STYLE & BEAUTY
04/09/2013 08:20 am ET Updated Apr 12, 2013

Men's Bikini Wax Preference? NOT A Brazilian, Poll Finds

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 22:  A model showcases designs by Lisa Blue during the Miami Swim show as part of the Mercedes-Ben
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 22: A model showcases designs by Lisa Blue during the Miami Swim show as part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2012 at Sydney Town Hall on August 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Raise your hand if you've ever gotten a bikini wax.

Now raise your hand if you've ever gotten a bikini wax simply because you thought that's what guys wanted.

If you've got that hand in the air, we've got some good news: That guy might not care as much about your bikini line as you thought. Or he does care, but a full-on Brazilian wax might not be necessary. A new study commissioned by hair removal company Nad's surveyed 1,000 men and found that their most preferred "look" was not a Brazilian, but rather "'trimmed and tidy' –- a well kept 'lady garden.'"

43 percent of men polled said they preferred women's hair natural with a "Bermuda triangle" (i.e. trimmed hair and waxed sides). 17 percent said they like a "landing strip," 15 percent dig a heart shape, and only 12 percent said they prefer a full-on Brazilian (no hair at all).

Sue Ismiel, CEO of Nad’s, noted, "Popular designs for women and it seems men are the landing strip, heart shape and triangle patch, indicating some hair is sexier to sport than 'the all-off.'"

Of course no study can speak for all men. But the new finding is good news for women who hate undergoing Brazilian waxing. Beyond being painful (which we can assure you firsthand it is), bikini waxes also carry several health risks, including infections, burns and -- get ready for this one -- STIs.

But hey, to each his -- er, her -- own.

Are you a fan of Brazilian waxes? Do you prefer to go au naturale? Have you encountered men with strong preferences? Sound off in the comments!

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