Why Should You Shave Your Genitals?
If you hardly shave your love tackle, then you're really missing out on one of life's little pleasures.
Most men are not accustomed to manscaping and may be nervous about taking a razor to such a sensitive area of the body; it's a lot easier than you think, and the risk of cutting yourself is minimal if you just follow the rules.
This is the most comprehensive and procedural guide you'll find on this subject, based on years of research, experience, trial, and error.
Benefits of Shaving Your Genitals
Here are some of the benefits:
- Quick, instant results
- Velvety smooth skin
- Increased sensitivity and pleasure
- Fresh-smelling pubic area (hair collects odor)
- More sexually attractive and inviting (if preferred by your partner)
- Improves intimate contact (who likes pulling pubes out of their teeth?)
- Makes your penis look bigger (pubic hair can hide your pride)
- Less expensive and more discrete than waxing or laser hair removal
Possible Negative Side Effects of Shaving Your Genitals
Here are some of the underwhelming effects:
- Skin irritation
- Razor burn
- Nicks and cuts
- Risk of infection
- Painful hair regrowth
- Itchy skin
- Ingrown hairs
- Increased risk of STD transmittal
However, much of this can be prevented, and I'll show you how to avoid these problems.
There Are Two Ways to Shave Your Genitals
There are two ways you can shave your penis and scrotum. You can use a:
- Manual Razor Blade (like the one you would use on your face)
- Electric Body Groomer
Regardless of your choice, this tutorial is going to cover both approaches.
Manual Razor or Body Groomer:
Which Is Better for Shaving Your Genitals?
"Better" is relative to the type of results you expect and the amount of effort you want to put into shaving your pubic area. With the razor, you can achieve a very smooth, close shave with some time and effort, while the body groomer is easier but perhaps less smooth.
Go with a manual razor if you want . . .
. . . the cleanest, closest, and smoothest shave possible; this method requires a little more effort but is the best way for guys who like it all bare.
The manual razor shown is the Schick Quattro Titanium; it's by far the best manual razor to use if you're going to shave your privates, and I'll explain why in a moment.
Go with an electric body groomer if you want . . .
. . . to just trim the area or do a quick and simple shave.
This method is great if you want to leave some hair or quickly shave your groin without all the fuss.
The electric body groomer shown is the Philips Norelco Body Groom Pro, which I recommend highly.
Summary of Shaving Supplies You'll Need To Manscape
Here are the required shaving supplies you will need, based on the method you prefer: manual or electric.
If you choose a manual razor, you will need:
- Premium razor blade (Schick Quattro)
- Personal trimmer (Wahl Micro Groomsman Personal Trimmer)
- Pre-shave oil (Jojoba oil)
- Unscented, emollient shaving cream (The Art of Shaving Unscented Cream)
- Antiseptic (The Cool Fix)
- Body powder (Balla Powder)
If you use an electric body groomer, you will need:
- Electric body groomer
- Antiseptic (The Cool Fix)
- Body powder (Balla Powder)
Recommend Shaving Supplies and Brands
After years of crotch shaving, there is a reason why I specifically chose these products–they are highly effective and help minimize and avoid negative side effects. Some of these products are not the cheapest, but trust me, you don't want to sell your body out to the lowest bidder.
Schick Quattro Titanium Razor Blade
Under no circumstances should you ever take a cheap razor to your jewels. If you do, you are asking to get cut. Those cheap, single and dual-blade razors are no good: you need to get the real deal.
The obvious choices are Gillette, Schick, or King of Shaves, but I don't recommend Gillette or King of Shaves because their razors are, quite frankly, too good. The shave is so close that the hair regrowth is going to look like a Herpes outbreak (not good on date night).
The best choice is the Schick Quattro. Why? Because Schick wraps its blades around a wire framing that prevents you from shaving too close–perfect for shaving sensitive skin.
As a result, using the Schick dramatically minimizes irritation. Now, I'm not saying you won't see some irritation, I'm just saying that it will be minimal compared to the other options. Not only that, you'll be less likely to nick yourself because of the wire-wrapped blades.
In my book, the Schick Quattro is the official razor for manscaping. You can purchase a pack of 8 Schick Quattro blades for about $11 on Amazon.
Wahl Micro Groomsman Personal Trimmer
For those using a regular razor and shaving for the first time, you'll need to get a small trimmer to trim the hair so you don't have issues using your razor; otherwise, your razor is going to get clogged with every stroke.
The Wahl Personal Trimmer is a great tool for this task; Remington makes a good one too. I've used both, and both work very well. You can easily whisk and maneuver these across your backside, and they'll shorten the hair in seconds.
However, the hair on your backside is generally coarse and thick, so I'll be honest, these little units won't last forever–eventually, the motor wears down. If you shave regularly, one of these units may last you about 6 to 9 months.
If by chance you think you will want to purchase a full-size body groomer, you may want to opt for a groomer that has a trimmer built-in.
You can pick up this personal trimmer on Amazon for about $8.
Philips Norelco BodyGroom Pro
An electric body groomer is great for guys who want speed, efficiency, and an easy clean-up. There are a number of groomers on the market, some better than others.
The Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro is one of the best body groomers you can buy; it features a sleek design and is very easy to maneuver. In addition, it offers a dual-end design, meaning it's got shavers on both ends of the unit.
The best feature of the Bodygroom Pro is that it's designed to minimize skin irritation. The blades and combs are gently rounded to prevent scratching of the skin and the 3-D pivoting head allows for close shaves with less irritation. The foil is also hypoallergenic.
You can purchase the Philips Bodygroom Pro for about $70 on Amazon.
Pre-Shave Oil: Jojoba Oil
A pre-shave oil is not required, but is nice to have if you're using a manual razor. If you apply a little pre-shave oil to your skin before you apply the shaving cream, you will get a much smoother shave.
Pre-shave oil helps minimize razor friction and irritation; it's also very nourishing for the skin.
You can buy pre-shave oil from many of the shaving companies at a premium. However, one of the best, most economical solutions I've used is Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil. Jojoba oil is commonly used in many of the expensive pre-shave products but it's more economical just to buy a bottle.
Also, if you feel like you need any hydration after shaving, this is a great post-shave moisturizer; jojoba oil is not very oily and dries quickly, so it won't leave you greasy.
Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil is my favorite brand, and it retails for about $12 on Amazon.
The Art of Shaving Unscented Shaving Cream
You do not want to use just any shaving cream on your groin area. A lot of shaving creams aren't very emollient, and some have tons of chemicals and fragrance that aren't good for sensitive skin, leading to irritation.
The Art of Shaving Unscented Cream for sensitive skin is one of the best, most emollient shaving creams you can use to shave your genitals. It's super slick, hydrating, and makes shaving so easy.
It's a little pricey, but a little cream goes a long way with this brand; this is not like the over-the-counter shave creams you may be familiar with. Try this one time, you'll never use anything else again, I promise.
A 5-ounce tub of The Art of Shaving Unscented Cream retails for about $18 on Amazon. It's also available in a smaller 2-ounce travel size for men that are on-the-go.
Antiseptic: The Cool Fix
Antiseptics are a post-shave product and are the most important step in combating irritation, razor bumps, and ingrown hair. An antiseptic is essential to the healing process. Every time you shave you're basically exfoliating your skin, so you want to make sure you apply antiseptic to those open pores.
Unfortunately, I hear a lot of bad stories from men who have horrible breakouts, but none of them bothered to use any post-shave products.
The Cool Fix is one of the best antiseptic products I've ever used; when applied to the body it has a cooling effect. This product also moisturizing, leaving your skin super smooth.
Antiseptics need to be used immediately after you shave; if you do this, it shouldn't burn or sting. If you decide to apply an antiseptic days later after you've developed an irritation, it will likely sting. You're a man though, suck it up.
The Cool Fix retails for about $22 on Amazon.
Balla Body Powder
Body powder is a must if you're going to take most the hair off around your pubic area.
One of the advantages to having pubic hair is that it minimizes friction and provides ventilation for the skin. When you remove it, you increase friction to this area, plus your skin gets more clammy. In order to keep your groin cool and minimize itching, you'll want to use a good body powder; this will keep you dry and minimize friction.
And, if you've never used body powder before, you don't know what you're missing. It makes your skin feel smooth and dry and some brands smell amazing. It's addictive.
Balla Powder is a super fine talc and one of my favorites–the scent is unique and the powder leaves your skin feeling silky. Balla offers three talc formulas: oak must, tingly mint, and a fragrance-free formula.
Balla Powder retails for about $13 on Amazon.
Before You Begin Shaving Your Genitals
Set Up Your Workspace
If you're using a manual razor, a bathtub is the most ideal location, because you can:
- Easily stabilize your body, back, and hands against the surface of the tub, preventing any slippage.
- Soak in warm water before you begin shaving to help soften the hair and skin.
- Rinse your razor quickly and easily in the bathwater.
- Apply your favorite shower gel to moisturize the area when you're done.
- Clean up quickly–just drain the tub.
If you're using an electric body groomer, then laying on a bed or sitting on the bathroom floor (with a towel underneath) are good options. Some body groomers are wet groomers, meaning they can be used in the shower (but they can't be submerged in water).
Remember the Golden Rule for Shaving Your Genitals
When you apply a razor (whether it be manual or electric), your skin should always be pulled tight.
Never shave over loose skin–you risk cutting yourself as hair and skin can snag on a razor blade. A razor will run smooth and snag-free as long as you keep the skin taut.
Shaving Against vs. With the Grain
When you shave, you have the option to shave with or against the grain. Shaving with the grain is shaving in the direction of the hair growth. Shaving against the grain is shaving in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
Shaving against the grain will provide the smoothest shave, but also increase the risk of irritation. I shave against the grain and get no irritation because I use all the aforementioned products in this overview.
However, this may not be the case for many men. A lot of guys prefer to shave with the grain to prevent outbreaks, razor burn, or ingrown hairs. If you’re a first-timer, you may want to shave with the grain to see how your body reacts.
How To Shave Your Penis & Scrotum
Follow these step-by-step instructions:
Step 1 - Disinfect Your Razor Blade
Before you begin to shave, you always want to make sure your razor is free from bacteria and debris. Wash the razor under a strong stream of water to dislodge any debris. Next, disinfect your manual razor or body groomer with rubbing alcohol. For a manual razor, pour rubbing alcohol directly onto the razor. For a body groomer, dab a little alcohol onto a cotton ball and wipe the blades and comb. You should always clean and disinfect your razor before you shave.
Step 2 - Trim First
If your hair is long, trim down all the hairs so they are short enough for the razor to cut easily. If your pubes are not long, then you can skip this step.
Step 3 - Apply Pre-Shave Oil
Apply pre-shave oil to the shaft of your penis, scrotum, and surrounding areas. This step is optional but recommended to help the razor blade glide better.
Step 4 - Apply Shaving Cream
Lather up the shaving cream in your hands and apply a rich lather to your genitals, then rinse your hands.
Step 5 - Begin Shaving
Grab the tip of the penis and pull it tight or stimulate an erection in order to pull the skin taut–this will make it much easier to shave.
Take your razor or body groomer and gently glide it along the shaft. Do not press hard--your razor or body groomer will work without force. For the area above and around the penis, use the exact same technique.
For the scrotum, pull the scrotal sac taut and begin shaving in any direction that feels comfortable. The scrotum is like a shape-shifter; it can be troublesome to shave at times because the skin is constantly changing to adjust to the temperature. This is why shaving in a hot bath works best since the skin will be loose enough to pull tight for a close shave. If your scrotal sac normally hangs then this is a non-issue for you.
If you're using a manual razor, be sure to rinse it frequently and pull out any long, stray hairs from the blade.
Again, some people wonder whether you should shave against the grain or not. I shave against the grain for an ultra-smooth shave and get no irritation. However, this is not the case for many men. Some prefer to shave with the grain to prevent outbreaks of razor burn or ingrown hairs. If you're a first-timer, I would shave with the grain, not against, to see how your body reacts.
Once you finish shaving, rinse thoroughly and dry off.
Step 6 - Apply Antiseptic
Applying antiseptic is one of the most important steps of your shave. It's going to kill any bacteria, preventing irritation, razor bumps, or ingrown hairs.
To apply, squirt a little antiseptic into your hands and rub evenly and generously on the skin just after shaving.
Let the antiseptic dry before you put on any powder or clothes.
Step 7 - Apply Body Powder
Next, you will want to apply body powder or talcum powder. Unless you want to feel clammy and itchy, this step is a must.
So gents, that's it! You're done! Congratulations!
Hair Regrowth & Ongoing Maintenance of the Shaved Genital Area
Shaving won't offer you permanent hair removal, but most men find that hair on the penis and scrotum tends to regrow at a slower rate, so you'll probably only need to re-shave every couple weeks.
The antiseptic you used in the initial process should be reapplied for the first few days after you shave. This will make a huge difference in skin outbreaks or irritation.
You may still experience some irritation around the areas where the hair growth was thickest–this is normal, but can be minimized with antiseptic.
Loosen and Soften the Hair
As the hair regrows, you will want to scrub the area with an exfoliating product or cloth. This will help loosen and soften the hair as it regrows in addition to preventing ingrown hairs. If you should get an ingrown hair, you can try to massage it out over a couple of days with a scrub. If that doesn't work, you can get tweezers to remove. You can also make your own scrub by mixing brown sugar and olive oil.
I don't recommend re-shaving daily or every other day–this will usually just aggravate the skin. It's best for you to shave no more than once a week. If you're re-using the same blade, be sure to disinfect it with alcohol to kill any bacteria.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
hairless on June 18, 2020:
All this product, fuss and bother are simply not worth the time, expense and irritation. If you want to be hairless, have your pubic hair removed and be done with it forever.
I had mine removed in the mid '90s. All of it. Since then I've been completely smooth with zero effort. Both my wife and I are very pleased that I'm permanently hairless.
Pubic hair is overrated, if you don't want it, remove it!
Edward W on June 01, 2020:
Love the article
PaulaPlaytex on May 04, 2020:
My Boyfriend shaves Me...It's easier that way !!!
RON on April 30, 2020:
I use the Phillips Bodygroom. Does not knick or cut me. Requires no shave soap, when thru I use massage on Coconut Oil. Smooth as a baby.
Last several days. Like the Bodygroom so well I gave one to my girlfriend.
Tiny50 on April 15, 2020:
I always keep myself shaved totally smooth i hate pubic hair but it doesnt matter what i do i always get razor bumps and ingrown hairs i wish a male or female either one that knows what they are doing to shave me and show me what im doing wrong. Is there any places like that around that does full body male grooming id pay someone to do it for me id honestly love to get rid of it permanently and never have to shave pubic hair ever again can someone help me??
Bob on March 04, 2020:
I shave all the time I love the process I love stroking with oil and I love how smooth it is after...most importantly I love how it looks so do all of them.....I also think it helps side in her mouth and all her other holes so much easier! Also loves how it feels on all my skimpy g strings! I also do laser hair removal they love how it looks they always compliment me on the size and how moisturized it is..it takes a year to complete this process but when it is shaved their hands feel so good on it when it’s shaved!! Do it!
Karl on February 26, 2020:
Recently I ordered a few pairs of women's G-string bikini panties by mail. After I had received word by e-mail that they had been shipped, I figured I had better get ready. I shaved everything smooth in order to have a nicer looking presentation when wearing the tiny panties. So sexy for a man to do this! It's such a sensual sensation to lather up with shaving cream and tickle your balls with the razor (if you do it right). I never fail to get an erection when I do this.
jim ball on November 14, 2019:
If I have big tommy how can I see my dick to save need advice...even in the front of mirror i can not see any thing all is bushes. i feel hippy.
Glen on November 11, 2019:
I had galvanic electrolysis done in the late 1990's after shaving and trimming most of my adult life. It took two and a half years to rid all hair from my butt crack, genitals, pubes, stomach and chest. After 22 years, I just had a 30 minute "clean up" of hair that was dormant at the time. I've been smooth as glass for all this time and don't regret the pain I went through to get this done once and for all. I just wish I had it done in the early 1980's instead of waiting. Good luck with all your shaving, guys! BTW I've either gone commando or worn men's 100% nylon bikini briefs since the mid-70's. Only way to go.
bob gorman on September 08, 2019:
i used to shave in the 70s and 80s than things got a little to hetic, and just again began to shave 2 years ago. my wife really likes this and you appear a lot bigger. thanks
Patrick01011955 on June 29, 2019:
My dear wife, wants me to shave my junk! She said, "it's way too hairy!" I have cut down, my male bush, from time-to-time! But, I don't ever recall shaving down there! I guess I'll have to man-up, and shave my junk!
I'll keep you all posted!
Robert on May 29, 2019:
I like to shave my butt because I feel cleaner. I always use a baby wipe after going to the bathroom
Mike on May 19, 2019:
Like the way it feels and when workong just feels cooler
Bob on February 06, 2019:
I've been shaving for 20 years. When I feel stubble in the shower, I take care of it. Gel shaving cream, decent razor and keep everything stretched taught as you do it. No big deal. I had chronic IB - 'itchy balls', but no more.
Stubble ruins the night when you the give old 'whisker burn' to your partners sensitive areas, so keep it maintained.
I'm a daily wearer of seamless micro fiber briefs, with the occasional thong if there is a pouch for my stuff. I have 2 thongs from Target that hold me well.
Lamar on August 19, 2018:
I started shaving my penis about 6 years ago then i wanted to know how it felt to shave my legs also.So i tried it and i love the feel i keep all the hair shaved from the waist down.even my butt crack. I just think it looks better myself. And now my wife doesn't have to worry about getting hair in her mouth..
Paul on August 08, 2018:
They shaved me when I had a vasectomy years ago & I've kept it shaven ever since, I wear Panties 24/7 and being clean shaven adds to the soft feeling of my Panties.
kittyasmith from Florida & Tennessee on August 06, 2018:
I would advise against using talc. It is linked to cancer of the ovaries.
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mikehh on March 26, 2018:
If you have any problems with razor burn or chafing just use a creme called Man1 Man Oil afterward. It is made just for the penis skin and contains some nice moisturizers. Helped me out a lot.
Robert.email@example.com on March 01, 2018:
Great article on manscaping, picked up a few tips
Steve on February 18, 2018:
I am 60 years old and I have always kept things looking neat and clean between my legs. I have always liked a nice "contrast" between my skin and a nice thick, groomed "bush." Over the course of years, my pubic hair has grayed. I use "Just of Men" mustache and beard hair color every month for a nice dark "forest" as I continue to shave and groom that area, including keeping my balls smooth & silky. I also make sure I keep my "treasure trail" equally trimmed, groomed and colored. Keeping up the trimming (by use of a triple-edge razor) in the shower and coloring makes you look and feel great!
Tanya on January 20, 2018:
We're a young & very happy married couple of smoothies. We both prefer the sexy, silky smooth feeling of going bare for each other down there. No hair,....Don't care! Who wants to play with the rough & scruffy feeling of rubbing brillo pads together,..... really? :-)
mikehh on September 13, 2017:
The best thing to use afterwards is a creme called Man1 Man Oil. Unlike baby powder or any other lotion out there, it is made just for the penis skin. It contains natural moisturizers like Vitamin E and shea butter and will keep your penis moisturized, clean and free of irritations. It is an amazing product.
Bert on August 22, 2017:
I use the Norelco multi groom and works perfectly. Everywhere. No ingrown, no grains and a very clean look
Yagms on August 16, 2017:
I use Aftta by Mennen as an aftershave for The sensitive areas and in particular the formerly Harry patch above my rod. It seems to help calm the area does anybody else have a success story with this product? Also, I just received the cool fix in the mail and just to try this product to…
B. Aldforlife on August 14, 2017:
Manzillian Waxing left me incredibly smooth for a week but then the nasty ingrowns arrived and take months to deal with with possible scarring. I am headed to Lazor hair removal but will have to shave for the next year during the treatments until I am smooth for life.... Artical is PERFECT...am following the regimen so far so good and so smooth!! So illustrations bother you? C'mon grow up! Thanks to the author!!!!
Kurt1947 on June 27, 2017:
I have a completely different take: Not bragging but the fact is that I have big balls and a Scrotum with a lot of loose skin. No electric shaver works on my balls. I've tried several. They all nick the folds in the skin. Shaving doesn't work well. I can't pull out enough skin to avoid all the folds. Shaving cream is too slippery.
The only method that works well for me is hair removal cream - the stuff that women use on their legs. First, I cut off as much hair as I could using scissors. Then I bought some brand name stuff. Then I put some on the sensitive area on the back of my elbow to test for rashes or anything else weird. It looked ok after 12 hours. Then I followed the directions. The stuff isn't rubbed in like hand cream. It's put on thick so it covers everything. I waited the recommended 5 minutes with my legs spread apart and then washed it off in the shower. There wasn't a hair left. It was all smooth without cuts or razor burn or the necessity for any after shave lotion. I will never let anything sharp get near my balls again.
Steven on March 24, 2017:
Just use a normal razor.
Better results for smoothness and length of time between shaves.
Less money too.
Jeff on February 07, 2017:
Like the way it feels
wasserball on January 25, 2017:
All you need is some Gillette blades and shaving cream after you trim the hair with a hair clipper. Everything else is a waste of money. If it itches afterwards, brush the area with a hair brush. It feels good.
Jay on January 09, 2017:
Non sense a lot of the claims. Trim sure, but wanting to look like a pre-pubescent boy is sick
5Oclock pubshadow on December 09, 2016:
I've been grooming my genital hair for over 15 years. When I first started, tried, I used a razor thinking I would like the area shaved. I will say that a very close shave will result in very soft and velvety genital area. But, when the hair starts to grow back, OWWW, it's extremely itchy and quite uncomfortable. The other problem is that razors can cut very close and I ended up cutting myself in a couple of places and that irritation sucks as well.
I stopped using a razor and started using a personal hair groomer/trimmer. This method doesn't get a smooth as silk removal, but it's much easier to do and still leaves my genitals looking neat and trim. Since there is still very short pubic hair there is no to very little itching as the hair grows back. At first I used a #2 cover to avoid potentially cutting the area. But soon I just used the trimmer without a guide. This gives the closet possible shave without a razor or a razor's problems. I have cut myself even with the trimmer and one time I didn't catch the cut and it became very irritated and red and a little pus came out of the cut area after a few days. Since thin I make sure to be VERY careful to not get any cuts, and if I do I make sure to disinfect and use an antibacterial like neosporin or it's equivalent. I apply it for a couple of days after a grooming and with that process I have not had a repeat infection or irritation.
This article suggests getting an erection in order to get a better shave, but I find that an erection actually gets in the way of getting a comfortable trim. That could be just me though. I try not to get an erection, but as you guys know sometimes just touching that area makes it pop up and stand at attention.
BTW, this pictures are useful, but drawing a penis that size is very unrealistic for MOST men. Yes, there are guys who will say that drawing is a "normal" sized penis as theirs may be that size, but the reality is that the vast majority of men's penis's are not that big especially when flaccid.
Trimming or shaving really does keep the genital area more comfortable and for me I feel lighter and more breezy. Just be very careful to not get cuts, and if you do make sure to follow the articles suggestions on keeping things sanitary and clean. Also, make sure to use an antibacterial like neosporin it will and does help.
Happy trim to you. :)
JohnWI on November 07, 2016:
I shave after a shower while I am still in there and catch my shaft, balls and a little of the plateau around the shaft about every other day with a "Harry's" razor.
LA on September 22, 2016:
I need to shave my balls now, thanks!
roninhouston on July 29, 2016:
Thanks for the great article and the recommendation of products. Mystified with those thinking the article was funny and not needed.
Started trimming hair around the base of my shaft because condoms were pulling my pubic hairs, OUCH! [another benefit]
I leave the pubic hair above that point because it provides a cushion when thrusting.
Use a battery personal trimmer with a light, about $12. The light allows you to see what you are trimming. Also use it to trim nose and ear hairs. Will last about 6 months to a year.
With the trimmer remove hair on shaft, balls and anus. Last a week to two weeks. The trimmer does not nick me and leave hairs long enough not to cause a bump.
Ahmad Waseem on July 02, 2016:
I have shaved my cock and balls with the surroundings since I was 13--14 years old and now I am 28. It looks so sexy and awesome when I am naked with others [both genders] and I recommend it to all.
water base on June 21, 2016:
gud BT I want the good products. all is well
frankiel on June 18, 2016:
good advice for a nice smooth penis and balls the ladies i have been with love it' they say it makes them feel it much more durig our sexual enconters . just do not cut yourselves and good luck.
XYZ on April 02, 2016:
I enjoyed reading this article. it provided a lot of helpful tips. I love shaving my pubic hair and love the smooth feel.
Kathleen D. on March 10, 2016:
I enjoyed the article, but I work as an esthetician. It's my job to wax these areas, which I love to do on boyfriends. I also like to get them to wear panties for me. If a guy will wear a bra for me then I know that he is really into me. I don't want it to show under his guy clothes. I like "manscaping" a guy's privates just the way I like . It's fun for both of us, and over the years I have never had any of my past boyfriends refuse me. Some salons offer waxing only for girls, but if you ask nicely they might let guys in too.
Libby Spencer from Utah, USA on October 19, 2015:
Me too Missy. And yeah, I agree. This is quite a post and covered everything that guys needs to know. Great post Jacob
Missy Smith from Florida on October 18, 2015:
I have to be honest...I just laughed my butt off reading this. However, you truly covered all the basis on this one. lol... I wonder if any women have written one about how safely to shave their hooha? I mean some of us can't spend the money on waxing; our budgets won't allow that, so we shave as well. When I think about it though, it probably doesn't require as much precision as a man shaving his Tom and Harry. lol. Good Job!
muhammad jamshaid from sargodha on October 18, 2015:
what is this. funny
Elexis Steele on October 18, 2015:
Lol pretty funny....one of the first articles I saw when I typed in hubpages.
David on October 16, 2015:
I was shaving there 40 years ago Wife thought I was weird till I got here to do it She loves it and will never go back to the bush!
psychicdog.net on October 12, 2015:
Useful! It gets hairy down there!
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Pat on August 24, 2015:
Just used the buzz cutter the ball skin was reeling away from the blades I realise why after got a nick then found and read this lol next time I'll try it out
SkiFanatic on August 04, 2015:
Good article. I've been shaving 'down there' for more than 10 years. Agree that going with grain gives less chance of irritation but now find that my skin is so used to shaving that I can go against the grain without a problem. Guys if you keep at it, things do get easier.
http://www.tendskin.com/helped a lot to reduce redness and bumps in the early days too.
Now shave twice a week to keep everything totally smooth from penis to crack. Couldn't imagine being any other way now!
Ron on May 29, 2015:
Great post., learned a lot here.
RayBans on May 27, 2015:
I've been shaving down and back there for years. My wife likes a trimed front patch, I like bare bottom and hole and nothing on the penis. I just bought a Shick Hydro 5, groomer? I use Shave Secret oil and aloe hand cleaner afterwords. Not one bump, and its the best feeling. I like to wear mens thong undies. Shave down there once a week good to go.
Mikeyboy on May 11, 2015:
Tried over weekend - wonderful feeling down there than
Summer LeBlanc from USA on May 10, 2015:
Is it wrong that I am getting aroused by the illustrations? LOL Great hub!
christian vaughn on May 06, 2015:
Lol i just shave ALL my pubic hair and ball hair every thing and its really iritating me any suggestions i all ready tried baby powder : (
Sarah B from Klamath Falls on April 30, 2015:
Hi - great entertaining reading for the ladies :) thanks!
stephen kalu from Nigeria on April 19, 2015:
great teaching.nice one.
Hezekiah from Japan on April 17, 2015:
Very delicate area, thanks for sharing. As a black man I always worry about the shaving bumps, can be extremely painful
Clean Cut on April 09, 2015:
I tried the waxing thing and was told that it would only be sore for the first couple of times, what a load of crap, it hurt like shit every time and even with using Ingrowing Out the ingrowing hairs were unbearable. Eventually I even had to use an anti fungal cream, so yes waxing didn't work for me.
I tried the razor using shaving cream and that worked quite well albeit the odd nick and scratch here and there.
I then tried my Philips electric razor and just found the lube of the shaving cream wasn't enough to give a clean shave. I experimented and found hair conditioner worked perfectly for me with the electric razor and I also sometimes use a good facial wash when shaving which works just as well as conditioner if not better. What I do is wash and then cover the entire area with either of the two (while standing in the shower) then pull the skin tight and go in circular motions till smooth, rinse of and apply a good after shave.
Works for me!
Rick olds on March 27, 2015:
I prefere clean shaven pubic feels clean and appears bigger
luffypiece on March 03, 2015:
i was wondering if using all these products does it really work? I don't wana go out buying all this stuff and turns out that it doesn't or theres a better brand to buy?
thedamiennoir on February 13, 2015:
Um... these pictures are strange. Why would you have your foreskin retracted while shaving? Yikes!
Wassup on February 08, 2015:
What to do we get cut while using trimmer for cuuting pubic area
Zoryana from Ukraine on December 06, 2014:
I first thought it was a joke :)
huduyuthinkIM on November 14, 2014:
I started shaving 15 years ago and I've never looked back (although I frequently look down to take care of business). It's a matter of personal preference: to me, it's cleaner, more comfortable, it feels great and women DO appreciate it. I used to be self-conscious about it, e.g., at the doctor's or in the locker room at the gym. But now I couldn't give a rat's patootie what anyone else thinks. The Schick razor is good, but the Gillette Fusion is the gold standard. The Brave Shave products mentioned in this article are pretty good for body shaving - better than any shaving gel. If you're "itching" to try this, I say go for it.
RICHARD on October 30, 2014:
Love this. I do this once a week and it actually does feel great. You sweat less (so less smells), and you have better sensation down there :)
Priyan DC from Bangalore on October 19, 2014:
Manscaping.. now that's a new word. lol
Lisa Vollrath from Euless, Texas on October 02, 2014:
portlandcommuter on October 01, 2014:
Helpful info for those of us going in for a vasectomy... got to have them shaved, and the 20-year old video they gave me to watch was not very helpful. . .
John on September 29, 2014:
Just spent an hour with a pair of nose trimmers doing just this then decided to finally do research, Im glad I did.
Peter pan on September 22, 2014:
Just shaved my balls and I feel like a new man
Liv Carradine from Los Angeles, CA on September 19, 2014:
I'm so immature sitting here giggling over the illustrations. This hub is very much needed for guys because manscaping is very much appreciated by women. Thanks for the Friday laughs.
Uppity Automaton from Washington, D.C on September 14, 2014:
I am disappointed for two reason. First, it took way too long to get to the 'illustrations'. Second, I thought the illustrations would incredibly accurate hand-drawn pencil sketches.
Kari on September 10, 2014:
Very interesting and thorough hub.
@CrisSp I think guys do need instructions to do this, because it really is not a common thing and I would assume most guys don't want to risk cutting up that area. Then again, I don't think a lot of guys think about doing this - but, maybe I just haven't met them. :)
CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 09, 2014:
I never knew guys need instructions for doing this. :) Nevertheless, it's good for them to know.
Geez, I don't know how I landed in this hub but it's a good, well illustrated and sensational hub! :)
duke on September 08, 2014:
Thanks for the detailed instruction man. I just shaved last week and my balls feel great! Now let's see what my girlfriend says next time we get intimate (:
none on September 05, 2014:
Thanks for the great resource! I've started using the jojoba oil and it makes a real difference.
David B Katague from Northern California and the Philippines on September 04, 2014:
Excellent and informative article. Shaving indeed makes your toy bigger and your partner ( he or she) will love it more.
Shaneka68 from Nation's Capitol on September 01, 2014:
Very informative and you have great bullet points.
Alex Addams (author) from London on August 19, 2014:
Glad you liked!
Alex Addams (author) from London on August 19, 2014:
It's was so bad, you couldn't look away :P
shekainah45 on August 16, 2014:
that is a little gross but helpful
Lisa O from Portland/Los Angeles on August 15, 2014:
I'm not sure why I read this but it was great
Bryant on July 21, 2014:
I love it smooth . But she likes it Hairy . That's on me or her
Paul on June 27, 2014:
unsung on June 18, 2014:
Thanks for such detail info. I was wondering if Schick shaving gel is ok to use beside the shaving cream you recommended?
dolittle on June 07, 2014:
Are these products safe for women who want smooth genitals to use? I know the strategy would be different but I like a hairless feel and hate stuble. Waxing hurts. So can women use this too and get slower, softer grow back?
DeeAaa on March 14, 2014:
These are good points. I like keeping my body clean shaven except for a small bikini line. For quick trim on legs and butt cheeks and chest, an electric razor is OK. But for smoother, non stubbly skin, a manual razor used in the shower or bath is necessary. I was very self conscious when I first tried bodyscaping but I'm getting more comfortable with it and I love the feel of smooth skin. My wife was a little puzzled when I started trying a little section at a time but has come to accept that I enjoy being clean shaven. She even does my back for me and occasionally my legs if we have a romantic bath together. It does take time though, so if you need 5 minute showers in your busy life, don't even think about it.
Dave on March 01, 2014:
Don't go shorter than a number 2 attachment or setting on a trimmer. You will itch like crazy if you do.
What I tend to do is leave a 2" landing strip above the shaft where the upper bush normally grows, and shave the rest clean. I generally shave clean the taint and the area on either side where my legs meet the genitals. Also, I use a trimmer for the bum and then shave that clean too. Guys who are hairy back there: shaving your bum helps to keep it much cleaner back there. If you don't get a chance to shower before being with your lady, after being at the office all day, it can get quite funky back there. Shaving your bum clean too can help to reduce that nasty swamp ass smell, especially if you get into some moderately acrobatic positions.
matt on February 27, 2014:
if you just want to trim a little and not shave or trim too much, what level of an electric trimmer (guard) should you use
Denny on February 26, 2014:
I couldn't agree more with Gonad.
Keep 'em slick if you want a good lick!
Nick on February 26, 2014:
Great article. Agree with Marissa, shaving every couple of weeks is going to leave you with stubble. The feeling of freshly shaved balls is well worth the effort though (not to mention what my wife does when she reaches down to find them smooth)!
Trey on February 24, 2014:
You sir, are a legend for this. Thank you so much. I find the product links especially helpful.
Gonad on February 15, 2014:
Shaving your balls is really worth the effort. Your girlfriend will do certain things that she wouldn't otherwise do, if you get my meaning :-)
Alex Addams (author) from London on February 03, 2014:
I think it depends on what antiseptic--of you're using Tend Skin it's definitely going to burn. I've used The Cool Fix many times without issue. If you have sensitive skin it could burn. No pain, no gain!
Alex Addams (author) from London on February 02, 2014:
All, thank you for the comments. I appreciate the interest! I just added some visual illustrations to the step-by-step instructions of this article. I'm still working to perfect them, but would love to hear any comments on them.
Dewbert on February 01, 2014:
I find it hard to believe an antiseptic on a newly exposed layer of skin on your already sensitive testicles would not burn like a mother fucker.
Modern Man from Toronto, Ontario on February 01, 2014:
Better to leave it unshaved.. less problems, aka itchiness??
John Hollywood from Hollywood, CA on January 08, 2014:
If you notice a little more traffic headed your way it is because Mister Hollywood gave you a boost on FB:)
abdulhaqq.trinidad. on January 08, 2014:
very interesting.shaving of the private parts is a compulsory health measure for all muslims.It is a basic health rule.
lilcupcake on January 07, 2014:
I have to disagree with the appealing look side to it, makes it look wormish to me. like maybe something im supposed to be seeing in a starwars movie. lol but to each their own!