Today, we discuss How To Trim Your Pubic Hair For Guys With Scissors. We’ve all got a triangle of tresses on our private parts. Yes, we’re talking about pubic hair, folks. Consider this your go-to guide on how to safely trim the bushes — or let them grow out blemish-free. So what are the benefits of shaving pubic hair male?
If you’re on pube patrol, you’re dealing with some of your most sensitive parts so it pays to do a little preparation before diving in with sharp objects. A careful routine can prevent irritation, razor burn, and injury.
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How To Trim Your Pubic Hair For Guys With Scissors
Clean your tools
Keep a separate grooming kit for your bits. Multitasking with tools you’ve used on other parts of your body can introduce infection. Before each use, soak your implements in a disinfectant such as Barbicide for at least 10 minutes, or clean them thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. Make sure your scissors or razors have sharp blades.
Trim excess hair before you shave, shape, or tidy
If you’ve got a long, thick thatch going on, cut the hair to about a quarter inch. This step helps you avoid razor or trimmer clog. You’ll also gain a better view of your skin and direction of hair growth, which will help prevent accidents.
Bathe before grooming
Whether you’re shaving it all or just shaping it up, start with clean skin to avoid bacteria-causing bumps. Wash your pubic region thoroughly with soap and water in the bath or shower. Soak or steam for at least five minutes to allow your skin to soften and your hair to expand.
Using a loofah or a gentle scrub, exfoliate the area you plan to groom. Exfoliation removes any dead skin cells or sebum clogging the hair follicles. This provides your razor or other tools the smoothest surface possible to glide across.
Keep your skin moist if you’re planning to shave. You need this lubrication to minimize friction and avoid nicks. Using cream or gel can also allow you to see where you’ve just shaved so you can avoid going over the area twice and causing irritation.
Shave or trim in the direction of hair growth
Going against the grain means your tool has to lift the hair before slicing at the follicle. This creates the potential for razor burn and other irritation. You’ll get a smoother result if you go with the flow.
Take your time and use caution
A hasty hack job could end in a nasty cut or even a trip to the ER. A 2017 study found that more than 25 percent of pubic hair primpers have injured themselves. Sitting on a dry tub edge can help reduce your risk for slipping.
A comb-and-scissor cleanup
If you prefer the look and feel of fleece, simply snip and shape to your liking. A comb and scissors offer a hassle-free, almost cost-free approach.
Facial hair scissors, which have protective rounded tips, work well on below-the-belt pelts.
Starting at the highest point on your pubic region where you want to groom, place a fine-toothed comb at the hair root flat against your skin. This provides a protective barrier between your skin and the scissors, and offers a guide for an even cut.
Only trim the hair that sticks above the comb’s teeth. Work with a small section at a time and make your way downward. Focus on one side of the groin area first and then the other.
Simply repeat the process when hair grows too long or unruly for your liking.
Cutting pubic hair with comb and scissor doesn’t get any more basic and cost-saving than this. Simply comb all your hair smooth and lay comb flat against skin, then cut hair above comb. The comb acts as a protection so you don’t nick or cut your delicate skin. If you use a fine-tooth comb you’ll get more smooth and even results versus just using a regular comb.
If you don’t want the hair very short, you don’t have to lay the comb right against skin. But just be careful to follow the guide of the first cut you made so the hair is even, instead of looking choppy.
From the moment we sprout our first wiry hairs, we’re conditioned to think they should be trimmed or yanked. Just look at all the advertisements, gadgets, and methods out there for wrangling pubes.
And that’s just until we meet someone who then says au naturel is the way to go.
Maybe that’s a partner who likes a lush look or a gal pal who’s a free bird. Everyone’s got an opinion about pubic hair. No wonder we’re confused on which way is really best for us.
Should you nix your monthly wax? Are there benefits to having a bush? “Pubic hair patterns vary widely, according to one’s age, ethnicity, and most importantly, their own individuality,” says Katy Burris, a dermatologist at ColumbiaDoctors and assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center. “Although the trend at this time encourages grooming, or even removal, of pubic hair, it should be a decision one makes for themselves.”
So how do you decide what to do with your hair down there? We’ve plucked some pointers and safety tips from the experts.
1. Letting it grow
If you’re going au naturel, you don’t need to do anything. Your hair will only grow to a short length. You won’t look like Rapunzel down there. You can trim or shape to your liking using a dedicated pube clipper, trimmer, or haircutting shears.
Pro tip: If you use scissors, disinfect them first. Designate the tool as your official pube cutter. Don’t use it on anything else. For your clipper or trimmer, follow the manufacturer’s directions for keeping it clean. Don’t share it.Shop for bikini line trimmers.
“Anyone who shaves knows that it’s not uncommon to cut the skin accidentally,” Burris says. Plus, shaving can cause tiny tears that we don’t even know are there. This creates opportunity for bacteria to enter. That’s why it’s important to operate with a clean razor and a clean bikini zone.
Pro tip: Suzanne Friedler, a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology PC in New York City, recommends using a shaving gel or other lubricant to protect your skin. Slather on a moisturizer and an over-the-counter cortisone cream afterward to counteract any irritation. Avoid applying products around the vaginal opening.razorsshaving cream
3. Waxing and threading
Waxing and threading both yank hair out by the root. According to Friedler, this could expose the follicle to infections like:
Pro tip: That doesn’t mean you have to shy away from these methods. Just choose a reputable salon that follows proper protocol. Your aesthetician should have a clean workstation, wear gloves, and never double dip the waxing stick. They should also have you fill out a consultation form prior to your first treatment. The waxing or threading table should be draped with a clean, disposable paper.
4. Chemical depilatories
Chemical depilatories break down hair so it washes away from your skin. Although convenient to use, they can lead to allergic reactions and irritation. Many people are sensitive to these products. Be sure to do a small patch test on your skin before trying on a larger area. Avoid using near the vaginal opening.
5. Laser hair removal or electrolysis
Laser hair removal and electrolysis are different methods of long-term hair removal. They both target the hair follicle underneath your skin’s surface. With electrolysis, Buka says scar tissue is a concern. If you have a history of keloid scar tissue, this approach isn’t a good choice.
When it comes to both of these options, Buka recommends finding a trained medical professional to administer the treatments. Think twice before jumping on a coupon-code bandwagon without doing your homework. “It could mean you’re rolling the dice,” he says.HEALTHLINE NEWSLETTERGet our twice weekly Women’s Wellness email
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Although pubic hair has many modern purposes, it likely played a larger role in health long before humans had an array of undies or chafe-resistant leggings in their dresser drawers. “Pubic hair is the vestigial hair from our days as apes,” says Bobby Buka, a dermatologist and contributing founder and chief science officer of the First Aid Beauty skin care line.
These days you can do as you please: Keep it all, trim it up, or go buff. “While natural is probably the healthiest,” says Friedler, “having good habits for trimming and shaping can make any style a healthy one.”
Pick a style
If you do decide to head to the salon for a waxing sesh, communication is everything. Don’t be shy while you’re spread-eagle. Describe to your aesthetician exactly what you want — or don’t want.
|bikini||removes the pubes that peek out of your panty line|
|Brazilian, aka Hollywood or Full Monty||removes all the hair from your pubic area, labia, and even your bum|
|French||the happy medium between a bikini wax and a Brazilian; it leaves your labia and bum hair intact but tidies up the front|
Pick a shape
For any waxing option, you’ve got a shape choice as well. If you’re going Brazilian, you can choose to keep some rug up front and select a cut. If you’re choosing the French wax style, your shape will trail down your labia.
|Hair shapes||What it’s like|
|landing strip||a classic, short-haired, inch-wide path|
|mohawk||landing strip but with a thicker line|
|postage stamp||a square version of the landing strip|
|Bermuda triangle||wide at the top, narrow at the bottom|
|martini glass||trimmer than a triangle|
|heart||a romantic choice|
|vajazzle||adhesive faux jewels temporarily adorn your nether regions|
Ingrown hairs are the bane of shaving, waxing, threading, and chemical depilatory hair removal. But they don’t have to be. “An ingrown hair is your immune system’s reaction to a hair growing sideways,” Buka explains. Your body begins building up scar tissue around the area.
If you do get a case of red bumps, avoid using tweezers or other devices to remove them. “This often leads to more trauma in the area and increases the risk of bacterial infections,” Burris says. “Warm compresses can help reduce the inflammation, and the hair may heal on its own and spontaneously dislodge.”
Try over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to bring down swelling and benzoyl peroxide to nix bacteria, Buka recommends. Again, avoid using products near the vaginal opening. If an ingrown hair doesn’t resolve or becomes painful, see your doctor or dermatologist.OTC hydrocortisone creambenzoyl peroxide
As a general rule, if it’s on our bodies, it’s probably there for a reason. The same is true for our pubes.
“Pubic hair functions to cushion and protect the sensitive skin around the genitals,” Burris says. “It also plays a role in hygiene, trapping dirt and bacteria and preventing it from entering the vaginal opening. Although many people feel it’s more hygienic to remove the hair, it’s actually the opposite.”
Pubic hair’s purpose
- protects the vaginal opening
- wicks away sweat
- prevents chafing
- offers some infection protection
- plays a role in basic sexual instincts
Our pubes help wick away sweat from our bodies for faster evaporation, explains Friedler. Essentially, our pubic hair can help cool us down when we’re on a run or dripping puddles at the hot yoga studio. And there’s a bonus: “Hair acts as a barrier, which prevents friction and chafing,” Friedler adds.
Speaking of activities: “Last I heard, sex was a contact sport,” says Angela Jones, an OB-GYN and Astroglide’s resident sexual health advisor. Our pubes can step up and prevent irritation while in the sack, but that’s not all.
Although more research needs to be done on this topic, leaving your pubes intact — rather than risking nicks, cuts, or abrasions — could offer some protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). “Certain STIs have an increased risk of spreading or being acquired if there’s a compromised skin surface involved,” Jones explains. But our pubes aren’t meant as a substitute for using protection, such as condoms, during sexual activity.
Our pubic hair also plays a role in finding the person to do the rolling with. Hair traps the scents commonly known as pheromones that our apocrine glands produce. “These scents are important for mating in all types of animals,” Friedler explains.