What a girl wants: Grooming advice for him
by Carolyn Brundage

It's good to be a man. You tend to be judged on more than just the sum of your parts.

Women are often attracted to men who aren't classically handsome: Think Tony Soprano and Jerry Seinfeld.

What's sexy to us can be quirky, and it often is. Physical beauty aside, cleanliness is king. And nothing gets a guy the royal treatment quicker than some basic good grooming. Trust me; women adore the clean shaven, fresh scent of a man much more than his primped and preened counterpart.

When it comes to the hair, there are no hard and fast rules. Well, maybe a few. Nose hair? Trim it. Ear hair? Ban it.

We're less concerned with the hair on your head than you may think. Bald, blond or buzzed, what makes the man is so much more than his fade - or lack thereof.

That said, a unibrow has wrecked even the most rugged of good looks. Plus, having hair in the wrong places is much more of a turn off than not having hair in the right places.

Trim nose hairs at least twice a month with an electric trimmer such as the Turbo-Groomer 5.0 from Sharper Image ($59.95 at Sharperimage.com). The same trimmer can be used to trim hair in the inner ears as needed. Use the interchangeable miniclipper to trim the ear's outer edge at least once a month.

Unibrows must not be ignored. Here's a simple test: Place your pointer finger between your eyebrows; if there's hair there it's time to divide and conquer.

To banish too much brow hair I recommend tweezing. Try not to shave, guys. (Although it's better than doing nothing.) Use slanted, stainless steel tweezers to remove hair from the root. One to try is Tweezerman's automatic tweezer; the tip automatically closes and retracts to painlessly remove hair ($9.95 at Folica.com).

My man has been known to indulge in a massage and he's no neophyte. He knows what he likes and won't accept less. His pick is usually a 90-minute sports massage. Pedicures? He's game. Some men won't let anyone near their feet. It's not pretty. I surveyed my girlfriends and compared to some of the funky male feet we've seen, a man in a pedicure throne is hot.

So gentlemen, if you've found this article tucked in your briefcase or even left open on the kitchen table, take note; someone's trying to tell you what a girl wants. Pay attention and you just may get what you want. And that's a beautiful thing.


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