Whether it’s shaved, trimmed or au-naturel, both men and women are thinking about their nether regions
advdermatology.com surveyed 2 000 people to find out what motivates their grooming habits. While many claim their body reflects their personal preferences, many are actually influenced by their significant other.
- Some 68% of women and 32% of men groom their pubic region, starting in high school, on average
- 66% say they discuss grooming habits with their significant other
- Nearly half of people keep their pubic region trimmed, 29% are hairless and 19% go natural!
Certain areas are deemed more important for optimal presentation. According to the survey, the front groin region is the most-groomed area, with 68% women and 32% men partaking in personal pubic preening. Most people use a manual razor once a month and started the habit in high school.
The underarms is not only the second-most groomed area but also the most frequent grooming practice.
Not surprisingly, underarm grooming is particularly prominent for women – 87% of women use a manual razor every few days and started the practice in middle school, which coincides with when most girls begin to experience puberty. Only 13% of men groom their underarms.
Another top grooming area is the eyebrows, where 77% of women partake and 23% of men. But instead of using the trusted manual razor, the eyebrows is the most-waxed area, though most people simply pluck. Most people begin maintenance on their eyebrows in high school at a frequency of once a month.
Hair removal can be a painful and expensive habit to keep up, so why – or for whom – are we preening, anyway?
For one another, apparently. According to the survey, the closest relationships – friends and partners – influence grooming habits for roughly 84% of respondents.
Outside content also plays a role: 26% of respondents claim to be influenced by fashion, 18% influenced by articles in media, and 15% influenced by celebrities. Additionally, women are 61% more influenced by siblings and 33% more influenced by friends, whereas men are 88% more influenced by porn.
While 65% said that a partner’s grooming habits are not a deal breaker, a full 35% claimed that unkempt conditions factor into their desire. In fact, of the grooming habits, the opposite ends of the spectrum were most divisive, with 70% saying that a natural look was a deal breaker and 30% saying a hairless look was a deal breaker.
Whatever the spectrum, the consensus appears to be that most people like to keep themselves trimmed and tidy, and appreciate that level of care in their partners.
While 80% of women claim to be embarrassed by ungroomed areas (and 48% of men), what matters most, of course, is personal preference and comfort. It’s your body, after all!