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Men’s Health Gurus give tips on trimming body hair

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It’s probably not the safest Sunday dinner topic, but body hair bears discussion, guys.

You can call it "au naturel" all you want, but no one — breakfast spoiler alert! — wants to see your ear or nose hair. And if your back hair blew in the wind at the lake this weekend, you especially need help.

That’s why the trusted gurus of Men’s Health offered an online guide to trimming body hair, a few tips from which we hijacked for your benefit.

Back Tools: Hair clipper, handheld mirror

Upkeep: Every 3 to 4 weeks (or whenever your girlfriend starts making gorilla jokes)

"If you have a willing girlfriend, set a hair trimmer on the lowest setting and have her mow against the grain. If not, use an extendable trimmer. With your back to a large mirror, use a handheld mirror to navigate the area. Guide the trimmer with your other hand."

Neck Tools: Hair clipper, handheld mirror

Upkeep: Every 2 weeks

"A man looks sloppy with more than a quarter inch of growth on his neck. Trim from the base of your neck, and move upward in short movements (so you don’t accidentally cut into your natural hairline)."

Eyebrows Tools: Tweezers

Upkeep: Every 2 to 4 weeks

"Unibrow, begone! Using your thumb and a finger, hold the skin between your brows taut. Aim the tweezers at the base of a hair, and pull it out swiftly. That way the hair won’t break and you’ll minimize the sting."

Chest Tools: Hair clipper

Upkeep: 2 to 3 weeks

"Your goal is to have chest hair that’s a little longer than half an inch, according to Robert Patrizi, owner of Halo [for Men] Salons in Chicago. If it’s your first time trimming, though, start a little longer than that so the change doesn’t feel — or appear — too drastic."

Nose Tools: Nose-hair trimmer

Upkeep: As needed

"Nose hairs prevent dirt from entering your mucous membranes, so take it easy. Tom Woodhouse, lead technician at Face Place in New York City, suggests you stand in front of a large mirror and squeeze your nose. If you see hair, snip the hair’s tip with a hair trimmer."

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