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The naked truth: what men really think about your body hair...

June 10th 2015 / Ayesha Muttucumaru Google+ Ayesha Muttucumaru / 15 comments

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From bikini line landscaping to facial fuzz faux pas, we asked 10 male volunteers to share their honest thoughts about this rather hairy subject...

Is he Team Bush, Team Brazilian, Team Barely-there or Team Doesn’t Care? When it comes to men’s preferences in the body hair department, what do they actually want?

While here at GTG we think that you should be as hairy or hair-free as you very well please, we thought it would be interesting to see what would happen if we asked 10 guys for their frank and candid opinions about body hair and their landscaping likes and dislikes. From Brazilians to Hollywoods to ‘laminate flooring’ (yes, that’s a direct quote right there), their answers make for a well, enlightening read on all things top to toe topiary.

Guy, 31

“I tend to find that female hair is the thing most likely to put me off a girl, physically. I suppose my preference would be no hair but if there is, then anything well-groomed is fine. If they're rocking facial hair, that's not a good thing because I'll probably feel emasculated (it took me a month to grow a beard!).

“Bikini line is the most significant for me. Any strays can be really off-putting, but equally I appreciate that keeping the area well kempt sometimes leads to fairly aggressive rashes which is also off-putting. Leg hair and armpit hair (provided it's not massively long or noticeable after a couple of days and it's just light stubble), I'm really not too bothered by and actually find it considerably worse when a girl makes an issue of it.”

Pete, 29

“As long as the lawn’s manicured, it’s all good! A bit of hair’s fine, provided it doesn’t go into unkempt bush territory...”

Amit, 26

“I’m not very hairy for a man (except on my head!) so my preference is for women I’m dating to not have hair from the eyebrows down. I see body hair as a masculine feature, so I am more attracted to someone who has less hair (otherwise this would challenge my manly feature of having body hair!). There is a common cliché of the carpet matching the curtains, but I’d rather she has laminate flooring!

“On the other hand, there are more qualities to a woman and her body hair is one small aspect. It can be equally attractive for a woman to be au naturel and be confident enough to not conform to opinions and trends in society and glossy magazines. How a woman displays herself around her private parts is entirely up to her and (maybe) her partner. Who else’s business is it anyway?”

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Joe, 32

“Who’s into bush?? *puzzled face* I’d say sex feels better when there isn’t any hair, so I’m more of a fan of the smooth look because of that fact alone.”

Aryan, 26

“I prefer girls that aren't hairy and I like it when they get their arms and legs waxed and eyebrows threaded in particular. Waxing is definitely my preferred method of hair removal as it totally removes all of the hair and leaves a girl's skin feeling silky smooth. As for ‘downstairs,’ I think it's all about a Brazilian.”

Chris, 30

“I prefer girls to be waxed all over - ideally no hair below the eyebrows. Shallow as it may be, facial hair on a girl can be really off-putting. I have and keep my body hair in check, so I expect my partner to do the same. I love when my wife gets a Hollywood, and her legs feel so soft without hair - I actually pay for her waxing as it’s so important to me!”

Harry, 31

“Grooming is just as taxing for men. As someone who has excessive hair myself, making sure you don’t look like a Neanderthal when you go swimming is a real issue. Do you/don’t you shave your chest, how low should you go if you choose to, how do you reach your back and should you enrol your significant other to help you out? I tried waxing once...once was once too many! On women however, it's my biggest turnoff. Don’t mind some hair as long as it is kept neat and tidy. You can use wax or shave, just as long as I don’t have to look at it...”

Patrick, 29

“I guess I like something there, like a line or runway type thing. I prefer a bit of hair because otherwise it’s too childlike. Ultimately though, I don’t really care that much - if a woman’s hot, I’ll get down and dirty whatever’s going on down there!”

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Raj, 25

"I don't like girls with moustaches (just like they don't like mine!) - I can't handle being tickled by her fur when we kiss. It's her choice if she doesn't want to shave or wax it but if we go out and I notice it, I'll be ordering a Flaming Sambuca for her to act as a subtle hint for helping things along!"

Christian, 34

“I prefer tidy and neat but not overly tendered when it comes to body hair. I would say that the bikini line needs to be well looked after though. Strays popping out or over aren't a great look. The rest doesn't need to be clean shaven every single day at all, but just well looked after. Or whatever really. There actually shouldn't be a norm. If a girl is comfortable, that usually shows and that's enough.”

Are men's preferences when it comes to female body hair causing women to adjust their hair removal routines to suit? Not at all. In fact, we're glad to report that a body hair backlash is on the horizon....read more about the comeback here.

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  • Jane S
  • September 27th 2015

I can't believe what I just read! Who are a group of guys to tell me what I should do with my body hair???? Why should I care? This article not only offends me, it DISGUSTS me. What do you expect me to do with this information? Do you really expect the women reading this article to stop what they're doing to follow this beauty regimen. Guess what? If you have any problem with my body hair, that's your own problem and I'll never be seeing you again. It's easy to tell someone to do something when you don't have to endure the pain and empty wallet that follows it. And btw, pubic hair on women IS better for sex as there is less friction. Women, don't think you have to submit to what the man says. We are strong and we have power. If we all stopped shaving our body hair today, there would be nothing anyone could do to stop us. What happens to beauty standards then?

  • India Georgina
  • June 19th 2015

This article made me feel really awful about myself and my body, until I realised that it is your editorial staff who should feel awful. You've definitely lost a reader here.

  • georgina Smith
  • June 17th 2015

EVERYTHING Jemma said. This is sad and depressing.

  • sam burgess
  • June 15th 2015

Wow! Turns out what I thought was true is. This is incredibly frustrating. My hair (everywhere!) grows really quickly, I epliate my legs and arm pits as otherwise I have to shave every day, I have my eyebrows threaded every 6 weeks and trim the bush to keep it tidy. I used to wax every 6 weeks but at £45 a time for a Hollywood and the fact it only really stays completely smooth a week and then I start getting ingrowns and stubble it didn't seem worth it. Plus my partner has already informed me that stubble is so uncomfortable for him! We can't win!!!

  • Jemma Kennedy
  • June 14th 2015

This is REALLY disappointing stuff GTG. i can't believe you'd sell us an article with a chatty conspiratorial byline encouraging us to find out what men really think, and then deliver such a truck load of neanderthal conservatism and downright misogyny without any comment from you whatsoever! i usually find your articles a healthy mix of practical advice and female-friendly support but this undoes all that good work. i cannot imagine ANY of your readers would find the article anything other than depressing. so ask yourselves, in whose interests was it to publish it? does it achieve anything for your readers other than a tiresome confirmation of the tyranny of female judgement by men who watch too much pornography? if i want to indulge in self loathing and rage against the (anti-female) machine, then i have a hundred glossy beauty publications out there to achieve it with. i subscribe to GTG to redress that balance. but sadly i'm not sure i want to be on your mailing list any more.

  • Jemma Kennedy
  • June 14th 2015

This is REALLY disappointing stuff GTG. i can't believe you'd sell us an article with a chatty conspiratorial byline encouraging us to find out what men really think, and then deliver such a truck load of neanderthal conservatism and downright misogyny without any comment from you whatsoever! i usually find your articles a healthy mix of practical advice and female-friendly support but this undoes all that good work. i cannot imagine ANY of your readers would find the article anything other than depressing. so ask yourselves, in whose interests was it to publish it? does it achieve anything for your readers other than a tiresome confirmation of the tyranny of female judgement by men who watch too much pornography? if i want to indulge in self loathing and rage against the (anti-female) machine, then i have a hundred glossy beauty publications out there to achieve it with. i subscribe to GTG to redress that balance. but sadly i'm not sure i want to be on your mailing list any more.

  • louise jones
  • June 12th 2015

Offensive article. Would hate my daughter to think she has to grow up conforming to this weird porn star ideal. We are women- a bit of pubic hair is womanly. None is childlike and disturbing. I am truly surprised by the opinions ( and your decision to publish) . Each to their own - women can be gorgeous whatever their body hair choice.

  • Abigail Croft
  • June 11th 2015

Amanda and Maura, so true. Come on get the gloss! Why should women have to conform to a look of no-hair, where has this obsession come from?
It's a constant battle and costly to keep maintained. I keep my hair tidy, and try to keep on top of removing the hair under my arms and on legs.
But if I met a new man, he would just have to accept that I am a woman, and with that I have body hair. Maybe we should start stipulating where on his body a man should be removing hair, maybe try out a few wax treatments on them.
I would love young girls to grow up without thinking they have to conform to such ridiculous ideals, I would like to think that get the gloss do too.

  • marjie robinson
  • June 11th 2015

Is this really how most men think ? I'm really shocked this is the preference .... I wish I had as much body hair as years ago ! I hated losing so much of it ! Tidy is great ... Non is weird .

  • marjie robinson
  • June 11th 2015

Is this really how most men think ? I'm really shocked this is the preference .... I wish I had as much body hair as years ago ! I hated losing so much of it ! Tidy is great ... Non is weird .

  • Sarah Lane
  • June 11th 2015

As the mother of a 22 year old I was expecting a liberating article from 'Get the Gloss' which I could then send on to her. Instead this article is reinforcing society's demand for perfection from our young women. I agree with all the comments above and it makes me so sad that we seem to be moving backwards in this regard... come on girls get your feminist side out and stop these idiot guys telling you how to be!

  • s scb
  • June 11th 2015

A sadly disappointing article and much more "cosmo" than the usually interesting articles on GTG. Can't fault the men for giving their opinion when asked, and can't say I am bothered by the subject matter, (to each their own) but please don't fill an otherwise great site with "7 things your man wishes you were doing in bed" style articles, there are enough crappy blogs/magazines that have that covered.

  • Yvonne SAnders
  • June 11th 2015

Where did you find these men? No man I've known has requested I'm hairless like a barbie, the ones who have expressed a preference has been FOR the natural look.

  • Amanda McCullough
  • June 11th 2015

This article makes me feel so angry!! Tell you what guys, when you lie with you legs akimbo every three weeks whilst a stranger waxes you delicate orifices with hot wax then I'll seek your opinion on how my body could be more winsome for you tastes. And don't bother getting rashes, ingrown hairs or a stray or two because that's just fugly too. Body hair isn't a feminine trait? It's a manly feature is it? What utter tosh!! Women naturally have hair all over them, it's children who are hair free below the eyebrows! I dont usually get involved in the hair or no hair debate but this nonsense is actually ridiculous! It makes me want to never wax again just out of spite!

  • maura sgaramella
  • June 11th 2015

Doesn't anyone ever think that a man liking a woman who is completely body hairless is a tad creepy? The only time I was pubeless and hairless was pre-puberty. Are these guys saying they remove the hair from their twig and berries? Keep the lawn tidy and look for a man who doesn't have high-maintenance grooming rules for his partner.

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