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Men's underarm, waxing or not?

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Underarm hair, as human body hair, normally starts to appear at the beginning of puberty, with growth usually completed by the end of the teen-age years. The evolutionary significance of human underarm hair is still debated. It may naturally wick sweat or other moisture away from the skin, aiding in maintaining good ventilation.

depilacion masculina 533x400Colonization by odor-producing bacteria is thereby transferred away from the skin

Cultural attitudes

Today, it is more common in much of the Western world for women than men to shave their underarm hair regularly. The prevalence of this practice varies widely, though. Religious reasons are sometimes cited; for example, in Islamic culture, both men and women remove underarm hair to meet religious guidelines of cleanliness.

Many competitive swimmers remove nearly all of their body hair, including their underarm hair, to make their bodies more streamlined during races. Many male bodybuilders also remove their body hair for cosmetic purposes, as do many (but not all) models in various kinds of erotica.


Hombre axilaRemoval of underarm hair was part of a collection of hygienic or cosmetic practices recommended by Prophet Muhammad (570-632) as consistent with fitra for both men and women and has since usually been regarded as a requirement by most Muslims.

Seneca the Younger suggests it was common practice in ancient Rome, contrary to leg hair removal: «One is, I believe, as faulty as the other: the one class are unreasonably elaborate, the other are unreasonably negligent; the former depilate the leg, the latter not even the armpit»

In the West, the practice began for cosmetic reasons around 1915 in the United States and United Kingdom, when one or more magazines showed a woman in a dress with shaved underarms. Regular shaving became feasible with the introduction of the safety razor at the beginning of the 20th century. While underarm shaving was quickly adopted in some English speaking countries, especially in the US and Canada, it did not become widespread in Europe until well after World War II.

Hombre axilaYou may want to consider trimming your underarm hair—no, really. Don’t worry, we’re not telling you to go underarm commando, but a new study out of the Czech Republic found that when ladies sniffed odor samples from shaved armpits and armpits with hair grown for 6 to 10 weeks, they liked the smell of hairless dudes better.

depilacion masculina 250x299So do guys actually . . . groom their pits? (Or are our editors just a bunch of clueless hairy beasts?) Mike Gilman, Founder of the Grooming Lounge, a website for men’s grooming with barbershops, and spas around the country, says it’s fairly common. “We have frequent inquiries from men about if they should groom their underarm hair, and how to do it,” he says.

Gilman says to put your arms by your sides—if hair is popping out at the front or back, it’s too long. The ideal length should be about an inch, he explains. Longer than that? There’s more heat, which means more sweating, more odor, and more looks from the ladies (and we’re not talking good looks).



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