Article after article advises women on how to groom their intimate areas… what about men? Here, we give you 8 tips to manscape to keep it fresh.
Manscaping. The word itself is received with ambivalence in the circles of true, hot-blooded men. Of course, you can’t just leave your lower lawn untended, but the thought of bringing a razor’s edge in full contact with your precious family jewels can incite panic—or, to make things worse, you could solicit the services of a professional “manscaper” *yes, that is a thing*. That is often considered effeminate, however, making it an unlikely choice. Like passing by a roadside accident, manscaping is horrible, but you can’t look away. It has to be done.
Manscaping is not just about your pubes. It includes managing the growth of other body hair, including your chest, armpit, and facial hair. Of course, you’ve got your neighborhood barber to tend to your head and face, and for sure, you can manage your own chest carpet. However, your subterranean savannah is trickier to groom and requires careful attention. Jabbing at your crotch randomly with a razor can result in unintended consequences.
#1 For comfort. Pubes, if left untended, can be an inconvenient hassle. First, they can accidentally get caught in your fly when zipping, which is extremely painful. Second, they can tangle and choke your penis if you get an unwanted boner *which is also painful*. Finally, the sheer difficulty of having to rummage through your untrimmed bush to find your wiener to pee is very annoying. To be precise: less hair, fewer problems.
#2 For hygiene. A quick biology recap will remind you that hair means the presence of sweat glands. Hair soaks up sweat and, given that the sun rarely shines below your waist, your pubic area is prone to grow lots of bacteria that can result in unpleasant odors and skin diseases. Manscaping is a way to maintain good hygiene and keep your genital area clean and healthy.
#3 For aesthetics. If you think that girls like the stereotypical hairy, cabin-dwelling, beer-guzzling, macho-man, you’re wrong! Most women prefer well-groomed men, unless she time-traveled from the 70s. A neatly-trimmed manscape creates the impression of cleanliness. Women won’t hesitate to go down on you without the fear of having to pause to spit out stray hairs. [Read: 12 common insecurities guys have that women don’t realize]
Manscaping tips – How to manscape right
#1 Safety first. Remember, you are bringing sharp objects down on your fun parts. It won’t be so fun if you accidentally get a cut down there, so you’d better tread carefully when manscaping. First, make sure whatever grooming tools, such as razors and trimmers, are clean and well-functioning.
For those opting for electric razors, make sure they are well-oiled and maintained for better trimming efficiency. Do not use your manscaping tools for purposes other than body hair shaping, as its intended use makes it a vehicle for infection.
#2 Pull the skin taut. Unlike your face and your chest, your pubic area is full of ridges and crevices that can be tricky to go over with a razor. Uneven skin bumps and wrinkles pose a risk for cuts and nicks. To make shaving or trimming easier, pull the skin taut to make a relatively flat surface, then run it through with your trimmer. Do this carefully and slowly, and do not rush. Work on one small strip at a time to achieve an even cut.
#3 As much as possible, leave some stubble behind. Unless you’re a porn star or bikini model, try not to shave it clean like you do your face. For those who’ve made that mistake, you understand that shaving it clean makes you prone to irritation and itchiness. Leave it short *about half an inch*, with just enough room for comfort.
#4 Take a shower first. Taking a shower before you do your yard work cleans away excess oil and dirt that could otherwise lessen the efficiency of your proverbial gardening tools. In addition, having a warm shower relaxes and smoothes your skin, allowing an easier trim, and makes your skin less susceptible to cuts and infection, should you accidentally draw blood.
#5 Use the appropriate skin products. Slapping your groin with your usual cream and aftershave can be dangerous, as it can lead to inflammation and irritation. The skin of your pubic area is more sensitive and chock-full of nerves *with good reason* that requires a milder formula. Luckily for you, there’s a whole line of masculine grooming products that are better-suited for manscaping. Consult your dermatologist for suggested products.
#6 Define your borders. As mentioned, manscaping is done to make your crotch look good. Hair is often uncooperative and grows in the weirdest places imaginable, so try to make it look neat by trimming the hair close to a defined border. Professional male groomers have waxing styles for men, such as the “mankini,” and variations of the brazilian, suited for manly tastes.
#7 Get help. If you think that it’s too hard for you to trim that man bush on your own, it won’ hurt to enlist the help of a reluctant girlfriend or wife. Just make sure you compensate them for their efforts afterward. Getting someone else to do your manscaping can be awkward, but sometimes it is the better option, as they have a better perspective of your crotch, and can easily work on those hard-to-reach areas. If you don’t trust your girlfriend enough, at least ask her to hold a mirror for you. [Read: Facial hair – Do women like men with beards?]
#8 Visit a professional. You might not believe it, but there are spas that offer man-grooming services. We know what you’re going to say, but it wouldn’t hurt to try it at least once. They are professionals, after all, and they are highly trained to give you the neatest, most comfortable trim of your life—more than anything you can come up with on your own. If you’re unsure, ask your girlfriend or partner to accompany you, and hold her hand as your professional manscaper does their thing.
Manscaping can be an awkward discussion, but it is better to mow your lawn with safety and precision than go Edward Scissorhands on your crotch. Using the manscaping tips above, you can proudly display your manscaped undercarriage, and surprise your lady with something different.
Original article by LovePanky.com: How to Manscape Right: 8 Manscaping Tips to Shape It Sexy.
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