Shaving it off is WAY more work, is it not? I use an electric beard trimmer with a spacer. That way I can do it quickly to about 1/4 inch or so. It's way easier. Also, because the beard trimmer is narrow, you can maneuver better. I use something similar to this one:
Amazon.com: Wahl 5537-1801 Cordless Battery Operated Beard Trimmer with Bonus Ear, Nose and Brow Trimmer: Health & Personal Care
Do you ladies use normal leg razors? I find if I take it all off it gets SO ITCHY when it comes back in and I get red bumps all over.
I used to shave it all off when I was younger, before DS, then I couldn't reach it, so I stopped caring so much about it being smooth, now I will trim it with scissors. I couldn't handle all the itch of it growing back in.