Don’t be the Wolf Man
Until I married my wife, I had no idea how much hair my body grew in the wrong places – my neck, ears, and nose being the major offenders. I learned quickly how a shaggy neck and a too long delayed haircut will drop my look down a notch. She notices right away when I have pushed the limits of hair growth. With my newfound hair knowledge, I feel like I was a Neanderthal back then sporting wildebeest level fur in the worst places.
Step away from reading for a moment and gaze into a mirror. Take an honest look at your ears, nose and the back of your neck. Do your ears have visible hair? Long and wiry? Can you see any nose hair? Can you feel a fair amount of hair on the back of your neck? If you answered yes, then it’s time to focus some attention to personal grooming. A shaggy appearance can seriously detract from even the best well-tailored suit in your arsenal.
Keep your nose hairs well trimmed. Pluck your ear hairs. Get regular haircuts to keep your hair well styled and your neck clean. In addition, shave often to continually freshen your face. Breaking out the razor eliminates unnecessary shading that may cause your smile to look kind of chubby.
Be mindful of your eyebrows as well. Only Bert from Sesame Street gets to have a unibrow. I have never seen anyone pull it off successfully. So, separate them. Pluck or wax the bridge clean.
Last but not least, pay attention to your chest hair. If your hair forces its way up your neck and out of your shirt like a forcefully advancing rug, then your chest hair has taken over. Either you can shave below the line of your shirt or you can try laser hair removal. The second option gives you a more lasting result.
When in doubt, ask a woman. Or, imagine that you will conduct a television interview the next day. That might motivate you to find unwanted hair. Most importantly, avoid becoming the wolf man.
For more on shaving, read The case for a clean shaven face.
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