Turbo 'Manscaping': Many men want to choose a style for their chest hair

August 11, 2011

Turbo 'Manscaping': Many men want to choose a style for their chest hair
Turbo 'Manscaping': Many men want to choose a style for their chest hair

Now that summer is here, many men are ramping up their "manscaping" to get rid of unwanted body hair.

"Manscaping" is a term that's been around for a few years, but the actual art of it has been around much longer than that. The process involves trimming and removing excess body hair on the chest, back, shoulders, arms, underarms and, yes, even the groin area.

According to ABC News, a 2005 study found that 63.6 percent of men surveyed at a Florida college admitted to manscaping in order to be more hygienic or more attractive.

Once thought of as something only bodybuilders, models or adult movie stars do, men of all walks of life are now choosing to get rid of unwanted body hair.

With beach season in full swing, it's no surprise that the back is one of the most commonly manscaped areas for most guys. After all, most of us have heard the jokes about the guy who removes his shirt and is asked why he's still wearing a sweater!

The chest is another area of focus for many men who want to get rid of excess hair. In fact, a British cosmetic surgery group reports that men are now choosing to manscape their chest hair into a distinct style, rather than getting rid of it completely.

The "Bond" involves neatening up the edges of a full chest of hair. The "Cowell" (named for former American Idol judge Simon Cowell) is creating an upside down triangle of chest hair. The "Superman" is removing all of the chest hair, except for on the pecs.

While many men choose shaving as their manscaping method of choice, others prefer waxing or using hair removal creams and lotions. The downside with these methods is that they can be painful, difficult to do and they are not permanent.

"Have you ever felt chest stubble? It's not sexy and it does not feel good!" Jessica Wilson, who calls bad manscaping a turn-off, told the Boston Globe.

The solution may be laser hair removal. This popular, non-surgical procedure helps to remove unwanted body hair in a relatively pain-free and permanent way.

Laser hair removal procedure utilizes a low energy laser beam that passes through the skin and is attracted to the pigment of the hair. The energy passes down the hair shaft and is absorbed by hair follicles that are in the active growth phase, thereby disabling the hair follicle in the deeper layer of the skin.

The procedure itself can take several minutes to several hours to perform, based on the area being treated. However, achieving optimal results requires several sessions, as the laser only targets actively growing hair, and not all hair follicles are active at the same time.


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