The Wolverine of body hair grooming. Image courtesy of Hemera/Thinkstock.

Back in the day when I started modeling, I was doing a photo shoot where a bunch of us model guys were in a shot where we were all wearing shorts.  

This was before digital cameras were used for professional photography (yeah, I’m a dino), so to make sure that everything was just right, they would take a polaroid picture.  I looked at the polaroid, and it looked pretty good. Except for the fact that one of the model’s was wearing black leggings under his shorts!  

Waaaaaait a minute!  That’s me!  

And it wasn’t a pair of leggings, it was actually just my leg hair.  I looked around, and all of the other guys had very little or no hair on their legs.  I had to tighten up my game!

I know, I KNOW, we’re guys!  We’re supposed to have leg hair, scars, drink whiskey, and watch sports.  

Lucky for all of you, I was the guinea pig and went through a bunch of different methods of torture (hair removal) and can tell you the good and bad.

At first I thought to myself, ‘Self? Girls are always getting waxed, so why not try it?’  

Well, it wasn’t too painful, if you consider that you are ripping out all of your leg hair.  Didn’t we all do this with duct tape when we were kids?  We just didn’t keep doing it over and over and over!  And there’s the fact that you are in your undies pulled up to your junk while a gal is rubbing hot wax on your upper thigh.  That’s not a drunken Tijuana fantasy, at least not one that I would want to remember.  

Anyway, the results were smooth.  It’s funny what your leg looks like underneath all of that hair.  It lasted for almost 3 weeks, then started to grow back.  When the hair did grow back, I got a few ingrowns, and those were not awesome.  The miracle potion for that is called Tendskin, and I would highly suggest it for any guy that wants to rid himself of ingrowns.  I waxed a few more times, and I don’t know that my hair grew back more thinly, but I got over it.  It was spendy, and the results didn’t last very long.

Next, I tried shaving my legs.  What am I, a girl?  I kinda felt like one when I shaved.  Again, the results were smooth and there was no pain.  There were still some ingrowns, and at this point, I was well aware of the Tendskin repertoire.

At this point, I have to be honest.  I liked the feeling of no hair on my legs.  It felt cool (as in temperature), and it felt a little bit cool physically.  I could feel my leg.  But alas, I didn’t like having NO hair on my legs.

I never did electrolysis, but I have a friend who did it on his gorilla back, and after 4 treatments, the hair stays away for  6 months and when it grows back it is much thinner.  It’s a bit spendy, but if you have a lot of hair, you may want to give it a try.

My last effort entailed buying hair clippers.   I like to have some hair on my legs, just not the Black Forest.  It is easy, you can adjust the length of hair, and it doesn’t hurt.  I would suggest buying clippers from a brand that professional hair stylists might use, like Wahl.  Keep them clean, and keep it clean.

That pretty much sums it up.  What?  What about the what?  Ahhh, yes… the goods.  How do we clean up the undercarriage?  All of the methods mentioned above will work down below.  You can also try depilatory creams.  Nad’s makes one that you don’t have to touch, which is nice because they can stink.  And don’t leave them on too long, or grab for them with soap in your eyes thinking that you are grabbing the shampoo.  

Tune in next time when we will discuss eyebrows!


Richard has been in the Essential Style for Men mix since its inception in 2009. When he isn’t busy serving as the ESM’s Director of Fashion & Style, you may find him on the beach playing volleyball, or working hard in Thailand shooting with a beautiful Brazilian supermodel.