Pubic Area Hair Removal
Shaving is the most common method of hair removal for the pubic or genital area.
Professional waxing or sugaring is another option.
How to Shave the Pubic Area
Start by trimming the hair as short as possible with scissors or an electric razor. This saves you work and helps you get a closer shave.
Next, take a hot shower. Not only will this soften and prepare the hair, but if your skin is clean you will have less irritation, ingrown hair, and/or razor burn.
Next select a good shaving cream or gel. This will lubricate your razor, reducing drag and friction on your skin and also reducing irritation. Spread it on in circular motions. Ideally, let it sit for a minute or two before starting. This will moisten and soften the hair, making it easier to cut.
Next, take a razor with a new, clean blade and begin shaving in gentle strokes with the grain of your hair. If this is your first time taking a razor to your crotch, you'd do well to only shave a portion of the hair this time. If you shave it all off the first time you'll likely face some nasty irritation, until your skin acclimates to the process. Leaving a generous 'landing strip' the first time can be a nice middle ground.
Also if you're a beginner it's recommended that you shave with the direction of hair growth. This will drastically cut down the irritation you may experience.
However, some people do shave against the grain. Some shave with the grain, against it, and then with the grain again for the ultimate smoothness. Still, others just shave any old way until the hair is gone.
Find a method that works best for you; but be aware that the closer you shave, the more irritation you're risking.
Pubic Shaving Risks
Ingrown hairs are hairs that don't grow through the surface of the skin, but get trapped underneath. They can become infected and irritated like a pimple.
To prevent ingrown hair, wash your skin with a loofah, before and after you shave. However be careful not to irritate freshly shaven skin with aggressive scrubbing.
To treat ingrown hairs, you can go in after the hair itself with a pair of tweezers and free it from the skin, but...
with this you risk doing more harm then good - You might damage the skin and possibly cause scarring. Use your judgment and make sure your tweezers are clean and sterile.
Razor burn or razor bumps are the tiny, annoying red bumps that sometimes appear soon after shaving. They are caused by the razor cutting too close and shaving off the top layers of skin. In addition they can become even more irritated if your skin or razor wasn't clean, becoming itchy and painful.
Preventing razor burn has two steps. First, make sure you aren't shaving too close. This means shaving slowly and gently(no pressure on the blade,) and using shaving cream or gel. Shave with the grain, and don't make too many passes with the razor.
Second, protect your skin from contamination. This means showering beforehand, using a clean new razor blade, wearing only clean clothes after shaving, and avoid doing anything that will cause you to sweat. You might also consider washing your bed sheets, for example. Use common sense.
Brazilian waxing is another popular form of hair removal for the genital area.
However because of the risks involved it is seriously recommended that you find a professional to do it.
Incorrect waxing can cause deep tissue bruising, infection, tearing of muscle tissue and other serious risks.
Professional waxing is not that expensive($45-$60), and a decent wax job will last you 3-6 weeks.
Keep in mind the hair must be at least a quarter inch in length, to give the wax something to hold on to.
If getting it done professionally is not an option for you, we recommend you stick to shaving.
Other methods such as friction and threading have been used with varying degrees of success on the pubic area.
A word of caution though, depilatory creams contain harsh chemicals and should not come into contact with the genitals, for obvious reasons.
You risk serious chemical burns on very sensitive areas.
If you do get a chemical burn on the genital area, treat it with aloe or some bacitracin ointment such as Neosporin and keep it clean.
If it doesn't clear up in a few days or gets worse, it's time to see a doctor.
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