These steamy summer days have got us thinking, what’s the de-fuzzing style du jour when it comes to your shaving your pits? How much hair is too much hair is always up for debate when it comes to the topic of full body pruning. Everyone agrees that a Sasquatch situation is no bueño. Back hair should be banished and trimming everywhere else is essential. But how low should you go? And is it weird to shave your pits? We asked the ladies to chime in on sweat, smell and the hair under your arms.
“There’s nothing wrong with the way a man smells, and I definitely get that pheromone thing,” says Katy W. “However, bad body odor is always a deal breaker.” Women everywhere would probably agree. But does shaving your pits really help control underarm stink? When it comes to body odor, probably not. Bacteria, hormones, certain foods, smoking, cologne and the deodorant you use all contribute to the natural Eau de you. Clean up your diet and choose a deodorant that works well with your body chemistry. We like Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant with a refreshing eucalyptus scent that’s as fresh as the great outdoors.
Sorry, probably not. However, trimming or shaving your pits will keep you cooler, which may, in turn, help you stay a little dryer. You need an antiperspirant. Different than just a deodorizing deodorant, antiperspirants work by blocking your pores from releasing sweat with ingredients like aluminum. “Sweating all over the gym equipment is bad enough. The last thing I want to see is a dude’s drenched pit hair. Ew!” says Vicki B. Swipe on Lab Series Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Stick for maximum protection both in and out of the fitness center. It won’t flake, clump or get on your clothes.
It seems like only yesterday you were checking those pits every day for some small sign of sprouting manhood. Are you sure you want to prune down to the skin? For one, there’s a lot of upkeep involved when maintaining bald pits. And two, not all chicks dig it. Leah B says, “I’m all about a guy trimming his body hair. Obviously, if he can braid his armpit hair, it’s wayyyyy too long. But a man shaving his underarms is a little weird, no?” Not really, if you’re a swimmer, diver, cycler or just prefer to go hairless. That’s cool too. Just be sure to use a fresh blade, nourishing shave cream and a soothing deodorant for sensitive skin like Grooming Lounge “Our Greatest Pits” Deodorant. It’s alcohol and aluminum free and won’t irritate you freshly shaved underarms. In fact, its hero ingredient is Eucalyptus Oil, which boasts healing anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.