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How Many Men Manscape?

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Manscaping isn’t just something bodybuilders do before a show. In fact, more and more men are putting an ever greater emphasis on how they look. Here are the latest statistics.

Manscaping refers to the removal of a man’s body hair mostly for cosmetic or aesthetic purposes.

And it is something that has become increasingly more popular and prevalent.

Just how many men manscape?

A rough estimation is somewhere between 50 to 70% of doing at least some manscaping. This is based on the findings of more than a few polls, surveys, and studies done on the subject. In general, the younger the men, the more often they are likely to manscape. The older, the less likely they are to groom their nether region. 

Here are some statistics to back this up.

  • The journal JADA Dermatology conducted a poll with 3,400 men aged 18 to 65. 67% of that group stated that they had manscaped at least once in the past.
  • In 2003 Braun conducted a survey with 70% of men responding that they have at one point or another trimmed or shaved all or part of their body hair.
  • According to a recent Cosmopolitan poll, 69% or men stated they had trimmed hair down there and an additional 17% claimed to shave it bare.
  • A 2014 study claimed that 57% of millennial men did at least some manscaping every now and again.
  • According to a 2008 online study conducted by Flinders University in Australia, between 62% and 82% of all men in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and United States removed at least part of their nether hair regularly.
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What’s more, there is even some evidence that the average age of those who do, or are interesting in manscaping is becoming increasingly younger.

This is as male grooming expert Stephan Handisides has noticed that more and more mothers are asking him if it’s OK whether or not their 14 or 15-year-old sons can shave their hair down there.

While it’s probably impossible to nail down the exact number of men these days who manscape, two things are clear:

  • manscaping has fully transitioned from something that was only popular in the gay community to men of all preferences
  • manscaping has become increasingly prevalent

Trimming your bush a bit here and there is one thing, but what about shaving everything down to the skin?

Some of these numbers might surprise you because they certainly surprised me!

Do Men Shave Their Private Area?

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This study was conducted with 439 men at a university in the American midwest as well as a smaller college in the South. The findings:

  • 49% of the men claimed that in the past month they had shaved off all of their private hair at least once
  • 38% of all respondents stated that they frequently go hairless (to be fair, females probably make up a much larger portion of this percentage than males)
  • 74% of the men stated that they shaved at least part of their hair in the last month
  • Those that reported they did at least some manscaping seemed to be more active towards their partners than those that did none
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According to another online survey done by the Dollar Shave Club, what men shaved broke down as follows:

  • 28% of men shaved their upper private region
  • 29% of men shaved their lower private region
  • 14% of men shaved their armpits
  • 5% shaved their legs

By far the most common method of manscaping seems to be using a trimmer or a razor to trim and shave one’s nether region, but believe it or not, there is another method more and more men have been trying: waxing.

This is typically limited to the bit of nether hair above however, as those brave men who have experienced waxing there have reported, it’s quite painful!

To sum everything up:

  • It appears that somewhere between 60 to 70% of all men do at least some sort of manscaping.
  • The younger the male, the more likely he is to manscape.
  • The most common method of manscaping is trimming, followed by razor-shaving.
  • More and more men are opting to go completely hairless down there.

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