What’s going on guys?! Okay, manscaping… you either participate in this activity or you don’t. There’s really no in between. Today I’m going to go into detail and talk about what areas to shave with a razor, and what areas to shave with an electric trimmer. That’s right, we’re going there, so Hold on tight.
Alright, first order of business; if you’re offended by the talk of shaving your balls, the word penis or the subject of manscaping in general, this particular article and video might not be for you. Next, this article and video is just my personal opinion and if you and your partner like your body hair the way it is, I totally support that. I’m not saying that you “have to” do anything in this video, but if you’re interested in learning more about manscaping or at least learning my routine, let’s get into it.
Okay, so in the video I’ll be talking primarily about what I shave on my body and neck with a razor. I’ll go over some the products I use and different techniques I use to avoid cutting myself. Okay, first up is the torso including your chest and stomach.
Now, I don’t have a whole lot of hair growth on my chest, but I do get some patchy growth around the upper chest area, but it’s pretty sparse. The area where I do have a lot of hair growth of on my stomach around my belly button. All of this gets shaved in the shower with a razor.
Now, if you have chest hair and you and your partner like it, but it’s getting long, I might suggest using an electric trimmer with maybe a #2 or a #4 guard to keep it looking neat and not super unruly where it creeps out of your shirt. Again, my opinion, your choice.
I don’t like using shave creams or gels that foam up because I want to actually see what I’m doing and where my razor is starting and stopping. I also find that shave lotions that don’t foam up have a way better thickness or viscosity and they give me much better lubrication for the razor.
The shave lotion and oil I use are from Grooming Lounge. Full disclosure, they did sponsor the video, but since I use their stuff, it makes perfect sense. Grooming Lounge was a pioneer in the men’s grooming space, opening some of the country’s first upscale men’s barbershops and spas back in 2000. Grooming Lounge’s primary area of focus is men’s shaving – and they developed an entire shaving lineup dedicated to helping men with sensitive skin enjoy their shaves again. They also have tons of other stuff from shampoo & conditioner, skin moistures, body wash, deodorant, like I said, all kinds of stuff. And for a limited time, you can get 30% off any and all Grooming Lounge products using the code 40SAVE30 at checkout.
Listen, just so we’re clear, this isn’t just a vanity thing. Trimming down your body hair reduces odor. Here’s why; Areas like your groin and armpits have a specific type of sweat gland that produces sweat with a higher content of protein. The protein attracts a large amount of bacteria, and it’s the bacteria that causes odor. The more hair you have in those areas makes a perfect breeding ground for more bacteria, and more odor. Not only that, but hair holds odor. Ever been to a smoky casino? How long does your hair smell like smoke afterwards? Exactly.
So, moving downtown to your genital region. The area above your penis where the bulk of your pubes are, I do not recommend shaving this area with a razor. I’ll use a trimmer with a #4 guard to take the bulk out, then shape it into a sort of triangle thing with a small trimmer with no guard. Using it with no guard gets the hair down to almost skin level without causing any irritation or ingrown hairs from actually shaving. I’ve tried shaving with a razor a few different times, but it never worked out for me. And like I’ve said before, when the bush is trimmed, the tree looks taller.
Next, the area around the base of your penis and your nuts; this all gets shaved with a razor. I do not recommend shaving your nuts with an electric trimmer without a guard. Your skin will get cut and you don’t want that. Now, if you have a lot of hair down there, I’ll suggest using a #2 guard to get the length down, or float the trimmer over the area being careful to keep your distance. Once the length is down, what I like to do is mix the shave lotion with a few pumps of the shave oil. This makes a really nice viscosity. Apply the lotion and make sure to pull the skin tight. This is critical for obvious reasons. You want to make sure you’re getting everything and you don’t want to cut yourself. If this is your first time doing it, you’ll probably freak out a little, but I’ve never cut myself using a razor down there. Just be careful and pull everything tight. It also might be better to shave upwards instead of downwards.
My legs, butt, arms and armpits get handled with an electric trimmer, so I think maybe I’ll make a different video talking about using a trimmer since this one is more about using a razor.
Okay, to finish, I shave my neck. Most days I just zip over it with an electric foil shaver, but about twice a week or so I’ll use a razor after I get out of the shower. Using the same shave lotion mixed with the oil, I shave downward. Since I wear a beard, there isn’t a whole lot to deal with here, but after I shave my neck, I’ll use the Shavior as well as the aftershave. I generally don’t use any post shave products on my groin.
One more thing, I’ve mentioned “you and your partner” a few times in this video. I would just encourage you to have a conversation about it and see what they think about it. You never know, it might be something they’ve always wanted to see on you, but were too nervous to ask.