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How to manscape your junk

How to Manscape Your Junk (For Noobies of the Topiary Arts)

If you are a guy trying to work out how to manscape your junk, you are in the right place. You wouldn’t cut your way through an untamed and wild jungle terrain without coming up with some kind of plan. And the same applies to clearing the wilderness between your legs!

How to manscape your junk

The area in question has many names but to avoid any confusion, this article shows you how to shave your genital/pubic area. It also details the considerations that need to be made before you decide to “whack the weeds” of your own “private garden”.

Just the thought of bringing something sharp anywhere near your nether region can cause great anxiety. That bush is atop a sensitive terrain, where even the slightest mishap can be disastrous!

Why do men shave their private parts?

Reasons, why men manscape their junk, are varied but one of the main benefits is that it just looks better. It also feels cleaner but be warned, if you do not keep up the trimming duties, you will suffer from very uncomfortable and itchy balls.

Another reason for men shaving their genitals is pressure from partners. According to a recent survey, more than half of the men interviewed shaved their groin to please their partners. A surprising six in ten men said that they wouldn’t put up much fight before they had agreed to shave their pubic region.

Other reasons for removing your pubic thatch include;

  • That it gives you an “optical extra inch
  • It reduces friction (especially when playing sports)
  • It reduces any unpleasant odors
  • You can feel more comfortable in underwear
  • Trends in the media/porn industry

In another survey done by Gillette, a whopping 92% of women said they preferred a guy who was neat and tidy around his junk.

Pros of manscaping your junk

  • It’s quick (after the first few times and gives instant results
  • Leaves you with soft skin
  • Increases sexual pleasure/sensitivity
  • Smells fresher as hair collects odor
  • Your partner will probably prefer it
  • No more pubes in your partner’s mouth
  • Makes your wang look larger!
  • Cheaper than waxing or laser hair removal

Cons of manscaping your junk

  • Can cause skin irritation
  • Razor burn is possible
  • Nicks & cuts for beginners
  • Hair regrowth can be painful
  • Skin can be itchy
  • Pimples can develop in some men
  • Ingrown hairs are more likely
  • There is a slight risk of catching an STI

Manscaping statistics

In a study published in JAMA Dermatology, out of 7,500 adults surveyed, about 67% of men (compared with 85% of women) had attempted to groom their pubic areas.

The study looked at injuries caused by novice groomers. Of the surveyed, roughly 4% admitted to getting professional help with their bush and approx 9 percent confessed that they had asked their partner to help to trim their pubes.

About 24% of men reported an injury relating to the removal of their genital thatch with the poor old ball bag taking the most damage. An eye-watering 67% of all injuries were to the scrotum with 38% to the penis itself! Blokes suffered burns from waxing incidents, as well as rashes, in-growing hairs, and razor nicks.

The way to manscape your privates

What manscape tool you’ll need

This depends if you want to go ‘old-school” with a manual razor or whether you want to speed up the whole process with an electric trimmer.

With a razor, you’ll need a top-of-the-line razor, a premium shaving cream/gel for sensitive skin, and a cooling body powder or moisturizer.

If you’re using an electric trimmer/groomer, you will need a reputable machine and a good quality body powder or moisturizer.

With both methods, you should use some form of scrubbing agents such as a body wash or shower gel to clean yourself thoroughly. Other things on the list for a fine trim are scissors, a fog-free mirror, exfoliating scrubs, and shaving oils.

Laying the groundwork

If your bush looks like Santa’s beard, you need to remove most of the hair with scissors or a trimmer/body groomer. Be careful though as some trimmers can be unsuitable for your nut sack so probably safer to use some scissors if you’re a novice.

Clean your body thoroughly with a good-quality shower gel. Some men like to exfoliate which gets rid of any dead skin for a really clean feeling. Make sure the area is hot and wet before moving on.

Now that the preparation is done, you’re ready to learn how to manscape your junk!

How to manscape properly

Don’t multitask with the tools that you intend to use in your pubic area. You should not use scissors or a trimmer that will be used on your head. That’s because bacteria, such as staph (Staphylococcus) can remain on old razors, etc.

How to shave your junk

  • Lather up the area (including the scrotum) with shower gel/foam.
  • Pull the area of skin (not including the scrotum) that you wish to shave as taught as possible. Use very light strokes (going with the grain). Rinse your razor each time you shave an area to expel excess hair.
  • Shaving under the scrotum is best achieved by crouching down with legs apart and holding a hand mirror directly under you. You can rest on the shower floor (with the shower off), grab your sack and pull upwards with one hand. Using your other hand, carefully take the razor and slowly shave with gentle and light pressure.
  • After you have successfully shaved the area, use a good quality anti-bacterial soap to wash in cool water which will help close hair and skin follicles.
  • Use a fresh towel to gently pat yourself until dry. Avoid rubbing the area you have just shaved as this could irritate.
  • Hydrate the area by applying a light, unscented lotion or you can rub in a little of your pre-shaving oil. Some men like to be super-cautious and use an antiseptic gel. Be wary if you have sensitive skin, try a very small amount to test how it feels first.
  • After the area has dried, you can also use a little body powder on the shaved area. This is popular with guys that are active at the gym or involved with sports. This helps with drying and makes you feel fresher.

Dealing with nicks or cuts

Even if you’re careful when you manscape your junk, you may still get the odd cut. According to a 2012 study from the University of California at San Francisco, cuts were the most common injury sustained during pubic hair grooming.

If the worst happens and you draw a little blood, don’t panic. Just clean the area thoroughly with soap and warm water. Then use an antiseptic as required.

If it’s just a superficial cut, you should apply pressure with a damp piece of toilet paper to allow the blood to clot. Apply firm pressure to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. In extreme cases, if the bleeding doesn’t stop after 20 minutes, call your doctor as you may need stitches.

The gear you need to manscape your junk

Best trimmers for manscaping

The MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro is the ultimate Do-It-Yourself electric hair shaver. It was built after more than ten years of research and development.

MANGROOMER – ULTIMATE PRO Back Shaver with 2 Shock Absorber Flex Heads, Power Hinge, Extreme Reach Handle and Power Burst
  • The new ULTIMATE PRO Back Shaver’s unique patented design will enable you to reach all areas of your…
  • 2 Interchangeable Attachment Shaving Heads – 1.8 inch ultra wide back groomer blade to shave large…
  • Shock Absorber Multi-Functional Flex Necks on both Attachment Heads effortlessly follows the…

Remington’s PG6157 Head to Toe Trimmer Kit is a complete grooming kit. The premium trimmer features titanium-coated stainless steel blades for maximum precision.

Remington PG6157 Head to Toe Lithium Powered Groomer Trimmer Kit with Titanium-Coated Stainless Steel Blades, Black & Red
  • 10-Piece Kit – Tackle all your grooming needs with the full-size trimmer; body hair trimmer; detail…
  • Titanium-Coated Stainless Steel Blades – The titanium coating offers long-lasting trimming…
  • Lithium Power – Remington’s Lithium Power battery delivers up to 70 minutes of cordless runtime with…

The Remington PG525 Head to Toe Body Groomer Kit is powered by a long-lasting Lithium Power battery. This head-to-toe trimmer has all the attachments to take care of unwanted hair.

Remington Head to Toe Advanced Rechargeable Powered Body Groomer Kit, Beard Trimmer (10 Pieces), 6.3 Inch
  • 9 attachments for all your grooming needs: Full Size Trimmer; Foil Shaver; Nose, Ear, and Detail…
  • Up to 70 minutes of runtime with advanced rechargeable power
  • Self sharpening, surgical steel blades for long lasting performance

Best razors for shaving your bush

The VIKINGS BLADE Chieftain Safety Razor is endorsed by the Vikings of Valhalla!!!

Double Edge Safety Razor by VIKINGS BLADE, Fat & Short Handle, Swedish Steel Blades Pack + Luxury Case. Twist to Open, Heavy Duty, Reduces Razor Burn, Smooth, Close, Clean Shave (Model: The Chieftain)
  • FAT & SHORT handle: The most superior safety razor handle type for maximum control, grip and ease
  • SOLVING Your Problems: For a decade, this sustainable razor “the Chieftain” has been helping the…
  • SMOOTH and CLEAN: Specifically, this razor has been engineered and patented to significantly reduce…

Gillette’s Fusion ProGlide features a razor handle with FlexBall technology which responds to contours and gets virtually every hair.

The Schick Hydro 5 shaves, edges, trims, and hydrates to provide an awesome shave.

Schick Hydro 5 Razor
  • Close, comfortable shave
  • 7 gel pools hydrate throughout each shave
  • Flip-back trimmer for precision trimming

Best shaving cream for your privates

The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream is rich in glycerin, coconut oil, and essential oils which leave your skin smooth and moisturized.

The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Cream for Men – Protects Against Irritation and Razor Burn – Hydrates and Nourishes Dry Skin – Clinically Tested for Sensitive Skin – 5 oz
  • The unscented preshave oil is the first step of the perfect shave
  • Shave Oil helps protect against irritation and razor burn by promoting razor glide.
  • Before shaving, rub a small amount of oil on your hands and massage into beard

Neutrogena Razor Defense Shave Gel not only helps prevent razor bumps and cuts but also boosts skin’s resistance to razor irritation.

Bump Patrol Cool is a dermatologist-recommended shaving gel and can be used anywhere on the body. It contains menthol for a more comfortable shave.

Bump Patrol Cool Shave Gel – Sensitive Clear Shaving Gel With Menthol Prevents Razor Burn, Bumps, Ingrown Hair – 4 Ounces
  • SUPERIOR SHAVING GEL – This clear shave gel is terrific for all skin types and tones.  Whether…
  • EASY PAIN-FREE SHAVING – The days of razor burns, bumps, redness, ingrown hairs and irritation are…
  • COOLING SENSATION – If you have sensitive skin then this is a must-have addition to your shaving…

Best post shave for your wedding tackle

AHAVA Soothing After Shave is quickly absorbed into your skin to enrich, moisture, and provide effective antibacterial action for a fresh, soft feeling.

AHAVA Men’s Dead Sea Mineral Shaving Line
  • Product Type:Luxury_Beauty
  • Item Package Dimension:2.0 ” L X2.0 ” W X 3.9 ” H
  • Item Package Weight:3.4 oz

Shaveworks – The Cool Fix helps reduce ingrown hairs, razor bumps, razor burns, and redness. The Cool Fix also helps release trapped hairs from underneath the skin, kill bacteria, and prevent ingrown hairs from reoccurring.

Shaveworks The Cool Fix Aftershave for Women: Pubic Hair Removal, Razor Bumps, Razor Burns, Ingrown Hair Treatment – After Shaving Post Waxing Bikini Area Moisturizing Skin Care Gel 5.3 Fl Oz
  • IMMEDIATELY SOOTHES IRRITATION – Made for women, this cooling gel calms down skin on contact,…
  • THE SOLUTION TO INGROWN HAIRS – Glycolic acid and salicylic acid (natural compounds found in…
  • CONTROLS PIMPLES, ITCHINESS, RED MARKS & DARK SPOTS – Healthy skin is clear skin. By soothing…

Grooming Lounge – The Shavior is loaded with botanicals to provide needed moisture, antioxidants, and a tad of sun protection.

Grooming Lounge the Shavior Post Shave Remedy – Calms Inflammation and Irritation – Prevents and Eliminates Ingrown Hair – Effective Spot Treatment – No Paraben and Sulfate – Cruelty Free – 3 oz
  • BEST SHAVE EVERY TIME; We created this soothing aftershave that calms and refreshes even the most…
  • ACHIEVE A CLOSER SHAVE; We offer the best men’s shaving products that suit you; So you can…
  • PREMIUM MEN’S GROOMING; We offer best-in-class products that deliver the results you desire; These…

Best powders for soothing your nether regions

Balla Powder Talc is a fine Italian talcum powder with a subtle fragrance. It leaves your entire body feeling dry, comfortable, and smelling great.

Bálla Body Powder for Men – Original Formula
  • Feel fresh, comfortable, and confident wherever the journey takes you
  • Stay dry and prevent chafing – even during the most intense workouts and activity
  • All natural and entirely free of cruelty, alcohol, aluminum, menthol, and parabens

Grooming Lounge Super Powder can help reduce itching and scratching on private areas and it absorbs sweat too. Its very fine consistency goes on light but still absorbs sweat to prevent chafing.

Grooming Lounge Super Powder – Mens Odor, Itch and Chafing Defense for the Groin, Body, and Feet – Friction Control and Excess Sweat Absorber – Anti-Chafe, Perspiration, Rash Relief Talcum – 4.8 oz
  • YOUR BEST BODY POWDER. Beat sweat and chafing, all in one lightweight powder. Our Super Powder keeps…
  • A LIGHTWEIGHT, EXTRA STRONG SKIN SAVER. This fine texture formula dusts light onto the body but…
  • YOUR ALL-DAY ODOR ELIMINATOR. Keep the stink under control with zero effort. A light and fresh…

Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Body Powder is specially formulated to provide the ultimate in freshness,
odor protection, and moisture control.

Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Body Powder – 10 oz
  • Provides total body freshness and comfort: torso, back, arms, legs, feet.
  • Specially formulated to provide the ultimate in freshness,
  • odor protection and moisture control.

Other top manscaping necessities

Baxter of California’s Exfoliating Body Bar uses a rich, hydrating formula that exfoliates dead skin cells with pumice, jojoba meal, and crushed olive seeds.

The Deluxe Fog-free Shower Mirror’s surface equalizes to create a long-lasting, fog-free reflection for the duration of your manscaping activities.

The Shave Well Company Deluxe Anti-Fog Shaving Mirror | Fogless Bathroom Shower Mirror with Handheld Option for Men and Women | Hanging Shower Mirror Includes Long-Lasting Removable Adhesive Hook
  • Fogless Shower Mirror: This fogless shaving mirror uses basic science to keep your mirror fog-free…
  • Superior Bathroom Shower Mirror: Measuring 6.75” tall x 5.35” wide x 1/8″ thick and including a…
  • No More Suction Cups: The removable adhesive hook included with the Shave Well Fogless Shower Mirror…

The Pro Barber/Salon Razor Edge Hair Cutting Scissors are made from stainless steel and tempered with precise blades. They have a hand-sharpened cutting edge.

Utopia Care Hairdressing Scissors Hair Scissors 6.5 Inch | Premium Stainless Steel Razor Hair Cutting Scissor with Adjustable Tension Screw and Detachable Finger Rest for Men, Women, Barber (Silver)
  • EFFICIENT AND SMOOTH CUTTING – The scissors hand-sharpened razor edges easily trims hair with ease…
  • PREMIUM QUALITY – These professional hair cutting scissors are of premium quality, as these shears…
  • NON-SLIP HANDLES – Our Professional Barber Hair Cutting Scissors have non-slip plus removable…

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