How to Shave Your Butt (Illustrated)
Why Shave Your Butt? (Or Why Not?)
Many men have hair on their buttocks and around their anus–it’s quite normal and natural. The hair on your butt does serve a purpose; it helps minimize friction and chafing while also keeping the area ventilated and dry.
However, a growing number of men are removing their body hair, including their tail feathers.
Some people ask, why would someone want to do this? There are a number of horror stories about pubic shaving, but for men who can master the art, it is well worth the reward.
Removing body hair can make you look and feel clean, plus it can also be sexually arousing and stimulating not only to you, but to your partner (that is of course if your partner prefers a smooth bum–some don't).
Recommend Shaving Supplies for Shaving the Butt
Before you begin, you'll need to make sure you have all the things you'll need. Here are the recommended shaving supplies:
When it comes to shaving your buttocks, you're going to need a few tools.
For most body grooming you do, you can generally use just an electric groomer or a manual razor. But, in the case of shaving your buttocks, you really need both to achieve an effective shave. The electric body groomer is great to remove hair on the cheeks, but usually too big to get around the anus, so you need a manual razor for that area.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro
The Norelco Bodygroom Pro is the #1 best selling body groom on Amazon–a huge favorite among well-trimmed men.
What I like about this unit is the dual end shaving it offers; the shaving head at the top is great for close shaves, and the trimmer at the bottom of the unit with the hair guard is great for trimming down hair.
You can use this unit to trim down the hair on your buttocks before shaving with a razor. If you just want to shave your cheeks, then you can use the shaving head to achieve a closer shave, but you won't be able to really use this unit "between the cheeks."
This unit retails for about $70 and is a great investment for all your body grooming needs.
Wahl Micro Groomsman
Wahl Micro Groomsman
If you don't have a lot of hair on your buttocks or you are in between trims, then you can use something as simple as the Wahl Micro Grooms to cut down the hair.
This unit is great when there is just a little hair that needs to be trimmed but if the hair is thick and long, then you're going to want to use the Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro above.
This unit is also small enough that you can use it around the anus. If you're wanting to avoid a manual razor altogether, then you should pair this with the Bodygroom Pro, and both should be able to fulfill all your grooming needs.
This unit retails for about $8 on Amazon.
Schick Quattro Titanium
Schick Quattro Titanium
If you want a close, super smooth shave, then you're going to need to use a manual razor (after you have trimmed down the hair with a body groomer).
I highly recommend the Schick Quattro Titanium razors; I think they are one of the best manual razors you can use for body grooming. The blades are wrapped in wires to prevent you from pressing too deeply into the skin, thus minimizing nicks and irritation, like razor bumps.
Eight cartridges will run you about $15 on Amazon.
In order to properly shave your bum, you've got to be able to see it.
Line of sight is the most difficult problem with shaving your butt, so a mirror is a must have, and I'm going to show you some tricks for how to use it (see instructions below).
You will need a decent-sized handheld mirror to properly perform this task. I recommend this large 11" mirror by Goody that retails for about $7 on Amazon.
Brave Soldier Shower Shave is an excellent product to use to shave your buttocks. While most guys may want to use a shaving cream, I really recommend this gel formula. Let me tell you why:
First, it's clear, so will make it easier for you to see what you're doing (and you do need to see when shaving this area of the body). Second, it's silicone-based, making it incredibly emollient and creating a very comfortable shave. Lastly, it's not just a shave gel, it's also a skin treatment that calms, tones, and prevents irritation–perfect for tender skin.
Brave Soldier Shower Shave retails for about $17 on Amazon.
There are many nightmare stories about guys who have had horrible experiences shaving their butts. In all cases, none of them used an antiseptic.
Antiseptic is important because it soothes the skin, closes pores, and kills any bacteria. When you don't use antiseptic you increase the chance of skin irritation.
I recommend a product called the Cool Fix. It's a silicone-based antiseptic that not only conditions the skin and kills bacteria, but it also has a cooling effect that's quite refreshing. The Cool Fix retails for about $22 on Amazon.
After you remove all the hair from your buttocks, the absence of hair will mean that you will not be able to ventilate this area as well as before, so it's crucial that you invest in a good body powder.
Body powder is going to help keep your skin dry and smooth.
I recommend Balla Powder. Balla Powder is a high-quality talcum powder that feels great on the skin and keeps you from feeling clammy. The scents they offer are amazing, too–it's available in original, tingle formula, and fragrance-free. This product retails for about $13 on Amazon.
As the hair starts to re-grow, you're going to want to exfoliate the skin to help loosen the hairs and dead skin cells. This will help promote healthy skin and reduce skin irritation.
The Salux Washcloth is a Japanese invention and one of the best body exfoliators you can buy on the market, I think. It's basically a long rectangle of textured cloth made from nylon, perfect for scrubbing the backside.
This product retails for about $5 on Amazon.
How To Shave Your Butt
Follow these step-by-step instructions:
You want to make sure you don't introduce any new bacteria to your skin while you are shaving, so thoroughly clean your body and then completely dry off.
A hot shower or bath is recommended–this will help soften the hair and prepare your skin. Be sure to dry off with a fresh towel as a re-used towel my contain bacteria.
While I recommend you start with a fresh razor, if you happen to be using a razor that's relatively new, then you first want to make sure your remove any existing debris and bacteria.
You can remove hair lodged between the blades by running the blade under a heavy stream of water or gently tapping the razor on the base of the sink. Once you've cleaned the razor, pour a little rubbing alcohol over the top of the blades to kill any bacteria.
If you're using an electric groomer, you can clean the unit by opening the razor and removing stray hairs. To disinfect the unit, dab some alcohol onto a cotton swab and wipe the blades.
If the hair on your butt is long, you are going to need to trim it down so you can effectively use your manual razor or body groomer. A clogged razor will make your shaving more difficult and could create some painful snagging as hairs get stuck.
If the hair is thick, then I'd recommend using the Phillips Norelco Bodygroom Pro. If the hair is light and thin, then you should be able to use the Wahl Micro Groomsman.
Squeeze a small amount of shave gel into your palm, add a little water, and then apply to one of your buttocks (just one, not both); next, rinse hands clean and dry them. The reason you want to apply to just one cheek is so that you can easily pull them apart without your hands slipping–this will make it easier to shave.
Wet your razor blade with cold water and begin shaving the hair on your buttocks. If you're using a body groomer, then just begin shaving.
If you want a close shave, then shave against the grain; if you tend to be more prone to skin irritation, then you may want to shave with the grain.
Ideally, you should be standing up with your butt facing the mirror in your bathroom; this will make it easier for you to see what you're doing without straining your back too much.
As you shave, the razor will do the work, so it only needs to be pressed lightly against the skin. For those using a manual razor, rinse the blade frequently in cold water (cold water minimizes redness) to dislodge any hairs that are stuck. If you're using a body groomer, then frequently remove any excess hair from the blades and comb.
If by chance you nick yourself, you can use a styptic pen to stop the bleeding.
Shaving between the cheeks is the trickiest part as it's the hardest to see. This is why you need a handheld mirror for this step.
Once you've shaved your butt cheeks, it's time to shave between the cheeks. To do this effectively, lay a handheld mirror on the floor, facing up. Then, squat above the mirror, and begin shaving.
Continue to rinse your razor frequently to prevent the cartridge from becoming clogged. If you have just a light amount of hair growth around your anus, you can use the Wahl Micro Groomsman personal trimmer instead.
After you’ve removed all the hair and are satisfied with your shave, rinse any excess shave gel and stray hairs off with cold water. You may also want to use a non-irritating body wash.
Pat yourself dry with a fresh, clean towel; using an old towel may introduce bacteria onto the skin.
Apply a generous and even amount of antiseptic/razor bump treatment to your skin. This treatment is best applied right after you rinse your body. Allow the antiseptic treatment to dry before applying any body powder or putting on clothes.
Depending on your skin type, this may or may not burn a little. You should apply the antiseptic for the first few days after you shave, every day.
Now apply body powder to your bum; this will keep you dry and fresh, plus prevent any chafing or itching. You should re-apply the body powder every day.
After a few days have lapsed, you will need to start to exfoliate your butt to prevent ingrown hairs and skin irritation. Using an exfoliating cloth will help loosen the hair and remove dead skin cells. You will need to do this every few days, but not every day in most cases.
While you're at it, you might also be interested in my article about how to shave your genitals.