There are many burning questions men have in terms of what women want and find most attractive.

One such topic is men’s grooming habits and styles.

From facial hair to body grooming, many of us want to optimize our appearance for the purposes of attracting the opposite sex.

But before we start shaving, trimming, waxing, and styling, we first need to get some direction by finding out what women prefer.

In order to know what women really like, we performed a nationwide survey of over 300 women to get their opinions on what types of men’s grooming habits they find to be most attractive.

We have already presented the results of what types of facial hair women find most attractive here.

In this segment,  we will be presenting the true consensus of what types of body grooming and other aspects of appearance are most attractive and most important to women.

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Why & How The Survey Was Performed

Our methodology of grooming advice is based on data and facts.

We don’t adhere to the baseless “bro-science” that so much of today’s advice stems from.

We take a more scientific approach that is consistent with academic institutions.

This includes surveying a representative sample of the population that is of a sufficient size in order to make statistically significant conclusions.

Stratification

We not only examined the results from the population as a whole but also investigated whether there were any significant variances in women’s preferences between the following demographics:

  1. Age
  2. Type of Community
  3. Geographic Location
  4. Income Level
  5. Relationship Status

Sample Design

Provided are the details of the random stratified sample and the related precision estimates.

For more details, please refer to the Survey Methodology here.

Chest Hair

Should men shave their chest?

In order to answer this question, we asked women what level of chest hair they prefer their potential partners to have.

They were provided 3 options: clean-shaven, medium, and heavy.

The selections were accompanied with photos which you can refer to on question #9 of the survey questions here.

Conclusions of Chest Hair

The majority of women (60%) prefer a “medium” amount of chest hair.

51% more women ages 18 to 24 and 35 to 44 prefer a clean-shaven chest versus woman 25 to 34 (39% vs 26%).

56% more women in a relationship prefer a clean-shaven chest versus single women (45% vs 29%).

Women from city/urban communities are 37% more likely to prefer a clean-shaven chest than women from rural communities (38% vs 27%).

For those men with hairy chests, this may be the time to start considering trimming or shaving your chest as very few women seem to prefer a “heavy” amount of chest hair across all demographics.

Responses About Chest Hair

R

(City or Urban, 18 to 24)

Clean-Shaven – “I like the fresh feel of skin”

R

(Suburban, 25 to 34)

Clean-Shaven – “Because no chest hair makes kissing and touching more appealing to me”

R

(Suburban, 35 to 44)

Clean-Shaven – “Just don’t like all the fur. Fur is for my dogs.”

R

(City or Urban, 18 to 24)

Medium – “Looks manly and natural”

R

(City or Urban, 25 to 34)

Medium – “Not too boyish (clean shaven) and not too grizzly (heavy)”

R

(Suburban, 35 to 44)

Medium – “Clean shaven is weird, too hairy is unkempt”

R

(City or Urban, 18 to 24)

Heavy – “I like to play with it”

R

(Rural, 25 to 34)

Heavy – “Very sexy and masculine”

R

(Rural, 35 to 44)

Heavy – “I like to lay on it”

Pubic Hair

Should men shave their pubes?

Or maybe just trim them?

In order to answer this question, we asked women what level of pubic hair they prefer their potential partners to have.

They were provided with 3 options: natural, trimmed, or clean-shaven.

Conclusions of Pubic Hair

The majority of women (64%) prefer trimmed pubic hair over natural or clean-shaven.

Women from rural communities are 61% more likely to prefer a natural pubic region than women from city or suburban communities (29% vs 18%).

Based on the results, it looks like a large majority of women prefer men to be performing some form of maintenance on their pubic hair region, but the adult film star clean-shaven look may not be the way to go.

Responses About Pubic Hair

R

(City or Urban, 18 to 24)

Clean-Shaven – “Because there is less genital odor when clean shaven”

R

(Rural, 25 to 34)

Clean-Shaven – “I would be more likely to please them orally”

R

(Suburban, 35 to 44)

Clean-Shaven – “Suggests a certain level of hygiene and grooming”

R

(Suburban, 18 to 24)

Trimmed – “Clean shaven makes you look a Ken doll”

R

(Suburban, 25 to 34)

Trimmed – “Wild is not attractive and clean-shaven is sometimes too much”

R

(City or Urban, 35 to 44)

Trimmed – “It shows he puts effort into his appearance. I want him to be a man, but to show a little effort”

R

(Rural, 18 to 24)

Natural – “Shaved pubes hurt when banging”

R

(Rural, 25 to 34)

Natural – “Natural needs to stop being something to feel ashamed about when it comes to body hair, etc.”

R

(City or Urban, 35 to 44)

Natural – “I like natural men”

Manicured Finger & Toe Nails

In the past, most men had perceived that manicures and pedicures were only for women.

Today, more male spas are offering these services and having your nails done is becoming more widely accepted.

We decided to ask women their thoughts on whether they find manicured nails on men attractive.

Conclusions of Manicured Nails

2.4 times more women find manicured finger and toe nails attractive versus unattractive.

Women 25 to 34 are twice as likely to find manicured nails unattractive versus women 18 to 24 and 35 to 44.

Who knows if women’s opinions have changed over time but it is definitely clear that women today will most likely give men points for having their nails and cuticles looking pristine.

Responses About Manicured Nails

R

(Rural, 18 to 24)

Attractive – “Self-care and good hygiene/grooming practices are always attractive, but especially in men where society tells them it is weak or negative or emasculating or “just for girls”.”

R

(Suburban, 25 to 34)

Attractive – “Because clean nails and toe nails shows they care about hygiene and are a detail-oriented person. “

R

(City or Urban, 35 to 44)

Attractive – “It’s nice to see men taking care of themselves, especially their feet. A lot of men have really really bad feet!! Gross!”

Q

(Rural, 18 to 24)

Unattractive – “I think it’s a little feminine”

Q

(Rural, 25 to 34)

Unattractive – “I don’t mind a guy placing a high priority on personal hygiene, but I tend to be biased to calloused hands that know how to work.”

Q

(City or Urban, 35 to 44)

Unattractive – “Too metrosexual”

Most Important Grooming To Maintain

We wanted to find out what women found to be the most important grooming habits to maintain as it is important to know where to focus your efforts.

To accomplish this, we asked women to rank 5 of the most popular body grooming areas from #1 (most important) to #5 (least important).

Conclusions of Most Important Grooming

Nose and ear hair was by far the #1 most important area of grooming for a man to maintain.

There is a large variety of body grooming for men to maintain and all five of the areas listed are important in their own respect and should be tended to at least to some extent.

But these survey results have made it sufficiently clear that maintenance of one’s nose and ear hair is something that should never be neglected and should take top priority.

Most Important Aspect Of Appearance On First Date

There is a lot of things men think about when preparing for a first date.

Especially when it comes to our appearance.

For this reason, we wanted to find out what women found to be the most important aspect of a man’s appearance on a first date by having them rank 6 primary areas of appearance from #1 (most important) to #6 (least important).

Conclusions of Most Important Aspect of Appearance

Overall, style of dress is the #1 most important aspect of a man’s appearance on a first date.

For women 25 to 34, teeth are the most important aspect.

Women residing in rural communities believe scent is the most important aspect for a first date.

Women with household incomes of $0 – $25K find facial hair grooming to be the most important while women with household incomes of $50k+ believe teeth are the most important aspect of a man’s appearance on a first date.

Even though overall, style of dress is deemed as the most important aspect of a man’s presentation, it seems what is most important to women can differ based on various demographics.

Submit Suggestions For Next Survey

Please submit questions you want to have included in the next survey in the comments below!

It can include anything related to grooming, style, and beyond.

These surveys are expensive to conduct but we will do our best to include as many requests as possible.

Also, please submit any comments or questions you may have regarding this survey as well.

Ben Rose Founder and Senior Editor of PrimandPrep.com

Ben Rose is the founder and senior editor at Prim&Prep, the definitive guide to male grooming. He is a wet shaving expert and body grooming aficionado. His work has been featured on many other prominent publications including Good Men Project, Addicted to Success, Steven Aitchison, and Sharpologist.