You guys, we have a situation that needs to be addressed. Shaving your pubes has become very dangerous. I mean, it’s always been dangerous, but injuries from shaving have increased A LOT in recent years. And by a lot I mean five-fold. And by injuries I mean injuries that required trips to the emergency room.
Look, I have been in the emergency room several times. It is not a fun place to be, and it is certainly not a place you want to end up because you were shaving your pubes! Some people are screaming, “Well just wax!” but waxing is expensive and isn’t for everyone.
It’s honestly not that hard to not hack your vag (I’m sorry) while shaving. But since us young women are in the bracket with the highest risk for ER-level pube-shaving injuries, let’s go over how to safely groom yourself if that is a choice you have made with your body hair.
Don't Jump Into It
You shouldn't shave first thing when you get into the shower. The warm water and steam will loosen up your hair follicles, relax your skin and make it easier to shave. Wait at least 10 minutes before taking a razor to your bikini line.
Trying to shave super long hair is not easy. Your razor will snag and pull and you'll end up with a cut somewhere very unpleasant. If your hair is on the longer side, take some small scissors (not like crafting scissors!) and trim your hair. This will make shaving a lot easier and less risky.
Use A Good Razor
When was the last time you changed your razor blade? I know blades are expensive, but seriously, using a dull blade is so bad. You may think that new blades are more dangerous, but they actually cause less issues. A dull razor will snag on your skin and can easily cut you.
Rinse Your Razor
You know how shaving cream and hair builds up on your razor while you're shaving? Rinse it! Rinse your razor after every pass to clear it out. A clean razor is a happy razor and will not send you to the ER.
Beware Of Scented Shaving Creams
Your vagina is a sensitive creature. You might want to smell like Raspberry Rain or whatever, but if you're using shaving cream in this area, avoid the scents. Not only can it get all up in your business, but it might irritate the skin that you're shaving and lead to razor burn or even infections.
Turn On A Light
I know a few gals who shave in their bedrooms (?!) instead of in the shower. Bathroom lights are bright and under no circumstances should you be shaving in the dark! Make sure you turn on all the lights so you can see.
Shaving standing up is difficult, but shaving during a bath makes it hard to see and maneuver. Solution? Shave in the shower, but sit down. (Caitlin, you're crazy!) Nope. Trust me. If you're worried about germs, give your shower a good scrub before you hop in. Sitting down allows you to see a million times better, and you don't have to shave while balancing on one leg and working around your vag.
Take Your Time
The easiest way to avoid a vag-shaving injury is to slowwwww down. Just take your time. This isn't a race, okay?
Have you ever injured yourself while shaving down there? How bad was it? Do you have your own tips for shaving? Tell us in the comments!