Manscaping History and How To's
Manscaping has fully entered the main stream, but there is still a shroud of mystery about it for most fellas. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or knew to the club, there are likely some things you don’t know about male body grooming. Manscaping has a rich history, and modern improvements have made it a quintessential part of masculinity.
The Ancient Tradition of Manscaping
The earliest records of proper grooming can be found in the Bible. Stories of Samson and ancient law both make it clear that even God wants you to look your best. Since then, the styles and trends have been up, down and through every iteration imaginable. From the baby-smooth stylings of early monks to the animalistic hairiness of many frontiers, there are few experiments left to consider. The evolution has snapped back and forth between embracing unruly burliness and unnaturally bald bodies. Men have worn tights and body coverings, braided beards, grown serious mutton chops and eventually embraced a cleaner look. The one universal lesson we can take from history is that all men of standing, regardless of the times, put deliberate care into their looks. The fashions of the past may induce cringes today, but the purpose behind those looks still apply to the modern man.
The Modern Revival
It was the climactic culmination of imperialism that led to modern manscaping. This sounds dramatic, but WWI introduced armies so large that hair management became a matter of safety and practicality. When millions of soldiers are packed like sardines, the risk of lice and hair-borne illnesses are serious issues. Conversely, the cold conditions of winter warfare in Europe necessitated that at least some hair remain to keep warm. This was the birth of the crew cut. Although it started as a matter of practicality, it taught us the essence of the clean look that is important today.
More recently, men of all standing have begun to learn that a clean look applies to much more than the top of our heads and faces. As we all hope to be naked in front of another person at some point, we should plan ahead for the event. Body grooming has folded into haircuts and facial shaves, and the totality of this care is what we now call manscaping.
Keeping Up With Trends
There is no universal school of manscaping, but there are a few general rules that have been accepted by the masses. The caveman look is out. There is no room for argument. If you want long hair, a long beard or any other statement of body hair, it has to be intentional and styled. Man buns may involve a lot of hair, but you can see the purpose and style behind them. Conversely, no one on the planet is attracted to naked mole rats, so you should probably avoid drawing any visual connections. If you want to know what haircuts work, just look at some recent red carpet pictures. The same can be said for beards. When in doubt, here are the basic guidelines.
No neckbeards. We have a deep, dark theory that they will eventually circle back into style, but that day is not today. It isn’t tomorrow either. No matter how much beard you do or don’t grow, keep the neck clean.
Ears should be visible. One reason the man bun came into fashion is because it enables longer hair to obey this rule. There are rare exceptions, but if you’re still living by basic guidelines, you aren’t ready for them. If you experiment with sideburns, long curls or anything else that seems fun, make sure the ears are clean.
When in doubt, smooth the back. Your whole body shouldn’t be smooth, but the back is a tricky place to manage. While most of your body grooming should look to manicure and contain, rather than remove, body hair, the back can go bare. In fact, getting your back waxed is probably the easiest way to stay on top of it. Most importantly, intimate sessions can easily be ruined by excessive back hair or even stubble where it isn’t expected.
Keep it simple. Remember in the 90s when people thought it was cool to shave words into their heads? They were wrong. The same goes for your pubes and any other hairy growths dense enough to try. The concept is managed, but not hairless.
Tools for the Jobs
We want you to know that we're proud of you. Even today, there’s a lot of stigma and old-fashioned buffoonery that might keep you from taking care of your body. You’ve overcome that. But, like in all things, if you want success, you need the right tools for the job. Manscaped is devoted solely to that purpose, so let’s learn what their dedicated engineers have developed for us.
The Lawn Mower
It starts here. This is NOT a universal trimmer for your face, head and body. While it can cut all of those regions, that’s just gross. The Lawn Mower is designed to make touch body trimming easier, so keep it clean and don’t use this beautiful exhibit of human ingenuity above your neck.
The name says it all. After you mow the lawn, Crop Preserver will moisturize, deodorize and otherwise preserve your newfound cleanliness. It’s best used as a total body wash. That will make sure you don’t miss anything important and better enables it to keep you fresh throughout the day.
When the Preserver isn’t sufficient for the . . . sensitive needs of certain areas, the Crop Reviver is your friend. It nourishes and hydrates those areas to minimize razor burn and other ill effects that can accompany a trim or shave.
A trim isn’t always sufficient. Some places should be smooth. The Plow is the razor to accomplish that smoothness. It is tough and well-designed for any shaving, but keep the neck rule in mind. Don’t shave your balls and your face with the same blade. More importantly, The Plow doesn’t shave quite as close as some razors. This prevents irritation and bumps.
This kit handles the stuff you likely don’t realize you need to be doing. It provides tweezers and a full-service nail kit. You can clean up your face and your nails, and you can go beyond the simplistic clipping you probably do. Get The Shears and learn to use them.
The Shed/Magic Mat
These are the final tools to complete your kit. The Shed makes carrying your grooming supplies easy, so no matter where you go you can stay clean. The Magic Mat is important for two reasons: it makes cleanup easy and it eliminates the most common excuse for falling behind on your grooming.
You are armed and ready. With the right knowledge and the best tools in the business, you can push manscaping to its next level. Get clean. Get sexy. And get some.