It’s a generally accepted scientific fact that women pay more attention to details than men (pdf). What does this mean from a dating and popularity standpoint? It means the little things matter more than you think, especially regarding your appearance.
We teach that appearance isn’t everything when trying to be attractive to women. In fact, dominance and confidence are far more important. But, being an all around attractive guy means you have to care about your appearance too.
You may not notice the hair growing out of your nose (and we’re not talking mustache). But, she likely will. And find it horribly disgusting. This is why every guy should own a few basic grooming products and actually know how to use them. Here are a few basic ones.
A Good Razor
Apologies to the duck dynasty people, but most guys shouldn’t wear a beard. Famous, wealthy TV stars can pull it off. You? Not so much. While stubble can be attractive, you’ll probably at least want to shave every few days if you’re going for that look.
That means a guy is going to need a razor. And, it’s best to get a decent one. I’m not going to say you need to spend a ton and be a shaving purist. But, you don’t want to have a lot of missed spots and nicks because you’re a cheapskate. This includes paying to change the blades when needed.
I personally like the Schick Hydro 5 Power Select. It actually vibrates, has some nice features, and gives me a nice, close shave. It’s not terribly expensive and even the replacement blades won’t break the bank.
A Body Groomer
Should you shave your chest and back? That’s certainly up to you. However, if you have a nice body or even a not so nice one, the norm in popular culture seems to be shaved. But, even if you don’t shave your body, it still could be in your best interests to trim occasionally, especially when wearing certain clothes (like T-shirts or V-necks).
A body groomer is specifically designed to remove all or excessive body hair quickly and easily. It’s not going to have the closeness of a shave or the longevity of waxing. But, the advantage lies in the lack of pain and its ease.
Any body groomer will work, but I like the Philips Norelco Body Groom Pro and the less expensive Remington Bht300 All Access Men’s Bodygroomer. Both are reasonably priced effective. You don’t need batteries, you simply charge it.
A 3-In-One Groomer
This is perhaps the least well-known of all these recommendations. Remember how I mentioned that women notice more? Well, sometimes guys get hair in places that aren’t very attractive. In addition, it’s noticeable. It’s also difficult to get rid of.
I’m referring to ear, eyebrow, and nose hair. While bushy eyebrows look terrible at any age, nose and ear hair are generally signs of aging. If you’re an older guy, you definitely don’t want long hair in those places. It is gross and screams that you’re an old guy.
I like the Wahl 9865-300 Deluxe Groomer Rechargeable Ear, Nose and Eyebrow Trimmer, Chrome. The less expensive option is the Wahl 3-in-1 nose, ear, and eyebrow hair trimmer. Both do the job well.
While there are more grooming accessories guys should own, these are a few essential ones to get you started. If you know a guy who could use the help with his appearance, give one as a Christmas present.