Should men shave their legs? Ultimately, that’s up to you. However, there are many benefits to shaving your legs if you’re a man. It isn’t just for athletes any more! More and more “Average Joes” are starting to shave their legs.

A recent Men’s Health Facebook survey and article showed that almost HALF of men shave or trim their leg hair.

About 48.4% of men either trim or shave their leg hair.

A second poll was done by Women’s Health. It showed that about 50.7% of women don’t mind either trimmed or shaved legs on men!

So guys, if you want to shave your legs… there’s really nothing stopping you! You’re actually barely in the majority if you don’t already shave or trim your leg hair.

To most people, these results are eye-opening and surprising. Hearing about men shaving their legs used to only apply to swimmers and bicycle riders, but not anymore!

Obviously, male athletes will shave their legs for the aerodynamics and wound-healing. Many doctors agree that hair usually becomes trapped in the wounds of bike riders who fall off their bike! That makes it much harder to clean out road gravel from the skin. It even delays recovery of the wound by days because the hair needs time to grow out of the wound.

It’s also been proven that having shaved legs actually DOES make you faster in biking, too. It actually can result in saving about five seconds every 25 miles!

If you’re a guy but not an athlete, you might be thinking, “Why would I ever want to shave my legs?” Well, Aaron Marino (a male image consultant in Atlanta, GA) says, “Most guys are not interested in completely shaving their legs, but they will take the length and bulk down with a groomer attachment… For me, it’s purely aesthetic.”

When you really think about it, today’s society has turned into one where male grooming is extremely popular. In 2015, Google found that men actually spent more time researching their next haircut than women did. They also spend more time than women in the bathroom, on average.

Okay, but… why would I even want to shave my legs?

For the look! Some men prefer the look of clean-shaven legs. If that’s not for you, that’s fine. But if it is, don’t be afraid to try it. Hair always grows back if you don’t like it.

Men also always have the option to trim their legs because sometimes, bushy legs just aren’t that ideal.

Should I wax them or shave them?

Honestly, while waxing may be easier, it’s probably not the best option: especially if you’ve never gotten a wax before. Waxing is painful, and if it’s something you’re not used to, it can be a bit overwhelming.

We recommend shaving if you want to get rid of your leg hair, at least at first. It’s also much more convenient since you can just get it done at home, too!

I’ve never shaved my legs before… how do I do it?

It really is the same as shaving any other part of your body. Just grab a quality shaving gel and razor, and you’re good to go!

If you have a woman in your life, don’t be afraid to ask her for tips. She’s most likely been shaving her own legs for years, and can help you out.

If you want your legs to look their best afterward, use a lotion or oil.

We also don’t recommend depilatories. They generally are more likely to irritate your skin, and Men’s Health reported that most men find it to be the least effective method.

But, there are some women who will think I’m weird for shaving my legs… right?

Sure, some women won’t prefer it. This article asked four women if it’s weird for men to shave their legs, and they all said yes.

BUT, just because four women think it’s weird, doesn’t mean all women will. If it’s something you want to do, then find a woman in your life that will support you in that decision!

To get a great story of one man who decided to shave his legs, check out this article.

This can even be related back to when we talked about manscaping.

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While manscaping is usually focused from around the waist area and up, a growing number of men are now taking their razor “below the border” to tackle their leg hair.

Put simply, the main reason why men shave their legs is because they just don’t like the hair, and prefer smooth and shiny legs. There’s nothing wrong with that, and it really is a personal preference!

Jessica is a college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Journalism. She's passionate about writing, beauty, and animals (especially dogs)!