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."
Patrick White shares his manscaping experience in an audio slideshow.
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.
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.
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.
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.