Lose the man sweater

"INTIMATE" MANSCAPING

Pruning your man forest is a tricky task. The motivation, first and foremost, is the "optical inch"―the illusion of length afforded by trimming your hair down there. But if a shaving rash on your face is uncomfortable, imagine what it’s like to get razor burn downstairs. To get a perfectly manscaped member, we’ve established a few ground rules that you might find handy.

First of all, avoid using a traditional razor blade on your nether regions. Not only is it hard to keep control of the handle in trickier positions, but you’re more likely to cut yourself. There’s also the risk of unattractive post-shave problems including irritation, rashes and infected follicles.

Electric shavers, if used wet and with product, are a more foolproof alternative to the basic razor. For perfect results, invest in two items: an electric razor with a hypoallergenic foil (flat and perforated, with blades below the surface) and a pair of clippers with an adjustable comb attachment (to help remove the "bulk" from thicker tufts of hair). If you can find a gadget that does both, even better.

Using a pair of clippers or blunted scissors (we can’t stress "blunt" enough) is relatively simple but attending to the family jewels requires real technique. Here are four simple steps for disaster-free manscaping:

  1. STEP 1
  2. STEP 2
  3. STEP 3
  4. STEP 4

STEP 1

Clean the area and then powder it thoroughly to soak up any excess moisture.

STEP 2

Carefully pull the loose skin as tightly as possible so that the clippers don’t accidentally nick you (yeesh). Trim at a 45-degree angle with a pair of body clippers until all you’re left with is a five o’clock shadow.

STEP 3

Get the remaining stubble with a flat foil electric razor. Again, pull the skin tightly and move the surface of the razor in a small circular motion until the area is left completely smooth.

STEP 4

Finish with an alcohol-free, sensitive or intimate skin moisturizer.