Manscaping 101: Men Hair Removal Tips

I was watching an episode of The Doctors on ABC and one of the topic that came up was “Manscaping“- which is basically a corny yet cool way to summarize men’s hair removal and grooming. It seems that alot of guys have issues with shaving certain parts, in fear that it decreases masculinity. But as one manly and macho guy learned on the show- shaving and just being well-groomed in general is not only healthier, but it makes you feel better.

The face: Unless you’re going for the “scruffy look”, always keep your facial hairs neatly trimmed.
Breakdown of Facial Hair

- Head Hair: I just say keep it washed, neat, and clean. Maintain your hairstyle.

- Mustache: Keep it trimmed. If you have a mustache be proud of it… remember that episode of Family Guy where Peter had mustache… too funny, here’s a clip.

- Beard: I feel like even if it’s scruffy, make it neatly scruffy… unless you’re trying out for some kind of role in a movie in which you’re playing a bum, or hippie, or mountain man.

- Nose hair: Keep small clippers, nose hair trimmer, or tweezers around to clip away any hairs that are hanging out of your nose.

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The body: This is all a matter of personal preference, so opinions on what to keep or not to keep trimmed varies from person to person.

Breakdown of Body Hair

- Chest: I don’t think you should really worry about shaving your chest, unless you’re just extremely hairy. Most guys have the right amount of hair here.

- Arm pits: A guy with no pit hair would seem a bit off to me (unless you play a sport in which you needed to be hairless), but with that said I don’t think you should let it get too out of control. I would suggest mildly trimming your pit hairs down maybe about twice a year… it just all depends on how much pit hair you grow and how fast it grows back.

- Groin: I won’t even pity paddle around this… I think your private hairs should be trimmed and neat. Dr. Drew Ordon on The Doctors Show said it best, “Treat that area like a frame and the picture should fit in the frame.” Translation: Don’t have a bunch of wild bushy hair growing down there. It’s alot better for you and your partner if you keep that area clean and tidy. Some people may go as far as to cut it all off, but that may be too extreme for some and too feminine for others.

- Legs/Arms: Don’t shave your legs or arms… unless you’re just into that sort of thing.

- Back: I have never personally seen a man with back hair (close friends, relatives, I’ve seen it on TV though), but some guys do have it… actually, many guys have it. And if you fall into that category feel free to give tips on how to maintain back hair. I would propose that if you like it then keep it, if not, then consider getting it waxed or maybe even undergo laser hair removal.

- The…. Rear: I know some of you may be thinking “huh?”. But I actually got in a sort of weird conversation with one of my friends the other day about this. We were on the phone talking and I asked what he was doing, he replied “shaving”… then he went on to tell me he was shaving his butt… Lol… I found it funny. But anyway, he told me that he was doing it for sanitary purposes because his hairs were just too long <3>… and I’ll just end that right there. So if you need to do it, then please by all means- trim your butt hair! lol

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Ways to remove the hair

There are many options to removing your unwanted hair….

Classics: Shaver and Razor

Alternatives: Waxing, Laser Hair Removal, etc.

I found some of the best products for you guys- check them out HERE.

Featured Items:

- Single Blade Shaver
- Body Grooming Shaver
- Men’s Hair Removal Spray
- Men’s Wax
- Nose/Ear Hair Trimmer
-Top Notch Wet/Dry Shaver

*Oh and remember even Diddy and Jay-Z wax their body… so don’t be scared.

Please note: Most African-American males have to put more care into shaving. Here’s some shaving advice for African-American males… (this mainly is for facial hair).

  • Applying a shaving lotion after shaving will reduce the appearance of redness. This is also great for women after shaving legs, bikini lines and underarms.
  • Be sure to always use a clean blade when shaving with a razor. This can be best achieved by only using new blades and discarding ones that have been previously used three or more times.
  • If you use an electric razor, replace the rotary blades or foil after a few months. Of course if you’re required to shave daily, you may have to replace them sooner. This can be a headache since many rotary blade components cost more than half of what the entire razor is worth.
  • While shaving with a handheld razor, always shave in the direction of hair growth. Most hair on men’s faces, slant downward, so be sure to shave in that direction. This is also important around the neck areas since shaving against the grain is one of the main causes of pointy, sharp hairs that can burrow back into the skin.
  • Don’t stretch your skin while shaving. Pulling your cheeks, chin or neck while shaving in order to get a closer shave, can cause darkness and discoloration of underlying skin tissue. This is especially true for light and fair-skinned Black men who have dark, prominently textured hair.
  • Watch what you eat. A lot of skin irritations may subside if certain foods are avoided. Fatty foods, foods containing oils, cholesterol and sodium, can make your skin more susceptible to damage while shaving.
  • Give up on razors and use a depilatory. Depilatories work well on most skin, but not on all. They can remove facial hair in a matter of minutes, but just like blade shaving, can cause a bit of irritation and redness. Be careful not to use alcohol-based aftershaves or creams immediately after using a depilatory. Mixing the two is like throwing flames onto your face.
  • Grow a beard. This may not be the best solution for those required to shave daily, such as the military and other business professions. But if you can swing it, why not? You will totally eliminate the razor bump worries and ingrown hair issues. Even better, you can get rid of those sharp blades!

More advice (some tips may repeat).

Always use a sharp razor blade and discard old blades after 4-5 uses. You might think this is excessive, but dull blades force black men to go over the same area of skin again and again, increasing the chances of irritation and improperly cutting hair. This goes for electric razors, too: replace the blades after every few months of use.

Reduce your number of shaves by shaving every other day. Giving the skin time to heal will allow hairs to grow straight through the skin’s surface, without forcing too-short hairs back into the skin. Frequent shaving too close to the skin will trap hairs inside the follicles.

Exfoliate! Exfoliating with a gentle scrub removes the top layer of dead cells and allows hairs to grow out more easily. It also helps soften skin, clears pores and evens out patchy skin tones.

Many African-American men benefit from using a single-blade razor, or a DE razor. One doctor said, “I highly dissuade patients who suffer from razor bumps from using triple or quadruple blade razor systems. The closer the shave, the worse the razor bumps will be.”

Always shave in the direction of hair growth. While shaving upward seems to give a closer shave, shaving in the hair’s direction reduces irritation and the likelihood of hairs growing back into the skin. Don’t pull skin taut when shaving since this can also cause ingrown hairs to form.

Soften hairs before shaving by massaging warm water into the beard area and then applying a professional-grade, highly-lubricating shave creme. Allow it to sit on the face for a minute or two to completely coat hairs before shaving.

Follow a shave with an after-shave solution that contains hydrating ingredients like aloe, witch hazel and tea tree extract like a post-shave repair creme to cut down on redness and discomfort. Stay away from products that contain alcohol since this can dry skin out and provoke an ashy appearance in black skin.

Resist the urge to simply pluck ingrown hairs out. A new hair will just grow again, and you’ll be facing the same exact problem.

Most importantly, take your time when shaving. Everyone’s been guilty of the 30-second shave on Monday morning, but shaving slowly and with care can dramatically reduce nicks, cuts and abrasions that can aggravate razor bumps.

If you find that you are suffering from severe cases of inflammation or razor bumps, talk to your doctor or dermatologist. You may be a candidate for electrolysis (a low-level current is used to destroy follicles) or skin depilatories (chemical creams that soften and minimize growth).tips via menscience and mybrotha

Don’t forget to moisturize as well- especially in the winter.

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11 Comments


  1. but seriously this has to be the most thorough list about shaving i’ve seen.

  2. i agree anthony, great advice jacinda as always

  3. Super awesome grooming list Cindy, you always put the extra info that most others fall short with.

    A great add-on if you have bump problems under the neck like I did was Bump Patrol. I put this on before I went to sleep and seriously woke up with my bumps instantly gone. I use the one without the alcohol cause I have sensitive skin, and use it religiously. Now my skin is LL smoove baby!

    For helping rid of the bumps, Neutrogena Men’s Triple Protect Face Lotion is great. It has SPF 20 in it that also protects your skin when out, But during colder times I switch it to Palmers Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E.

    As for a facial cleanser, Equate Daily Face Cleanser for Men has been wonderful for my skin. All these products can be found out your local Wal-Mart and most other stores that carry your needs.

  4. i use nair for men, it works pretty good, i usually buy it from the store, but its alot cheaper in your urban gent store… so i think i’ll buy a few bottles… but has anyone used the nair spray? i think i might try that as well

  5. Leave the nair for men alone. It is $1 more expensive than the Nair for women and you get less. All they do is adda masculine scent to it. I use Nair for legs to remove hair it is good and relatively inexpensive.

    For bumps I use Tend for Skin. THIS crap is really expensive but it is good crap. It works well and eliminates the irritation that comes along with skin flareups.
    Aspirin facials are also good.

  6. Hey Jacinda this is a great list.

    Being an african american male with razor bump problems this helps.

    I do have some suggestions.

    First growing out a beard does help. It grows out all the ingrown hair and u dont have bumps while the hair is there. I have a beard now and no bumps.

    Second do not use a razor on your face use a trimmer. Andies and Wahl have great trimmers. Here is a link to the names and pictures of them
    http://www.ivory-s.com/images/Andis%20Outliner%20II%20.jpg (it is called an andis outliner)

    However, if you can afford it go to the professionals. Your local barber should be able to clean you up nice.

    Also if you have bums i recommend bump stopper product and hightime bump remover. They have a good line of facial products for black males.

    Sorry for the long comment.

  7. I was surprised at how close a shave it provided not as close under the nose as I would like but definitely close everywhere

  8. LOVE THE SITE

  9. Kudos for finally bringing up the topic of booty fuzz. It is unsanitary and unsightly, and yet it’s never mentioned in men’s grooming! Even in this article it is approached as a giggling taboo. What’s worse is that hair removal back there is considered a gay activity (not to slight my gay brothers) and that straight urban gentlemen pursing that activity are viewed with suspicion.

    Ass hair removal is a cause I can get behind. :)

  10. I am a massively hairy man, and my back is not an exception to this fact. Because I am a college student and not sixty years old, I’ve spent large amounts of time working on the cure for what I consider to be an unsightly bane to my “look”. What i’ve discovered is that although Nair and other chemical removals work well if you’re willing to put your skin on the line, these treatments only last about as long as shaving, and leave you with sore and sensitive skin to boot. The best remedy that I’ve found for an overgrown back is laser treatment. I am at appointment three of five and already have noticeably less hair growing. Painful? Yes. And expensive too, but after a year the unwanted hair will be gone forever.
    Happy grooming!

  11. I have had troubles with body hair since I was about 19 years old probably. However it didn’t bother me that much, except for one area – my shoulders. Hair on my chest, stomach and back I can handle, but the one on my shoulders simply look REALLY strange. That’s why I got rid of it :)

    Jason

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