How to Shave Your Pubic Hair Area for Women

Updated 05/16/19
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Women shaving their pubic area is different than using the razor on legs or underarms. You need a bit more patience and care because of this sensitive zone and thicker hair type. You might be able to get away with a 'hurry up and get it done' with other areas, but not this one. Here we will show you how to get a close, safe shave while avoiding common problems like nicks, irritation, redness, itchiness and ingrown hairs.

What You Need

  • Comb and scissors or clippers
  • New pivoting razor with multiple blades
  • Shaving cream or gel
  • Pre-shaving oil
  • Shaving brush (optional)
  • Cortisone cream if pubic area starts getting itchy
  • Light, unscented moisturizer

What to Do

  1. Choose your shaving cream wisely. For this sensitive body zone be sure to get and use a good shaving cream or gel, using soap is definitely out. The Art of Shaving, Unscented Shaving Cream (compare prices on Amazon) is phenomenal for getting a smooth shave, moisturizing skin and preventing ingrown hairs.
  2. Don’t skimp on your razor. Stay clear of the straight, cheap disposables or you'll be asking for cuts and nicks. Instead use a razor with a pivoting head and multiple blades to give you a smooth, close shave. Our pick is Schick Quattro for Women. If you have very sensitive skin, you may need to use a quality razor with a single blade.
  1. Give a haircut. Trim hair down first as short as possible by placing a comb flat on the skin and trim over comb with scissors, or with clippers using the shortest guard. The less hair you start out with means you eat up less life of your razor and use a sharp tool when working the razor close to your skin.
  2. Take a warm shower or bath. A couple of minutes of the heat will soften skin and relax the hair follicle. The amount of time that works best for you may vary. For some women, it's five minutes and others it's 10 minutes or a little more.
  1. Exfoliate. Get rid dead of skin cells and get a closer shave by using a mild exfoliator or your favorite body wash with an Ayate washcloth (compare prices).
  2. Dab on some pre-shaving oil. Working as a barrier on your skin, the razor will glide easier instead of dragging and moisturize skin. It also helps prevent razor burn, general irritation, and ingrown hairs.
  3. Apply shaving cream or gel. Make sure skin is damp but not overly wet. If you have a shaving brush, work the product with the brush in circles to help lift hair so you get a closer shave.
  1. Shave. Using a fresh blade, first, go in the same direction of hair growth and then in the opposite direction. Don't go over the same area too many times.
  2. Rinse. In between strokes, be sure to rinse the blade. A clogged razor won’t work well.
  3. Cleanse. Rinse skin thoroughly and lightly pat dry with a soft towel.
  4. Moisturize. Apply a light, preferably unscented lotion or aftershave lotion.
  5. Fight redness. There's a chance of getting ingrown hairs. Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum can help with bumps, redness, and ingrown hairs.


    • Keep all products on the outside of your body only. And avoid shaving during your period, as skin is more sensitive.
    • If you are taking off most of your hair, a vaginal shield, the Va j-j Visor will offer you protection so you don't cut your inner vulva. Using a small mirror will also help you see better.
    • Shaving while taking a shower, rather than a bath can make things easier because you can prop up legs on side of the stall.
    • If you're daring, you can create pubic hair designs at home.
    • Shaving only takes hair even with the skin, waxing will keep hair away weeks at a time. You may want to consider a Brazilian wax.

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