The trials and tribulations famous women go through to look like famous women are well known. Between the botox, blowouts, and blood facials, we all tend to be pretty aware that women have to go through a lot to look good in Hollywood. The men of Hollywood always seem so smiley and casual, we assume they’re just naturally that good-looking. But apparently they are going through a lot of weird shit to adhere to the conventional idea of masculine beauty.
For example, manscaper to the stars Luis Payne introduces us to the idea that “manscaper to the stars” is a job and also to the idea of using body hair to “contour” men’s bodies to give the impression that their physiques are more stylish and idealized than they might actually be.
“We have the ability to trick our eyes into seeing things slightly different from what they really are,” Payne said to The Hollywood Reporter. “When you’re contouring the face and body with one’s natural hair growth, you’re creating shadows by trimming down the density of hair to expose the skin. Shaving areas to expose the smoothness of the skin creates a highlight, allowing you to contour the face or body.”
Payne’s manscaping tips include waxing the hair off the hip flexors to make a man’s body look narrower, and recommends leaving a fuller “happy trail” to give the appearance of abs. He prefers to leave a little hair on the chests of men he thinks lack pectoral definition, because it gives the impression that the muscles are fuller.
The most extreme examples of the beauty routines of Hollywood men are mostly about hair. Some are transplanting leg hair onto their heads, or picking up hairs and follicles from the back and sides of the head and then punching them into the scalp the way one roots hair on a Barbie doll.
Dudes are even tattooing hairlines on, either to give the impression that hair is thicker or to cover up scars from an awkward hair transplant. Guys with shaved heads are using this “scalp micropigmentation” technique to tattoo tiny dots all over their heads and make it look like they’ve just shaved off their hair, not lost it. Jae Pak of the New Hair Institute in L.A. told the Hollywood Reporter that most of his clients come in asking for him to draw on a hairline like those of Vin Diesel or Jamie Foxx.
Tattooing a hairline does not seem like the sort of procedure that would age well. In 40 years will we have a bunch of 80- and 90-something A-list actors who are little white-haired men with speckled heads?
Via The Frisky/Photo: WENN