More men than ever these days choose to sport shaved balls instead of fuzzy ones but shaving your ‘nads isn’t the same as shaving your face!
Pubes are natural and we all have them, but that doesn’t mean we all want them. Shaving your nutsack makes your balls look nice and helps keep them clean. Plus, as long as you know how to shave your balls properly, they will feel nice and fresh too!
Shaving your balls or even your whole groin area is of course completely up to you and most guys don’t discuss it with each other. But, if you’re considering going hair-free downstairs, there are some things you ought to know before getting started.
How Often to Shave Your Balls
This varies from man to man and some shave every few days while others opt for once weekly or less.
It depends whether you want the hair completely shaved or just shorter, whether you have normal, dry or sensitive skin and of course how quickly your pubes tend to grow back.
Let’s take a look at some of the best tips and trips for ball-shaving and find out more about recommended male grooming products.
There are also alternatives to using a razor and different methods have their own pros and cons.
What Do You Need for Shaving?
Although you can shave your plums with a basic razor, your nutsack will thank you for using the correct equipment.
After all, a quick dry-shave might be cost-efficient and speedy but you run the risk of ending up with itchy, irritated balls and nobody wants that! For the best shave you will need:
- Electric trimmer: For trimming and shaving
- Fine-tooth comb: To lift up your pubes so you can see what you’re shaving
- Disinfectant: To sanitise your tools
- Shaving cream: So the trimmer glides easily
- SackSafe blade: To prevent nicks and cuts
- Moisturiser: So your balls stay supple and soft
- Aftershave: Feels soothing on the balls after shaving
Step-by-Step Guide to Shaving Your Balls
Follow these 6 steps to find out how to shave your nuts the right way, avoiding nicks and cuts and ending up with smooth, fresh balls:
You might not need to trim if it hasn’t been that long since your last shave, but if you’re quite bushy down there it’s a good idea to trim first. Disinfect a fine-tooth comb and brush your pubic hair with it.
Use the comb as a guide so you only cut off as much hair as you want. Once you’ve done that, use an electric trimmer or a pair of scissors with the comb as your guide to remove pubes.
Work slowly and gently so you don’t inadvertently remove too much hair or, worse, nick your skin.
Trimming your pubes before shaving means:
- You are getting rid of excess hair
- You can prevent irritation from pulling too much on the hair
- Your blade won’t get clogged when you shave
- The risk of cuts or nicks is minimised
If you want to keep some hair down there, this is the only step you’ll need. If you want a smooth finish on your boys though, keep reading.
2. Shower or Bathe
Showering (or bathing if you prefer) doesn’t just clean your body but also softens the hair to make shaving easier. Pubes tend to be curly, unlike facial hair, which can result in knots and make shaving a little trickier.
Also, if the hair is wet, this helps the blade glide more smoothly over your skin. Bear in mind soaking for more than 10 minutes in the tub could make your skin ‘puff’ up a bit and this makes shaving harder not easier!
The shower is a great place for bollocks shaving since the warm water prepares the skin and hair and it’s easier to rinse off after you’re done.
3. Apply Some Shaving Cream
The next step is lathering up with shaving cream or shaving gel (make sure it’s for body hair not just facial hair). Omitting this step means a dry shave which takes longer to do and can give a rougher result.
Massage the shaving cream into your groin for a minute or so to protect your skin, provide lubrication, maximise razor glide, and soften the hair even more. You can either use your fingers or invest in an applicator brush.
Let the cream or gel sit on the skin for another minute to soften the hair before shaving.
4. Best Technique for Ball Shaving
Once your pubes and skin are soft and you have shaving cream or gel applied, it’s time to grab the electric ball trimmer.
It’s a good idea to make sure you have a hand mirror in the shower with you so you can examine the area and decide where to shave and how much hair you want to take off.
Position your body so you don’t cast a shadow over the area to be shaved. Shave with the grain (in the direction of hair growth). You might need to add more shaving cream and repeat. Don’t rush the shaving - take your time!
5. Rinse Off
When you’re finished shaving your boys, you should rinse the area to get rid of any little hairs caught in the shaving cream. Let warm water run over your balls and then splash on some cold water for a fresh, soothing feel.
Pat the area dry using a soft, clean towel and then examine your newly-smooth balls for any lumps or abnormalities. If you spot anything, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor so they can check it out.
6. Care after Shaving
Don’t forget post-shave care because it’s just as important as the prepwork and the actual shaving. If your balls tend to itch, that’s probably because you forgot to moisturise them.
Choose a cleaner which will deodorise as well as help keep the skin hydrated. If you don’t have aftershave lotion you can use baby oil instead.
Handy Tips for a Smooth Shave
You will need to be at least moderately flexible to shave your ‘nads and you also need to decide between dry and wet shaving. A dry shave might work if you’re in a rush but wet shaving will give a better result.
When using a razor, you need to take care not to cut yourself, which is why most men prefer an electric shaver - it’s quicker, cleaner and you won’t nick your skin.
These are some tips to ensure you get a great result:
- Take your time shaving down there and don’t rush
- Make sure you’re using a good quality trimmer designed for the pubic region
- Ensure the trimmer blades are lubricated
- Hone your technique each time you shave and you’ll soon be a pro!
What about Bumps, Ingrown Hairs or Rashes?
Nobody wants any of those but it can happen. Common causes of these skin problems include the following:
- Forgetting to moisturise after shaving
- Shaving against the hair growth direction
- Using a blade that’s dull
- Blocked hair follicles, which can also lead to folliculitis
How to Treat Skin Problems Post-Shaving
If you’re experiencing bumps, ingrown hairs, irritation, or rashes, try soaking in a warm bath for up to 15 minutes.
Another idea is to apply a warm compress by soaking a towel in warm water then covering the pubic area with it. Use a pair of tweezers to pull out any ingrown hairs, pat dry and then apply some aftershave.
If you have a bad rash or oozing or bleeding sores after shaving, you should make an appointment with your doctor right away. They might prescribe hydrocortisone cream or similar. Don’t attempt to shave until the area is fully healed.
To avoid skin issues like this, you should use an electric ball trimmer rather than a razor.
Manscaping Alternatives to Shaving
- Hair removal cream: To use this, apply hair removal cream on the hair and let it work for up to 5 minutes before wiping it off with a towel and rinsing. This is relatively quick and easy, won’t cause nicks in the skin and doesn’t hurt. However, the hair will be back in a few days and some guys find depilatory creams irritating to the skin.
- Waxing: Hot wax is applied to the skin and then torn off to rip hair out by the roots. This prevents nicks and cuts and you will be perfectly smooth and stubble-free since new hairs grow back thinner. Also you can expect several weeks before the hairs come back. However, waxing can be very painful. You will also have temporary redness and it can take time since you’ll probably want to find a professional rather than attempt this yourself.
- Laser hair removal: This technique involves running an intense light beam over the skin to permanently destroy hair follicles. Pain levels seem to vary with this process but it won’t be anywhere near as painful as, say, waxing. There’s no risk of cuts, bumps, nicks, or razor burn and the results are permanent although you will need several sessions. The only real drawback of this hair removal method is the high cost.
Time to Get Started!
Trimming or shaving those pesky pubes should be a regular habit. Practice makes perfect and the more you manscape the better at it you’ll get.
It’s crucial to make sure you’re using the right equipment for intimate grooming and also follow the above steps for pre- and post-shaving care.
Removing the hair on your plums means you can enjoy hair-free, smooth balls and feel clean and fresh. You can also keep an eye on reproductive health.