Should You Trim Your Pubic Hair?

Hello Heather,

I’m 12 and going to be 13-years-old really, really soon. I’ve been worrying about my pubic hair showing from my bikini and underwear for a while. I don’t think I’m ready to shave it all off and would like to just trim it for now. Is that possible? Is it okay? I don’t know how to ask my mom. Should you trim your pubic hair, and if so, how do you do it?

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What you choose to do with your pubic hair is totally up to you! If you want to trim it instead of shaving or waxing, you can definitely do that. Not only is it easier and less time-consuming, it’s also cheaper and potentially safer. Pubic hair grows for a reason – to trap unwanted bacteria and protect our vaginas – so a lot of doctors advise leaving it alone instead of going bare. Trimming is a great alternative!

So, how do you do it? Before you start, make sure you have a good mirror, a pair of sharp, small scissors or some other kind of hair clipper (nail scissors work well), and a pair of good tweezers. Set up in front of a mirror where you can see everything, and make sure your hair is dry. It’s easier to manage it when it’s dry – if it’s wet, it will be harder to judge the length and more difficult to snip. Once you can see exactly what you’re doing, start trimming. Go slowly, and don’t cut too close to your skin to avoid cuts and bleeding. Trim wherever you want and however much you want. There’s really no right or wrong way to do it, because it’s totally up to your preferences.

Once you’re done trimming, check out the area. Are there any stubborn hairs along the outside of the pubic hair line that could be visible that you want to hide? Instead of trimming them, you might want to tweeze them. You can ice the area for a few minutes before if you want, but just carefully pull the hair out with your tweezers. That’s it!

Once you’re done, check for any accidental cuts, since that can lead to an infection or an ingrown hair. Tweezing might leave the area red and swollen, but that should go down within an hour. Otherwise, that’s really it. Trimming is cheap, fast, and a quick way to groom down there when needed. Good luck!

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