A female perspective on male grooming is never straight forward. Whilst keeping yourself in a clean condition is imperative, there is a fine line between masculinity and femininity that most women would rather not see you doing. Ignorance is, in this case, bliss.
The Male Grooming Must Do’s
Women demand, at the very least, a very basic level of hygiene in our man. These include the following:
Whilst women do not expect your teeth to sparkle white, nicotine stains (or stains in general) are off putting. They also catch your attention to the point where when you talk to the offender, it is all you see. Please include nice breath within the clean teeth bracket. There is nothing worse than foul breath when trying to have a discussion with someone.
Tidy shave or stubble
If you are going to insist on having stubble, please tidy it up. I don’t know if men realize, that it actually hurts. It hurts so badly when rubbed against our freshly creamed skin, occasionally causing rashes.
Clean and short finger nails
I've got to admit that if a man approached me with nails better manicured than mine, I would probably run in the opposite direction. For me, personally, this is where the line between masculinity and femininity begins. Whilst I expect nails to be clean and short, I do not expect polish of any sort on your nails. I do not expect them to gleam in any way at all in fact. Just clean and short for hygiene reasons. Is that too much to ask?
Deodorant / Aftershave
The use of deodorant and aftershave is a must. There is nothing sexier than approaching a man with a familiar musky smell. However, choose the wrong fragrance or use too much and that smell goes from sexily charming to disgustingly overbearing. I, personally, am quite partial to a particular brand of aftershave. Anyone wearing it can literally turn my head. This is what the Lynx affect branding was said to promote. Whilst it may or may not be true about that particular brand, the theory behind it certainly is true. Aftershave balms can certainly bring a women to her feet if chosen and applied well
The Fine Line between Masculinity and Femininity
Okay, there is a very fine line between masculinity and femininity that I have touched upon. What it all boils down to is this:
I do not want to share!
If you use any products which are similar to mine in any way, I would really like it if you didn't substitute it with mine. If you happen to be around me, I do not want to see you using those products in front of me. Whilst I may demand cleanly clipped toe nails, I really do not want to SEE you clipping them! I do not want to share at all. Unless my razor needs replacing and yours is the only one available. But MY products are a no go area to any man!
Admittedly, I am rather hypocritical in my approach here. Whilst I have expectations of cleanliness, I really don’t want to actually view how you got to that stage. I do not want to share my products, even in an emergency; and I most certainly do not want to watch you, helping yourself to my products. I expect you clean and to smell nice, but I do not expect you to share how you got there.