How you should groom your pubic hair isn't always obvious. Many people have started opting to trim their pubic hair instead of shaving it totally off, to try to stay clear of razor burn, ingrown hairs, and itchy stubble. If you'd rather go that route, but don't have any idea what tools to use, there are several options available for affordable, quick, and safe trimming. Here's where to start.
Want to shave some areas and trim others? This cordless, dual-sided, wet-and-dry groomer is made for men, and comes with both trimming and shaving attachments. This lets you pull hair totally out, or just clean it up to whatever your desired length is. It has a four-directional pivoting head, which follows the body's shape like a breeze. It also has rounded blades and combs, so you don't scratch the sensitive skin in your pubic, along with a trimming comb with five settings, so you can get just the length you want.
Manscaped's Lawn Mower was created with pubic hair as a primary motivator. It has two attachments that give it four length settings, which allows for whatever kind of trim you want. The surface is non-slip, and the body is 100% waterproof, so it's perfect for use in the shower. Blades are also simple to replace, and $15 replacement packs come every three months after.
Imagine a cordless powered trimmer and a Gillette Fusion blade in one tool. This trimmer is basically that, but it can be used both wet and dry. Since shaving long hair all at once doesn't work well without trimming first, a really nice and surprising feature is that you can trim and shave in one step. You're not locked into to using both together, though, either, because the trimmer and shaver can each be used alone. Sensitive, medium, and long combs are all included, to help you get to just the right trimmed length.
Made to perform on thick hair, the Mangroomer is touted as a back shaver—which means it can definitely handle your pubic hair. However, it's made for that, too, and includes an extra head. It has a rubber grip, which gives you leverage for any tough shave you may encounter. It's even hinged. The company claims it was in research and development for over 10 years, so you can bet that they thought of everything.
Tips on Shaving
If you want to shave with a razor after you use clippers, you should understand the extra care you should be putting in.
If this is the first time you're shaving this low, rinse any tools you're going to use with alcohol. Get trimmed up first, because it acts as a hedge against developing ingrown hairs. Use a clipper or a pair of small scissors and take the hair down to about 1/16 of an inch.
Take a shower before you begin shaving—this is crucial so the skin is soft and moisturized. Apply a shave gel or foam, and then shave in the direction of hair growth to try to prevent ingrown hairs. Pull the skin taut as you shave. If you need to, use a portable mirror to help you see what you're doing. Post-shave, slather on an aloe-based moisturizer to soothe inflammation and irritation.
Since our bodies are covered in bacteria it's important to take your time. Rushing could result in creating cuts and abrasions on your skin, allowing bacteria to enter. If you do injure your skin, board-certified dermatologist Julia Siegel, MD, says you can simply rinse with soap and water and apply Vaseline or Aquaphor from a clean jar. (And if you don't have a clean supply, she says, then it's best to buy a new one—you don't want to risk introducing any bacteria to the cut).
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