If you are a guy trying to work out how to manscape your junk, you are in the right place. You wouldn’t cut your way through an untamed and wild jungle terrain without coming up with some kind of plan first and the same applies to clearing the wilderness between your legs!
The area in question has many names but to avoid any confusion, this article shows you how to shave your genital/pubic area and the considerations that need to be made before you decide to “whack the weeds” of your own “private garden”!
Let’s face it, just the thought of bringing something sharp anywhere near your nether-region can cause great anxiety. That bush is atop a sensitive terrain, where even the slightest mishap can be disastrous!
Why do men shave their private parts?
Reasons why men manscape their junk are varied but one of the main benefits is that it just looks better and feels cleaner but be warned, if you do not keep up the trimming duties, you will suffer the dreaded “bristly-balls” which can be very uncomfortable indeed.
Reason two is pressure from partners. According to a recent survey, more than half of the men interviewed were prepared to shave their groin to please their partner. A surprising six in ten men said that they wouldn’t put up much fight before they had agreed to have a ‘Boyzilian’!
Other reasons for removing your pubic thatch are that it gives you an “optical extra inch”, it reduces friction (especially when playing sports), it reduces any unpleasant odors, and of course trends in the media/porn industry. Think back to the ’70s, you “couldn’t see the wood for the trees” but nowadays, the wood is just about all you can see!
In another survey done by Gillette, a whopping 92% of women said they preferred a guy who was neat and tidy around his junk!
Pros & cons of manscaping your junk
- It’s quick (after the first few times and gives instant results
- Leaves you with soft skin
- Increases sexual pleasure/sensitivity
- Smells fresher as hair collects odor
- Your partner will probably prefer it
- No more pubes in your partner’s mouth
- Makes your wang look larger!
- Cheaper than waxing or laser hair removal
- Can cause skin irritation
- Razor burn is possible
- Nicks & cuts for beginners
- Hair regrowth can be painful
- Skin can be itchy
- Pimples can develop in some men
- Ingrown hairs are more likely
- There is a slight risk of catching an STI
Let’s start off with the stats! In a study published in JAMA Dermatology, out of 7,500 adults surveyed, about 67 % of men (compared with 85 % of women) have attempted to groom their pubic areas.
With many folks attempting this task at home, the study looked at injuries that caused the novice groomers to end up in the hospital as a result of their hair removing efforts! Of the surveyed, roughly 4 % admitted to getting professional help with their bush and approx 9 percent confessed that they had asked their partner to help with their weed whacking!
About 24 % of dudes reported an injury relating to removal of their genital thatch with the poor old ball-bag taking the most damage. An eye-watering 67 % of all injuries were to the scrotum with 38 % to the penis itself! Blokes suffered burns from waxing incidents, as well as rashes, in-growing hairs, and razor nicks.
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What manscape tool you’ll need
This depends if you want to go ‘old-school” with a manual razor or whether you want to speed up the whole process with an electric trimmer.
With a razor, you’ll need a top-of-the-line razor, a premium shaving cream/gel for sensitive skin, and a cooling body powder or moisturizer (personal preference).
If you’re using an electric trimmer/groomer, you will need a reputable machine with great customer reviews, and again a good quality body powder or moisturizer for aftercare.
With both methods, you should use some form of scrubbing agent such as a body wash or shower gel to clean yourself thoroughly. Other things on the list for a fine trim are scissors, a fog-free mirror, exfoliating scrubs, and shaving oils.back to menu ↑
Laying the groundwork
First things first, if your bush looks like Santa’s beard, you need to remove most of the hair with scissors or a trimmer/body-groomer. Be careful though as some trimmers can be unsuitable for your nut-sack so probably safer to use some scissors on your danglers!
Next, clean your body thoroughly with a good quality shower gel. Some men like to exfoliate which gets rid of any dead skin for a really clean feeling. Make sure the area is hot and wet before going forwards.
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The best way to manscape your junk
Don’t multitask with any tools that you intend to use in your pubic area. You should not use the kitchen scissors or a trimmer that will be used on your head. That’s because bacteria, such as staph (Staphylococcus) can remain on old razors etc.
- Lather up the area (including the scrotum) with shower gel/foam.
- Pull the area of skin (not including the scrotum) that you wish to shave as taught as possible. Use very light strokes (going with the grain). Rinse your razor each time you shave an area to expel excess hairs.
- Shaving under the scrotum is best achieved by crouching down with legs apart holding a hand mirror directly under you. You can rest on the shower floor (with the shower off), grab your sack and pull upwards with one hand. Using your other hand, carefully take the razor and slowly shave with gentle and light pressure.
- After you have successfully shaved the area, use a good quality anti-bacterial soap to wash is cool water which will help close hair and skin follicles.
- Use a fresh towel to gently pat yourself until dry. Avoid rubbing the area you have just shaved as this could cause irritation.
- Hydrate the area by applying a light, unscented lotion or you can rub in a little of your pre-shaving oil. Some men like to be super-cautious and use an antiseptic gel. Be wary if you have sensitive skin, try a very small amount to test how it feels first!
- After the area has dried, you can also use a little body powder to the shaved area which is popular with guys that are active at the gym or involved with sports. This helps with ventilation and makes you feel fresher.
Dealing with nicks or cuts
Even if you’re careful when you manscape your junk, you may still get the odd nick down below. In fact, according to a 2012 study from the University of California at San Francisco, cuts were the most common injury sustained during pubic hair grooming that sent people to the emergency room.
If the worst happens and you draw a little blood, don’t panic. Just clean the area thoroughly with soap and warm water, as well as an antiseptic/alcohol.
If it’s just a superficial cut, you should apply pressure with a damp piece of toilet paper to allow the blood to clot. Apply firm pressure to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. In extreme cases, if the bleeding doesn’t stop after 20 minutes, call your doctor as you may need stitches.back to menu ↑
Best Groomers / Trimmers for manscaping
The MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro is the ultimate Do-It-Yourself electric hair shaver, built after more than ten years of research and development.
Remington’s PG6157 Head to Toe Trimmer Kit is a complete Head-To-Toe grooming kit. The premium trimmer features titanium-coated stainless steel blades for maximum precision and durable performance.
The Remington PG525 Head to Toe Body Groomer Kit is powered by a long-lasting Lithium Power battery. This head-to-toe trimmer has all the attachments to take care of unwanted hair in all areas.
Best Razors for shaving that bush
The VIKINGS BLADE Chieftain Safety Razor is the legendary Chieftain safety razor, endorsed by the Vikings of Valhalla.
Gillette’s Fusion ProGlide features a razor handle with FlexBall technology which responds to contours and gets virtually every hair.
The Schick Hydro 5 shaves, edges, trims, and hydrates to provide an awesome shave.
Best Shaving Cream / Gel for your privates
The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream is rich with glycerin, coconut oil, and essential oils which leave your skin smooth and moisturized.
Neutrogena Razor Defense Shave Gel not only helps prevent razor bumps and cuts but also boosts skin’s resistance to razor irritation.
Bump Patrol Cool is a dermatologist recommended shaving gel and can be used anywhere on the body. It contains menthol for a more comfortable shave.
Best Post Shave Solutions for your wedding tackle
AHAVA Soothing After Shave is quickly absorbed into your skin to enrich, moisture, and provide effective antibacterial action for a fresh, soft feeling.
Shaveworks – The Cool Fix helps reduce ingrown hairs, razor bumps, razor burn, and redness. The Cool Fix also helps release trapped hairs from underneath the skin, kill bacteria, and prevent ingrown hairs from reoccurring.
Grooming Lounge – The Shavior is loaded with botanicals to provide needed moisture, antioxidants and a tad of sun protection.
Best Powders for soothing your nether regions
Balla Powder Talc is a fine Italian talcum powder with a subtle fragrance that will leave your entire body feeling dry, comfortable, and smelling great.
Grooming Lounge Super Powder can help reduce itching and scratching on private areas and it absorbs sweat too. It’s very fine consistency goes on light – but still absorbs sweat in a big way to fight chafing.
Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Body Powder is specially formulated to provide the ultimate in freshness,
odor protection, and moisture control.
Other Top Manscaping Necessities
Baxter of California’s Exfoliating Body Bar uses a rich, hydrating formula that exfoliates dead skin cells with pumice, jojoba meal, and crushed olive seeds.
The Deluxe Fog-free Shower Mirror’s surface will equalize to create a long-lasting, TRULY Fog FREE image for shaving for the duration of your shower.
The Pro Barber / Salon Razor Edge Hair Cutting Scissors are top notch Japanese stainless steel tempered with precise blades and hand sharpened cutting edge to trim hair effortlessly.