men shaving legs??


#341

Hi Josh

Blond hair does not always mean blond leg hair. I have light blond hair but my beard, body and leg hair are quite dark which is one of the resons I started shaving. Smoothlover mentioned SA men may be more laid back and I agree about personel appearence they are, but aggression definitly not. Strangely just the other day an old man of 60 odd wanted to beat me up on the road for changing lanes in front of him. I am twice his size and half his age with a slugger baseball bat in the back seat and a 9mm Browning pistol in the door pocket, so aggresion is there for sure however illogical it may be.

I think SA men leave you alone as long as you look after yourself and don’t bother them, but there is a high level of tolerence for sportsmen here, which makes a big difference. The shaved look is generally regarded as athletic and therefore respected amoung men here.

Regards
Stuart


#342

Hi Josh:

Your friend said: I asked my friend why he lets his legs get hairy again after the season is over, and he said it’s only gay men that shave for no reason.

That is like saying that only gays wear earings.
When I first had mine pierced, I started to notice how many guys have it done.

And as far as your friend goes, if he is so worried, then why does he shave his legs at all?

Let us compare shaving legs to guys wearing earings.
Wearing earings is much more accapted now, and maybe if more guys with shaved legs had the courage to say: I just like it better that way", attitudes might change.

To give in to insults is letting them have their way. It is your life!

Alicia


#343

I Agree

You don’t need a specific reason to shave your legs (or trim them). It’s the same as shaving your face or having a tattoo done. Also no different from growing a mustache or beard. Men simply need to tell the naysayers to shut up and leave the subject alone. We don’t need all this criticisim from people who themselves are too scared to try something different.

Regards
Stuart


#344

this is my very first time here.After reading all these messages about leg shaving and trimming i’m going to add my 2 cents worth.I do shave my legs on a regular basis.I also go places wearing a lot of shorts that are of the 4" inseam.I’ve had nothing but good comments about my legs looking real nice shaved.Thats mostly from women.I’m actually thinking of having them lasered.I asked the Laser center if its odd for men to have this done to their legs.She actually told me that 50% of their clients are men and they have their LEGS and ARMS done.I live in the Pittsburgh area.I think(and this is my opinion)that if your going to just spend the time trimming them,why not just go ahead and shave your legs.I’m not into sports,I just shave my legs and arms to feel more cleaner and cooler.If you hd noticed my name,I get a lot better tan when i’m nude and the fresh air feels good on my fresh shaved legs.By the way I don’t really care what people think of me with shaved legs.They are my legs and i’ll do what I want with them.


#345

this is my very first time here.After reading all these messages about leg shaving and trimming i’m going to add my 2 cents worth.I do shave my legs on a regular basis.I also go places wearing a lot of shorts that are of the 4" inseam.I’ve had nothing but good comments about my legs looking real nice shaved.Thats mostly from women.I’m actually thinking of having them lasered.I asked the Laser center if its odd for men to have this done to their legs.She actually told me that 50% of their clients are men and they have their LEGS and ARMS done.I live in the Pittsburgh area.I think(and this is my opinion)that if your going to just spend the time trimming them,why not just go ahead and shave your legs.I’m not into sports,I just shave my legs and arms to feel more cleaner and cooler.If you hd noticed my name,I get a lot better tan when i’m nude and the fresh air feels good on my fresh shaved legs.By the way I don’t really care what people think of me with shaved legs.They are my legs and i’ll do what I want with them.

Welcome to the forum! Your attitude is the best one for guys to have if they want to shave their legs! That’s how we have to look at hair removal. And I’ll bet you don’t have any problems either.

BTW, laser hair removal works very well on the legs. Be sure and check out the laser section if you are considering having that done. For some reason it is taking more treatments on the arms but I’m getting there. I also think if you shave your legs you should do your arms too. I lift weights and my arms look a lot better, more muscular, without hair.

RJC2001


#346

Hi barelegs,

Welcome to the forum again! You definitely have the right attitude regarding your legs and looking the way you want! You don’t have to be a bodybuilder or wrestler to have the smooth look–the comfort and feel are reason enough to be smooth. It really should be that simple but not everyone respects the individual’s rights for men to have smooth legs–if you’ve been reading this thread, you know about Josh and some other members experience with strangers who made rude or threatening comments. Check out the “other” men and body shaving thread too!

You mentioned that you live in the Pittsburgh area–is it very common to see smooth guys there??? The number of men seeking laser treatment surprised me and may indicate a new kind of trend. I really believe that a lot more men would like to try body shaving but are simply afraid of what others think or feel insecure–it could be argued that men who shave their legs are “stronger” individuals because they do what they want and don’t let society or strangers dictate their looks. I think that women admire this kind of strength in men and this could be a definite advantage in attracting women.

I hope that with the introduction of Philips body groomer as well as the Remington one, that the general public will become more accepting of men who body shave. Guys that want to be smooth shouldn’t be labelled as gay or have to “justify” having smooth legs or arms to others!

Regards,

smoothlover


#347

It is not common to see too many men having shaved legs.I also do shave my arms.I think that it feels sooooooo good not having to see hair on my arms and legs.Being a nudist that I am it feels so good to feel the wind blowing through my legs.Anyway,I think its going to take time til it is normal to see a lot more men shaving their legs.I like the idea of writing to Remington or Philips and tell them that a lot more men are starting to shave their bodys and they should incude the words on their razors that they are great for men to use on their legs.I’d write to them but don’t have any address.That first sentence,I was refering to the Pittsburg area men.People can say all they want about my legs being shaved.I really don’t care.I also feel that I took the courage to shave them.I still say that if your going so far as to trimming them,just do it ALL THE WAY.Feel proud of your legs and show them off.


#348

Yes it’s true, if more men started shaving their legs, it would be more of a common thing for guys. Men’s legs look good when there’s no hair on them. I would start shaving them again, if I did’nt get teased all the time. I’m working at the amusement park at this time, and it’s not yet open. It’s still a little too cold for shorts yet, but in a month, I’ll have to wear shorts to work. Since I have to wear a uniform, which consists of a polo shirt and shorts, I’d like for my legs to be smooth. I shaved them last summer, only to be teased like crazy. I went back to trimming them, and it’s worked for me. I still trim them even in winter. They look like they don’t have much hair on them, but since they’re not totally smooth, no one teases me. I guess that’s just what I’ll have to do, untill it’s more accepted around my area of the country. I can’t stand wearing pants in warm weather, and I don’t want hairy legs either.


#349

Hi Josh

I got an interesting reply from an elderly man not so long ago. I told him I shaved my legs and at first he was quite shocked thinking they must look like my beard by now (the old myth that shaving promotes hair growth). Then I showed him what they looked like by pulling up my jeans. He was very impressed and his comment was " that is most presentable" - how about that from a man in his late 70’s.

All across society we need to stand firm on this issue of leg hair removal. Mens legs look clean, neat “presentable” and athletic without hair. I personally don’t even like to see a man with hairy legs - It looks dirty to me. So many men and teens here shave their legs that to me it’s a bit abnormal to see some really hairy guy walking around in shorts.

My view is that when your summer uniform is due you should shave your legs smooth. Introduce it as your summer look to the girls - they are quite aggressive and protective if you do things right. Speak to a few of your bigger friends and do the same thing. Tell them to try as well. Any idiots that have comments may very soon change their minds if the girls and big guys get stuck in and you will feel happier I am sure.

Regards
Stuart


#350

i’m a little late to the thread.

  1. all hair below chin = gone. hee hee hee.

  2. shaving is a ton of work … so …

  3. i had all hairs below chin (and I mean all) zapped with electrolysis and laser.

  4. fewer ingrowns, folliculitis no more, easier to spot skin deterioration (am bed/wheelchair bound), easier hygiene and odor prevention. no need for any more positives here. okay, so it looks funny to some, but who the !@#$ cares, do what makes ya happy.

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#351

Hi Real Sore

You have all the right reasons for hair removal. Pain is temporary anyway, I was just invovlved in a serious car crash and had internal abdominal surgury done. Belive me when I say broken ribs and surgury hurt! They really do. The pain of hair removal is small compared with this and you will soon feel better. Do your best and you will soon be out of pain.

Regards
Stuart


#352

Wouldn’t and epilator hurt doing all that hair for a man??


#353

no pain, no gain (I mean loss). heh heh. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />


#354

hey rjc.I just made an appointment to get my legs lasered.It will not be that expensive.My legs are so smooth now,i’ll get them even smoother.The clinic manager actually told me that more men are going in for the smooth look.Having their arms and legs and even their chins done.I’ll let you know what it feels like when I go.


#355

Stuart, sorry to hear about your crash. I hope your recovery is going well. From what I have heard, abdominal surgery is rough! Your exercise will probably be restricted for awhile.

Barelegs, that’s a good decision to get your legs lasered. You won’t need to shave as often and the results will be better. I skipped shaving my legs for 3 days last week and there was hardly any hair on my lower legs on the third day. That was very encouraging! I had my upper legs done today and hopefully will have the same results there too. This treatment was intense and I was sore for a couple of hours afterward. All the redness is gone so I can stay with shorts.

Now after I blade shave I feel as if I never had hair on my legs. And it stays that way for a few days now.

RJC2001


#356

Hi RJC

Crash recovery is going well. Worst is the broken rib so far. Interenal surgury went well and I am recovering well. I hope to start cycyling witin 2 weeks but I have to wait for the doctors first!

Best Regards
Stuart


#357

I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter weekend and could enjoy the weather some.

Spring is slowly coming here, so I went for a walk yesterday in a park and noticed a really big guy (could almost pass for a wrestler) with perfectly smooth legs which were also very pale–he was also one of the few people wearing shorts. Anyways, he was in front of me and walking with two women, and there were a lot of other people walking in both directions. A group of men and women in their late 40s-50s passed him and they all turned around and checked out his legs–it was kinda like a weird chain reaction and then some other people (not with that group) also did the same. The first group of people started laughing and cracked some jokes about “men shaving legs”. I don’t know if he overheard their comments but I could hear them from about 10 meters away.

Their rudeness really got to me and I felt like going up to them and telling them off, although their comments were directed at someone else. This kind of reaction just infuriates me and has made me rather defensive about body shaving. This reminded me of what Josh went through earlier and just burns me up. Why can’t people just “live and let live” and not be so judgemental? Men who bodyshave really shouldn’t have to justify themselves to anyone and be subject to such stupid comments or potential agression.

Regards,

smoothlover


#358

hello, I enjoyed reading the posts in the forums, I need some advice on some products and methods…first some backgrounder… I was diagnosed with moderate - severe psoriasis when I was 16-17 years old. I have it pretty much under control now with various topicals and moisturizers etc. I would describe my skin as pretty damn sensitive, as I have to be incredibly careful when facial shaving, and use nothing but new razors.

When I turned 20, I shaved my legs so the moisturizers and topicals would glide on without resistance. It worked like a charm and my psoriasis actually improved on my legs. I loved the smooth feeling, it felt and looked clean, especially in the summertime.

Comparing myself to other males my age, I’m not a very hairy guy at all, in fact my girlfriend (now wife) thought I should talk to my derm about my lack of body hair (some places no hair at all), I asked my derm about this, and he basically said “people have differences and hair is one of em”.

Over the next few years I stopped shaving my legs, for no particular reason really, I guess my psoriasis flare-ups were not that bad so I didn’t feel the need to shave. This was until a week ago… I’m 28 now and shaved them again. This time around, I still like it for the cleanliness and it works for my psoriasis which is a bonus. I’ve made up my mind to continue shaving for both reasons. I’m probably a rookie at this, and got a few tips from my wife…but what shaving products are out there (both lather and razors) for very sensitive skin? I really can’t afford many cuts on my legs etc, but I’ve been doing well so far with it.

On another note, Josh, and a few others who may have felt pressured about their appearance. I felt this way when I first started wearing shorts and t-shirts after breaking out with psoriasis. Some younger kids would point and ask their cute young kid questions to their parents and some adults would just plain stare… My only advice is, “it’s not a big deal, most of the time being different will generate a reaction, it’s only human–be the bigger person and don’t cave in…remember…people get over it and move on.”

Thanks,

Scott


#359

Heh…I’m forced to chuckle over smoothlover’s story.

A “big guy” who could be a wrestler walking along with two women…and the group of men and women in their 40’s-50’s are laughing? Yeah…he’s got a lot to worry about <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

I shave full body. Reasons? Comfort above and beyond all else (I was honestly shocked at just how much more comfortable I am shaved)…and I prefer the appearance (I’m rather hairy by nature). And my wife rather likes it <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

This is my first spring going out with shaved legs and I’ve noticed a couple of things so far:

  1. Most folks simply don’t notice. This includes me…I’ve been quite surprised to notice that some of the guys I see on the train or out and about have been shaving. Once I noticed the first one, I started actively looking – you’d be amazed how much passes us by unnoticed.

2 Those that do notice don’t tend to care one way or the other. Maybe it’s that I’m into martial arts (have been studying full-time for the better part of 10 years now) and generally hang out with guys from the school (I’m pretty sure I also tend to have the general bearing and attitude of a fighter). Maybe it’s that I’m physically fit (shaving has actually helped get me into the best shape of my life – removes any doubt as to whether I’m getting chunky or not). Maybe it’s that I simply don’t care what they think and make that clear in my attitude and reaction.

I’m going with the latter. If you go out there worrying about what other people think, then they will (a) be more likely to tell you exactly what they think and (b) be more likely to take on extreme opinions simply because they think they should. If you go out there not caring what everyone else thinks, you’ll find that most folks simply don’t care…and the ones that do are safely relegated to the realm of meddlesome pricks.

Every one of us has something odd. Something that sets us apart. I shave. In the grand scheme of things, this is so minor a thing as to be laughable. Heck, most folks seem to think I look one heck of a lot better this way than when I was competing with the dogs for the shedding brush. There’s worse things in this world than to have folks mistakenly think you’re trying to get into modeling.

I’ve got friends who are extremely hairy (worse than I am/was). They have no problems going out in shorts. They look one heck of a lot more “odd” than I do. If what you’re after is social acceptance, the only thing you can do is simply be confident in how you feel comfortable (whatever that is). That’s it.

If you’re hairy, you stand out and are socially “different”. If you shave, you stand out and are socially “different”. If you trim you stand out and are socially “different”.

So be different. Enjoy it. Revel in it.


#360

Right on Gryffin. I have been shaving my entire body for almost 4 years now. I do my manscaping(as my wife calls it) twice a week. I feel better about myself, and the athletic definition of my musculature is more prevalent. Besides the feeling is like no other. As for other people noticing, who cares. I actualy have had 5 different instances where a woman has approached me and ask how I keep my legs looking so smooth and good. “Mens Nair” I’ve told them. It doesn’t burn me as bad as womens nair. I have used men’s nair on one leg and womens on the other. The women’s nair leg ALWAYS gets burns.

Good luck guys and lets hear it for “manscaping”