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The Quick And Dirty Guide To Taking Care of Your Body Hair

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It does seem that it takes a whole another level of effort just to get rid of something that grows naturally in the first place, but keeping your body hair at bay is just like getting a haircut: It keeps things neat and trim.

While you may hide your fur under a button-down shirt and pants at work, there's no escape when you bare skin during that upcoming beach trip you’ve been sweating out at the gym for. Here, a cheat sheet for your manscaping needs—waxing, threading, trimming, and all. 

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Trimming

Before deciding on whether you should get a wax or take matters into your own hands and shave the whole thing off, a good rule of thumb is to keep your body hair neat all around—the most visible parts, at least. Especially if you’re particularly hairy, it would be unsettling to suddenly flaunt perfectly hairless limbs. Keep it simple and invest in a proper hair clipper, a versatile device you can use on different parts of your body, even downtown.

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When it comes to chest hair, there are no hard and fast rules. Some resort to waxing for a completely bare chest, while others subscribe to a more natural look. If you lean towards the latter, remember that the more defined your chest is, the less hair you’ll want covering it.  

Waxing
Let’s get one thing out of the way: if you’re considering getting a wax at all, then it’s best to leave this job to the professionals. Just the thought of pouring hot wax onto your skin and ripping it off by yourself conjures pain and danger. 

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Waxing is best left to large areas of your body that could use some hair removal. If you happen to have foliage on your back, show no mercy and book an appointment. Of course, some undercarriage business is also a popular option. You can have your backside and sac sorted out, but leave the front alone.

Waxing salons are dime a dozen, but we recommend Strip Ministry of Waxing. Aside from their pristine hygiene standards, the wax experts are serious pros, professional, and almost clinical with their work, and will have you in and out from 15 to 30 minutes. 

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Threading
Got an unruly bush for eyebrows? There needs to be two of them, and if they’ve merged to form one massive unibrow, then it’s time for the thread. While you can certainly borrow your wife’s tweezers and pluck, it can become time-consuming and tedious for someone who’s not used to the ritual. Best to leave threading to the pros, who will give you neatly groomed eyebrows in a quick span of time. Just remind them not to overdo it, though. You don’t want your brows to look too perfect. 

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Tweezing
If you’re the type that finds stray follicular growth in the most unlikely of places, then it’s time to cop your own stainless pair of tweezers. Pluck those unwanted strands of hair from parts such as your shoulder or toes.

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