Grooming pains: The price of grooming your body hair

Grooming is not only testing people's willingness to open their wallets, but also their threshold of pain.

Clinical Sexologist Professor Elna McIntosh says that in certain regions grooming is very big business, and people are getting more unique types of grooming treatment.

Did you know that you can have a buttocks crack and sack wax treatment going for 430 rand? Just one rip...

โ€” Professor Elna McIntosh, Clinical Sexologist

According to Professor McIntosh, grooming today is as prevalent among males, as clean-shaven bodies and tailored hair become a societal norm of what it means to be well-groomed.

I think we went through a very hairy phase in the 80s. On TV, Tom Selleck in the 80s, he was called Magnum, P.I... He would have these Hawaiian shirts and chest hair everywhere, with this huge moustache. That was the look of the 80s. Think of Freddy Mercury... it was like the more facial hair the better, the more chest hair the better, and then I don't know what happened. Suddenly everyone wants to look like One Direction or Justin Bieber, with no hair

โ€” Professor Elna McIntosh, Clinical Sexologist

Speaking to #NightTalk's Professor McIntosh says that in modern times there is more pressure on men especially to groom their body hair, due to the impact of pop culture.

Often when people trim, shave and wax, they get ingrown hairs, folliculitis, and the minute things are in people's genital areas, they assume everything is a disease

โ€” Professor Elna McIntosh, Clinical Sexologist

Professor McIntosh says that in her line of work, she has dealt with couples whose relationships have been impacted by the effects of shaving certain areas of the body.

She says that couples have reached out to her when they have ingrown fairs in their genital areas, thinking that they are sexually-transmitted diseases.

There is really someone whose eyebrows I'd want to trim. That is Donald Trump

โ€” Professor Elna McIntosh, Clinical Sexologist

It appears grooming is a pertinent issue, as #NightTalk listeners contributed to what became a fascinating discussion.

Listen to the conversation below:


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