What is the best way to shave your body?

  • seventyfour

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    Oct 05, 2011 11:31 AM GMT
    I recently started to shave my body, minus my pubic area and arm pits (those I trim). But I can't seem to get away with out razor burn. What is the best way to shave and not get razor burn. And is it normal for it to feel like I'm being poked when I get goosebumps?
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    Oct 05, 2011 12:28 PM GMT
    What your asking for is impossible. Shaving your body is unnatural and the uncomfortableness you're feeling should be a clue to stop. It's unnecessary. It looks awful. It feels awful...to you and to whoever might touch your body and it makes you look like a 13 year old girl. Why is it so hard for a gay man to just be comfortable being a guy? icon_rolleyes.gif
  • seventyfour

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    Oct 05, 2011 12:31 PM GMT
    I don't like body hair. I look worse with body hair than I do without!
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    Oct 05, 2011 12:32 PM GMT
    There is a great product made by Braun called the cruzer. They have one with a Gillette Razor attachment that trims and shaves in one stroke

    http://braun.com/us/shavers/male-grooming-adviser/body-grooming.html

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    Oct 05, 2011 12:32 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidWhat your asking for is impossible. Shaving your body is unnatural and the uncomfortableness you're feeling should be a clue to stop. It's unnecessary. It looks awful. It feels awful...to you and to whoever might touch your body and it makes you look like a 13 year old girl. Why is it so hard for a gay man to just be comfortable being a guy? icon_rolleyes.gif


    Grooming can be a part of being a man, too, you know. There isn't just one way to be a man.

    Anyway, do it at the end of a hot shower. The hot water will soften the hairs and loosen your pores so that the razor won't irritate your skin so much. Use lots of shaving cream. You can also try sugaring as an alternative: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v-p8pW07iE
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    Oct 05, 2011 12:33 PM GMT
    For those who tell you they don't like shaved men...tell them you were Born That Way... LOL
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    Oct 05, 2011 12:37 PM GMT
    Humans flying in planes, driving cars, going into outer space or even better having and using a computer is unnatural but sure enough you own and use one, Scruffy. LOL. Body care and grooming is not.

    How are you shaving and what shaving products are you using? Are you dry shaving or wet shaving? You can minimize razor bumps if you use a good exfoliating scrub and a good after shave lotion. It's best if you shave while taking a nice hot shower. You have the option of using a good cream as well if you like. Veet works pretty well.

    All of this depends on your skin type so once you figure that out then everything else should be easy and you will be able to avoid razor bumps or at least reduce it. Nothing wrong with using a good set of clippers either.
  • seventyfour

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    Oct 05, 2011 12:38 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles saidThere is a great product made by Braun called the cruzer. They have one with a Gillette Razor attachment that trims and shaves in one stroke

    http://braun.com/us/shavers/male-grooming-adviser/body-grooming.html

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    I have used that before and had to return it because the foil thing over the shaver cut my leg up very bad! Razor burn was the least of my worries!
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    Oct 05, 2011 12:44 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidWhat your asking for is impossible. Shaving your body is unnatural and the uncomfortableness you're feeling should be a clue to stop. It's unnecessary. It looks awful. It feels awful...to you and to whoever might touch your body and it makes you look like a 13 year old girl. Why is it so hard for a gay man to just be comfortable being a guy? icon_rolleyes.gif


    You know what's also unnatural...brushing your teeth....that's pretty unnatural.
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    Oct 05, 2011 12:51 PM GMT
    I knew the usual members would be replying to this thread calling shaving unnatural, well the @OP asked for advice about shaving, he didn't ask if you think shaving is okay or not. Anyway, I use Neutrogena shaving products, they're pretty good and they leave your skin smooth like a baby's, you could also use the Sally Hansen hair removal creams instead of shaving.
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    Oct 05, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
    Also consider using the Norelco Bodygroom - I have it and I love it.

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    Oct 05, 2011 12:54 PM GMT
    bostonxfit saidAlso consider using the Norelco Bodygroom - I have it and I love it.

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  • twilight2010

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    Oct 05, 2011 12:59 PM GMT
    seventyfour saidI recently started to shave my body, minus my pubic area and arm pits (those I trim). But I can't seem to get away with out razor burn. What is the best way to shave and not get razor burn. And is it normal for it to feel like I'm being poked when I get goosebumps?


    The more you shave the thicker the hair gets and it grows faster, the best is waxing it gets rid of all the hair and it does not grow back as quick as a razor shave. Waxing gets right down and rips the roots out but it is very painful if you very hairy. You can use hair removal creams but they tend to burn a bit and leave some with a rash.

    It is up to you, some guys on here like hair on their men like scruffy pup but then some like it smooth. The smooth makes you look young and sometimes too young.
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    Oct 05, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    seventyfour saidI recently started to shave my body, minus my pubic area and arm pits (those I trim). But I can't seem to get away with out razor burn. What is the best way to shave and not get razor burn. And is it normal for it to feel like I'm being poked when I get goosebumps?


    Normally I agree with scruffypup. Chest hair is really hot on some guys. Like you, I look pretty bad with chest hair. (Similar to how some guys just look better bald than with hair.) I shave my chest and abs (only), and have for years. I shave once or twice a week (but never less than three days in between), and I typically go against the grain. When I'm done, I shower, and wash the shaved area without the use of a washcloth or a loofah or whatever. I use a bar of Dove Men to wash because my skin is pretty sensitive. When I'm drying myself, I pat dry myself. Do not rub dry. That will only irritate your skin. Continue to do this for the next 2-3 days. This should cut down on the number of razor burn bumps you end up with.
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    Oct 05, 2011 1:02 PM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidWhat your asking for is impossible. Shaving your body is unnatural and the uncomfortableness you're feeling should be a clue to stop. It's unnecessary. It looks awful. It feels awful...to you and to whoever might touch your body and it makes you look like a 13 year old girl. Why is it so hard for a gay man to just be comfortable being a guy? icon_rolleyes.gif


    You know what's also unnatural...brushing your teeth....that's pretty unnatural.
    And shaving your face, and cutting/styling your hair, and hair products, and posting on internet forums, and, and, and...
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  • fitdude62

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    Oct 05, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    "Whats a good way to shave your body?"

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    Oct 05, 2011 1:17 PM GMT
    Good advice from redsoxfan791 (below). I'd add 3 notes:

    1. After patting urself dry, apply some after-shave lotion for sensitive skin sans alcohol ... helps minimize irritation.
    2. Check out youtube, they've got tons of videos on how to shave. Gillette in particular has a very cool series.
    3. Some guys look great furry, some much sexier shaved. (In fact, many professional, presumably straight jocks shave nowadays.) It's personal preference, so if that's what you like don't let others' opinions deter you.

    "Normally I agree with scruffypup. Chest hair is really hot on some guys. Like you, I look pretty bad with chest hair. (Similar to how some guys just look better bald than with hair.) I shave my chest and abs (only), and have for years. I shave once or twice a week (but never less than three days in between), and I typically go against the grain. When I'm done, I shower, and wash the shaved area without the use of a washcloth or a loofah or whatever. I use a bar of Dove Men to wash because my skin is pretty sensitive. When I'm drying myself, I pat dry myself. Do not rub dry. That will only irritate your skin. Continue to do this for the next 2-3 days. This should cut down on the number of razor burn bumps you end up with."
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    Oct 05, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    Do what women do and get waxed.
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    Oct 05, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    It's a lot of work. I'm not super hairy, but I"m hairy enough that shaving would be quite an ordeal. So, I just trim and I'm happy.
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    Oct 05, 2011 2:21 PM GMT
    seventyfour saidI recently started to shave my body, minus my pubic area and arm pits (those I trim). But I can't seem to get away with out razor burn. What is the best way to shave and not get razor burn. And is it normal for it to feel like I'm being poked when I get goosebumps?


    You can learn to get rid of or reduce razor burn in many ways. First is technique, razor, shaving gel or cream, preparing your skin, etc.. (A good razor isn't going to help much if it is used in a manner that makes razor burns.) Second is to reduce or heal it right after you shave. One of the oldest and most reliable products made for this is called Tend Skin, made by the Tend Skin Company. It is applied after you shave to any body part after the skin is totally dry. Don't use it if you are allergic to aspirin. It's expensive but lasts if used properly. Don't soak the skin with it. Use only a small amount on a cotton ball. There are recipes online that show how to make home made Tend Skin, but I prefer the real product.

    I have shaved my whole body (below my face) for a decade and am continuously researching shaving and all forms of hair removal. Most I have tried. While I was going to do a serious blog on this topic a few years ago (but it was too much work), I'm not an "expert," and don't know who is. Shaving and grooming is different for each person, and each time you shave. Some guys have no problem shaving period, most guys have occasional problems, and some have sensitive skin that can't take it well in some areas. You are going to be your best teacher or resource since it is a matter of testing and trying.

    There is so much to say about shaving and hair removal that I started writing tips for my blog on various topics of shaving and hair removal. If you want any of these essays with tips or have any questions about anything, please send a private message to me. I would be more than happy to try to answer all you ask.

    Shaving your body may take a while to get used to. About five years ago I grew back all my hair, and I am hairy. I didn't realize how itchy it was because I got used to it before I started shaving. I liked not having hair a lot more, though it is not perfect and is a big hassle. It sure looks hot on most men. It's true that many more men of all ages are taking care of and grooming their bodies today, and not just gay men. icon_smile.gif
  • starboard5

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    Oct 05, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Scruffypup said[/cite]What your asking for is impossible. Shaving your body is unnatural and the uncomfortableness you're feeling should be a clue to stop. It's unnecessary. It looks awful. It feels awful...to you and to whoever might touch your body and it makes you look like a 13 year old girl. Why is it so hard for a gay man to just be comfortable being a guy? icon_rolleyes.gif[/quote


    There's little about civilization that's natural. If we had stayed living a completely natural life, we'd still be hunters and gatherers with a life expectancy of 25.

    You're one of my RJ heart throbs, Scruffypup, but I have to disagree with you on this one.
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    Oct 05, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    Waxing will certainly do the trick, though it's a bit more irritaing initially.

    Of course, I'm talking a little out of my league since I'm naturally smooth... :/
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 05, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    Unless you want a lifetime of heavy maintenance shaving your body every few days to keep from getting stubble, your best option is to laser hair removal -- expensive, but it permanently removes the hair. You could elect to get it waxed, which is the 2nd best option, but it's not cheap either -- especially if you have to do it often -- so add those waxings up and you could have paid for the laser removal and be done with it. The other alternative is to learn to live with the hair, and just trim or have waxed the parts that maybe shouldn't be hairy. A lot of guys actually prefer a hairy guy.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 05, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    I think you have received alot of good input here to consider. I want to say that this thread was really about how seventyfour could take care of body hair the best way possible, not to debate whether men should do it.

    I would encourage you to experiment. I like having a hairy chest, I look good with it, but I also trim and shave little areas to look a little better here and there. I hate shoulder hair and lets say I don't have any (LOL). It doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" kind of proposition. Evaluate what looks the best and works the best for you and do it!