Dear men, there is absolutely no point in being embarrassed about asking the question. Manscaping is a real deal and by not talking about it, you’re making things worse for yourself.
For personal hygiene and sometimes even medical benefits, it is important to keep your genital area clean and hairless. But since the questions around it are too awkward, we end up nervously holding a razor around our private parts with no idea of what to do.
By trial and error, and with some unnecessary cuts and burns (ouch), we do manage to slowly learn the art of doing it the right way. If you haven’t figured it out yet, read ahead to know.
1. Trimming is important: One of the greatest mistakes men make is to use the razor directly on the hair. The razor is not equipped to shave off longer hair and hence causes a lot of problems and burns. The perfect way to start the process is to trim down before you use your razor. If you have a trimmer, set it to the minimum and use it to reduce the length as much as you can. If you happen to use scissors, use a small comb to create a film between the scissors and your skin. Cut them uniformly so that the job is easier for the razor.
2. Take a hot bath: Hot water is an essential to ensure a simple and clean shave. Soaking your body in hot water softens the skin and also softens the remaining hair strands. This makes the shaving process slightly easier as the razor can now glide smoothly over your skin.
3. Pick up the razor: The greatest mistake people make while shaving down there lies in the razor. While they pick the best ones for their face, they choose a basic one for use down there. However, it is advisable to use a good razor to ensure that the shave is smooth and free of burns and cuts.
4. Pick a gel. Before you start, prep the area with shaving gel. Gel is great to soften harder hair strands. It also maintains a translucent nature and allows greater visibility and control of where you are shaving.
5. Gentle does it: When you are getting to the act, remember to be gentle on the razor. Do not dig the razor too deep into your skin. Instead, simply glide it over the hair and let the razor and gel do their job. Also, never run wild with the razor and run it in every direction that seems comfortable. Instead, run it only in the direction of your hair growth. This ensures that there are no rashes left on the skin.
6. Wash off: Once you are done, wash off the gel with hot water. While an aftershave is not advisable, we would recommend the use of alum to cool off and heal any razor burn or cuts you have left.