How to Shave Your Genitals for Men (Illustrated)
If you've never shaved your love tackle before, then you're really missing out on 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.
The good news is it's a lot of easier than you think, and the risk of cutting yourself is very little if you just follow the rules.
This is the most definitive and comprehensive guide you'll find on this subject, and 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
Here's some of the not so good stuff:
- Skin irritation
- Razor burn
- Nicks and cuts
- Risk of infection
- Painful hair regrowth
- Itchy skin
- Ingrown hairs
- Increased risk of STD transmittal
However, I think much of this can be avoided, and we'll cover this later on in the tutorial.
Two Methods 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 what you prefer, this tutorial is going to cover both methods.
Required Shaving Supplies
Here are the required shaving supplies you will need, based on the method you prefer: manual or electric.
- 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)
Electric Body Groomer
If you are shaving with an electric body groomer you will need only the following:
- Electric body groomer
- Antiseptic (The Cool Fix)
- Body powder (Ball Powder)
Manual Razor or Body Groomer: Which Is Better?
Better is relative to the type of results you want and the amount of effort you want to put into shaving your pubic area.
Go with a manual razor if you want...
...the cleanest, closest, and smoothest shave possible; this method requires a little more effort and great for guys who like it all bare.
The manual razor shown right 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 with out all the fuss.
The electric body groomer shown right is the Philips Norelco Body Groom Pro.
The Importance of Using the Best Shaving Supplies
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.
List Price: $28.49
Premium Razor Blade
Under no circumstances should you ever take a cheap razor to your jewels. 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 best choices for most men are Gillette, Schick, or King of Shaves. 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--it's perfect for shaving sensitive skin.
As a result, this dramatically minimizes irritation. Now, I'm not saying you won't seem 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 $20 on Amazon.
Electric Body Groomer
An electric body groomer is great for guys who want speed, efficiency, and an easy clean-up. There are a number of these on the market, some are 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 while grooming your body.
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 $60 on Amazon.
For those using a regular razor and shaving for the first time, you'll need to get a small trimmer to trim down 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 trimmer 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 in the foreseeable future, you may want to opt for a groomer that has a trimmer built-in.
You can pick up this personal trimmer on Amazon for $10.
A pre-shave oil is not required, but a 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 is Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil.
Jojoba oil is commonly used in many of the pre-shave products sold by the shaving companies. However, the shaving companies market pre-shave oil at a very high price point, so it's more economical just to buy a bottle of jojoba oil.
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 drys quickly, so it won't leave you greasy.
Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil is my favorite brand, and it retails for about $12 on Amazon.
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 $22 on Amazon. It's also available in a smaller 2 ounce travel size, for those men that are on-the-go.
Antiseptics are a post-shave product, and the most important step in combating irritation, razor bumps, and ingrown hair--it's 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 these horrible outbreaks, but none of them bothered to use any post-shave products.
The Cool Fix is one of the best antiseptic products you can use; 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 this days later after you've developed some irritation, it will likely sting. You're a man though, suck it up.
The Cool Fix retails for about $19 on Amazon.
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's addictive; makes your skin feel smooth and dry, and some of the powders smell amazing.
Balla Powder is a super fine talc and one of my favorites--the scent is unique and leaves your skin feeling silky. Balla offers three talc formulas: Oak Must, Tingly Mint, and Fragrance-Free formula.
Balla Powder retails for about $13 on Amazon.
Before You Begin
Setup Your Workspace
If you're using a manual razor, a bathtub is the most ideal location, because you can:
- Easily stabilize your 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 bath water
- Apply your favorite shower gel to moisturize the area when you're done
- Cleanup quickly--just drain the tub
If you're using an electric body groomer, then laying on your 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
There is a golden rule to 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 will 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 would be to shave in the direction of the hair growth. Shaving against the grain is to shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
Shaving against the grain will provide the smoothest shave, but also increase the risk of irritation. However, 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 any 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 you're hair is long, trim down all the hairs so they are short enough for the razor to easily cut. 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 surround areas. This step is optional, but recommended to help the razor blade glide better.
Step 4 - Apply Shaving Cream
Lather up the shave 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 to pull the skin taut--this will make it so much easier to shave.
Take your razor or body groomer and gently glide it across the shaft. Do not press hard--your razor or body groomer will work without force. For the area above and around the penis, do 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--the skin will be loose enough to pull tight for a close shave. If your scrotal sac tends to normally hang 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.
Some people ask 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. A lot of men prefer to shave with the grain to prevent any outbreaks of razor burn or ingrown hairs. If you're a first-timer, I would shave with the grain, not against it--see how your body reacts.
Once you finish shaving, rinse yourself 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 from open pores, preventing irritation, razor bumps, or ingrown hairs.
To apply, squirt a little antiseptic into your hands and rub evenly and generously on the skin.
Let the antiseptic dry on your skin 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
Shaving won't offer you permanent hair removal, but most men find 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 any 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 & Soften the Hair
As the hair regrows, you will want to scrub the area with a skin scrubbing product or cloth. This will help losen 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 ingrown hair tweezers to remove. You can 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 the blade with alcohol to kill any bacteria.
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Last updated on February 17, 2014
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