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What am I doing reading an early 80s book on grooming for men?! Charles Hix writes magazine beauty editor material in such a dry, witty way that you forget you're reading about proper shampooing techniques. I want to read all his books now. But for real, the main draw is here is the incredible Bruce Weber photography of late 70s/early 80s professional model dudes. I was going to say moody, homoerotic Bruce Weber photography but figured that was kind of hella redundant.
The indispensible companion to Hix's Dressing Right, Looking Good tackles the male body with relish, offering guidance on how to perfect it's every nook and cranny for maximum attractiveness. Again, the photography is the biggest draw, although in this book it's a bit more vulgar--lots of showering scenes, getting dressed tableaux, and even some mud-bath nudity. The literature is hot stuff as well, with tips on how to relax after working out ("Some massage parlors actually perform massage."), ho ...more
As a young man learning how to prepare myself for adulthood, this book had practical and sound advice for all forms of grooming. Everything from washing, grooming, shaving, giving oneself a home manicure and pedicure (yes, guys, you can and should do this), etc. I'm sure many of the illustrations will seem dated, but the fundamentals are sound.