There's a lot of discourse surrounding what hair "should" or "shouldn't" be present on the body. While there's a time and place for that discourse, we just want you to do whatever makes you feel comfortable. If that's not shaving any of your body hair, great. If it's shaving your body hair entirely, that's great too. If it's just trimming your pubic hair down, that is also great. Everyone is different, and part of being different is wanting different things for our bodies.
That said, some people do want to get rid of their pubic hair, and learning how to do it if you haven't before can be kind of daunting. It comes off as treacherous, largely because there's not really much room for mistake. Because if there's a place you don't want cuts, in particular those ridiculously painful accidental razor cuts, it's your nether region.
Get the Right Tools
So, this one's tricky, because what works for one person doesn't always work for another here. If you have long pubic hair, you're going to want to start out with a comb and scissors. If you're transitioning from waxing to shaving, the comb and scissors aren't necessary. What we do recommend for any hair length, however, is actually to keep your pubic region moisturized. A nice (and safe) oil, like Quim's Happy Clam Everyday Oil ($48), can make a big difference in how the area feels before and after. (We actually recommend you use an oil regardless of whether you trim your pubes or the length you trim them to. It keeps everything regular down there.)
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
- Choose your shaving cream wisely.
- Don’t skimp on your razor.
- Give a haircut.
- Take a warm shower or bath.
- Dab on some pre-shaving oil.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rinse. In between strokes, be sure to rinse the blade. A clogged razor won’t work well.
- Cleanse. Rinse skin thoroughly and lightly pat dry with a soft towel.
- Moisturize. Apply a light, preferably unscented lotion or aftershave lotion.
- 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.