Male Hygiene Habits That Make Her More Comfortable
Men can get away with being pretty low-maintenance—they’re lucky like that. They don’t shave their legs, they can wear their actual bed head out into the world and it looks hot (women have a product called Bed Head, but to be clear, that look is manicured and calculated), and they walk around every day sans makeup without people asking them if they’re okay (women, you’ve likely had people worry about you because you skipped mascara one day). What I’m saying, fellas, is that we don’t ask for much from you in the upkeep and maintenance departments. However, that doesn’t mean you get to go totally au-naturel and still attract women. You do need to tend to some matters. And really, a lot of these have little to do with how you look and a lot to do with making your partner feel comfortable. Men: here are hygiene habits that make her more comfortable. It’s only fair–men have things they look for in women, too.
Easy on the cologne
We don’t want a blast of chemicals every time we nuzzle our faces into your necks for a cuddle—or to kiss your neck. Just wear some good deodorant to handle body odor, and lay off the cologne that makes you smell like a male stripper. That department store salesperson led you astray—sorry.
Full beard or full shave
Make a decision: either grow a soft, lustrous beard or shave it all off. That in-between phase is prickly and sharp. When we make out with you, it leaves little cuts and rashes on our faces.
Trim your fingernails
If your nails are not under control, then you certainly don’t get to put your fingers anywhere near any sensitive areas on our bodies. Understood? Trim those bad boys. Buff them out, while you’re at it.
And toe nails
Gentlemen, don’t forget your toe nails. You don’t have to get a pedicure, but please prevent them from turning into daggers that can stab us in bed. That’s all we ask.
Just go gray
Maybe it’s unfair to say but, it can be a bit of a turnoff when men dye their gray hairs. It denotes insecurity. Plus, silver foxes are sexy. Just let your grays come in.
Address dry skin
Super dry skin—especially on your hands—is another thing that will disqualify you from putting those hands anywhere on your partner’s body. For goodness sake, moisturize.
Address chapped lips
Men you are allowed to wear Chap Stick. It is not the same as lip gloss or lip balm. It won’t make your lips all shiny. And your partner doesn’t want to kiss your cracked lips.
Leave chest hair be
You can let your chest hair be. Truly—it’s a sign of high testosterone, and that’s hot. Shaving it leaves your chest all prickly, which cause your partner rug burn in bed.
Consider other hair
Think about your pubic hair. If you’re wild down there and you want her to go down there, then clean it up. You don’t have to remove it all but, just make sure she can find your stuff without pulling tufts apart.
Natural head hair
Easy on the product. Slicked back, super stiff hair is not attractive. We want to be able to run our fingers through your hair. And that spiky, rigid look is very middle school.
Hey, we treat our acne! And you probably like your partner’s soft, blemish-free complexion, don’t you? So then, don’t you owe her the courtesy of trying a mud mask or a facial from time to time, too?
Soap up. But down south
Get soap in your nether regions—front to back—every day. That area traps a lot of moisture and bacteria. She isn’t going near it if you haven’t sanitized it.
Get those nose hairs
When we’re in that blissful, post-coital cuddle, laying our heads on your chest, we don’t want to look up to see a forest of hair in your nostrils.
Yellow pit stains must go
Sorry but, those t-shirts with the crusty, stiff yellow pit stains have to go. We just don’t want to hug you when you wear those.
Clean your room
Don’t forget to keep your room clean. We don’t want to get in sheets that look as if they haven’t been washed…ever…and may have pizza slices hiding somewhere in them.