Male grooming is on the up! Experts predict the global market will be worth US$29.14 billion by 2024. Young men the world over are perming their hair, fake tanning, using concealers to cover up imperfections and waxing their chest hair.
But if you’re not in your twenties or early thirties, the idea of male grooming can be a bit alarming. For many of us growing up in the seventies and eighties, the only truly manly thing to do was to go au naturel and let your body hair do what the hell it felt like.
There’s a growing group of older men, however, who are starting to become intrigued by the idea of smartening up a bit. Maybe you’re not ready for a man perm, but you wouldn’t mind trimming your nose hair and thinning out the unibrow?
If you fit into this category, we’ve rounded up three of the top entry level male grooming treatments to help you get started.
1. Wax that shoulder fluff
We all know that hairy shoulders aren’t a good look; so why do we feel like there’s nothing we can do about it? If a woman has body hair she’s unhappy with, she zaps it off without giving it a second thought. Why can’t a man do the same?
It’s a tricky area to treat yourself, so unless you have a friend or partner who’s handy with a waxing kit, best book yourself in with the beautician. It will take all of ten minutes and you’ll feel like a new man afterwards.
2. Trim your nasal hair
Another no brainer. You can even buy special clippers for the purpose, so if you’re letting your nose hairs hang loose because of some outdated notion of masculinity now’s the time to bite the bullet and cut them off.
This one is a two minute job that can be done at home, in the comfort of your own bathroom. No one even needs to know. But they might notice you’re looking a whole lot smarter all of a sudden.
3. Curtail those wayward brows
Even if you’re not sporting a unibrow yet, chances are that by the time you hit your mid-forties your eyebrows are starting to get out of hand. Now, no one’s suggesting you need to do a full Ru Paul, but there’s nothing wrong with plucking the odd stray hair and trimming the extra-long ones.
Again, I’d head to a professional for your first eyebrow session as this is a very visible part of your body, so you want to get it right. After you’ve had it done once you should have a better idea of the best tools to use, as well as knowing which hairs need removing completely and which just need trimming down a bit.