Pubic hair removal is a personal choice. Some girls get a haircut or go to a salon for a “bikini wax”; others prefer to shave every day, but most just leave it at that. It is not necessary to remove hair from this area to keep the body clean. In fact, removing pubic hair has no health benefits.
Shaving: Some girls call it “high maintenance” because the hair usually grows back in a few days. Meanwhile, the skin on your genitals is very sensitive, so your genitals may feel itchy and sting.
Shaving does not make hair thicker; this is a myth. However, if you want to keep the area hairless and smooth, invest in good tools like clippers, razors, shaving cream, gel, or your own electric shaver, and plan to shave every couple of days. It is important to use a clean razor to avoid infection.
“Hair Remover” or Cream Hair Remover: This method of hair removal is painless, but it’s important to note that not all “hair removers” are safe to use on your genitals or bikini area. To make sure it’s safe for you to use sexually, read the product label first and follow the directions exactly. Do not keep the cream for longer than the time indicated in the instructions. If you notice redness, swelling, or a rash, it means you’re allergic to the hair remover.
Waxing: Apply a thin layer of warm liquid wax to the hair you want to remove. A thin sheet-like material is then placed over the wax before it hardens. It only takes a few seconds for the wax to harden. After hardening, the fabric strip is quickly pulled off. This method of hair removal usually stings (when the fabric is pulled). Unlike other hair removal methods, waxing removes the hair from the root and does not grow back as quickly. If you decide to wax your pubic hair, it’s best to have it done at a salon or spa where waxing is done regularly. If the wax is too hot, you can burn your skin. Do not shave before waxing.
Laser hair removal: Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a powerful beam of light to penetrate the skin to destroy hair follicles. Hair eventually falls out. Eye protection should be worn during treatment. Results may vary from person to person, and some people may experience temporary redness and swelling after treatment. The duration of the procedure varies depending on how much hair is removed, and you must wear safety glasses throughout the treatment. Laser hair removal is expensive and can take 6 or more sessions. Sometimes it may not work. If you choose this method of hair removal, you should first consult with a healthcare provider who specializes in dermatology and cosmetic surgery and has experience with laser hair removal. Make sure the salon is clean and have a copy of the service provider’s certificate.
Electrolysis: Electrolysis is the only method for permanent hair removal. A needle-shaped electrode is used to destroy the hair root. Treatments are done once a week or every two weeks for about a year to completely remove all hair roots. Each session lasts 15-60 minutes and costs may vary depending on location and other factors. If you are considering electrolysis, get a free consultation and get all your questions answered. Look for a clean salon with board certified technicians.
Safety tips for shaving:
Use the hand mirror to see where you want to shave.
Trim off as much hair as possible before you start shaving – Don’t use dull clippers.
Soak in the bath for at least 5 minutes to soften the skin and hair before shaving.
Apply aloe vera or another soothing shaving cream or gel (for women) to all areas you plan to shave. Re-apply if necessary.
Use a new/sharp razor or “bikini” razor – Don’t use a dull blade. Try using a razor with moisturizing strips.
Hold the skin firmly with one hand and shave with the other. Avoid applying too much pressure.
Shave with slow strokes in the direction of hair growth.
After shaving, rinse your skin with warm water and then pat dry.
After you’re done, apply baby oil or aloe vera to the shaved area. Avoid scented products as they can sting your skin.