The Man Registry: Manscaping 101

Posted by Azure on July 15th, 2009
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For grooms wanting to do a little extra grooming and look their best on the wedding day, a new term has evolved: manscaping. Yes, you read that right: manscaping. Think of it an art form for men who want to keep their skin and hair in tip top shape.

We know it may sound a little metro sexual, but manscaping is nothing to be embarrassed about. Women shave, wax, pluck and so on. Many Hollywood actor type folks are quite smooth in the skin department and we’re sure they have their daily lotion ritual to keep their skin soft and protected. Manscaping can include (but is not limited to): • Shaving facial hair • Shaving arm pits • Shaving (or waxing) leg hair • Trimming “down yonder” • Use of skin care products to keep skin clean and smooth

How much manscaping you want to do is certainly up to you and you alone. It might be a good idea to talk with your fiancé and see what she’s comfortable with first. She might not be comfortable with her man doing any kind of plucking, waxing, or moisturizing.

We brought in our groom style expert Simon Daykin to give some perspective on his experiences with manscaping involving himself and his clients. Here’s what he had to say: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I have full sleeve tattoos, so I shave my arms. I have been doing do for close to 5 years now…I also moisturize daily to keep my smooth arms nice and soft. I do it so the tattoos look better, but I used to work with a guy who shaved his arms because he had an arm hair forest! I mean this hair was really thick, it was kind of distracting. If you’re heading to the tropics for your honeymoon, may I suggest waxing your chest and if need be, your back. Back hair is just no good, even Homer Simpson shaves his off. (While singing about it) A nice smooth torso is great for your new wife to lie on and kiss, no hair tickling her ears, or worse…getting in her mouth on the wedding night. Private Bits and Arm Pits

I will be honest with you, I shave my arm pits, I never liked walking around in a tank top looking like I had 2 midgets in a head lock. But then I found another great plus…neither my sweat nor my deodorant was sticking to the hair I no longer had. It cuts the smell down on a sunny day and the deodorant went right onto the skin instead of the hair. It was win, win. So now we come to the elephant in the room, no pun intended. Your man bits. One has many choices here, the full shave, a trim or maybe you get creative with your styling. It is up to you. But keep this in mind…when you shave your face, you get stubble, this is true for all hairy areas, so if you go the full shave, keep on top of that, you don’t want to give your new wife razor burn do you? No you don’t. And guys... always use a sharp razor and take your time. Color Me Tanned

We have a lot of couples getting married in the fall or winter, then they head off to the tropics with their wonderful Calgary tans, by which I mean white so bright it hurts your eyes. I know I am in this boat during the winter. Well, I have the answer! Forget the tanning beds or those creepy booths you stand in. Head to the spa and have one of the staff air brush, by hand a tan onto you. You can choose the darkness content and where the tan lines go. So if you’re feeling feisty, bring your Speedo and that will be the tan line marker, or you can go tan line free if that’s ok with you and the staff member. This doesn’t protect you from the sun, so bring your sunscreen, but it will add some color so you won’t be so white when you hit the islands. I got one done last week for my trip to Maui and I am very happy with it, they can even define your abs if you like. Just don’t go overboard; because you DO NOT want to look like “that guy”, we all know who “that guy” is. Simon Daykin, co-founder of Firefly Occasions, is a member of The Man Registry’s wedding expert panel.
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