6 SackSafe Steps for Shaving Your Pubic Hair
Aug 19, 2022
Many men wonder how they should shave their pubic hair. What should I use to shave it? What’s the best way to go about it?
Now, there’s nothing really wrong with pubic hair. It grows naturally and actually serves a function, so shaving is certainly not necessary. Yet many people – men and women – don’t care for it. So, whether or not to shave is entirely a personal choice.
Given current grooming fashion, it’s something to seriously consider. Especially if you want to make a good impression on – ahem – certain people!
Besides, we think you’ll like it! Your balls will look clean, and it feels good too.
Ball shaving is, however, not exactly a topic one usually discusses, especially with men – even though some men out there could probably give you some pretty good advice.
Well, not to worry! As always, we’ve got your back. After reading our guide to ball shaving here, you won’t need to ask anyone else for advice.
One of the most frequent questions men ask is…
How often should I shave “down there”?
We suggest 1 – 3 times a week, but it really depends on:
- How fast your pubes grow
- What type of skin you have – sensitive, dry or normal
- Whether you want to just trim it or shave it off completely
This little guide will provide tips and advice on how you should go about shaving your pubic hair and recommend the best available shaving and trimming products. We’ll also present some alternatives to shaving and provide some information on lasering as an option for removing pubic hair permanently.
What tools should you use to shave around your tool?
‘What’s the big deal?’ you might think. ‘Just use a razor and some cream, right?’ Incorrect (five points away)! Shaving should happen in a way that avoids damage or unnecessary irritation to the groin’s especially sensitive skin. Using the right tools is, therefore, essential.
The right tools for shaving your pubes include:
- An electric trimmer designed to trim and shave hair – especially on your genitals
- A fine-tooth comb – this allows you to lift hair out of the way so you can see where you’re shaving
- Shaving cream – to keep that sensitive skin lubricated and allow the razor to glide over it
- A SackSafe blade – especially designed to prevent nicks and cuts
- Aftershave – as with your face, this helps soothe the skin ‘After (the) Shave’
- A Moisturiser – to maintain your skin’s moisture and keep it supple
- Disinfectant – obviously, to avoid skin infection
We’ve summed up the best process for shaving your pubic hair in six straightforward steps.
A 6-Step Process for Shaving Pubic Hair
Step #1. Trimming
Maybe you’ve never shaved down there before, or perhaps it’s been a while since you last shaved. In that case, it’s important to know that you should first trim the hair before you start shaving.
As you can see from the list above, the next tool you need is a fine-tooth comb. Disinfect the comb before you use it.
You can do without brushing if you’ve shaved recently.
Now, use the comb to brush hair aside so you can see where and how much hair you should trim. You then use your electric trimmer to trim the areas revealed by the comb. Work carefully and pay attention – your good friends down there deserve no less.
Now, admittedly, you can trim your pubic hair without an electric trimmer. You can use hair scissors together with the comb instead (just like a barber or hair stylist does). Cut with the scissor above the comb as you move it through the hair.
So, why should you trim before you shave? Because…
- It removes excess body hair
- Short-trimmed hair won’t clog up your shaver while shaving
- The shaver won’t pull short-trimmed hair
- It will thus significantly reduce irritation
- Trimming reduces the chance of nicks and cuts
Some men might prefer some – well groomed – hair on their balls. If that’s what you like, then you can leave it at trimming. If you prefer smooth, hairless balls, keep reading.
Step #2. Shower Before Shaving
Showering before you shave serves two particularly useful purposes. It gets rid of dirt that can aggravate your skin while shaving, and it softens and detangles that curly pubic hair of yours, making shaving go more smoothly.
Actually, you could shave right there in the shower! Your skin and hair are moist and ready for shaving. And since you’re already in the shower, rinsing off is easy.
Step #3. Apply Shaving Cream or Gel
We definitely recommend you use a shaving cream or gel. You’ve probably shaved your face dry before, so you know what that feels like. You don’t want to abuse your groin skin that way.
If you prefer gel, get one that’s designed for shaving body hair.
Don’t be a Scrooge with it. Apply the cream or gel liberally and gently rub it in for about two minutes. This will ensure that your skin is nicely lubricated and well protected, as well as softening the hair. You can even use a shaving brush to work in the cream.
Then give the cream or gel a little time to work on your skin. Check the hair. When it’s nice and soft, you can begin.
All this will make sure that your razor will glide smoothly without irritating the skin.
Step #4. The Right Technique
You’ve showered, worked in the cream or gel and let it set. Your hair and skin are ready, so make sure you are as well!
Have your shaver and a portable mirror on hand. Before you start shaving, took a good look to decide just where and how much hair you want to remove. Use the mirror to look at places you can’t clearly see.
Next, stand so that light can reach the area you want to shave. You don’t want your body or head to block the light.
Ok, now get started – but don’t rush it! Your skin is delicate, so take your time. We recommend that you shave with the grain. Shaving against the grain can cause ingrown hair.
Start with one small area, then look at the result. If you need to shave it again, use more cream/gel.
Once you are done and feeling refreshingly smooth, rinse and apply aftershave (see next steps).
Step #5. Rinse Off
Now that you’re done, stand in the shower and let the warm water remove the cream/gel and any stray hair. Once that’s done, do a quick rinse with cool water. Your skin will thank you for it.
Pat your skin dry with a nice, soft towel – no rubbing, coarse material, or other rough stuff on your delicate skin.
Once you’re all dry and feeling fresh, take a close look for anything unusual or suspicious. If you find something like a disturbing lump, you should definitely have a medical professional look at it.
Given the risk of sun-induced skin cancer, you should already have a skin doctor. If not, it would be a good idea to get one.
Step #6. Care After Shaving
Post shaving care is important. Shaving does cause some damage to your skin and deprives it of moisture. You want to make sure that your skin is clean and sufficiently moisturised. If your balls are constantly itching the cause could be as simple as dry skin.
It’s best to use a product formulated to cleanse, moisturise and deodorise your groin’s delicate skin. Yes, deodorise. The reason should be pretty clear!
If you want to stick to basics, you can also use baby oil for balls as soft as a baby’s bum. Seeing that it’s formulated for babies, it is more than gentle enough for your skin.
Tips for an Optimal Shave
You want to be careful and gentle to your genitals and the skin surrounding them, so how you shave and what you use are pretty important considerations.
Although a dry shave goes a lot faster, you should probably only do this if you’re in an unavoidable hurry. As we’ve already discussed above, a wet shave done right gets better and safer results.
To get the best possible shave, keep these tips in mind:
- A quality electric trimmer specially designed for use around male genitals is your best option
- The shaver’s blades should be lubricated before you begin
- Don’t be in a hurry. Caring for your genitals and pubic skin is worth the time.
- Learn every time you shave; if you pay attention to your technique, you’ll soon become a real expert
Handling Bumps, Rashes and Ingrown Hairs
Bumps, rashes and ingrown hairs around your genitals are not only unsightly, but can also lead to discomforting results like itchy balls. Bumps, rashes and ingrown hairs can be caused by:
- Dull razor blades
- Clogged hair follicles – which can also lead to folliculitis
- Shaving against the grain
- Forgetting to moisturise after you shave
There are a few ways to treat those bumps, rashes and ingrown hairs at home.
Fill a tub with warm (not hot!) water and soak for 5-10 minutes. You should do this at least once a day. If you don’t have a tub or don’t want to take the trouble, you can wet a towel with warm water and hold it on the affected area. Once you’ve done that, use tweezers to extract the offending hairs. Gently pat dry and use aftershave.
If you start suffering from severe rash, bleeding sores or oozing…
- Don’t be a hero – seek medical help right away. OTC topical creams, gels and ointments such as cortisone can offer effective treatment.
- Don’t shave until your condition cleans up.
Instead of a razor, use a professional, specially designed electric ball trimmer. It’s your best bet for avoiding the outbreak of bumps, rashes, ingrown hairs – or worse.
Other Options for Removing Pubic Hair
All things considered, shaving is the simplest and most cost-effective way to get clean, hairless balls. That is why it’s the most common method men use. Nonetheless, there are other options. Each one, however, comes with its pros and cons.
Hair Removal Method
An intense beam of light – laser – effectively kills the hair follicles.
Hair permanently removed
No more shaving, nicks or cuts
No more stubble, bumps, rashes, ingrown hairs
May require 6-7 treatments to achieve permanent results
Molten wax is applied to the skin. Once hardened, the wax is quickly ripped away, pulling hair out by the roots.
Results can last for weeks
Hair grows back thinner
No more shaving and the risks that come from it
Temporary redness afterwards
Hair Removal Cream
Cream is applied to your body hair, then wiped off with a towel after 3-5 minutes
Quick and easy
No cuts and nicks
Lasts a few days
May irritate some skin types
Get Started Trimming
You should consider making trimming and shaving your balls – ‘manscaping’ – a habit. It’s a great way to keep your balls clean and healthy. It might be some trouble at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of it.
Just be sure to remember to use the proper tools on your tool, take your time and treat your pubic area with proper care before and after (pre-moisturising and after shave care). If you do, you’ll really learn to enjoy your smooth, hair-free balls.
We hope you found this guide helpful. Although manscaping is your responsibility, it doesn’t mean that you’re alone. If you need help or advice, just ask us, or start a conversation. For more information about the topic, have a look at our guide to The Best Way to Shave Your Balls