Many grooming trends come from not only men’s magazines, countless street style photos, and popular menswear social media accounts, but also movies. That’s right — some of your favorite movies have inspired men’s hairstyle trends, sharing unforgettable adventures in shaving, waxing, cutting, and tanning. Here are 6 of the best grooming moments in film.
1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Ron Burgundy’s (Will Ferrell) iconic mustache in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy snags him a place on this list. Every scene that Ron Burgundy is in is the stuff of great grooming cinema. It sincerely makes us want to rock a 1970s ‘stache. Stay classy.
2. American Psycho (2000)
Serial killer Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) explains at the beginning of the film how he maintains his baby-soft mug, which takes a lot of product. It’s evident from the movie that the skin care industry makes a killing off Bateman’s use of water-activated gel cleansers, honey almond body scrub, anti-aging eye balm, and protective moisturizer in the opening scene alone. The psychotic investment banker’s 10 steps to killer good looks, including 1,000 crunches a day and trips to the tanning bed (which are a no-no), are part of his incredibly high-maintenance routine of the most impeccably groomed murderer in film history. I think we can safely say that only a psychopath can keep up with such a routine.
3. Tootsie (1982)
In Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman’s Michael Dorsey takes manscaping to the max, shaving his entire body and plucking his eyebrows so he can pretend to a be a woman pretending to be another woman. Unless you’re an Olympic level swimmer, we don’t advise you going all bare to such a degree. It’s good to keep some of your body hair intact.
4. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
The manscaping scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin ensured it made this list. This piece of cinematic brilliance shows Andy Stitzer (played by Steve Carell) having his chest waxed. Big props to Steve Carell for actually having his chest waxed on camera, resulting in one of the best grooming scenes on film.
5. North by Northwest (1959)
Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest has a famous scene where he lathers up and grooms while he’s on the run and being pursued in a case of mistaken identity. Grant attempts to get a close shave with what might be the tiniest razor in the history or razors. The razor is on loan from actress and on-screen love interest Eva Marie Saint, and it’s one that looks small enough to be used by a Barbie. Grant whips the razor out while he’s on the run from the cops. “Big face, small razor,” he jokes when he exits the men’s room when asked why he was gone so long. Being on the run is not an excuse to skip a shave.
6. Grease (1978)
There has never been a movie so indirectly, yet directly, focused on the perfection of male hair as Grease. When John Travolta’s Danny Zuko sings “Greased Lightning,” a nice portion of the song shows Travolta greasing and combing his hair back — this happens consistently throughout the film. All the musical numbers and 1950s teenage drama were nearly a backdrop to a movie that’s really about the sought-after perfection of greased back hair.