How to Perfect Your Landing Strip

Updated 05/13/19
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Grooming "down there" offers many choices: bikini line, full bikini, Brazilian, Hollywood, and, potentially most popular, the landing strip—also called a French wax. A landing strip, for the uninitiated, is where the hair on the pubic mons (the area above your clitoris up to the top hairline) or for men, the pubic hair above the penis, is trimmed into a narrow vertical strip, and all other pubic hair is removed. It looks like a landing strip of hair, hence the name. It makes you feel smooth, but not overly bare.

When women and men get waxed, some like leaving some hair rather than removing all of it. They feel that getting rid of all the hair feels too child-like, but having a ton of hair isn't really what they want either. So, naturally, they decide the landing strip is the best choice for them; a little hair in a neatly trimmed shape is just the right balance. You can vary the "strip" part of "landing strip," too, and create a different shape like a triangle, heart, or star.

Go to a licensed esthetician. Ask questions and do not be afraid to tell her exactly what you want. It is your hair on your body. So remember communication is key throughout the service. Just explain to the technician exactly what you want. You do not have to give her a specific name of a style. There are different possible sizes in width and length for a landing strop, and it's really all up to you, so you want to get the right one. It's easiest to communicate what you want in finger widths. Generally, they go from about two fingers wide to less than one finger wide, which makes for a very thin strip. Start out by leaving a larger amount of hair than what you think you want, since taking hair away is easier than stressing about getting it back. 

Each service is timed differently, so if you explain what you want, the technician can block out time the right amount of time for your appointment. You can tell the technician that you want a small landing strip or a triangle of hair, and they'll know roughly how long it will take. Naturally, it will usually cost more if you want more hair removed and more time is involved. 

You can also give yourself a landing strip of hair at home by using a razor, but predictably, it won't last as long as a wax. Shaving removes hair at the skin's level, whereas waxing uplifts hair from the follicle. You'll have to shave almost every day to keep a clean landing strip line, as opposed to waxing, which will last weeks at a time.

When shaving, simply remove a little bit of hair at a time until you have the desired size to keep the edges straight. There are templates on the market to use with razors if you don't have a steady hand or are aiming for perfection. Or, you could even use an old pair of underwear to create straight lines. Fold the sides of your underwear to the exact width you want your landing strip to be, and clasp it in place with a bobby pin or barrette. Then trim the hair down using clippers or a bikini trimmer. When you shave wet, just follow those lines. A clear shaving gel will help you see exactly where you're shaving. Keep in mind always that it is important to use a new and sharp razor to avoid nicks and ingrown hairs. 


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