[By Tania Hui]
We all have a mental checklist when it comes to dating Mr. Right, some longer than others. Me and my girlfriends always talk about what’s important in a guy, and what we look for in a man, and what do we judge first when we see a guy. While some have their own pet peeves, a number of these are universal deal-breakers that will send any sane woman running for the hills as fast as her Loubies allow.
I think on both parts, this is right up there on our list. Personal hygiene is very important for your own good and and not just for scoring phone numbers at the bar. Bad breath and food stuck between the teeth are major turn offs, not to mention about BO aka body odour, especially if you can catch a whiff of it miles away! Sweat alone is not smelly but when the bacteria living on the skin works on it, sweat is broken down into aromatic fatty acids which are anything but ‘aromatic’; giving rise to the noxious smell of BO. If antiperspirants are no longer an effective solution, opt for Botox microinjections to keep you dry and ‘BO-less’. Yes, you heard me right the first time. Besides erasing pesky crow’s feet and tramtrack forehead lines, Botox can be used to stop excessive sweating, otherwise known as Hyperhidrosis. Almost all patients notice decreased sweating in less than a week and often wish that they had sought this treatment option much earlier to avoid those years of social embarrassment and teasing they had to put up with. Results which are often hailed as ‘life-changing’, typically last for 6 to 8 months after a single session of treatment, and can be safely repeated thereafter for maintenance of sweat and odour-free days.
Slave to your abs
We like men who engage in fitness and sports, but when they become obsessed with shirtless gym selfies at every given opportunity, pecs and abs ceased to be attractive. For us to take a second look and not across as superficial or worse, disillusioned, quit those body flaunting shots on online dating sites and social media. If you really want to show the ladies you can be committed to a gruelling routine, go do something that requires wearing a shirt, like having a job or doing community service that wasn’t court mandated.
Hair in all the wrong places
Many women dig stubbles and even full on beards. Many find hairy chests attractive and most are unfazed by tufty knuckles, furry forearms or gorilla-like legs. But as far as any amount of back hair is concerned, it’s a definite thumbs down and gets our backs up without fail. Imagine how when things start to heat up, and our well manicured nails get caught in that unkempt tuff! Furthermore, hair on your back can lead to other skin woes such as clogged pores and back acne. To stave off these skin problems, it is best to keep your back hairless, clean and smooth.
Shaving and waxing are available epilation options but the downside is that they have to be repeated for all eternity as the hair regrows thicker and denser in a few weeks. And we haven’t even broach upon the subject of ingrown hairs! The long term solution recommended universally is Laser Hair Removal, by far the safest and most effective way to permanently reduce replusive back fuzz. The great thing is that as hair growth is permanently reduced, we no longer have to worry about hair removal options and their adverse effects, talk about low maintenance and bang for the buck!
Unnatural attempts to hide baldness
We totally understand that when men start to lose their hair, the experience can be nothing short of devastating as traditionally, we have come to associate a full head of hair with strength, youth and virility. You can choose to embrace your male pattern baldness or opt for ways to halt or correct it, but please don’t make unnatural attempts to hide a thinning scalp of receding hairline. Meticulously executed comb overs, weird beaver-looking toupees and scalp tattoos simply do not make the cut as these unnatural looking attempts tend to draw more attention rather than camouflage your alopecia. Gainly momentum as an effective treatment of hair loss is laser therapy, with the FDA approved Revage 670 Laser widely recognised as the gold standard that provides a viable non-surgical option to tackle hair loss.It works by thickening fine, miniaturized hair and studies showed an 85% success rate in halting hair loss, with an almost 40% of increased fullness documented.
For permanent results and to answer your follicular woes once and for all, say yes to hair transplant. When previously hair transplant is a path less travelled, technology has improved dramatically over time, with gratifying results seen especially with the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation system.
“Successful hair restoration to give back balding men not just their hair but often their lives can be achieved with the ARTAS system for as little or as much hair desired, tailored to suit each individual’s needs,” affirms Dr. Chua Han Boon, hair transplant specialist heading the Hair Care & Restoration Centre of The Sloane Clinic ION, Singapore. “Over a period of 3-4 months, one should start to see new permanent hair and at 6 months post transplant, most patients notice steady growth with increased fullness. The new, permanent hair can be styled and cut, allowing you to finally leave your hairy woes behind.”
Bling it on
Unless you’re blue blood royalty wearing your crown jewels or Jack Sparrow, slow down on the bling and accessories.
A nice wrist watch never goes out of style, and flaunting your wedding band is much appreciated if you’re already hitched. Instead of one ring too many, we would rather you save up for our Cartier and Tiffany!
* Selected as Article of the Month Apr 2016*