Hairy Butt: To Shave or Not to Shave? How to Deal with a Hairy Butt
There’s an old trope in the tradition of men. When things are properly challenging or stimulating, we suggest that it will put hair on your chest. That’s all well and good, but what we should really be worrying about is what puts hair on our ass. You can deny it all you want, but the vast majority of men have issues with hairy butts. It might be natural, but that doesn’t make it pleasant. Ass hair has plagued mankind for all of human history. Today, we’re going to take a stand. We’re going to discuss the means and methods of combating ass hair. We’re going to show you why it matters, and by the time you’re done reading, you’ll be ready to add a new spring to your step when you conquer your cheek fur.
When to Groom
Dealing with a hairy backside can be a complicated endeavor, but we can start with something simple. In general, if you have hair on your ass, you should groom. We’ll cover how and why in a bit, but the gist is that a groomed butt will be cleaner, cooler and feel better. It’s more attractive and is easily the superior choice. If all of this isn’t compelling enough, then we can go over some specific instances that should drive you to try a little hair removal.
You Want to Have Sex
Yeah, we said it. If you want to have sex, ever, in your adult life, you should consider managing your hairy butt. Simply put, ass hair is not sexy. A very small percentage of the population might prefer fur, but you’ll have to meet them at a convention. For every other scenario, men and women are both happier dealing with a smooth behind.
It’s pretty easy to understand. Do you crave a fist full of hair when you get a little handsy during a hot moment? That should be enough. No one wants a tuft of fur below the waste, so stop fighting the inevitable and get ready to groom.
You Play Sports
Of course, sex isn’t the only thing in the world. There are other legitimate reasons to manage your ass hair, and one of the most common is sports. While there aren’t too many sports where ass hair truly impacts performance, anything that has you working up a sweat can lead to unpleasantness at the end of a workout. That fur coat you have down there collects sweat and odor. It makes you smell so much worse than you would if you just cleaned things up a bit.
Besides that, there are sports where your hairy butt can negatively impact your ability to win. Biking and swimming are the most obvious examples, but the truth is that ass hair can contribute to chafing and hurt your performance in most sporting endeavors. If you enjoy any amount of exercise or ever try to win at anything, cleaning your caboose can help.
You Like Your Skin
The last reason to groom might appeal to anyone who is still pretending like they aren’t going to learn how to shave their ass. You wear multiple layers of clothing over your ass. It’s also the part of the body that does some of the most work moving you around all day. It gets hot. It gets sweaty, and as we’ve already pointed out, the fur down there collects everything.
Smells aside, this can contribute to irritated and unhealthy skin. Persistent sweat effectively rubs a bunch of salt on your skin, and your ass is constantly rubbing against fabric, chairs and whatever weird stuff you play with at night. The combination of saltiness and friction leads to bad things for your skin. When you clear out the hair, you make it easier to apply moisturizers and other skin-care products. If you want a healthy posterior, grooming helps.
When Not to Groom
While we stand by the assertion that most guys should manage their butt hair, there are times when grooming causes more harm than good. We’ll discuss a few of these to let some of you know that you might be off the hook. It’s a shame, but when these situations arise, you’re probably better off leaving the fur alone.
You Have Certain Medical Issues
Grooming typically favors skin care, but there are exceptions. Some guys have sensitive skin. Others have eczema or other conditions that should make you rethink shaving your ass. If you have any of these issues, you have to make a choice. Healthy skin (and the lack of discomfort that comes with it) is almost always better than looking a little sexier. Plus, if your skin can’t handle grooming, you won’t be improving sex appeal by trading tufts of fur for red, blotchy or otherwise unsightly skin.
Now, medical conditions don’t necessarily preclude you from removing some butt hair. There are a lot of options out there for taking care of business, so you can consider discussing options with your primary healthcare provider. There’s a chance you can have the best of both worlds. But, if you have to choose, we always advocate prioritizing your health.
You Have a Hot Date
Unlike medical issues, this rule applies to pretty much everyone. It might sound counterintuitive, but grooming the day of a big date might be a bad idea. Depending on the method you prefer, grooming can cause irritation, itchiness, discolorations and other unflattering side-effects. Instead of grooming right before a date, you should get to know your body and plan accordingly.
For a lot of guys, grooming the day before a date is better. Your skin has a chance to recover from the process, and ass hair typically doesn’t grow back fast enough to undo your efforts within 24 hours. Naturally, this timing is just a suggestion. You need to have an idea of how your body responds to grooming. Some guys end up with a fiery itch roughly one day after grooming. Other guys need a little more recovery time. The key is to try a little grooming first, pay attention to how your body does, and plan ahead for your dates.
How to Groom
Now that you know why you should manage your butt hair, it’s time to learn how to do it. There are a lot of methods, and they all have their own pros and cons. We’ll cover the most popular methods to help you decide what you might favor as a means of ass hair removal.
Before we get into all of the pros and cons, we need to address an issue. Grooming your ass actually comes in three points. You have cheeks, a crack and a hole. Each deserves its own consideration. Also, not all guys are equally hairy in all three places. So, while we discuss hair removal, think about how they impact the three different spots and which matters most to you.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about shaving. It’s the most common and well-understood hair removal in the world, and a lot of guys turn to their razor to manage ass fur. The pros are what you assume. Shaving is cheap. Anyone can do it. You don’t have to pay professional premiums, and you can fit it into a routine or schedule that suits you.
The drawbacks are also obvious. No matter what razor you use, shaving comes with a risk of cuts. When those cuts are on your butt, the risk of skin infection goes up a bit. You can manage that by washing after you shave, but it’s worth remembering. Shaving can also cause some pretty intense skin irritation, razor bumps and the general discomfort you’ve surely discovered on your face by now.
Lastly, shaving your ass is awkward. Sure, you expect a little bit of strangeness, but it’s easy to underestimate just how poorly your body is designed for shaving your ass. Our recommendation is to squat, back against a wall, over a hand mirror. That will enable you to see what you’re doing, and if you take your time, you should be able to manage. Just don’t think it will be easy until you get a little practice.
A lot of guys have never experienced hair waxing. If you’re in that group, allow us to shed some light on the process. Like shaving, waxing comes with some trade-offs that you can imagine. First, it does hurt. While you’re probably tough enough to get through a back waxing without too much whimpering, the ass is a different animal. If you have hair that needs to be pulled from sensitive spots, think long and hard about whether or not you want hot wax to be your preferred mechanism for hair removal.
Along with pain, waxing is hard on the skin. If you get it done by a pro, they’ll usually include a treatment to manage that irritation, but if you’re experimenting at home, be prepared to sit funny for a day or so.
On the pro side, waxing lasts longer than most forms of hair removal. Very few guys need to wax more than once a month. Plenty of guys can go longer between sessions. Also, the hair tends to grow back nice and soft. Since you aren’t cutting the hairs, they don’t have to pierce their way back through the skin. That means there’s typically less itching and scruffiness when things begin to return.
Mostly, professional waxing costs a lot more than shaving. Despite that, it’s probably much preferable to waxing yourself. There’s a lot to be said for experience when it comes to waxing such a delicate part of your body.
It might seem like a cop-out, but there’s every reason to simply trim your buttocks. It’s not as sexy as being smooth. We all know that. But, a trimmed butt is still leaps and bounds better than untamed fur. Let’s discuss pros. Trimming is super easy. As long as you don’t go too short, there’s virtually no irritation, no risk of razor bumps and absolutely no pain. You can trim in very few minutes, and you can make it a daily routine if you felt the need.
The only real con to trimming is that it doesn’t leave you super smooth. No one oils up a trimmed body for a photoshoot. You’re quite literally trading sexiness for comfort. That’s an acceptable choice, but make it deliberately. If you’ve ever struggled with game or confidence, consider toughing out a little discomfort to get things smooth. It’s amazing how much it can do for your mentality, and that’s worth almost as much as the extra sex you’ll get with a smooth bottom. Almost.
Alternative Hair Removal
There are actually tons of other ways to remove hair, plucking for instance. Some are permanent. Others are just plain weird. We don’t have time to summarize all of it, so we’ll settle for mentioning laser hair removal. It’s come a long way in the last decade. It’s definitely the most expensive method on the list, and it isn’t always permanent, but a lot of guys are choosing it for managing ass hair. It’s probably worth seeing what’s available in your area to compare your options.
Completing the Package
Alright. You have your options presented to you. The final thing we need to discuss is how ass hair fits in with general manscaping. We’re going to take you through the process of trimming and shaving your butt, but these steps are universal. They work for all body hair.
Any manscaping session starts with the Magic Mat. Simply throw it on the ground so it can catch all of your cut hair. From there, you want to grab The Lawn Mower 2.0. Since it’s completely wireless, it’s going to prove quite adept at getting to the awkward spots for a clean trim. You can use the cutting guards or take things as short as possible. That’s entirely up to you. But, if you’re going to shave, trimming as short as possible is a great first step.
We’ve already established that shaving is optional, but let’s assume you want a perfectly smooth rump. Now that you’ve trimmed, shaving will be a lot easier. You’re still going to do this over your Magic Mat, but you want to grab some shaving lube and The Plow. As we said before, squat over a mirror. It helps.
When you shave, focus on taking short, controlled strokes. Never rush, and make sure you have good balance before the blade gets anywhere near your skin. If you take your time, you’ll find that the process is quite manageable, and being completely smooth actually feels better than you anticipated.
Always Shower After
Even if you don’t shave, you always want to shower after you groom. It’s important to wash the skin to avoid infections. It’s also a vital step in restoring skin health. This helps you combat all of the irritation and such we’ve been mentioning throughout. When you shower, keep the water warm but not scalding. Make sure you gently exfoliate the groomed skin, and use Crop Cleanser. It has a pH formula that is designed to restore the protective layer of your skin after grooming. It’s your ass’s new best friend.
Apply a Little Maintenance
Once you shower, gently pat dry. From there, you’re going to apply two more formulas. The first is Crop Preserver. It’s ball deodorant, but it actually works well between the legs and below the belt in general. You’re going to rub it into the shaved skin, and it’s going to help reduce friction and maintain healthy levels of moisture. That’s important. Just be careful not to rub it into your exit wound. That could get uncomfortable.
You’re going to follow up on Crop Preserver with Crop Reviver. This final formula includes aloe and other soothing agents. It really minimizes any irritation and helps you soothe the groomed skin. When you go through all of these steps, you might find that you don’t need significant recovery time after grooming. If you ever feel like you need a little something extra, you can always reach for a Crop Mop.
That concludes today’s lesson. You know when and why to groom your ass hair. You understand the options available to you, and you know how to take care of things yourself. When you stick with the manscaping experts, you’ll often find that everything you need is readily available. It’s all at Manscaped.com.