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01/04/2018

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How To Shave Your Ball Sack Safely

As a brand that specializes in male maintenance, we get asked one question more than any other: how do I safely shave my balls? We’ve talked at length (no pun intended) and provided resources for when to shave your balls, but this is the definitive guide on how. If you’re nervous about your first shave or you just want to look for tips to improve, you’ve come to the right place. Here is the safe and effective way to shave your ball sack in five easy steps, what we like to call: Manscaping Tips 101: How to shave your ball sack safely.

How To Shave Your Ball Sack Safely

  1. Trim

A good shave begins with a good trim. In fact, we’re going to stop here for a moment and let you take that profound fact in. Before you decide that you need a perfectly smooth batwing in your pants, consider that many girls are unimpressed by a completely unimpeded view of your wrinkly sack. It’s just not always pretty. So, before you follow the rest of these steps to get a clean shave, make sure it’s in your best interest. If you happen to have a partner who does prefer an extra smooth shave (they do exist), or you have a legitimate medical reason to be getting on with this procedure, then grab your Manscaped Lawn Mower and start with a healthy trim on and around your ball sack.

How To Shave Your Ball Sack Safely

Reducing the amount of hair in the genital area before you grab the safety razor does a few things for you. It improves visibility, which is of vital importance to avoiding nicks, snags or worse. It also reduces obstruction and possible tangles that could snag your razor and ruin you day (and your balls) very quickly. Most importantly, it gives you less hair to tackle with the razor, and that will help keep the blade sharper longer. The Lawn Mower from Manscaped was designed and engineered especially for reducing the bulk of hair below the belt. Since it’s compact, cordless and powerful, it can work its way around your junk with ease. 

  1. Rinse With Water

You’re probably thinking about which shaving cream or gel to use, and you aren’t wrong, but you may be surprised to know that shaving cream may not be necessary at all if you’re using the right type of razor for refinement post-trimming. Rinsing with water helps prime the hair and skin for shaving. But, this is where we come to the great divide amongst shaving experts. Half will tell you to use cold water, and the other half will recommend warm. And some yet will say you need no water at all. All three arguments have scientific merits, so we’ll explain both and let you choose for yourself.

Cold water helps tighten the skin. This is vital to getting a close shave with minimal irritation, and it can make it a lot easier to manage the excess skin that exists around your ball sack. We’ll talk more about that later, but if you use your imagination, then you can see why cold water might be your best friend for an easier shave.

How To Shave Your Ball Sack Safely

Warm water will make the skin softer and more prone to nicks, but it softens the hair follicles. This can go a long way to lessen razor burn, and it definitely helps the blade glide smoothly have you have a particularly dense bush. Whichever of these two seems more important, we don’t recommend shaving in a cold shower. If you’re in there too long, you might start shivering, and that’s not conducive to safely handling a razor near your balls.

No water at all can give you better precision as the water won’t make things look slippery down there, and what you see is what you get, whereas with water, things down there will look differently once they’re dry. This is what most of the Manscaped crew does, because we’re mavericks like that.

  1. Shave

Now, you can grab your Plows safety razor from Manscaped and body wash if you’re shaving in the shower (we recommend Manscaped Crop Cleanser since it was created for a man’s cleansing needs from head to toe, including stops at his nether region). Some people might try to sell you on an electric razor, but they’re just wrong. If you’ve experimented on your face with different razor types, then you should already understand the value of a sharp, double-edged single blade. That truth only becomes more important when the effects of razor burn are multiplied by the sensitivity of your groin. 

How To Shave Your Ball Sack Safely

When you’re shaving, technique is vital. It can be tricky, but you want to try to keep the skin taut when you run the razor across it. If you’re not sure how to go about it, then consider how you scratch your ball sack when it itches. You’ve built this technique over a lifetime, and now you can apply it to shaving. Use short, soft strokes across the taut skin. You don’t need to press on your balls with the firmness that is often necessary on the neck and chin. Just trust us on this. If you remain patient, you can get an excellent shave with fairly little effort, but that doesn’t mean you’re done. And always remember: go with the grain of the hair, not against it!

How To Shave Your Ball Sack Safely

  1. Ball moisturizer and deodorant/alternative to aftershave

Aftershave exists to hydrate and comfort skin that has been brutalized by repeatedly dragging a sharp blade across the surface using soothing ingredients like aloe and specialized moisturizers like shea butter. Your ball sack needs this much more than your face ever could, so don’t skimp. There are plenty of good aftershaves designed for your face, but don’t get lazy and slap some inappropriate-for-the-nuts face solution down there. That’s a burn you don’t need to experience. We’re partial to the Manscaped Crop Reviver, as it helps with irritated skin, reduces friction and chaffing and smells great. It’s a unique combination ball-sack-skin moisturizer and deodorant to help keep the skin feeling soft and moisturized, while reducing funk and sweat. And it comes in a gel talcum formulation, which feels great on the sack skin. Whatever you decide, don’t skip this step or you’ll be regretting it for days.

How To Shave Your Ball Sack Safely

  1. Maintenance

Here’s something nobody tells you: pubic hair grows back prickly. Duh. This is doubly true if you’re among the 95 percent of men who have curly pubes (no judgement if you’re among our rare, straight-haired friends, just congratulations). So, unless you want to spend three to five days inventing a new dance to avoid pricking your genitals with your own pubic stubble (though that might make you a YouTube star), you need a good hair maintenance plan. There are basically two plans. You can shave your balls every day like you do your face (good on you brave few), or you can be like the rest of us and just keep the short hairs soft.

Softening pubic stubble is a matter of hydrating, minimizing irritation and applying topical vitamins through an effective cleanser and toner. This sounds like a lot of work, but a good body wash or even genital refreshing body spray can do all of this in short order. Crop Cleanser and Crop Reviver are good examples of both. Use Crop Reviver as the last finishing touch by spritzing it on your junk once you’re done trimming, shaving, cleansing, and moisturizing. It can also be used as a pick-me-up during the day or before a date.

How To Shave Your Ball Sack Safely

The last part of your maintenance plan is deciding how often you want to shave. For most of us, this is a matter of pleasing a romantic partner, but for others it will be determined by a doctor, athletic needs or simple preference for an extremely smooth appearance vs a trim, short one. The important thing is to try and stick to a schedule. Letting the pubes grow back too long makes maintenance a lot harder than it needs to be.

And don’t forget your skin. Not only do you need to keep your short pubes soft (if you want to have short pubes vs being completely smooth) you need to keep your skin pH-balanced. Because Manscaped formulations like Crop Cleanser, Crop Preserver, and Crop Reviver all feature Active pH Control, you can be assured that your skin will be clean, pH balanced, and healthy. This means reduced bacteria, reduced scent, reduced inflammation, and a healthy, clear appearance. Now that’s what a refined gentleman like you needs!

How To Shave Your Ball Sack Safely

As you now know, shaving your ball sack safely is no laughing matter. As a matter of fact, it can be a crying matter if you handle it (and your nuts) incorrectly. Read and reread our instructions carefully, or don’t say we didn’t warn you!

If you're ready to get started, head over to Manscaped and make sure you're properly equipped. We suggest getting the Perfect Package since it contains everything you need for a smooth sack. While you're at it, you can check this out and learn more than you ever needed to about pubic hair.

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