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I Am a Straight Guy Who Loves Mampering

I Am a Straight Guy Who Loves Mampering

Do you know what mampering is?

 

Before I turned 16, my personal care regime was quite simple. Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant… not much else.

 

But as I grew into those teenage years, I grew conscious of my body — or at least, I wanted girls to grow conscious of my body.

 

So I started put some effort into mampering – that is, man pampering.Click To Tweet

 

Becoming a ‘mamperer’

 

Hair gel for spiked tips, Clearasil for zits. Personal care was becoming time-consuming and fairly expensive. It ain’t easy bein’ clean.

 

Eventually, the Walmart personal care aisles were not enough for me. As I grew older, I began seeing a dermatologist for my acne. This lead to semi-regular acne-oriented facials.

 

I sliced my foot (well, my toe) jumping off a tractor when I was 18. It led to an infection. A few months after, I began getting semi-regular pedicures.

 

Turns out, many men get pedicures for health reasons.Click To Tweet

 

When I got to college, I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed. Then I got braces. Straightening teeth is an expensive proposition, no matter your gender.

 

Not long ago, I was punched in the face. Long story. Not many women get that lucky! It resulted in a blood vessel bursting under my right eye. I’ve had to get it lasered four times at $90 a zap. I’ll be making another appointment soon.

 

Why I mamper

 

Now, I’ve always been a little particular about things. But I’m particular about personal care for a few reasons:

  1. I like being healthy and happy with myself.
  2. Girlfriends appreciate it.

 

I am a bit more particular than some men. A few years ago, I moved into a house where I shared a bathroom with another guy. Where I had my cabinet full of stuff, with my electric toothbrush charging on the counter, he had nearly nothing.

 

He had a toothbrush in a coffee mug. That’s it. I don’t know how he was able to spend 30 minutes in the bathroom each morning, or if he had toothpaste. I hope he didn’t use mine.

 

His sister came over soon after I moved in. She apparently looked in our bathroom and assumed I was gay.

 

So clearly I’m a little more into personal care than most straight men.Click To Tweet

 

In defense of mampering

 

But I don’t think my spending is that far from average. In fact, it’s probably below average, since I’m good at shopping. Okay, I just reread that last sentence. To balance out my bathroom and shopping sentences, also know that I’ve torn apart the engine in my car and put it back together and I hunt deer.

 

See? I’m manly. Moving on.

 

If I want to feel good about myself and be successful at dating, spending a healthy amount on personal care is necessary.

 

It’s 2017. Long gone are the days of the cowboy where men showered once a season and shaved even less.Click To Tweet

 

As I grow older, I seem to spend more and more on personal care items. I’m even considering getting a massage. I hear they can be amazing.

 

The amount we spend on our personal care is a reflection of how much we care about our lives. When I think about it, this spending category is all about caring for myself. Getting rid of acne boosted my self-esteem — a key component to having a mentally healthy life. I got braces mainly so I wouldn’t have to get dentures someday.

 

My motivation behind getting a massage is to reduce stress. It’s bizarre how humans find it easy to spend tons of money on things but perhaps not enough on themselves. My wakeup call was when I realized I spent more time and effort making my car look nice and run well than I did by making myself look and feel well. That didn’t make much sense to me.

 

Mampering is a very real thing, even if my dictionary puts a squiggly red line under the word. Gay, straight, bisexual — you name it, mampering should happen. That is, unless you’re a child. Or my former roommate.

 

TAKE ACTION

Whether you set up pedicure dates with friends, have a morning makeup ritual, or just want to get rid of your acne, a regular beauty regime can work wonders. But you don’t want to hurt your wallet in the process! Online tools like Groupon and Ebates can help you cut the costs of feeling good.

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