How To Shave Pubic Hair
On the previous page I talked a bit about the
sexual and cultural aspects of pubic hair
removal. Here I'll list some guidelines on how to get a close and
First decide on what parts of the area you want
to shave. Do you only want to do the bikini line? Or you want to have
bare lips but leave a nice patch on top? Or maybe you want to get a
"Brazilian" (includes shaving between the butt cheeks) or even a
"Smoothie" (completely bare everywhere).
A suggestion for first-timers: don't shave anything from the top
patch (the mons) because that's the hardest part to get smooth and it
itches the most when it grows back. You can go there in a week or two
when your skin is acclimatized to the touch of the razor. Concentrate
on the labia for now and on the area between the thighs.
Guidelines for a Smooth Shave,
How To Avoid Razor Burn and Prevent Ingrown Hair
- If your pubic hair is long, or if you haven't
shaved since a few weeks, cut it very short with scissors or an
- Wash the area well. Take a warm bath or shower for
five to ten minutes, or lay a wet cloth over the pubic area. This
softens the hair.
apply some kind of shaving gel or cream. You want things to be
slippery! You can also use ordinary hair conditioner
instead. I've heard that it really helps if you're prone to
Whatever you do, never shave dry unless you're
using a special tool like the
Body Bare shaver.
Use a quality razor with a triple blade like the
Gillette Mach3. These give a smoother and more comfortable shave
than cheap disposable razors and you can reuse them several times as
long as you don't do your legs with it also. In fact, it's better to
use one razor for your pubes and a second one for your legs and
- The actual shaving technique is rather simple:
straighten the skin with one hand and pass the razor over it with
the other. Use short steady strokes. But go slowly, especially if
you're new to this, and always use a light touch. If you need to use
pressure it means the blade is dull.
- What direction to shave in? Well, for the
smoothest result you should shave against the direction of
the hair but for some this can provoke razor burn. People with very
coarse or curly hair, or with very sensitive skin, are probably
better-off to go with
the grain. Same thing if you're a first-timer.
TIP: If you do shave against the grain
to get that extra-close shave, you should always finish with
another stroke with the grain. This will "reset" the hair
stubbles in the correct direction and greatly prevent razor burn!
(This works also for men's facial hair.)
- Avoid passing the razor more than three times over
the same spot.
- Rinse your razor often during the process to
unclog the blades.
- When you're finished wash gently with an
exfoliating glove or loofa to remove anything that can clog pores.
This helps to prevent ingrown hairs.
- Rinse the area well and splash a bit of cold water
on it to tone the skin and close the pores. Dry it with a clean
- Apply some alcohol-free moisturizing lotion,
preferably one with Aloe Vera and without perfumes.
- If you plan on using your razor again, clean it
and don't leave it laying around in an unclean or wet area.
- Do not shave your pubic hair every single day.
Take at least one day off per week to give your skin a break. If
you're a first-timer shave every other day, or even less, until your
skin is used to it.
- During your daily showering or bathing wash the
with an exfoliating glove or loofa to remove dead skin cells.
These steps should go a long way to help you achieve perfectly
smooth genitals. However, some of you will still develop razor bumps
or ingrown hairs, no matter how you shave. It has something to do with
the angle of the hair follicle and the coarseness and curliness of the
If after several weeks of shaving you continue to
have skin irritations, maybe razors are not for you. You might want to
try dry-shaving with the tool I mentioned in
step 3 above, or go for waxing. A final and much
more expensive option is
laser hair removal.
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