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Author: Jacob J. Morris
Step 1 – Disinfect Your Razor Blade
Before you begin to shave, you always want to make sure your razor is free from bacteria and debris. Wash the razor under a strong stream of water to dislodge any debris. Next, disinfect your manual razor or body groomer with rubbing alcohol. For a manual razor, pour rubbing alcohol directly onto the razor. For a body groomer, dab a little alcohol onto a cotton ball and wipe the blades and comb. You should always clean and disinfect your razor before you shave.
Step 2 – Trim First
If you’re hair is long, trim down all the hairs so they are short enough for the razor to easily cut. If your pubes are not long, then you can skip this step.
Step 3 – Apply Pre-Shave Oil
Apply pre-shave oil to the shaft of your penis, scrotum, and surround areas. This step is optional, but recommended to help the razor blade glide better.
Step 4 – Apply Shaving Cream
Lather up the shave cream in your hands and apply a rich lather to your genitals, then rinse your hands.
Step 5 – Begin Shaving
Grab the tip of the penis and pull it tight or stimulate an erection to pull the skin taut–this will make it so much easier to shave.
Take your razor or body groomer and gently glide it across the shaft. Do not press hard–your razor or body groomer will work without force. For the area above and around the penis, do the exact same technique.
For the scrotum, pull the scrotal sac taut, and begin shaving in any direction that feels comfortable. The scrotum is like a shape-shifter, it can be troublesome to shave at times because the skin is constantly changing to adjust to the temperature; this is why shaving in a hot bath works best–the skin will be loose enough to pull tight for a close shave. If your scrotal sac tends to normally hang then this is a non-issue for you.
If you’re using a manual razor, be sure to rinse it frequently and pull out any long, stray hairs from the blade.
Some people ask whether you should shave against the grain or not? I shave against the grain for an ultra-smooth shave and get no irritation. However, this is not the case for many men. A lot of men prefer to shave with the grain to prevent any outbreaks of razor burn or ingrown hairs. If you’re a first-timer, I would shave with the grain, not against it–see how your body reacts.
Once you finish shaving, rinse yourself and dry off.
Step 6 – Apply Antiseptic
Applying antiseptic is one of the most important steps of your shave. It’s going to kill any bacteria from open pores, preventing irritation, razor bumps, or ingrown hairs.
To apply, squirt a little antiseptic into your hands and rub evenly and generously on the skin.
Let the antiseptic dry on your skin before you put on any powder or clothes.
Step 7 – Apply Body Powder
Next you will want to apply body powder or talcum powder. Unless you want to feel clammy and itchy, this step is a must.
So gents, that’s it! You’re done! Congratulations!