The manscaping guide with man smiling


These days body hair is about as useful as man nipples, and while we don’t have any handy tips on that topic, we happen to know a thing or two about manscaping.


Manscaping is a word we all hear a lot, but how many of us actually know what it is? If you've ever found yourself asking "What is manscaping" then this article is for you. Manscaping is essentially male grooming. It just means removing hair from your body for cosmetic purposes.

Now that you understand the manscaping meaning, it's important for you to understand the manscaping specifics. When deciding what hair to groom, you should know that it focuses on three essential areas: chest, back & genitals. We've also included some tips for manscaping your facial hair to keep your beard or lack of, looking sleek.
manscaping your chest


When it comes to manscaping, surveys show a little chest-hair is actually preferred to none (just a little!), so we suggest between 1 or 2 centimetres for the best results. However, keep in mind that according to the survey, "just enough to run your fingers through" is optimal. The tool for this particular stage in your manscaping journey should be your trusty trimmers. Once you've cut it down to a consistent density all over, moisturise your freshly shaven chest with the fats-absorbing NIVEA Soft to prevent any redness, irritation, or itchiness.


For those who prefer a totally hairless finish, the razor is the only way to go. Lather yourself up with the NIVEA Body Shaving Gel, carefully designed to prevent irritation from shaving, then go over with a blade. Make sure to always shave with the grain and those with thicker hair should be careful not to assume the grain is always growing in the same direction all over your chest. For more detailed tips on Manscaping, check out our grooming guide on the best shave. To finish up, you add a layer of moisturising post-shave balm and before you know it, you've manscaped!

man manscaping his chest hair with a razor

manscaping your back hair using a mirror


If you've made it this far, you're so close to understanding the true meaning of manscaping. But there is yet another test: the back. Unfortunately, surveys show that very few are fans of a hairy back, however, you do have the option of choosing someone who's really got your back to....well, to get your back. Though there are several articles and wiki-how-to's describing how you can achieve a smooth back without any assistance but the fact remains that you will never be able to do as good a job by yourself. I know, having to bring someone else in to get the job done may feel unsatisfying, but, they'll definitely be able to do a better job then you would alone. Also, it'll bring you and your chosen partner closer together and isn't that the real meaning of manscaping? Alternatively, you can pay someone to go ahead and shave or wax your back for you.


Now, we can't do a piece on manscaping and not mention your man-parts. That's right, It's time to shave your genitals. This can get risky so it's important you stay calm and in control: You do NOT want any nicks or cuts down there. If done correctly, one can transform a shrouded shabby bushel to a strong majestic bonsai tree. It's all in the technique. After lathering, get a good grip on any skin that needs to be pulled back to allow for the closest shave possible and rinse regularly to prevent the blades from getting blocked. We suggest getting a leg up on a stool or side of your bath for those hard to reach areas and a mat on the floor to clean up the aftermath of your manscaping routine. Some recommend shaving in the shower for an easy clean-up and the added bonus of the hot water making your hair softer and easier to deal with. When you're done, don't forget to reward your newly bald genitalia with a soothing cream to prevent/treat razor burn. It'll take smooth to the next level. 

man in the mirror manscaping his privates

Manscaping Your Facial Hair

Some of us might notice as we get older that our nose, ears and eyebrows might appear a bit more bushy. If this this a case, and you want to tidy up we've got all the tips and tricks to get you looking sleek and smooth again.

Find out how to groom your beard here.

man using scissors for manscaping

Manscaping Your Facial Hair

Preening Your Ears

You'll be pleased to learn that taking care of unsightly ear hair isn't as hard as it may seem, it's actually easy to groom!


You can use either scissors to trim the hairs, or an electric trimmer if you want to speed the process of manscaping your ears up. First, you need to pluck out the longest hairs using tweezers, then carefully use the scissors or trimmers to cut any existing hair that goes just inside the ear. You should never push things too far in your ears so pay close attention to what you're doing to prevent hurting yourself.

manscaping using a nose hair trimmer

Manscaping Your Facial Hair

Trimming Your Nose Hairs

If you notice nose hairs tickling the edge of your nostrils or dangling a bit further, you may feel it's time to give them a quick trim. There's only one rule when it comes to manscaping your nose hairs, and that is under no circumstances should you pluck the hairs. Nose hairs are there to catch dust and dirt going into your nose as well as bacteria, so you only ever want to trim the hair to ensure they can still carry out this function. Plucking also causes tiny little tears in the skin which can leave your nose feeling sore, sensitive and leave you vulnerable to infection. 


Therefore, to safely trim your nose hairs, you should use scissors specially designed for this, or nose trimmers.

manscaping his eyebrows

Manscaping Your Facial Hair

Plucking Your Eyebrows

Eyebrows are what frame your face, most people when they talk to you look at your eyes so you don't want them hidden behind untamed brows. Of course if that's what you prefer then you can skip this part. Eyebrows grow back quickly, so it's best to stay on top of your eyebrow manscaping and do it little and often. Focus on trimming any long stray hairs that stand out from the rest using a small pair of scissors, and pluck hairs that sit outside the natural shape of your brow.


It's easy to get carried away with plucking, so use moderation when manscaping your eyebrows.