Body hair serves a purpose, but sometimes it’s out of control. Most body hair isn’t a problem, but that’s not the case with buttcrack hair. Wouldn’t it be nice if it disappeared? It won’t disappear on it’s own, but there’s nothing stopping you from shaving it off.
It’s safe to shave your buttcrack, but it’s not like shaving your face or any other part of your body.
If you’ve never shaved down there before, this article will help you figure it out.
Before getting into how to shave your furry butt, let’s look at why you should do it.
Table of Contents
- Why would you ever want to remove your buttcrack hair?
- Butt hair is inconvenient
- Americans need to get over the idea of spraying water up their butts
- A cleaner butt is just a shave away
- Alternative Techniques for Shaving Your Ass
- The Downside Risks of Shaving Your Buttcrack
- Remember to take care of your buttcrack shaving tools
Why would you ever want to remove your buttcrack hair?
Everyone has hair in their butt. However, no two butts are gifted equally and some individuals are much more greatly blessed in the buttcrack hair arena than are others. Not only does more hair equate to more sweat in the nether regions, but it can also mean embarrassment if that sweat leaves its imprint on your clothes. This is more evident in warm weather or if you enjoy sweaty activities like sports.
Worse still is the potential for embarrassment around your significant other. Less hair can mean more potential fun, so shaving, waxing or otherwise removal of the forest can help in the bedroom as well.
Some claim that removing butt hair can help reduce ingrown hairs in the butt, it some cases it can actually increase the total number and frequency of the potential for ingrown hairs down there. Whenever you cut a hair off near the surface of the skin, you increase the possibility of razor bumps and razor burn, which in turn increases the potential for ingrown hairs. This is certainly something to be aware of before you venture down your pants with a razor and some shaving cream to wipe out the rain forest.
There has been a significant rise in recent years in individuals who are shaving their butt cracks/holes–on both sides of the gender isle. You are not alone and certainly not the first to ask:
- Is it safe to shave my buttcrack?
- What are the down side risks to shaving my butthole?
- How do I best go about shaving my buttcrack hair?
Butt hair is inconvenient
Few things in life can inconvenience you like butt hair. For example, you probably know what it’s like to make a mad dash for the restroom in a public place only to realize dry toilet paper isn’t going to cut it. Wiping a hairy butt with dry toilet paper is like scraping peanut butter through a carpet.
If you were at home you could wet a paper towel under the sink or grab some wet wipes. In a public restroom with stalls, you’re stuck. If you didn’t grab wet paper towels on the way into the stall, it’s too late to save your butt. It’s risky to make a mad dash to the sink with your pants around your ankles. You could pull your pants up, but that’s just gross.
Everyone with a hairy butt in America has faced this dilemma numerous times. Dry paper isn’t kind to anyone with a hairy buttcrack. Experts warn against using dry toilet paper, saying it won’t remove feces and over-wiping can lead to fissures or hemorrhoid irritation. Using a bidet is the obvious answer, but the only time an American is likely to encounter a bidet is when they travel out of the country. Countries like Spain, Japan, Italy, and Greece all use bidets as a standard. In India, you get a bucket of water and a hose!
Despite the fact that using a bidet is more hygienic, most Americans still think dry toilet paper is a practical way to wipe their butt. In fact, Americans aren’t just ignorant of bidets – they’re opposed to bidets. A study conducted by kitchen and bath product manufacturer Kohler found 56% of Americans are unwilling to use a bidet.
Americans need to get over the idea of spraying water up their butts
Fear of the unknown drives many of our decisions. Americans don’t like the idea of spraying water up their butt even though it’s the only sanitary way to clean it.
“In a wide world that has long embraced the effectiveness of anus-washing after doing number two,” writes Terri Coles from Vice, “America hangs back, clutching our rolls of Charmin, despite plenty of evidence that it would serve us better to wash instead of wipe. We may be obsessed with sanitation, yet we insist, against reason, on the least-sanitary, least-healthy option for managing our poop.”
A cleaner butt is just a shave away
If you want a cleaner butt, you need to shave your butt fur. A clean-shaven butt won’t make toilet paper work better, but when you don’t have a hairy butt, you won’t have to battle the unsanitary nature of toilet paper as much.
Before you begin, it will be important to assess the various methods for cleaning shop down in the undercarriage.
First, decide on the type of razor to use. Will you be shaving with an electric razor, a safety razor or a cartridge razor?
An electric razor may help if you first need to cut down the trees before you get to the stumps and the underbrush. However, electric razors can sometimes be too large to get to the hard to reach areas.
A double-edge safety razor presents its own challenges as a means of shaving your butt hole. It’s much more sharp and while the “safety” suggests its safer than a straight razor, the likelihood of cuts and nicks is much greater with a safety razor than your standard cartridge razor.
Before you get started, you will also need to load-up with a handheld mirror and plenty of shaving soap or shaving cream. It is well advised to not use your usual shaving brush on this project as using the same brush on your smelly, nasty butt hole may taint your next facial shave and spread unnecessary germs and stank.
Antiseptic (like a witch hazel) and rubbing alcohol will help to clean and refresh the area both before and after the shaving process takes place.
A towel and perhaps some medicated powder may help to reduce friction post-shave as well.
There are many reasons to shave your rear end; a clean butt is just one. Regardless of your motivation, here’s how to do it:
1. Set yourself up with a proper view
No matter how far forward you can bend, you’ll never get a clear view of the butt hair you’re trying to shave. If you don’t set yourself up with a good view using a mirror, you’ll be shaving blind.
Get a mirror to place on the ground between your feet so you can get a good view of the area you’ll be shaving. Travel mirrors are perfect for the job. Oh, and please buy a mirror dedicated to shaving your ass. Your clippings will fall right onto the mirror, and you don’t want to accidentally use it for shaving your face on your next camping trip. It’s also a good idea to buy dedicated clippers for the job.
2. Prepare for your shave by trimming with an electric razor
Begin your butt shaving adventure with electric clippers. There are clippers designed specifically for shaving your crotch area that are small, waterproof, and nic-proof. These clippers don’t require a guard. If you’re using standard clippers, never ever ever trim your buttcrack with no guard. You could easily clip your flesh, and your ass is a dangerous place for an open wound.
Depending on your goals, you’ll want to shave to a different length. If you’re planning on getting your butt waxed, trim no shorter than a quarter inch. That’s the minimum length required for waxing. Waxing hair shorter than a quarter inch won’t pull it out from the root.
If you plan on shaving your butt, trim your hair as short as possible to make it easier. If you just want to trim the weeds a bit, you’ll probably find a longer setting to be acceptable. When you trim instead of wet shaving, you won’t have to deal with an itchy butt when the hair starts growing back.
If your butt hair isn’t long enough to trim significantly, but you find it annoying, you’re probably better off getting it waxed.
3. Take a warm (not hot) shower
Just like you’d prepare your face for a shave with hot water or steam, you need to do the same for your butt. Since you’ve just shaved a sensitive area, take a warm shower instead of a hot shower. Shaving makes your skin more sensitive and hot water might burn.
Wash your nether region to get rid of the stray hairs your electric razor left behind. By the time you’re done, your pores will be open and you’ll be ready to shave.
When you step out of the shower and dry off, you may as well put pre-shave butter back there.
4. Get out your dedicated butt-shaving razor
If you’re brave enough to put a blade to your butt, make sure you use a brand new and dedicated cartridge razor for each shave. Don’t use a safety razor or a straight razor – that’s just asking for trouble.
If you trimmed first, your mirror will already be on the ground. Grab your shaving cream and lather up your butt. Using the mirror on the ground, start shaving.
There is a learning curve, but it gets easier each time you do it.
5. Sterilize Your Ass Area
Clean your equipment. If you are using a cartridge razor, clean it up with some alcohol. If you are using an electric razor to trim the long ones, make sure it is clean before you go as well. If you intend on using said razor post-shave, it is advised that you do a post-shave sterilization of your shaving equipment as well.
6. Cream Up
After your trim, apply your desired shaving cream or shaving soap liberally to the entire area.
7. Take another shower
When you’re done shaving, get back in the shower for the final time and wash up. End your shower on the cold side to close your pores. When you’re all done, you’ll have a clean, smooth, hair-free butt!
8. Post-Shave Disinfect
Once you are done with your shave, it will be good to wash with water and rinse with an antiseptic again to ensure you get rid of any bacteria that can spread and cause issues later.
9. Powder the Down Under (Regularly)
One of the biggest issues with a shaved buttcrack is a higher incident of chaffing and rubbing. Consequently, the frequent use of a body powder can help wick away moisture and provide a new buffer between the checks. Remember, the hair there serves the purpose of providing a break with the friction. Now that you have removed it, you will need to have a replacement. The powder can help, but it is not a cure-all.
Anal hair removal is no joking matter. For some, it is much more than a simple nuisance. There are numerous reasons you may want to attempt to remove the the butt forest. Here we will discuss the reasons you would want to remove the hair in your buttcrack and the best and most appropriate methods for doing so. We will also lightly discuss the risks of removing the hair in your butt hole.
Alternative Techniques for Shaving Your Ass
Nowadays, shaving buttcrack hair is becoming popular. Therefore there are more and more modern solutions to shave your butthole and bum. These options include waxing the buttcrack, laser or electrolysis.
Because waxing eliminates the hair at the root, it may take quite a bit longer to return and thus be a more effective means of getting rid of the hair down there. It can be accomplished with a home kit or done by a licensed aesthetician.
Be prepared for a bit more pain in this process as waxing literally rips the hairs out from the roots from a very sensitive area of the body.
In electrolysis a licensed medical professional uses an electric current to eliminate the hair at the root. A needle is inserted into each butt hair follicle, burning them into oblivion. It is the most expensive potential method, but can be an effective way at eliminating hair.
Using a high-intensity light stream, a practitioner can remove the hair in your anus. This light removes the hair at the follicles, preventing future hair growth. This process is more long-lasting, but much more expensive and can take a great deal of time as it requires multiple treatments and visits.
The Downside Risks of Shaving Your Buttcrack
What is included here is not intended to be medical advise. It is advised that you not only consult a physician, but also talk to someone who has done it before as shaving your buttcrack has many downside risks:
- This is a sensitive area. Shaving down there greatly increasing the potential of a cut or a nick–not fun for such a sensitive place.
- Your ass has a lot of bacteria. Shaving a region that is literally crawling with nasty bacteria can dangerous, especially if you are unable to keep it in check. Getting a nick and a subsequent infection is dangerous.
- There is a reason for the hair down there (e.g. wicking away moisture, anti-chafe, decreases friction, etc.). Removing it may increase issues as it relates to some of these benefits of butthole hair.
The hair will come back. No one ever talks about what happens when the hair starts to grow back. Once you shave, you will need to subsequently keep shaving, otherwise you will have a major problem on your hands. The new buttcrack stubble will chafe very badly. Don’t plan on hiking, running or walking much as that stuff grows back in. It will hurt and be red. That is, unless you shave it again. So, don’t plan on shaving once, this must be a virtuous cycle. If you plan on once, you will need to do it over and over.
Shaving your buttcrack hair is more than just a personal hygiene question or issue, it can be a social one as well. Before you shave your butt hole, it is advised to get a lot of advise from as many people as you possible can. Ask your friends, neighbors, spouse or significant other. Tell them in detail of the pros and cons you have learned about here and see if it is something they have done in the past and would recommend.
Personally, I would stay clear away from taking a razor to an area that has hair down there for a reason. If you want to shave it down there because of a smell issue, shower more, use deodorant or a ball spray. If you think it’s not as aesthetically pleasing, perhaps you should just keep it covered. If you sweat too much, just get some body powder.
But, if you must shave your butt, you must shave your butt. Your choice.
Remember to take care of your buttcrack shaving tools
Be sure to keep your butt shaving tools clean. Clean your electric razor with alcohol regularly to disinfect it. Or, buy a new razor with a replaceable head and replace that head often. When shaving to the skin, always use a new cartridge head and never reuse it on your face.
As you go about your day, be proud of yourself for having a clean, well-groomed butt. If you took the time to shave it, you deserve to be proud.