With Blizzcon 6 weeks away, it's time to start the grooming process. After all, you want to look your best when you finally meet the real life avatars of your friends. With that in mind, it's time to cover some grooming basics you may or may not be familiar with.
Though you don't need to cut it, you need to keep it clean. The amount you do to it is really up to you, and with 6 weeks to go, see if you can't spend some time messing around with a nice look for the shape of your face.
If you do get it cut, it's worth the extra $20 to find a local hairdresser that is highly rated. If you go in without a specific style in mind, tell them what you do with your hair (if anything), and they'll cut it so that it works best for you. For me, I tell them that I want it to look good on its own since I don't do anything with it.
If you're starting to bald or are already bald, please don't do a comb over. Please don't grow your remaining hair out. Everyone already knows. It's not that big of a deal. Just go with a short cut or a shaved head.
For both men and women, eyebrows are important. Though no one will say anything, unibrows definitely grab attention but not the kind of attention you're hoping for.
For those with the funds, most hair places or nail salons have a cheap ($10 or less) eyebrow service.
For those who want to do it on their own, you'll need tweezers and patience. For eyebrows, it's all about doing less since doing more can leave you with a funky brow. As for the how-to, this image is all you need to know. If it's not enough, definitely go Google hunting.
Do the cleansing of the brows one day before the event as yanking them out leads to swollen, red skin.
Practice this now! Better to screw up with enough time for the hair to grow back than right before Blizzcon.
It's preferable if you shave them. If you don't, just make sure it doesn't smell. Also recognize it will be an attention grabber (like the unibrow) if you go sleeveless.
Trim your hairs. To do this, grab the hairs, stretch them out and then fold them over to the side of your arm. Trim any hairs that leave the armpit area.
There's no shame in some discolored facial hair. It's just genetics. However, it can be embarrassing. To deal with this, you can pluck, wax, shave or bleach any areas that stand out. If it doesn't bother you, awesome! Again, just know that it will draw some attention.
Because this hair shapes your face, you need to make sure you sport a style that compliments your bone structure. If, for instance, you have a round face, you'll want to avoid a chinstrap because that will only accentuate those curves. Check here to get the lowdown on your face shape and what works best to compliment it.
This is just like facial hair. If there are any dark hairs on the chest, arms or back, feel free to deal with it in any way you choose fit.
This one comes with two notable mentions. While chest hair can always be appreciated, nipple hair with no chest hair is not attractive -- shave it if you plan on going topless at any point. Back hair is never attractive -- get it waxed or shaved if you plan on going topless at any point.
If you're looking to get lucky this Blizzcon, do not underestimate the importance of a well groomed fun zone.
In general, the rules are the same for both sexes. If you enjoy just skin, shaving or waxing are the two best ways to approach it, with waxing lasting a tad longer than shaving. If you enjoy hair, be sure to trim the hedges with a pair of scissors. You'll also need to go around the outer edge with some tweezers to get rid of any outliers. Nice trims have a definitive outline and are unapparent when clothed.
Shave or wax your legs (this includes any hair on your toes and tops of the feet). Again, keeping the hair here is fine but it will attract the same attention as a unibrow or unshaven pits.
Do what you want.
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