy who does nothing and looks like he has a cedar bush trying to escape the top of his shirt. At the same time you don’t want to be so manicured that you look like someone who’s qualifying to be on the Olympics swim team (and clearly didn’t make it). Manscaping is all about balance. It’s not about fighting your body hair, but managing it. Don’t just throw it all down the shower drain like useless garbage because it’s a gift, and it needs to be treasured. It’s just like what the Spice Girls said “Too much of nothing is bad enough...too much of something is just as tough”. They were singing about your pubes! Trust me, once you find that happy medium with your body hair, you’ll begin to find balance in all the facets of your life.
Side note: don’t start doing an “ohm” chant while you’re manscaping because that’s just super weird.
Brian Millward | @BriBriMill
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