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How to manscape downstairs

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We don’t need to tell you that manscaping your downstairs requires a little extra care on your part. That’s instinctive. But that added effort brings certain rewards – the least of which is highlighting your natural gifts. Here’s the best way to manscape, from basic prep to maintenance.

7 essential manscaping tips

Manscaping the groin calls for some caution, but it’s simple enough. Start with the key steps below:
1. Begin with some basic shaving prep. Before manscaping, shower, dry off, cool down and have a quick comb through the hair to remove any knots.
2. Make the work easy for your trimmer (and yourself). Pull skin taut, and trim first with the direction of hair growth, then against. A well-placed mirror will help.
3. Take care. Manscaping the groin is a serious business. Take your time. Use short, light strokes, and avoid very sensitive areas. Don’t go over the same place too often.
4. Use a trimmer designed for manscaping. It’ll make life easier. If you’re on the look out for a suitable tool for manscaping, get a body groomer with a pivoting head if possible: this will help with hard-to-reach areas. Adjustable length settings make it infinitely easier to achieve a fade down from your treasure trail, essential if you’re aiming for a natural look.

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5. Start on a longer length setting. Then bring the length down as needed, with shorter settings on the border between hair and closely-shaven skin. Stop and check your progress as you go.
6. Cool off. Aftercare can be the difference between successful manscaping and … unsuccessful manscaping. Rinse off with cool water, pat dry with a soft towel and finally apply a light, unscented lotion.
7. Keep it up. Once you know how to manscape, don’t neglect it. Repeat your groin grooming routine every 7-12 days, or as often as needed, to keep everything tidy.

Some bonus manscaping tips:

How can I prevent itching and irritation while manscaping?

No one wants to spend a full half-hour manscaping, only to then spend an unattractive week trying not to scratch. If you’d like to avoid this, here’s the best way to manscape:

 

  • Always trim before going on to close shave, and don’t skip the post-shave splash of cool water and plenty of soothing moisturizer
  • If you’re prone to ingrown hairs and razor burn, shave with the grain, in the direction the hair is growing
  • Do not forget to pull loose skin taut (you know the area we’re talking about)
  • Finally, if you’re using an electric body grooming tool, nicks and cuts are less common, but any you do get should always be rinsed off and treated quickly.
Can I use my manscaping tools on other areas?
If you have a multipurpose body groomer, it can work on your back, chest, armpits, and it might even be suitable for manscaping – but for cleanliness’ sake, it’s best to use a different set of tools for your upstairs and your downstairs.
Should I wet or dry shave when manscaping?
Your initial all-over trim should be done dry (you need to see what you’re doing). When you’re close-shaving the edges, shaving balm can help everything go smoothly.
Do women prefer a manscaped downstairs?
The default preference seems to be a little trimming and grooming, but with a decent amount of hair left over. But ask your partner – she might surprise you.
Why learn how to manscape your groin?
Manscaping your ‘man garden’ makes it less of a jungle down there. Trim groin hair down to around an inch, and you’ll also notice the appearance of increased size. The brave at heart can spice things up with an all-over shave, but even basic border care goes a long way.

If you’re wondering how to manscape elsewhere, we’ve got you covered (so to speak). Check out our full-body guide to get detailed manscaping tips for the back, shoulder, chest and treasure trail.
If you’re wondering how to manscape elsewhere, we’ve got you covered (so to speak). Check out our full-body guide to get detailed manscaping tips for the back, shoulder, chest and treasure trail.

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