When it comes to body hair, gay men are wearing a lot more of it while straight guys are taking all of theirs off.
Not long ago it was the other way around, with the trend for gay guys to be as hairless as possible. But today they’re much more au naturel, Grant Morrissey from Darlinghurst’s Salt Clinic said.
A lot of boys still want to get rid of hair, but not as all over as they used to, Morrissey explained.
You find now they want to tailor the hair and sculpt it to their body, and reduce it if they have a lot of hair.
Gay guys are keeping more hair around the genital area, but obviously crack and sack waxing is still very popular.
A lot of the boys like the testicles through to the crack to be clear, but they’re leaving more hair in the pubic mound. A few years ago they were just taking the whole genital area completely off.
Lyn Cappella from Beauty Express Bodyworks, Potts Point, is seeing the same trend. Hair seems to be in for gay guys, she said.
Three years ago I did have more gay boys getting Brazilians, but now the trend is just to clipper.
Most of the men who go to her for Brazilians are straight, she said.
People assume the men getting the Brazilians are gay. But we’re getting straight guys from all over Sydney -“ Mount Druitt, Blacktown, Dee Why, Liverpool -“ because they can’t find anyone to do it out there.
I think it’s because women have been doing it for so long and they’re now encouraging or demanding their boyfriends and husbands to do it.
Morrissey has a different theory. I think it’s possibly part of the rise of the metrosexual, he said.
The straight guys have followed our trend to be hairless, which was right through the 90s. So for the gay boys to be different they’re keeping more hair and being a bit more butch than the straight boys are being.
As for women, both Morrissey and Cappella said the full Brazilian is still the most popular request from women of all persuasions. It’s 90 percent of my business, said Cappella.
With women Brazilian is definitely still the most popular, Morrissey added.
Some will leave what they call a landing strip, but we’re talking tiny. It’s hardly worth having.