Hopefully, you’re investigating how to shave your balls ahead of the act and not after a falling foul to a horrific ball-shaving accident. If you have suffered a severe blow to your nether regions, be comforted by the fact that you're not alone. A study published in the journal Jama Dermatology reported how a quarter of people who groomed down there sustained at least one injury while doing so, ranging from cuts to burns (ouch) and rashes.
But there is a better way – one that, without wanting to be too coarse, will keep your nut sack intact. So save yourself a trip to A&E and invest in a few key pieces of equipment. For starters, you’ll need an electric shaver or safety razor, and you’ll also need shaving oil and a cooling aftershave balm.
Once you're done and your balls and smoother than a moonwalk on ice, you can continue crafting your body hair by looking at our articles on beard trimming, full-body maintenance and the proper way to tackle back hair. But before you disappear down a rabbit hole of hair removal, let's get to the best way to shave your balls.
How to Shave Your Balls
1. Grab Your Tools
Shaving your balls will become a lot easier if you have the correct tools at your disposal. So put your cut-throat razor away, because this task requires either an electric or a safety razor.
An electric razor, like the Meridian Below-the-Belt Trimmer, will trim your ball hair without grabbing or breaking the skin. The same is true of the Gillette Intimate Trimmer I5. Both are perfect for your most delicate of areas. Oh, and, before you ask, the hair down there is a lot finer and sparser, so don't worry about growing stubble, like you would on your pubes, back or beard.
Alternatively, you could go old school and employ a safety razor, like the Wilkinson Sword Classic Double Edge. Doing so will minimise skin dragging, but a word of warning, we encourage you to practise using a safety razor on a less sensitive area of your anatomy before putting it anywhere near your balls.
2. Prepare the Area
To prepare your balls for the blade, start by splashing them with cold water (or use the shower head). This will tighten the skin, making the surface of your sack easier to shave. Then apply some shaving oil (chill slightly in the fridge to help keep things tight). If it's a bit of a jungle down there, you may also want to trim your hair down so it's a manageable length.
3. Start Trimming (but Be Careful)
Your balls are ready and it's time to begin trimming. Pull your skin taut and gently stroke the razor in the direction your hair grows. Rinse halfway though and you'll be able to see the bits you've missed, then reapply some shaving oil and finish the job.
4. Apply an After-shave Balm
Then (and this is the fun bit) I'd suggest giving them a good old rub with a little after-shave balm. Follow these simple instructions and your newly-smooth nuts will be the dog's ... Well, you get the idea.
Everything You Need to Shave Your Balls
Problems to Avoid When Shaving Your Balls
Follow our advice and shaving your balls should be a walk in the park, but there are still things that can go wrong. If you fall foul of these scenarios, here's what to do.
Shave your balls as we suggest and you shouldn't suffer from irritation, but if you do, mild irritation will usually clear up by itself within a week or so. There are also some steps you can take to expedite your healing.
Soak your balls in walm water.
Don't rub the area (ah, thank you), pat it dry.
Apply a gentle lotion to you skin.
And for heavens sake, don't shave again until you're fully recovered.
Itching and Bumps
If the area down below does become itchy it's likely that your hair is growing back, so give it a day or two to settle. However, if the itching is intense, consult a healthcare professional or pharmacist, who should be able to recommend an over-the-counter remedy.
You should also consult a pharmacist or healthcare professional if you notice bumps or blisters where they shouldn't be. Keeping the area clean and dry and applying over-the-counter antibiotic ointment may remedy your situation.
We'd like to tell you that there's no chance of cutting your crown jewels when shaving your balls, but unfortunately, of course there is. Still, even if you do nick your knackers, the damage probably looks worse than it is. If you're bleeding profusely, however, it goes without saying that you should consult a doctor, immediately.
If you've followed our instructions then you should have made it this far without any mishaps. While your downstairs should now be looking fresh, you're not quite finished just yet.
Before you pack up your equipment, it's worth applying a gentle moisturiser or post-shave lotion to the area to prevent itchiness, redness and the build-up of bacteria. Consider products that contain aloe vera, which will help to sooth the area. Steer clear of products that contain perfume if you want to avoid a painful end to what should now be an effortless process.
If you don't want to end up buying multiple products this shaving cream and cleanser could be the answer. Gillette explains how it's made from a 'smooth, aloe-enriched formula', which offer protective glide when you shave your most sensitive areas.
Why You Should Shave Your Balls
Removing hair from your balls is thought to make them look more impressive because optically, anything that's light tends to look larger. So don't beat around the bush and get shaving, lads.
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