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Even my girlfriend, who, like most women, keeps up an admirable regimen of shaving and waxing all over, couldn't lie about the results. "You're like a whole new boyfriend," she said when she finally assessed the mulched, puffy mass I'd become. "We were meant to have hair; maybe we should leave it alone."

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Patrick White shares his manscaping experience in an audio slideshow.

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Hair-free living

CHEMICAL DEPILATORY

Products: Veet for Men, Nair for Men.

How they work: These gunky substances contain calcium thioglycolate, which breaks down keratin in the hair so that it can be wiped off with a towel.

The upside: Simply spread on and scrape off.

The downside: You'll smell like burning hair. The labels warn not to use it south of your belt buckle.

SHAVING

Products: Philips Norelco Bodygroom, Mangroomer.

How they work: Both shavers are basically facial trimmers with a few modifications. The Mangroomer comes with an extendable handle that helps reach inaccessible parts of the back. The Bodygroom has three sets of blades and three length attachments.

The upside: Quick and easy. Detuft an entire belly in less than five minutes.

The downside: You can survive the odd nick and cut on your face. But down there, proceed at your peril.

WAXING

Products: Parissa Tea Tree Wax Strips for men, Andrea Wax strips for men.How they work: Warm wax binds to your hair when it cools. Tear it off with a cotton strip and the hair goes with it.

The upside: Rips straight from the root so the hair won't grow back fully for at least a month.

The downside: It can hurt. Really hurt.

LASER

Product: Intense pulsed light treatments.

How they work: A specialist zaps your unwanted hair with a laser designed to deactivate hair follicles.

The upside: After five or six treatments, the hair stops growing back.

The downside: Cost. Treatments can range anywhere up to $1,000 for a full body treatment.

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