Got You by the Short and Curlies
Big announcement this week. We're launching our new pubic hair trimming service. Soon, as well as haircuts and wet shaves, you’ll be able to get a short back and sides for your bat and balls. You can expect the same five star treatment, just lower down.
Lol. We’re not really branching out into the forested realms of pubic hair removal, but we do think this sensitive subject needs to be tackled. That’s why we’ve put together this short guide to looking after your short and curlies.
As a barber, we clearly spend a lot of time thinking about the hair on your head. We spend much less time thinking about your pubes. Promise. But your nether regions need love too. These days most men practice some form of merkin maintenance. And if you’re going to go bushwhacking you want to do it right.
This could be a subject that offends delicate British sensibilities. But even as we squirm we’re determined to just come out and say it — penis. There. That wasn’t so bad. Now we’ve got that out of the way we can have fun using as many euphemisms as possible. Let’s crack on.
The trend for manscaping
The trend for manscaping has been gathering pace for the past ten years or so. It’s a practice that started in the gay community, but has now been adopted by straight men. This development has tallied with society’s worship of finely sculpted bodies. You’ve worked hard for that six pack — why would you want hair obscuring it?
It’s common for male porn actors to be bald too, or at least heavily trimmed. Although men will claim they don’t notice the todger topiary when they’re watching a skin flick, removing hair makes sense in porn. If you want to see more of the, er, mechanics less hair is a good thing.
So what are the benefits and pitfalls of trimming or shaving your pubes?
Benefits of trimming or shaving your pubes
Trimmed, shaved or au naturelle — none of these options is best. It’s a personal choice. But it’s safe to say that regular grooming of your intimate areas shows you take of yourself. It’s a quick and simple procedure you can easily incorporate into your weekly ablutions.
Shaving can actually be quite a sensual experience. You could even turn it into an erotic activity with your partner. A kinky bit of personal preening. Unlike, for example, cutting your toenails. Plus, as all men who like shaving their shaft convince themselves, it makes your penis look bigger. The lack of hair adds an ‘optical inch’, apparently. Just remember, if you do go bald you need to keep it up (no, not like that). Otherwise you’ll have to endure the bristly balls phase as the hair grows out.
According to a Gillette survey 92% of women prefer men who are tidy down below. But take that stat with a pinch of salt. It’s only one survey. By Gillette. A company that makes shaving products.
Tips for trimming your pubes
Trimming is great when you want to tidy up and maintain a neat look, but don’t want to go the whole hog. First we suggest you get yourself one of those adjustable, magnifying bathroom mirrors. Getting up close and personal with your junk might make you feel better about your natural gifts too. Or not. It seems obvious, but only attempt groin gardening in a well-lit room. While sober.
When it comes to choosing tools to groom your tool, we don’t advise using scissors. There’s too much at stake. A beard trimmer works fine. As long as you don’t share it with anyone else. Or you could opt for a speciality trimmer. Remington, Philips, Braun, Gillette and Wahl all make their own versions. Splash some cold water on your little mr to tighten things up, then trim with slow, even strokes in the direction the hair is growing.
Tips for shaving your pubes
There are many reasons you might want to take it all off. Perhaps you’re starting a new career in porn. Or entering a naked swimming race. Or maybe you’re just curious. Either way, here are some tips to help your tip shaving go without a hitch.
Make sure you use a clean fresh razor. If you do nick yourself down there, a clean razor lowers the risk of infection. Buy some decent sensitive foam or gel to reduce irritation. Cold water is handy here too — giving you a more taut surface to work with. Simply pull the skin tight and work your way slowly and carefully around the region. Bald as a coot is an option, but many men prefer to keep some hair above the shaft while shaving their balls completely.
If you’d rather not have the hassle of doing it yourself, you could ask a professional. Although still somewhat taboo for men to get a wax, these bikini waxers have seen it all so there’s really nothing to be embarrassed about.
The finishing touches
We’re not referring to post-shave self coitus. After trimming you can shampoo and condition so the freshly cut hair feels nice and soft. If you shave moisturiser is essential. A sprinkling of baby powder will make you feel fresh, dry and ready for anything.
Go wild. Have fun. And no, we don’t need to see photos.
Huckle the Barber provides high-quality grooming services, including haircuts and wet shaves, for discerning London gents. Visit us in Shoreditch or Holborn. Book your Huckle appointment online.