Pruning your man forest is a tricky task. The motivation, first and foremost, is the “optical inch”, the illusion of length afforded by trimming one’s bush into a more controlled coiffure. But if a shaving rash on your jaw is uncomfortable (and unsightly), imagine what it’s like to get a bit of razor burn downstairs. In the interests of achieving a perfectly manscaped member, we’ve established a few ground rules that you might find handy.

First of all, avoid using a traditional razor blade on your nether regions. Not only is it especially difficult to maintain control of the handle in trickier positions, but you’re more likely to cut yourself. There’s also the risk of spreading the bacteria that’s festering away between the blades, upping the chances of unsightly post-shave problems including irritation, rashes and infected follicles.

Electric ‘body groomers’, if used wet and with product, present a considerably more foolproof alternative to the humble razor. For perfect results, we’d suggest in investing in two items: an electric razor with a hypoallergenic foil (flat and perforated, with blades below the surface) and a pair of clippers with an adjustable comb attachment (to help remove the ‘bulk’ from thicker tufts of hair). If you can find a gadget that does both, even better!

Chipping into the bush with a pair of clippers or blunted scissors (we can’t stress that part enough) is relatively simple but attending to the family jewels requires real technique. Here are four simple steps to disaster-free depilating:


Begin by cleaning the area and then powdering it thoroughly to soak up any excess moisture.


Carefully pull the loose skin as taut as possible so that the clippers don’t accidentally snip you and shear at a 45-degree angle with a pair of body clippers until all you’re left with is a five o’clock shadow.


Attend to the remaining stubble with a flat foil blade. Again, pull the skin taut and move the surface of the blade in a small circular motion until the area is left completely smooth.


Finish with an alcohol-free, moisturising balm. Top up as often as possible.