I haven’t asked, but I doubt that any of my male ancestors paid attention to their eyebrows. Yet the woman who cuts my hair–I’ll go ahead and call her my ‘stylist’–always gives them my eyebrows a little trim. And that makes me more aware of them, so I may tame them occasionally between haircuts as well. After all, who wants to look like Andy Rooney?
Is it fair to say that, with each new generation, we face more grooming requirements? Admittedly, grooming has gotten faster–we have fewer powdered wigs to don. However, it seems that over the last hundred years, we’re tweezing, waxing and coiffing more than ever before.
Another example is pubic hair maintenance. In our parents and grandparents generation, any form of pubic hair topiary was the realm of harlots and porn stars. Among today’s young people, it’s apparently more or less a standard practice. I think, for women at least, it’s joined under-arm hair as Something That Needs to Be Dealt With. Once that bell has been rung, you can’t unring it.
This notion occurred to me when I walked past a nail salon in Yaletown and saw two men receiving manicures. That’s a bridge too far for me, but it started me thinking about grooming.
What’s the next frontier in personal grooming?