It's the pits
Male grooming is finally starting to come out of the dark ages, but not without a fight. The topic of underarm shaving came up (not really sure how) last weekend over beers with the lads, the debate was to say the least passionate. It reminded me of the recent referendum, with those against shaving vehemently defending their position with having an actually having an intelligent argument and coincidently mainly being from Roscommon.
Lets be clear on the subject, like our appendix and VCR’s, armpit hair is no longer a necessity. In prehistoric times like when the Showbands were in fully swing and before the likes of bebo, humans were attracted to each other by pheromones and the ability to kill their meals. Thankfully now a good Tinder game and not being a psycho are normally enough to be able to get into a relationship.
One of my motto's in life is; “if it’s not a strength it’s a weakness” armpit hair is smelly and doesn't look good, so it has to go end of story. The key is to be groomed but don’t look too groomed. Eye brows should be neat without looking like you did anything with them. Chest hair is generally an aphrodisiac so leave the rug alone, the rest is just good manners to maintain.
My recommendations would be to at least keep it trim; your underarm has a lot of apocrine glands, which produce sweat. This perspiration is made up of steroids, lipids, proteins, and other chemicals that cause the odour in that area.
Obviously sweaty armpits aren't as big an issue since the scorching summer has passed but with the party season on the horizon you don’t want your new shirt ruined by unnecessary sweat patches when you’re giving it loads on the dance floor.
- Waxing isn’t nearly as bad as the movies claim; it’s fast and lasts longer than shaving.
- Moisturise – the armpits are sensitive and will be particularly so after shaving, good (non alcohol based) moisturisers will sooth the area.
- If you are trimming you will need a separate scissors or trimmer, the chemicals contained in these and other hairs vary and could cause a reaction on the face especially. Don’t borrow the scissors from the kitchen either.