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Should Guys Shave their Back

Self Shaving Your Back / July 10, 2023

Although many people say how grooming body hair does not make you gay, we still don’t know what to do. Others say that male shaving makes you just a man that cares about his appearance and body.

So what to think about this topic, should men shave their body hair or not? How to be sure if shaving is going to be embarrassing?


What shaved men think about shaving areas other than their face

Many men completely shave their genitals and legs, some of them shave their entire bodies. Many of them report shaving initially caused embarrassment or even some physical discomfort. However, in a very short time they grew to really want to shave their body. Many of them found that shaving frequently reduced skin irritation and rashes. Now they feel comfortable only when freshly-shaven.

For those men, shaving body hair is not a matter of feminization, but one of accepting a more appropriate male role. They are trying to get rid of the pseudo-macho hair and replacing it with a softer virility. That is why most of them would never go back to hairy body now they grew accustomed to the new lifestyle.

Do girls like shaved men?

Many girls like that their boyfriends shave themselves, admitting they enjoy the feeling of a naked shaved man’s body. However, any flab or lack of tone around the middle looks much worse without hair to disguise it. A significant number of girls prefer hairy men, as well.
Gay couples commonly shave themselves, or each other. Aside from the mutual shave being practical, since they can each get their backs shaved, it could also be essential for games involving baby oil and snake fights.

That is why, if your wish is to shave areas other then your face, there is no reason to avoid it. Shaving should be a personal choice, and your opinion could be different then that of other’s, but in the end, we are all different.

How to shave your body properly

You will achieve optimal body shaving results if you follow some basic rules. As a start, wash the skin first with warm (not hot, not cold) water so that the skin is very clean. Then, stand in the bathtub so you do not make a mess. Men should use a drain basket to avoid clogging the drains. For each new shaving, you have to use a new blade or a new disposable razor, because the sharper it is, the less it will nick. Let the shaving gel work on the skin before you begin shaving. Try to do a section at a time, and do not shave the whole body at once. Pull loose skin taut with the fingers of the other hand, and do not press because the lightest touch will shave just as close as a dig, but will be less likely to cut the skin.

Before your first shave, reduce the length of the body hair with a beard trimmer, hair clippers, or scissors. Try to keep those blades off the skin itself, and avoid the temptation of trying to shave your own back, since sideways movement of a razor will make a straight cut through the skin. After each shaving, you must use aftershave. However, since it is alcohol, it is going to sting and hurt. You could buy some witch-hazel to use after you shave. This amazing natural liquid will reduce razor-burn and help prevent the open pores from becoming infected. It will also help prevent acne, which using pore-clogging shaving cream could provoke.

How to shave different parts of the body

Head: A rotary shaver is better for head shaving, because it is the ultimate curved object. However, if you use a razor, be careful not to lose an eyebrow. You may use the fingertips of your other hand to feel for remaining stubbly areas. Women can also shave their heads. It’s a great solution for alopecia, and the entire scalp is an erogenous zone when hairless.

Face and neck: Women must use wax to keep their face and neck hairless. Shave your ears with using a rotary shaver. You can also use your wet razor on those course, wild hairs.

Neck from back: Normally the stubbly feel at the back of the neck is quite desirable, but if your scalp is smooth, you should shave your neck. Leave it for your assistant to do if you are having your back shaved as well.

Shoulders: Like the chest, re-growth here can be irritating, so once you start, keep it smooth. Shoulders should also be left for an assistant to shave.

Arms and hands: It is easy to shave your less dominant arm and hand with your dominant hand, but it feels weird for a right-handed person to hold a razor in the left. Off course, you will eventually get used to it, since you will be doing this at least twice a week from now on.

Back: When shaving your partners’ back, do not ever press down with the razor. (Off course, you should never shave your own back unless you really have to.) You will not be able to feel the pressure because it is not your back, so when shaving a partners’ back try to be careful.

Underarms: Women are used to this, but men should know not to press with the blade, and relax to let the hollow out. You should 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, re-growth will most likely occur here. After you become bald-chested, try to exfoliate daily in the shower with a scrunch. Do it to make sure you do not get blocked follicles, which can become infected and itchy. If you do get folliculitis, go straight to the doctor for antibiotics to treat it. During the shave, be very careful not to cut your nipples since there is course hair right at the nipples edge. You should shave this hair with great care and precision.

Tummy: Like the chest, only lower - and more flat, hopefully. It is also less sensitive than your chest, and less likely to become infected or irritated.

Pubic area: Now when you have shaved the rest of your body, why not lose the pubes as well? If men are trying to keep an area of pubic hair, keep it trimmed short and have the edges dead straight. In addition, having a tiny bald area just above where your shaved penis joins your body will make your penis appear longer.