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Diaper-Area Hair Removal

By BitterGrey

Removing the hair from the diaper area is a common practice among ABDLs. The benefits include seeming more babyish, as well as easier cleanup and odor control. However, there are also some drawbacks to defuzzing down there. Hair removal might be time-consuming, expensive, and/or painful, depending on the method.

Typically the first region an ABDL thinks about removing is the pubic "bush." In addition to being a mark of adulthood, this area has lots of hair that is easy to remove. Having less hair makes the area easier to clean during diaper changes. This will reduce odor by reducing both the amount of old urine and number of bacteria left on the body after the change. These benefits can be expanded by removing hair from other areas, such as the scrotum, hips, etc. An ABDL who messes should also consider carefully shaving around his anus too. Shaving under the gathers of the diaper might help improve the seal a little.

While being "as smooth as a baby's bottom" was taken for granted at one time in our lives. It isn't so easy now. Depending on the method of hair removal, it might be painful, bloody, expensive, and/or require frequent maintenance. There are additional complications as well. For example, wearing a swimsuit after diaper-area hair removal might require removing a lot more hair, to avoid looking like diaper-area hair removal.

The best hair removal method for you will depend on your particular hair type and amount, and on how hairless you wish to be. This best method might be different than what you use for your face. Even if you decide to use the same method, you should use a different device. This is important for cleanliness. Unless you are familiar with another method of body hair removal, the best place to start is probably with a safety razor and a lot of care.

Method
Pro
Con
Notes
Safety razor

  • Inexpensive (<$10 to start. Start with one good razor instead of a dozen cheap ones. Get shaving cream too.)
  • Silent
  • Familiar to many ABDLs
  • Forgiving of improper wrapping
  • Wet process (Easiest at a tub, but towels could be used to handle the shaving cream if necessary.)
  • Repeat daily to weekly. The stubble texture might be clear as soon as the next day, and might feel rougher than unshaven hair.
  • Trim long hair with scissors first
  • Be careful with aftershaves
  • Wipe razor on towel every few inches to clear shavings when starting out. (Later, a push-pull along the skin might work well enough; pushing the safety razor along the skin to clear it, and then pulling along the skin to shave.)
Electric shaver
(Norelco Bodygroom, etc.)

  • Familiar to some
  • Mostly self-clearing
  • Specialized men's body shavers on market.
  • Wet or dry use
  • Noisy (sounds like an electric shaver)
  • Repeat daily to weekly. The stubble texture might be clear as soon as the next day, and might feel rougher than unshaven hair.
  • Use separate devices for face and body (especially if shaving around the anus). Most importantly, the course guards that permit quick facial shaving by permitting a lot of hair through to the blades are not well suited to body shaving, where fine scrotal skin might also get through to the blades.
Epilator
(Braun Silk-epil Xelle, etc.)
  • Familiar to few. (These are commonly used by women for leg hair removal, but most ABDLs are men.)
  • Loud (bevel gear clatter)
  • First time epilating or restart after more than a few days is painful, especially for the pubic hair. That is, when the most hair is being removed.)  Following passes are less painful, because they are only removing the new regrowth.
  • The pain is from pulling, not pulling out. It 'dances' with multiple attempts on same hair. This why it is important that the body be clean and dry, and that the epilator be clear of pulled hairs.
  • There is a manageable risk of ingrown hairs.
  • No epilation devices are engineered for/marketed towards men.
  • Get a devise with a trimmer if you don't already have one. Hair that is too long or too short won't be pulled out as effectively.
  • Using shaver on some areas can spread out "first time" pain.
  • Spreading the "first time" out by epilating a little more each day permits re-epilation of previous areas to let endorphins build up before epilating new areas.
  • It might be necessary to shim the tweezers for use around the genitals.
  • An epilator that also has an electric shaver head will provide options, but might not match the performance of a dedicated electric shaver.
Depilatory creams
(Nair®, etc.)
  • Removes hair from large areas quickly.
  • Initially inexpensive (<$10 for the bottle)
  • Can be brushed on to hard-to-reach areas, such as the back.
  • Can cause chemical burns if used on the scrotum or around the anus, if left on too long, or if your skin is sensitive.
  • Wet process with a distinctive smell
Do it in the shower, with a timer the first time. You might need to rinse thoroughly and quickly.

General Tips

While each method has its pros and cons, there are some things that apply to them all.

The First Few Times...

When gathering supplies, prepare for cuts and small bleeds. These happen, especially while learning new tools or learning how to handle the scrotum. Learn the appropriate angle to hold the tool at, relative to the skin. Always err towards too little force: Too little force and you'll need to go over the area gain, to much and you might have to deal with pain, bloodshed, and possibly scarring.

Clear shavings from the tool frequently. A tool clogged with hairs won't work properly, but might still cause pain and bloodshed. In the case of a safety razor, you might need to clear the shavings every few inches your first time. This can be done by pushing the razor along a towel (not pulling, since we don't want to shave the towel.) Other times, there will be less hair, so clearing won't be as important. For the safety razor, you might be able to clear it sufficiently by moving it back and forth along the skin - pulling to shave, pushing to clear. Some tools are self-clearing if you use them often enough.

Don't plan on wearing a diaper afterwards. There might be some cuts, soreness, irritation, or rashes that should be given time to clear up.

Finally, don't feel obligated to do it all the first time. The pubes are the best place to start. Do the scrotum or around the anus only after you've found a method and tool you trust blindly. (Quite literally for some areas: Unless you use mirrors or get help, you won't be able to see what you are doing.)

Get in the habit of wrapping

Always pull skin taught or wrap it around smooth volumes. This is particularly important with the scrotum.

Chafing

Chafing, where skin wears off due to friction, can be a new problem after hair removal: The hair provided some protection. Over time the skin may adapt by becoming tougher. However, during the transition there is a higher risk of chafing. This chafing may aggravate or initiate at any razor burn or other damage from hair removal. Precautions range from baby powders and creams to pastes dedicated to preventing athletic chafing, such as the chamois butters used by cyclists. Those who are athletic or overweight are more at risk of chafing. Wet skin is also more prone to chafing.


- Updated:9 July 2015  1st:6 May 2011     

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