Why get rid of pubic hair at all
In the 60s and 70s, wild, untamed growth of hair below the belt was not an issue. These days, most men and women prefer to keep that area of our bodies as well-tended as the hair on our heads. So, what are the benefits of getting rid of some or all of your pubic hair?
Well, first of all, it looks better for you and those you’re bringing to your bedroom. It also keeps unsightly hairs from peeking out when you’re at the beach or a public pool, reducing some embarrassment if others happen to notice them.
Another reason has to do with comfort. The more hair you have in that area, the more you’re going to sweat on a hot day or when you’re working out. If you remove some of that hair, you’ll get a bit more airflow, keeping you a bit cooler and more comfortable.
Along with sweat comes bad odor, which the heat of summer or a workout can also bring on. That stinky bacteria love to hang out in the warmth beneath your underpants. Trimming that hair can reduce the growth of those nasty little germs, keeping that area of your body smelling much better.
Women are used to wearing silky panties or pajamas, so they know what it feels like against a hairless or well-trimmed body. Men are learning this now, too, and have come to enjoy that smooth silkiness of the fabric without the discomfort long pubic hair would cause.
Features to consider when choosing a pubic hair trimmer
When choosing a trimmer for pubic hair for a male or female, there are a few features you may want to check out. These will help you decide the type of trimmer you need to groom yourself as you see fit.
The functionality is one of the most important features of any trimmer since this tells you where you can use it on your body. Most trimmers for pubic hair can’t be used on your face but may come with attachments that allow you to use it for your chest, back, legs, and armpits. The Philips Norelco BG5025/49 is one of these, including various combs and a bi-directional head for trimming the hair over your entire body.
Of course, some models are more specific, like the Manscaped Lawn Mower 2.0, which is designed specifically to trim the hair around your manhood with no pain or discomfort. There are also a few models that have special attachments that allow you to use the trimmer for facial hair, though these aren’t as common as the other two. If you can find one that does it all, this can save some money on trimmers and razors, plus save space in your bathroom since you only need the one piece to take care of all of your body hair.
Trimmer length settings
Most men and women don’t remove every strand of hair on their private parts. Instead, they trim it down to give it a cleaner, more attractive appearance. Of course, not everyone has the same preference when it comes to length. That’s why it is a good idea to have a few trimmer length settings available.
Most trimmers include a few trimmer combs, which keeps the trimmer a specific distance from the skin for an even cut of a specific length. You may also want the hair on the rest of your body to be a different length than your downstairs area, so having different trimmer lengths lets you take care of every area the way you like it instead of being forced to keep it all the same length.
If it’s rechargeable
There are several trimmers on the market that are rechargeable, like the Remington BHT300. These are handy for a few reasons. The main one is that there are no cords to deal with while you’re doing the trimming, which makes it easier to maneuver the trimmer around all your crevices.
Another reason that this can be a handy feature is that it costs less to use a bit of electricity to charge your trimmer now and then than it does to constantly replace batteries in the unit, even if it takes small AA batteries. A rechargeable unit also includes most or all of the pieces needed to keep it running, including USB charge cords, wall adapters, or charging stations, so you don’t need to buy extra accessories in most cases.
Charge time and runtime
The charge time is pretty important since this tells you how long it will take to get the trimmer fully charged before you can use it. The longer it takes to charge, the more it will cost you in electricity as well. Some models are rather quick to charge, like the Philips Norelco BG7030/49, which takes only an hour to fully charge, so you won’t have to wait all day to get to your personal grooming. The Panasonic ER-GK60-S takes a full eight hours to charge, so you won’t be able to charge it quickly if you’re in a rush to use it.
The runtime is also important. As well as having an eight-hour charge time, the Panasonic ER-GK60-S only has a 40-minute runtime. Though this will be enough time for most of your grooming needs, you likely won’t get more than a couple uses out of it before you need to charge it again. Some models, like the Pure Enrichment TRYM Lithium, give you double that runtime, which makes them a bit more convenient.
If it’s waterproof
Most of the trimmers that we’ve reviewed above are waterproof. There are a few reasons that this can be a handy feature. First of all, you can use the trimmer in the shower or the bath, which is where most of our personal hygiene issues are taken care of anyway. This is especially useful since our pubic hair will soften in water, making them easier to cut with the trimmer. The faster you trim them, the quicker you’re finished to proceed with the rest of your daily routine.
Another reason to consider a waterproof trimmer is that they are easier to clean. Most models come with a cleaning brush, which takes care of the loose hair. Of course, there could be trapped hair or other debris caught in the blades or the foil, which will need a bit more work to remove. If you can rinse the trimmer, you can clean it more thoroughly in less time, giving you more time to do the things you actually enjoy.
The warranty is one of the most important features of any product you buy for personal grooming or otherwise. This is because defective products can slip by even the most careful quality control people. The longer the warranty is and the more it covers, the less likely it is that you’ll have to pay for a replacement product out of your own pocket.
Most of the pubic hair trimmers in our reviews have a warranty of a year or two. This is fine since this gives you more than enough time to test out your new trimmer to make sure it’s working as it’s supposed to. Some warranties go a bit further, like the 5-year warranty offered with the Pure Enrichment TRYM Lithium. Even defects that take a while to show up should be noted long before this warranty runs out.
Another thing to consider is what is covered under warranty. The Philips Norelco QP2630/70 has a 2-year warranty but this just covers the handle. If there is an issue with the head or the trimming combs, you’ll need to pay for any replacement parts.
Though there are regular features included with all trimmers, like trimming combs and guards, there are a few extra features that can add to their convenience.
The first thing to look at is the blades. These should be safe to use on your skin. For instance, stainless steel won’t rust or break easily, so they won’t get nicks that can cut you or pull on those hairs that it is supposed to be cutting.
Hypoallergenic materials, like stainless steel or the plated gold found on the Finishing Touch Flawless Body are also handy because they can be used on even the most sensitive skin without causing irritation or discomfort.
Another great extra is a cleaning brush, which comes with all of the products we’ve reviewed here. This tool lets you sweep all the hair out of every nook and cranny of the trimming combs and the trimmer head. This keeps the whole unit clean and free of hair that could otherwise clog the unit if left to collect.
These trimmers need to be cared for like all of the other bathroom tools in your possession. You don’t want to lay them out on a dirty, wet counter while it charges. That’s why a dedicated charging stand can be a good addition to a rechargeable model. This keeps the trimmer off the counter while it’s charging. You can also unplug the charging stand and use it for a regular stand in some cases, using it as a storage space as well.
When trimming the hair from your more delicate areas, like your private parts, you need to be extra careful to avoid injury. The following tips should help make this process safer and more comfortable.
- Go slow to avoid nicking or cutting yourself, especially in the most delicate areas.
- Pull the skin taut as you shave to keep your skin from coming in contact with the blade.
- Use a mirror for any area you can’t see.
- For longer hair, start with a long comb attachment and then switch to the short attachment to reduce trimmer clogs.
- It is best to trim against the direction of the hair growth to lift the hair and make it easier to cut.
- Don’t use a dull blade; these could have nicks that could catch the hairs, causing pain and discomfort as you trim.
- Take a break between strokes to clean accumulated hair out of the trimmer.
- Always start with a full charge, to be sure you get the entire job done all at once.