This article was published on March 3rd, 2020
Manscaping, formerly known as male grooming, is a process that nearly every man has gone through a few times, if not on a daily basis. Whether you want to be hairless or trim, what you remove and how you remove involves the rights tools as well as the right technique.
Men these days are more in tune with their bodies both inside and out, with surveys showing nearly three-quarters of men shave below the belt, their chests, and backs. In previous generations, razors were the main tool, but more men these days are opting for waxing to get a trimmer, smoother look. For men that have excessive body hair, waxing those hard to reach areas necessitate waxing appointments a few times a year.
There are some health concerns to be aware of when it comes to manscaping, with the biggest being ingrown hairs, small cuts, skin irritation, and infection. HomoCulture is on a mission to provide the quintessential manscaping principles that every gay man can use to safely and effectively achieve the look that complements their bodies.
1. Shave It Slowly
We may live in a fast-paced world, but when it comes to shaving – especially your nether-region – slow and steady wins the race. Getting careless with scissors and razors can lead to nicks and cuts that can keep your southern border closed for business! That being said, a two-blade razor is the way to go as it means fewer cuts and therefore less irritation. A two-blade solution can give you a close shave but is gentle enough that you are less likely to experience skin abrasions that can take days to heal.
2. Cut the Cross-Contamination
Managing your manscaping duties involves extreme cleanliness that necessitates ridding your skin of any bacteria before using a blade on sensitive areas. The softer the hairs are, the easier they are to cut, so keep both hands and tools as clean as possible to prevent cross-contamination. The bacteria on our bodies and our face are dissimilar, so be sure to keep separate blades for those parts, ensuring that they are always as sharp as possible. Inexpensive skin razors are the way to go and, when in doubt, go from face to body, but not the other way around.
3. Don’t Be a Ball Buster
Know your flexibility levels before attempting to shave around your testicles as it requires a level of dexterity and patience that some men may never possess. Shaving down below also involves good lighting, small intricate strokes, and possibly a bathroom mirror or two. As you’re shaving, move loose skin as necessary to avoid scrapes and ingrown hairs. There are clippers for these more delicate areas and many men opt for a trimmed nether region as opposed to a full-on wax.
4. Oil Up
Razors cut so close that you’re going to need some lubrication to evade irritation after shaving. HomoCulture advises pre-shave oils that can protect your skin as you glide a razor across the skin. The same shaving oil you apply to your face can also be used on the body, with the recommended ones possessing olive or leaf oils that have an antimicrobial bonus.
5. Body Trimmer
Not every man wants to be as smooth as a baby’s bottom, which means investing in a body trimmer is an absolute must. This is a tool that will cut hair so that it maintains a natural fade from the chest and arms down to your legs. Combined with scissors, it is possible to contour the chest for a look that lasts longer as it grows out. Opt for a trimmer that comes with several attachments so that you can achieve the exact length you desire for every part of the body.
6. Prepare for the Stubble
For a close shave, you’re going to have to get used to the reality of stubble, which typically returns within one to three days depending on the man. HomoCulture advises shaving the day before if you want a clear face before a special occasion as this limits irritation and stubble won’t be as noticeable. As the stubble grows in and gets itchy, invest in hair conditioners for your body after showering so that pores are not clogged, and skin can breathe.
7. First Aid
No matter how patient and delicate you are, cuts are bound to happen, so it is best to be prepared. For those manscaping accidents, the first line of defense is soap and water applied to the affected area. Next, have a petroleum ointment on standby as well as bandages to stop any bleeding. Follow these guidelines and you will have all the tools necessary in your arsenal to achieve the manscape experience that makes the grade.