So this is going to be very direct. I'm a very hairy person and recently had a few friends recommend that I should trim my body hair. They specifically mentioned my chest hair. I went out and bought a Norelco Bodygroom and used a size 2 clipper and took it to my chest and armpit hair.
I liked the feel, the look, and felt daring enough to wear a tanktop when I went for a jog through the park... tonight I went back and took the same size (2) to my legs (calves and thighs), butt, pubic hair, etc. It took me longer than two hours! Is that normal if I'm going to keep this up? First, you will learn your own skills through time for all of what you ask. Our bodies, hair, ability to move to see what is trimmed differs a lot. You will learn how to do it faster. It will still take a long time, hours, depending on many factors, to do your whole body.
Also, any tips/advice for trimming the back of the legs and butt? I think I got an even trim... hopefully I don't have a hedge maze going on back there! What about advice for trimming the hair in the actual crack?
I have a Norelco Bodygroom Pro, which is probably just like yours. I could give you more detailed info on how I learned to do it evenly, if you wish. At this point, my summary is depends on a lot of factors, including how flexible your body is, how much you can turn or move to see what you are trimming. I use any combination of the following:
- a long mirror that you can see your whole body, so you can bend over, look between your legs, and see what you are doing, if you have good light, though it's not like seeing it directly.
- I made my own inexpensive 3 way mirror (can tell you how) that I take out (rarely) if I must.
(First, hair all over the body goes through 3 stages, and shows at varying lengths from this. You can't technically make all hairs even for any area, just up to what your trimmer cuts. I don't think this is much noticeable. I figure you are talking about clearly different lengths probably from how to trim.)
How do you deal with the fact that hair all over your body grows in different directions, sometimes in broad curves, or small circles or swirls, and sometimes in all different directions at particular parts, or suddenly in the opposite directions, which can make parts harder make even? Trim mostly against the "grain" or direction of your hair. Watch carefully for how the direction of your hair moves, and move you direction of your trimmer to follow.
To make my hair even, I also go at slanted angles or perpendicular to the direction of the hair for all parts of my body.
With hair that you don't know what is happening, trim in all directions. I do this particularly for my back of my legs and buttocks. I can see the direction of the hair, but trimming in all directions including with the grain cuts it evenly, though I don't know why. I also go in all directions for any place on my body to make my hair even.
Just go back and do it repeatedly until it looks and feels even. You may apply slight pressure if you wish. Stretching your skin taut (without creasing) with your hand, or just bending over to stretch your back of your legs or buttocks, makes more even shaving, and is easier and safer. Watch out not to irritate your skin. You'll learn what and how for your own body and particular parts of your body through time.
My body groom surprisingly does my "crack" ONLY if I carefully stretch the skin. A reply stated to use a razor, which is a good idea, to really take care of this area.
How do you know when you're done trimming an area (I thought I would go until I would hear that the groomer isn't cutting anymore hair - but that never happened and when I look at hair I still seem to have a few longer than others)? Go for looks and feel, which is what it is all about. You can judge in time if you overdid it or didn't do enough or what.
How often should I go back for a re-trim?
Go for looks and feel! Or you may not feel like trimming or not find time to trim and wait. lol
Does having all body hair the same length look alright or should I adjust with different lengths (e.g., have pubic hair longer than chest hair, etc)? I'm going to do my arms tomorrow because I'm too tired tonight lol! Of course, this depends on your own body, hair growth, what YOU like, what feels good to you. You may (or may not) find that you want to try different styles, just like people do with haircuts. Look at other guys at the gym and any place for ideas, and your own body. The combinations are as many as your imagination, creativity and comfort too look and feel good. Guys show all types of combinations. Some guys have full body hair and no or trimmed pubic hair, or no body hair and full or trimmed pubic hair, or trim it all, so forth.
And lastly, am I overthinking this and making it more complicated than it really needs to be lol? Don't worry about that. It can simple or complex depending on a lot of factors.
Men (of all sexual orientations) are just beginning to realize that they can groom their bodies to what feels and looks good to themselves, so there isn't much discussion on it. I think a lot guys want to know but don't know how to ask.
A reply stated to have laser hair removal. I did with my chest and abs, and they also went down close to my pubes. Hmm. I would not do laser until you learn more than what laser hair removal companies say, and talk to people who are more than a year finished with their laser hair removal. It is technically and legally called "permanent hair reduction," not "hair removal." It takes years for many men (including if just for one area). I was told all the realities of laser "hair removal" by the company (well known) that I had my laser "hair removal" from, who after 3+? years completely contradicted what they told me when they sold this, and during the first year or two. It may work totally for some guys (?), though it does not for I figure a lot of guys. You will have less hair, but it will be growing in unpredictable places, and you must shave if you want smooth skin. For those guys who don't shave and have smooth skin after laser "hair removal," I am happy for you.
Good luck, stranger2011!