Grooming

The men of Boys' Night Out talk waxing down there—and how girls dig it

Dealing with unruly hair, according to Sam YG, Slick Rick, and Tony Toni.
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Sam YG's fight with his brows

Eyebrows are a bit tricky for men, especially if they grow wild and out of control. My grandfather told me that thick brows represented power and dominance, and I felt lucky having been blessed with a full pair. Mine were thicker than most of my peers' brows, but I was thankful they didn’t connect to form a unibrow. It wasn't until the latter years of college that I noticed wild strands. Even if I found them annoying, I refused to do anything because I didn’t find the idea of trimming manly. A women’s magazine dared me to go through what the ladies called threading. It was a painful undertaking. And it left the brow area red and sore for a couple of days.

The last thing you want is a lady unable to focus on you because your eyebrows seem to have lives of their own

Being Indian with sharp facial features, I noticed a significant change in the way I looked. Honestly, I found it a bit weird. I just didn’t feel right to have perfectly lined eyebrows. Eventually, the hair grew back and I started looking normal again. A few months later, I experimented on my brows by trimming wild strands that were longer than the others. I felt better because they didn’t look too thick or too thin as compared to threading. Since then, I’ve been maintaining my eyebrows at least once a month with a pair of little scissors. Nothing too crazy. Just a bit of trimming here and there to make them look decent instead of distracting.

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As with the rest of my facial hair, I consider cleaning up my brows a part of manscaping. Not having your hair all over the place is part of proper grooming. The last thing you want is a lady unable to focus on you because your eyebrows seem to have lives of their own.

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Tony Toni does the baldie.

Having hair was my problem. My hair was too thick and hard to maintain. I’ve gone through maybe 10 different styles. My mom gave me the coconut husk style. Then, I patterned my hair after Jose Rizal. Then, a buzz cut like the PNP. Then, gelled and slicked back like Panchito.

I moved to the Philippines in the late '90s, which was also the start of a very long relationship with my hair. Crazy hair story: I was living in New Manila, and asked my roommates the nearest place to get a decent haircut. They told me it's just down the street, so I went to the first salon, thinking that this is where they all go. I met my first gay hairstylist and told him to take a little off the sides and the top. After a few minutes, I checked the cut. He chopped off my hair and said, “Eto yung uso ngayon!” I got screwed with a bad haircut and had to pay for it.

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An advantage: I noticed that more women remembered me. A disadvantage: Most women thought I was a bad boy just because of my shaved head.

When I did decide to take it all off, I felt so much more at ease. I spent less time in the banyo, drying and styling. And I saved money since I didn’t have to spend as much for hair products. But despite having no hair, I still use shampoo. I also have a special cream just for my scalp to keep it smelling good!

An advantage: I noticed that more women remembered me. A disadvantage: Most women thought I was a bad boy just because of my shaved head. These are women that didn’t know me yet. I recommend a shaved head for guys. See how it feels. Hair always grows back, so it’s not the end of the world. And if you have a receding hairline or thinning hair, going bald is your best bet. Of course, it’s all about carrying it with confidence. I definitely don’t miss my hair!

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Slick Rick yanks it all off.

I was first introduced to the Brazilian wax by my radio partner Faith. She had her own waxing place, and dared me to try it. I went for it. Faith said it was something she enjoyed on her guy, because it was clean and the sexy time was “more.”

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At the waxing salon, a lady applied wax on the area to start the deforestation. She warned me it would hurt because it was my first time. This was a line that guys don’t normally hear. Then, the first strip was pulled away. It felt like my manhood was being torn from me. I thought layers of my skin were being stripped off. But it was just the hair down there. “Kaya pa?” she asked in a sadistic way. I wanted to run out, but I said, “Kaya!” As it continued, the process took on a different feeling. A new beginning. A clean slate. And when it was done, she left me there, a new man. I took a look at myself. Cool. The true test was sexy time. I tried it out and that’s when it hit me. Now, I know what Faith meant when she said “more.”

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You gotta keep your junk clean. Your girls will appreciate it.

Brazilian waxing is like a video game power up that I can use for more energy. From that day on, I’ve made waxing a part of my grooming habit. I get my monthly wax at The Strip Ministry of Wax. The Stripperellas are taught abroad how to do it the right way. And they do it in 30 minutes. You gotta keep your junk clean. Your girls will appreciate it. Plus, even on hot days, you won’t find yourself scratching down there.

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