We sat down with Matt Bailey – Co-Founder of popular men’s podcast Do You Wet Shave Your Balls – to talk manscaping, mental health and the worst haircut he’s ever had!
Quickly introduce yourself!
Hi, I’m Matt and I’m from Newcastle! I work as a radio presenter, event host, DJ, and I also host a podcast called Do You Wet Shave Your Balls?
When I’m not doing any of that I love my football. I don’t play as much as I used to, but I still watch a lot and have been a Newcastle United fan since I was a kid. I also love getting out into the countryside and walking for hours with my fiancée Katy, especially if there’s a pub at the end of the route…or halfway round…or better still, both! I love a beer with my mates and to be honest the podcast is a good excuse to do just that!
Do You Wet Shave Your Balls is an interesting name for a podcast! Where did the idea come from?
One day I was chatting with my mates Bodg and Thomas, who can also be heard on the podcast, about our downstairs grooming habits. Don’t ask me how we got onto it, but we realised we all had different techniques for keeping our bits and bobs in pristine condition! It turned out Bodg wet shaved his balls, and was aghast at the fact that Thomas and I didn’t…asking the question that would later became our podcast name – “Do You Wet Shave Your Balls?”
It was this conversation that got me thinking: Even in my friendship group, which I consider to be pretty open and straight talking, we had never talked about issues that affect us all on a daily basis. Yes I realise that the shaving of ones undercarriage is a pretty minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but it felt like the tip of an iceberg made up of stuff that we never addressed but really should. I bought a set of microphones and a mixing desk, bribed the lads to come round with the promise of beer, and ‘Do You Wet Shave Your Balls?’ was born!
What do you hope the podcast provides to its listeners?
We have a group of six of us that record the podcast – Bodg, Dean, Thomas, Sam, Jimmy, and myself – and you’ll normally hear four of the six on any episode. I want our listeners to hear a normal group of blokes talking about subjects that, despite being a normal part of life, are not openly discussed. There are loads of excellent charities and organisations out there that encourage men to talk more about their problems, but it’s not always easy to relate to them. We are not doctors, mental health experts, or medically qualified in anyway, we are just a group of friends who want to show the world that it is actually really easy to talk.
So far we’ve tackled a wide range of topics, from our first episode which of course had to be whether we wet shave our balls, through to first times, whether men can cry, and depression and suicide. No subject is off the table and, while we don’t claim to have the answer to problems that our listeners are facing in their own lives, we hope that hearing us talk about them in an open and honest way might inspire them to start a conversation. They always say a problem shared is a problem halved, which sounds so wanky. However, I do agree with the message and I really don’t think you can underestimate the power of sharing your issues.
As well as tackling everything we do, we have a laugh as well! You don’t have to talk about serious topics in a serious way, and you’ll often find us creased at each other’s stories: from the time Jimmy veeted his bumhole because he thought an endoscopy was something it wasn’t, to the time Bodg used a Henry the hoover as a chat up line, and Dean’s revelation that he used a bath bomb to stimulate himself! As well as an interesting conversation, we hope you get a few laughs along the way as well!
And, of course, do you wet shave your balls?!
I’ve dabbled! After Bodg told me he wet shaved his, and that it gave a beautifully smooth finish that was a joy to maintain, I gave it a go. If I’m honest I found the whole experience fairly nerve-wracking and then a few weeks later I developed a hydrocele – a sack of fluid around one of my testicles. I’m pretty sure the two aren’t related, but it gives me great pleasure to wind Bodg up that he is directly responsible for my massive right ball.
And yes, it’s still massive.
Do you have a daily grooming routine, and what does it look like?
I try and stick to a daily facial routine of a scrub, a face wash, and a moisturiser twice a day. I’m not going to lie, sometimes when I’m in a massive rush trying to get to work on time this is the first thing to go! It’s either that or I leave the house naked, which would not be enjoyable for anybody.
However, I’m pretty good at sticking to it. I also have a shelf of other bits and bobs like eye-firming serums and retinol that I use every now and then. I’m just trying to keep the wrinkles at bay!
What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?
A massive mullet! When I was at uni I decided in my student wisdom to let my hair grow, and by the end of first year I was sporting some kind of bedraggled blonde highlighted mop. I thought I looked like a surfer, in reality I looked more like a victim of a really bad free haircut from a trainee that salons sometimes offer. Not happy with that shambles I continued to grow my hair until it formed a type of large messy mullet, which I cultivated for my remaining time at uni and the few years afterwards.
I also used to team it up with a scarf, thinking I was some kind of fashionista. I wasn’t. Although I do claim that I was sporting the Russell Brand look before Russell Brand made it famous. I’ve never won rear of the year though…
What’s your favourite product from our range and why?
I love the Matt Clay as it gives my hair a really good hold, without making it look like it’s full of product. It’s perfect for the natural messy style that I like to create and it smells amazing too!
While I’m at it, I must mention the Face Scrub as well! It leaves my face feeling unreal, and as a bonus it’s good for the environment.
If you could go back in time and tell yourself anything, what would it be?
Don’t grow a mullet! To be honest whenever I get asked this question I struggle for an answer. I wouldn’t want to correct any of my decisions or mistakes as everything has lead me to this point. I might have suggested I looked to start my own ventures a bit earlier in life, and that it wasn’t totally necessary to follow the GCSE, A-level, degree career path.
What one piece of advice would you give to men?
Talk. Talk about everything. Find a person – whether that’s a mate, partner, family member, professional, total stranger down the pub – and talk. Don’t be shy to share how you’re feeling, blokes are allowed to have emotions too. We’re all in this together. And if you ever want to talk, but feel like you have no-one to talk to, get in touch with us at Do You Wet Shave Your Balls. We’re on all socials and are always up for a chat!