Spring Is Almost Here. Are You Ready?
This post is about how to trim leg hair for men and how to make it look natural. Spring is almost here (at least at the time of writing this) where I live in the upper Midwest, and it’s soon time to put away the parkas and start breaking out the shorts. If you are anything like me, I have slightly excess leg hair that can grow quite long. I trim this hair about twice a year to appear less hairy. So this post is going about how to trim leg hair for men and how to make it look natural.
This post is not about shaving your legs but trimming the leg hair. Trimming can leave your legs with hair but still look like you have done nothing to your leg hair. For me, this is the most desirable outcome. I want some hair on my legs, but not what I normally grow or have. So, I trimmed my leg hair to get my desired results. So, if you are looking for a way of reducing the amount of hair on your legs, I will have plenty of information to help you get your desired results.
Table of Contents
- Gather The Right Tools
- Beard Trimmer
- Hair Clipper
- Body Hair Trimmer
- Groin Trimmer
- Use A Guide Comb
- Start With A High Number Guide Comb
- Use a High Number Guide Comb
- Trim to trim hair in the direction of hair growth
- Alternate trimming against the direction of growth
- Be methodical
- Use a light source to check the results
Beard Trimmers, Hair Clippers, or Body Hair Trimmers
First, we need some electrical trimmer or clippers in order to trim hair successfully. There are all types of trimmers available for purchase. Some you can plug into the wall, and some are rechargeable, but any of them should work. Just make sure they have some guide comb(s).
Most men have some type of trimmer available to them just lying around the house. Use what you have, or get a new body hair trimmer.
My favorite cordless trimmer is the Brio Beardscape.
This multipurpose tool can trim beard hair, give you a haircut, and serve as a general body hair trimmer. It does it all. This is a high-quality tool, and you can read more about it in my review here: Brio Beardscape Beard Hair Trimmer Review.
Along with the use of a trimmer, we are going to need some guide combs.
Guide combs attach to the blade end of the clipper or trimmer, and these come in varying sizes. The guide combs are usually numbered for easy identification. The lower the number, the closer it cuts to the skin, and the higher the number, the further it cuts from the skin. Most trimmers or clippers come with a set of guide combs.
Picking The Right Guide Comb
I would first suggest starting with a larger number, like a 4, 5, or 6 guide comb. I use a three or sometimes a 4-guide comb, especially for the first time. I highly recommend starting with a higher number rather than slowly working down to find the right acceptable length for yourself personally.
Keys To Success
In this article, we are looking at reducing the leg hair length and not removing it (shaving). This helps it remain more natural-looking. It is taboo for men to shave their legs, and trimming leg hair is a way to scoot around this taboo.
Trimming leg hair is far less likely to cause any type of skin irritation—things like ingrown hairs or razor bumps.
Once you have found the right size guide comb, start trimming the hair on your legs. I found both going against and going with the flow of the hair didn’t really matter to me. Mix it up, going with and against the grain. I want to knock it down to my acceptable level.
Don’t Be Called Patches
You must be methodical, going every square inch of your legs multiple times to get even consistency and look natural. If you don’t, you will have “patches” of long hair right next to shorter hair, giving it away to both you and people looking at your legs. Dead ringer giveaway: we want to avoid this.
You want people not to suspect a thing and be on the down-low. Pay close attention to knees and ankles, as these areas are harder to address.
It Might Take More Than One Pass
Doing a super tip-top thorough job, you’re going to have to go over it many times. Think of blending the long and short hair and getting a consistent look.
Let There Be Light
Use some type of a small light source like a good flashlight or even your cell phone. Just about any flashlight will do. This will help you show when you have missed a patch of hair or just a stray hair that stands out. A flashlight can easily be moved and adjusted to illuminate any part of the leg effectively and see if everything looks unified.
This little step will significantly help make all the hair look perfectly the same.
How Long It Should Take
Trimming your leg hair should take around 20 minutes or less with a good trimmer and the proper guide comb attached. At least it takes roughly this long as I have to go over the areas many times to do a thoroughly good job.
Final Thoughts On How To Trim Leg Hair For Men
Trimming leg hair is simple with the right tools and knowledge. With these two factors, you can make it look completely natural.
Would love to hear how you deal with any excess hair on your legs. Please leave a comment below and share it.
Any suggestions, comments, or questions are always welcome.
My name is Dan and I am the owner and sole contributor to www.backshaverforen.com. I am the leading authority on back shaving.
I started this website in 2017 because I too deal with back hair and I want to help others. My website deals with everything with grooming. I only review products I actually own.