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How To Guide: Men's Pubic Hair Shaving

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Pubic hair shaving for men is a bit different than taking the razor to your face. Here we will show you how to get a close, safe shave while avoiding common problems like nicks and ingrown hairs.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 1/2 hour for male pubic hair shaving

Here's How:

  1. Pick the right shaving cream. For this sensitive body zone be sure to get and use a good shaving cream or gel, using soap is definitely out. Brave Solider, Brave Shave (read review) is specifically made for male body shaving, and softens the hair follicle for a smoother shave.

     

  2. The right razor makes the world of difference. Don't use straight, cheap disposables or you'll be left with cuts and nicks. Don’t use a regular electric razor made for the face. Instead, use a razor with a pivoting head and multiple blades to give you a smooth, close shave.

     

  3. Take the length off. If you use your razor first you'll be likely to pull hair and cause irritation and also wear down the blade before shaving. So first trim hair down short by using the shortest guard with hair clippers or placing a comb flat on the skin and trim over comb with scissors.
  4. Take a warm shower or bath. 5 - 10 minutes of the heat and steam will make skin and hair more relaxed and pliable.
  5. Exfoliate. Removing dead skin cells with give a closer shave by using a mild body scrub or your favorite body wash with an Ayate washcloth (compare prices).
  6. Shaving oil is your friend. The oil moisturizes skin and creates a barrier so the razor glides easier instead of dragging. On top of that shaving oil helps prevent razor rash, red irritation and ingrown hairs- all big offenders in the pubic area (compare prices).
  7. Apply shaving cream or gel. Skin needs to be damp, but not overly wet. Work the product in circles with a shaving brush to help lift hair and get a closer shave. Without a brush, simply use your hands.
  8. Shave with a fresh blade. First go in the same direction of hair growth and then in opposite direction without going over the same area too many times. (Holding skin taut does help give you a closer shave, but may irritate skin.) Only shave on your skin, not your genitals (read tips).
  9. Clean blade. Rinse the blade from the front back and sides between strokes. A clogged razor won’t remove hair well.

     

  10. Final rinse. Rinse area to remove all traces of shaving gel or cream. Then pat dry with a soft towel.
  11. Hydrate. Apply a light, unscented lotion, aftershave or a rub in a bit of pre-shaving oil.
  12. Fight irritation and bumps. In this area because of thick and curly hair, it has a tendency of getting ingrown hairs. Tend Skin (buy direct) can help with razor rash, irritation, bumps and ingrown hairs.

Tips:

  1. If you keep getting irritation then use a single blade razor and only shave in the direction of growth.
  2. Taking a small mirror in the shower can help you see better. Shaving while showering may be easier over a bath because you can prop up legs on side of stall.
  3. Shaving has very short-lived results, waxing will keep hair away for weeks at a time. You may want to consider a male bikini or brazilian wax.
  4. Use a clipper with a guard to trim hair short on genitals, don't use the razor.
  5. Get more tips for grooming, trimming and removing hair down below in: Guy Pubic Hair.

What You Need:

  • Comb and scissors or hair clippers (with guards)
  • New pivoting razor
  • Hydrating shaving cream or gel
  • Pre-shave oil
  • Shaving brush (optional)
  • Aftershave lotion
  • Cortizone cream (for itchiness)
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