Dear Men… We know you appreciate it when we shave our legs, get bikini waxes, and keep things trim, neat, and tidy “down there.” Well, we’d like you to manscape downstairs as well.
While we love men who can grow a good beard, grooming the sexiest areas of your body should be about defining the look you want to present, a visual representation of your current mood, personality and style.
You don’t have to be barren, either. A close-cropped crotch can show off your assets in the best light, while a trimmed chest and abs can let people see that you’ve been taking care of your body. It also offers a more youthful appearance and can even be a turn-on — because your partner may want to help you get things in order south of the border.
Wondering how to manscape your pubic area? We turned to hair and makeup stylist Saida Staudenmaier for advice. She’s been working in the entertainment industry for more than a decade and knows how to take care of hair, even “down there.”
“The most important thing to remember when you’re shaving is that the hair follicles and pores have to be very open and soft,” Staudenmaier says. “If you shave dry skin, you could end up with razor burn or actually take skin off, so take a hot shower first.” Next, exfoliate with a loofa or body scrub to get rid of dead skin. “This helps you get the closest shave possible,” she says. “It also ‘frees up the hair, pushing the skin back from the follicle.
When it’s time to trim, Staudenmaier recommends using good quality clippers. Don’t remove too much, especially if you’re only looking to clean up unruly hair, because once it’s gone you have to wait until it grows back.
“Use attachable clipper guides so you don’t go straight to that tender skin,” she says.
After you’ve clipped the area, check it out and see if that’s enough for your tastes. Guys often realize they don’t need to do any shaving because a downstairs trim manscape makes everything look good.
For those who do want to razor everything off, trim the hair first. Once your hair is close-cropped, apply the same thickness of shaving cream as you would put on your face. No matter what surface you’re working on, pull your skin tight, and always remember to head south.
“You want to go in the direction the hair grows,” Staudenmaier advises. “There’s a higher risk of razor burn, cutting, and in-grown hairs if you go against it. You can also shave sideways after you’ve gone down a couple of times.”
If you regularly shave, a loofa can help prevent in-grown hairs, but don’t do it every day or you risk irritating the skin.
“You’ve taken some dead skin off so you want to re-hydrate with lotion and moisturize,” Staudenmaier says. Prevent irritation by giving bare skin a couple days to recover. “You want your hair to be at least an eighth of an inch thick before shaving again,” she adds. “You can trim as often as you like, but don’t shave every day. If you’ve got a date on Friday night, plan to shave the Monday before and then do it again Friday morning.”
How to Manscape Downstairs — Final Tips
DON’T use shaving cream that has a minty, astringent (tingly) or numbing quality. It could easily turn into a painful burning sensation
DO change your razor blades often, throwing it out after 6 or 7 uses.
DON’T exfoliate after you manscape. It can hurt.
DO see if your style is appreciated — both by you and others. If you aren’t comfortable with the look, that will translate when meeting them in intimate settings.