How to Shave Your Pubic Area for Men
Dad might have taught you to shave your face. But chances are he never taught you to shave your pubes. Talk about an awkward moment…
There are lots of reasons why you might want to trim or shave your pubic area - it may make you more confident, your partner might have requested it, or maybe you just want to try it out.
But there’s valid reason for concern anytime you pick up a cutting instrument and go near your genitals. What happens if something goes wrong? Yikes.
Follow our men’s guide to trimming and shaving the pubic area to avoid discomfort, skin irritation, ingrown hairs, and the sting of disappointment each time someone sees you with an out of control man bush.
Trimming Your Downstairs Like a Pro
Whether you’re just going to do some reduction or want to shave away everything, you should start by trimming down your pubic hair. Use a body trimmer - which is much the same as a hair trimmer but designed to safely and effectively handle manscaping all over your body.
You want to be careful with your precious bits, so the tool you use is important. Don’t get aggressive with scissors, a hair trimmer, or a razor just yet. Go in slow with a body trimmer for the best results and the least danger.
Locate yourself somewhere that makes clean up easy. Depending on your starting situation, you may have quite a bit of hair to sweep up after.
Some guys do their trimming over the toilet or in the bathtub/shower - but your best bet is to trim over a large towel. You don’t want to have the awkward conversation where you explain why there’s a clump of little curlies clogging up your drains.
Trimming during or after a shower might seem best, but wet hair is much harder to deal with. When it comes to trimming down the bulk of your pubic hair, you want everything to be dry. That makes it easier for your body trimmer to get the job done.
Start with your trimmer at the base of your pubic hair and gently work your way up to where it ends near your belly. This isn’t a race, so there’s no need to rush through the process as any slip can be… disastrous. Always use a blade guide on your trimmer to prevent any nicks or cuts.
Pro tip: use a high setting at first - you can always go lower if you want to. And be aware that pubic hair does have benefits - it’s your baby maker’s first line of defense from irritants and germs that accumulate on the skin. So you don’t have to scorch the earth and there isn’t a hygienic benefit to eliminating all of your hair down there. Some intentional trimming, however, is a part of many men’s regular grooming routine.
Shaving Your Pubic Area Safely
If you want to totally remove your pubic hair, shaving is the way to do it. Always start by trimming down your hair first - that will reduce the risk of irritation and make the shaving experience much better.
Another important pre-shaving step is taking a warm shower. This will soften the hair and skin, allowing for a closer shave with less irritation.
Have you noticed that reducing irritation is a theme here?
Do not reach for a dull, used razor or cheap shaving cream when shaving the family jewels. The tools you use should be top quality - after all, don’t you value your package?
Foaming shave creams are a bad idea. It can already be hard to see what you’re doing down there and a pile of foam on your skin is only going to make things worse. Instead, go with a non-lathering shave cream like our Smooth Brushless Shave Cream. It’s designed for shaving your face but its gentle ingredients are just as effective on your everything.
Another option is to use shaving oil. This is great for guys with sensitive skin since it lubricates and protects the skin for an optimal experience. Try our Hybrid Glide Shave Oil - made with argan and jojoba oils.
Shave cream and oil both help prepare and protect the skin for the main event. They keep your skin hydrated and lubricated to prevent any unpleasantness.
Once you’re ready to go, take a deep breath, pick up your razor, and keep these important details in mind:
- Easy does it, this is a sensitive area.
- Always shave with the grain of your hair.
- Stretching your skin for a closer shave may get things smoother right now, but will ultimately result in unsightly bumps and ingrown hairs.
- If you’re shaving your balls, you’re a brave man. Pull the skin tight and use an extremely gentle touch.
- Don’t remove hairs with a tweezer or with a ripping motion - it almost certainly will result in painful ingrown hairs and irritation.
Once you’re satisfied with how everything looks, rinse and slather on the aftershave - one that doesn’t contain alcohol. You want to soothe your skin, not create pain and irritation. Try or Instant Relief Aftershave - it’s alcohol-free and contains hydrating ingredients like aloe vera and hyaluronic acid along with natural antiseptics to kill bacteria.
You may want to continue using aftershave a few hours after shaving or even the day after. A light application is all it takes - and that’s much preferred to braving it through itchy redness all day. Constantly scratching your crotch because of intimate razor burn is not the way you want to draw attention to yourself in public.
Keeping Up Appearances with Regular Maintenance
Once you’ve trimmed and shaved your manly parts to your heart’s content, you’ll only need to revisit the process every few weeks - depending on how fast your hair grows. For hygienic reasons, keep your manscaping tools clean and separate from your facial grooming tools and always wash them thoroughly. Before every trim, make sure the equipment is clean and the blades are still sharp.
Guys - shaving your fancy bits isn’t rocket science. Apply the same rules for maintaining your facial hair, just in a slower, more careful way.
Avoid practicing slash and burn grooming to keep the look simple and natural. Remember, you grow pubic hair for a reason - there are reasons to keep at least some of it. Try to remember to trim and remove pubic hair for men every few weeks to ensure you’ll have an easier routine to maintain - one that keeps you, and anyone else with interest in your downstairs… satisfied.