Grooming

MANSCAPING: SOUTH OF THE BORDER AND BEYOND

Top celebrity groomer Kristan Serafino knows her way around some man hair. Here she gets down to the nitty-gritty to get you all fixed up down there and everywhere you care to. 

SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Ladies agonizingly wax and pluck around the bikini line to maintain a sense of dignity. Yet men are slow to embrace reciprocation. You’re not auditioning for Magic Mike XXL so waxing around the boys is not necessary, but assuredly women will appreciate a little manscaping in that region.

There is no need to seek out a waxing center or rush to your barber in a panic. The job can be accomplished in the privacy of your own bathroom. It’s as simple as purchasing Wahl Clippers (it comes with guards) and a small pair of Hanzo Hattori shears for detailing. No need to have paramedics on your speed dial since the guards will protect you from nicking the skin.

Begin with a higher number guard on the clippers, then go over the area again with a lower number guard if necessary. And if you have mad skills and a steady hand, scissors can be used for a more personalized touch.

This process should be repeated every 2-3 weeks. Trust me, the cleaner the shrubs the more time she will spend in your garden!

FUZZY VS FULL: CHEST & BACK HAIR

The condition of chest and back hair vary widely between men. The choice of manscaping in these areas equally varies to include: waxing, clipping, shaving, au naturel.

WAXING

If you choose to wax, find a facility that maintains a clean environment and consults with you on any allergies or medication you are taking before applying wax to the skin. You should know that waxing regularly may cause the hair to regrow lighter, sparser, or not at all. Waxing should be repeated every 3-4 weeks. If you are prone to bumps, keep a Kiehls Ultimate Man Razor Bump Relief Cream on hand to help fight off irritation.  

CLIPPING OR SHAVING

You may feel like a contortionist clipping your back hair. It will take a fair amount of twists, bends, and perfectly positioned mirrors to reach all areas, but don’t be discouraged. Of course it is far easier if you can recruit a loved one to help. With the right tools and a little bit of patience you’ll be sporting your clean appearance in no time. 

The ManGroomer Ultimate Pro Body will groom tight to the skin quickly and easily, but certainly not as tight as a razor. The clipper with adjustable guards gives you the choice of how close to trim. The same application technique applies to trimming the chest, which is a far easier task.

Approach shaving your chest and back no differently than shaving your face. Just like shaving your face with a razor, you are removing over 70% skin and 30% hair with each stroke so I recommend using a pre-shave oil like Tico Shave Oil before touching a razor to your skin. Pre-shave oil acts as a barrier to the skin. Then finish the job by applying a moisturize Every Man Jack Body Lotion to keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness.

AU NATUREL

No matter where the hair is located on your body it needs to be cleansed regularly and thoroughly to preserve its natural moisture and health. When your nether regions, chest, or back sweats, the hair absorbs the dirt and bacteria contained in the sweaty moisture. Your bathing habits are as important as the products that you choose, so it’s best to use warm water instead of hot and to moisturize immediately after toweling off. 

Chemically speaking, body wash or gel can incorporate newer ingredients due to its composition…and it seems more sanitary than a bar of soap. I recommend using BYREDO Gypsy Water Body Wash to eliminate grime, dirt, and sweat. Always follow up with a moisturizer like Malin & Goetz Vitamin B5 Body Lotion to hydrate and nourish the skin.  

CHECK OUT KRISTAN SERAFINO

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