Advice Needed - Body Hair Trimming

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    May 15, 2015 4:23 AM GMT
    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? 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? 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)? How often should I go back for a re-trim? 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!

    And lastly, am I overthinking this and making it more complicated than it really needs to be lol?
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    May 15, 2015 4:29 AM GMT
    The only part of my body that has any significant amount of hair is my head.

    Well, unless you rewind the progress I make with the Norelco Bodygroom electric razor.

    It's kinda expensive, at ~$50, but it's totally worth it. I've been using it for a few years and swear by it.
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    May 15, 2015 4:31 AM GMT
    Oh and sometimes I just trim my body hair with a regular grooming tool (also electric). If you're just getting starting at body grooming, trimming is definitely the best way to go, because it's not a total loss of body hair. Trimming allows you to see the difference. Then you can make a more educated decision on whether you want all your body hair gone, or just trimmed.
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    May 15, 2015 12:27 PM GMT
    I also have a BodyGroom. The #2 setting is a bit close, but your preference. The back is very hard to do yourself - it makes for a nice activity with a special friend to trim you there while you're naked, and maybe he needs a trim, too. icon_wink.gif

    For the ass crack the BodyGroom is a bit clumsy. I use a disposable razor in the shower, after I've lathered up with bar soap. Use the very lightest pressure - you're not sanding your ass. LOL!

    I find it interesting that many men have a very hairy small patch, either just above or slightly inside their crack. The hair can be so long it almost looks like a tail. They may have little hair elsewhere on their back, just this one spot. Difficult to see for yourself, but just pinch with your fingers, and if you can find hair long enough to tug, you've got one.
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    May 15, 2015 1:30 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe only part of my body that has any significant amount of hair is my head.

    Well, unless you rewind the progress I make with the Norelco Bodygroom electric razor.

    It's kinda expensive, at ~$50, but it's totally worth it. I've been using it for a few years and swear by it.


    yeah, the bodygroom is a GREAT product.
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    May 17, 2015 10:29 PM GMT
    OK! I have Norelco Bodygroom, and I've uploaded two pics of my chest (before and after - in adult section). Let me know what you think!

    I'm not sure if this in my head or not... but I keep wondering if I'm supposed to get a perfectly even trim and going over and over and over. Is it supposed to take that long or is there a better way to do this?
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    May 17, 2015 11:10 PM GMT
    stranger2011 saidOK! I have Norelco Bodygroom, and I've uploaded two pics of my chest (before and after - in adult section). Let me know what you think!

    I'm not sure if this in my head or not... but I keep wondering if I'm supposed to get a perfectly even trim and going over and over and over. Is it supposed to take that long or is there a better way to do this?

    It does take a few passes. The armpits shouldn't be trimmed after applying deodorant, it mats the hair down. Shower first and dry thoroughly, trim, then use your deodorant. And try making passes in different directions under the arms. Arms and chest I run the Bodygroom against the "grain", which can vary a little, like on my upper arms.

    I don't trim too closely there, because hair is actually a dry lubricant, and an active, athletic man may develop a skin rash. Haven't seen your pics yet, they're awaiting approval.
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    May 18, 2015 12:50 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe only part of my body that has any significant amount of hair is my head.

    Well, unless you rewind the progress I make with the Norelco Bodygroom electric razor.

    It's kinda expensive, at ~$50, but it's totally worth it. I've been using it for a few years and swear by it.


    I bought the body groom and felt like it was yanking each hair out individually. I only needed to trim my pubes because the hair is so long that it tangled in my foreskin. But it's pretty long itself.

    Some guys offer body grooming as a service but depending on frequency that could be expensive

    Wishing you the best!
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    May 18, 2015 11:49 PM GMT
    I would recommend getting laser hair removal. I'm doing it currently (full body) & highly recommend it to everyone. I disliked trimming or waxing (as the hair would return in a few days).
  • TheBaise

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    May 19, 2015 12:52 AM GMT
    Saw the 'for & 'aft chest pics. Dude, you're a cute little bear, aren't you? Like a little cub! Very cute. Yes, your after pic of your chest looks much better. Good work! How about your back? Got hair there too? Get a bud to do that area and you'll knock it outta the park with the guys you meet!
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    May 19, 2015 4:54 PM GMT
    stranger2011 said

    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!
  • conservativej...

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    May 19, 2015 7:43 PM GMT
    Today is not a day I should read posts in regards to CHEST HAIR. Just found a absolutely wonderful one. Pant.
  • neon4u

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    May 19, 2015 7:50 PM GMT
    I just trimmed my legs and arm pits for the summer. Yes, it takes a while. My complete grooming took about 45 minutes. Ugh ! I like it he trimmed look for summer and for running. Fortunately, my chest was shaved a few weeks ago sothat grooming part didn't require additional time. If you continue just know that a lot of time is needed to keep the grass low.