Men’s Grooming from a Women’s Perspective

Do you shave, have a little soap and cologne, and think that you’ve got your grooming routine down pat? It may be time to think again. A survey conducted by Shopzilla just last year uncovered that 50% of their online buyers have a bare-bones bathroom with just the essentials.

Don’t get mad about spending a little extra time in the shops picking out the right gel and mousse. You’ve got to branch out more if you want to make women happy, and even if you do have an active interest in grooming, it may be time to break free from the products you always buy. According to Shopzilla, most men feel more comfortable sticking to their favorite brands and not making much of a change. You might be one of them, and you might not, but Shopzilla did bring up some other interesting statistics that may just apply to you after all:

• 33% of men buy whatever is on sale at their local shop.
• Only 19% of men surveyed use a hair styling product like gel or mousse.
• 64% of men spend less than $25 on their monthly grooming products.

Still not convinced? Here are some top considerations to make when you’re trying to skirt the whole grooming issue.

At this point, we’ll say when it’s enough.
Sorry, but men admit to being somewhat lazy when it comes to grooming. Especially on the subject of hair removal, because in most cases, you can remove more than what you might be inclined to and women still won’t be pleased. Think the dreaded back and chest wax, and you’re on the right track. According to book Mantalk by Elliot Jacobs, MD, almost all women found hair on the back unattractive. Almost all, for those who are hoping to squeak by, is 99% of women (including me). So take that hair off and then take off some more, because if you’re like most guys, you’ve got quite the battle to wage against your fur.

Manscaping of all types is key.
The tricky thing is that women aren’t necessarily going to request that you groom yourself in a particular way. For example, in a Harris Interactive Survey, only one in ten women said that they would be willing to tell their male counterpart to get rid of excess back hair. Be intuitive! If you wait for the hint, then you’ll probably be waiting a long time.

If your back is smooth, then you’re almost there. Keep in mind that 11 percent of women surveyed for Harris Interactive ranked a smooth rear as their second top spot for hair removal, so if you’re daring you could even try that out. If not, a smooth back and neck is a major step in the right direction.

A well-groomed man does not mean “high maintenance.”
Keep your grooming routine to yourself. Once you’ve got a handle on a few extra grooming techniques, by all means tell your male friends that they should do it, too. On the other hand, why don’t you spring your outstandingly groomed self on your partner when it gets close to bedroom time? Women do love a surprise.

Work with what you’ve got—don’t reinvent.
Grooming doesn’t mean arched eyebrows, a waxed bikini line, and baby smooth legs—unless you want it to. Instead of fighting against hair, sweat, and smell, work with your body to make the most of what you’ve got. Women want you to find fragrances that complement your body’s natural chemistry, clothes that work with your shape, and a hairstyle that complements your lifestyle. And if you’re not feeling confident enough to make decisions like that on your own, thank goodness for the professionals out there—all you need to do is find them at a man-friendly salon.

Lastly, experiment.
Find out what looks best, and ask your partner for their opinion, too. If you work with what you’ve got and you aren’t afraid to take a little risk or two, you can’t possibly go wrong.

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