By Margarita Dominguez
Margarita Dominguez wrote Hair-B-Gone a year ago, and it raised an Internet storm which helped to put the-vu on the big hit list. Now shes back with a much-requested treatment of a subject that is driving people nuts all over the world, Body Shaving!
Okay, so Im writing this article for the-vu, but I am personally more of a waxing kind of gal. Shaving is not my thing because it has to be repeated so frequently.
But two things have made me write this guide,
I have received a lot of feedback, via the-vu, from people who have had adverse reactions to waxing. These people have expressed a strong interest in reading a helpful guide to shaving the body.
Jeffrey the Barak, the-vus publisher, has informed me that enough people have hit Hair-B-Gone to populate a small country. Hair-B-Gone has been more popular than most books in Barnes and Noble.
So lets all get wet, lather up and get out our razors for an exciting trip into the world of body shaving.
Why do people want to shave their bodies?
Its mostly about sex! But also hairy men with good figures and good muscle tone want to show it off by removing their fuzz, oiling up and posing for their admirers and lovers.
Also, the waxing technique that I recommended so highly in Hair-B-Gone just isnt for everyone. It hurts too much for many folks and many more are prone to contracting folliculitis (infected hair follicles) following a wax job.
Then there is the aspect of the shaving procedure itself. Whilst waxing is endured or tolerated for its end result, it is apparent that people enjoy shaving their bodies. It can be a sexual experience in itself, whether done alone, or performed upon a partner. There are many mens magazines featuring women being shaved and women who are already shaved, and in the male gay community, mutual shaving is a common form of sexual foreplay.
When asked about hair removal, adult movie performers generally say they go for shaving over waxing for the maintenance of a hair free look. If they wax, and they are waiting for a long enough re-growth for the next waxing, it can interfere with their readiness to work.
About the research for this article! Hold on to your hats!
It would have been irresponsible of me to make this stuff up and have it published on the Internet so I decided to do some serious research and experimentation. For my research I assembled the following ingredients:
* My boyfriend
* Some razors and shaving gel
* And an outgoing male gay couple!
I used my boyfriend as a laboratory. He was hairy and now he isnt! Lucky for him he was able to have his chest shaved without getting a rash or folliculitis from the re-growth. I have to admit I liked the feel of a naked shaved man, but I have to warn you that any flab or lack of tone around the middle looks much worse without hair to disguise it!
I actually preferred him before the shave, so I broke up with him and kicked him out. I can be brutal sometimes! Actually Im only kidding, there was another reason to get rid of that guy! Enough said.
The gay couple came in handy to explain the appeal of the shaving act itself. My funny friends shave each other three to four times weekly and they say it always leads to sex. Aside from the mutual shave being practical, (they can each get their backs shaved) they say its essential for games involving baby oil and what they referred to as snake fights. These guys have very good physiques and when they insisted on revealing them to me in their entirety, their total hairless beauty mesmerized me. I showed them my own fabulous waxed hairless body but it didnt hold the same appeal to them as their own overwhelmingly male bodies, so unfortunately for me, nothing happened as usual!
Body shaving is best achieved if these basic rules are followed.
- Wash the skin first with warm, not hot, not cold, water so that the skin is very clean.
- Stand in the bathtub so you dont make a mess. (Men use a drain basket so you dont clog the drains.)
- Use a new blade or new disposable razor. The sharper it is the less it will nick.
- Let the shaving gel work on the skin before beginning the shave.
- Do a section at a time, not the whole body at once!
- Pull loose skin taut with the fingers of the hand that isnt holding the razor.
- Dont press! The lightest touch will shave just as close as a dig but will be less likely to cut the skin.
- Hairy men, for your first shave, reduce the length of the body hair with a beard trimmer or hair clippers or scissors, but keep those blades off the skin itself.
- Avoid the temptation to attempt shaving your own back. Sideways movement of a razor will make a straight cut through your skin.
- If its called after-shave, its alcohol and its going to sting and hurt. All after-shave smells terrible anyway! Buy some witch-hazel to use after your shave. This amazing natural liquid will reduce razor-burn and help prevent the open pores from becoming infected or producing acne. Dont use pore-clogging cream after your shave!
So lets get down to it, the head to toe guide to body shaving!
I personally think a rotary shaver is better for the head because it is the ultimate curved object, but if you use a razor, be careful not to lose an eyebrow! Use the fingertips of your other hand to feel for areas that still have stubble. Women, you can also shave your heads! Remember when movie star Bai Ling went from four foot long straight black hair to smooth and bald? Try a bald head and assorted wigs for various occasions. Its a great solution for alopecia, and the entire scalp is of course an erogenous zone when its hairless.
Face and Neck
Men do this everyday and are rewarded with that five oclock shadow. Thats why women must never ever shave their faces! Sorry shaving fans, but ladies MUST get waxed or threaded. See Hair-B-Gone
Ears are better dealt with using a rotary shaver but you can also use your wet razor on those coarse wild hairs.
Neck (back of)
Normally the stubbly feel at the back of the neck is quite desirable, but if your scalp is smooth, shave your neck. This should be left for your assistant to do if you are having your back shaved.
Like the chest, re-growth here can be irritating, so once you start, keep it smooth. Best done by an assistant.
Arms and hands
Its easy to shave your less dominant arm and hand with your dominant hand. It feels weird for a right handed person to hold a razor in the left, but youll get used to it because youll be doing this at least twice a week from now on.
When shaving your partners back, (dont shave your own unless you really have to,) remember not to press down with the razor. You wont be able to feel the pressure because its not your back!
Women are used to this, but guys, dont press with the blade and relax to let the hollow out. Repeat with a rinsed blade up to five times without pressing!
Chest or breasts
If you are a man with thick dark curly chest hair, the re-growth here will kill you! After you become bald-chested, exfoliate daily in the shower with a scrunchy to make sure you dont get blocked follicles, which can become infected. If you do get folliculitis go straight to the doctor for antibiotics. During the shave, be very careful not to cut your nipples. Often there is coarse hair right at the nipples edge which should be shaved with great care and precision.
Its like your chest, only lower and hopefully flatter. Luckily its less sensitive than your chest and less likely to become infected or irritated.
If you have shaved the rest of your body bald, why not lose the pubes? You might see the reappearance of that old appendix scar you had forgotten about! I recommend a porn star landing strip, which is a straight edged vertical rectangle of short pubic hair, dead center, directly above your equipment. No pubic hair is also an erotic look, especially on a female. Im bald there myself and Im always admiring myself in the mirror.
Guys, if you are keeping an area of pubic hair, keep it trimmed short and have the edges dead straight. Also, having a tiny bald area just above where your shaved penis joins your body will make your penis appear longer!
Okay, were discussing body shaving here. Theres no excuse not to include the bikini area, which is adjacent to the pubic, genital and anal areas. No one likes to see hair sticking out of your briefs if your chest is bald!
Ive done this to a guy and Ive watched two guys do this to each other. Its not as scary as you may think! Pull the penis if it isnt erect and gently shave the hairy part of the shaft near the body end. Shave towards the body. Move the penis from left to right to get in all the corners. By the way, If youve just shaved your shaft, youve just made it look longer! Stretch the skin of the balls as you gently shave them. Get the tops of the legs adjacent to the scrotum while youre down there. A good way to test for missed stubble is to use the sensitive tongue and lips to feel for rough areas afterwards!
You can shave the labia without much danger of nicks and cuts, as long as youre gentle with that blade. Use the fingertips of your other hand to feel for missed stubble. Repeat as soon as you can feel a re-growth. If you get razor bumps, exfoliate with a wet warm washcloth. No need to get too rough with it, just enough to break the pores free. Unless youre pure Chinese, this is tough curly hair and it will be re-appearing in a day or two.
Perineum and anus
Between your genitals and anus is an area you shouldnt miss. Once youre shaved, youre more likely to receive visitors down there. When shaving around the anus, stretch the skin of each cheek away from the orifice to get a good pass with the blade. If you are shaving yourself, squat in the tub. Razor bumps should be prevented here, so starting the day after your shave, exfoliate with a washcloth in the shower. Keep this area shaved to avoid uncomfortable stubble. Never press the razor hard against the skin here!
By the way, if you have perfected the martial art of silent farts, the lack of hair around the anus will make it impossible to fart silently from now on. Change your diet or something!
Legs, feet and toes
Easy enough if done in small sections. Any woman will tell you that shaving up the leg, against the direction of growth will net a closer shave, but shaving down is less likely to cut you. Sometimes mens toe hair is as tough as eyebrows. If so, try soaking the feet in warm water and rubbing soap onto the toe tops for a while to prepare the skin there. No more gorilla sandals!
So there you have it you non-waxers you! Shave only in the bathroom, and clean up thoroughly afterwards.
Whats the worst that can happen?
Folliculitis! Also known as barber’s itch, pseudofolliculitis barbae, and tinea barbae. Basically this is any kind of infection in the hair follicle. The usual cause of folliculitis is the bacteria Staphylococcus (staph) or by a fungus. It may occur anywhere on the skin, as a result of injury or damage to the hair follicle caused by friction from clothing, by blockage of the follicle, or by shaving or waxing. A common cause is the sharp ends of re-growing shaved hair emerging from the follicles and curling back around to irritate the skin.
If you are unlucky enough to get this following your introduction to hairless life, keep the area clean. Avoid re-infecting yourself with contaminated clothing and washcloths. You will probably need to get a prescription for topical or oral antibiotics or antifungal lotion. It is contagious when its active and it itches so bad you will be totally miserable for weeks.
As the-vu’s Raymond Wells would say, There you have it! I still prefer to get waxed myself, but I have met people who either can’t stand the waxing or simply enjoy shaving and being shaved. It also has to be said that some people are quite comfortable just having hair all over the place, and that’s cool if you like that look. After all, isn’t this all about sex? We each dance to our different drummers.
Margarita Dominguez is struggling to finish writing a screenplay about road rage in modern America but keeps getting interrupted by the-vu. She maintains a hairless body and owns eight saxophones.