ROOM TO GROOM
I caught up with a girlfriend recently. Because we are both quite time poor, we tend to coincide our meetings with a maintenance activity.
The maintenance activity in question was a pedicure. After the manicurist downgraded my feet by a full size (it had been a while between snips), we perched ourselves up at the drying bar. Gazing out the window, we were talking over the top of each other when we saw something that stopped us both mid-sentence.
A man walked past wearing the most unusual toupee I had ever seen.
It was like a perfect, long haired circle of fur had been glued to his head. The size of a dinner plate, it was perched proudly on his noggin.
Toupees, which I understand is French for “top” but I suspect is really French for “nasty”, were once worn by Julius Caesar who battled male pattern baldness prematurely. He eventually gave up and shaved his head, coining what I believe to be the first reference of the Give Up Haircut for men. That being totally follicle free!
The witnessing of the ridiculous toupee prompted a discussion between my friend, regarding personal grooming in males.
The thing is, as women, we have a myriad of tools at our disposal to help us with our aesthetic flaws. Got uneven skin tone? There are dozens of options to assist you. Hair where it should not be?
You can shave, wax, bleach, use electrolysis, depilate, thread or pluck without anyone raising what is left of their eyebrows.
But men, as a general rule, are expected to suck it up and get on with it, growing hair everywhere and getting about with dry skin.
Or do they?
Manscaping. Mrs Woog was delighted when Mr Woog took up moisturising.
Beauty salons for men are popping up all over the place, with a menu of specialty treatments designed to buff, wax, scrub and pamper your cares and epidermis away.
Men are now expected to take a little more care in their personal grooming beyond a squirt of deodorant and a clean pair of undies every day.
I fully embrace and encourage such activities and was delighted and surprised do discover that my own Mr Woog had taken to using moisturizer daily.
His product of choice? Clinique’s Moisture Surge, which is actually for ladies, but I dare not point this out to him. I don’t want to frighten him.
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