8 Things You Do Wrong When You Shave Your Pubes

When it comes to your pubic hair, and the care and keeping of it, I am sure you are aware that most people tend to have a lot of opinions. Get rid of it, leave it, tend to it with a luxurious pubic hair-specific oil–it’s all there.

But what about shaving it?

Now, haters will say that any and all bikini line-trimming advice is out of season, and that to suggest that one remove pubic hair with a razor at all is irresponsible. And, yes, while it is true that it is technically not pubic hair-removing season, and if you choose to maintain your pubic hair in some way, it is generally better to do so with waxing or laser hair removal, I do think that bikini-line shaving is what we on the web like to call “evergreen content.” Basically, this means that it’s pretty much always applicable.  After all, you never really know what you’re about to encounter–last minute vacation, last minute hookup, last minute luxurious hot tub party. Look, I don’t know your life. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to have some more information on what exactly is up with shaving your pubes. So, check out these things you didn’t know you’re doing wrong when you shave your bikini line:


Not Trimming Beforehand 

One of the most common rookie shaving mistakes? Forgetting to trim before getting in the shower. If it's your first time shaving down there (or it's just been a while), you’ll have a longer growth that is going to be difficult to shave off without trimming. Plus, in addition to making it easier to shave, this also lowers your risk of irritation.

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Shaving First Thing When You Get In The Shower

Never, ever start shaving right away when you get in the shower. This sounds hyperbolic (and, yeah, in the grand scheme of things, it probably is), but this is a cardinal rule of shaving in general. All of the hair on your body is naturally pretty coarse, so it needs some exposure to steam and hot water to help soften the follicles and make it easier to tackle with a razor. If you shave everything on your body, go in order of ascending hair coarseness--which, for most people, is legs, armpits, pubes.

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Using A Dull Razor

This is another "duh" shaving rule, but it's particularly important for shaving down there. First of all, using a dull razor will barely even work (it'll be like attacking a shrub with, like, a plastic sword or something), and is also a surefire way to get ingrown hairs, bumps, and irritation. Make sure your razor is new and, if possible, one that's meant specifically for shaving the bikini area.

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Using Shower Gel Instead Of Shaving Cream

Regular shower gel can work when you're shaving your legs and underarms, but when it comes to your bikini area, definitely go for shaving cream. Your pubic hair is the most coarse type of hair on your body, so you need to use extra care when you're shaving there. For an extra degree of smoothness, apply some shaving cream to the area and let it soak for about two minutes before you actually start to shave. This softens the hairs even more and reduces your chances of irritation and bumps.

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Using Too Much Pressure

It might be tempting to just, like, attack your pubic hair, but you should (please) resist this urge. While the hair itself is tough, the area your shaving is a delicate one, so this can lead to--you guessed it--unnecessary irritation and/or bleeding. Instead, just let the razor slide gently over the area you want to shave. If you feel like your gentle pressing isn't doing the job, try switching out the razor rather than adding more pressure. Chances are that it's duller than it should be.

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Wearing Your 'Sexy' Underwear Immediately Afterwards

If you can, try to put on a pair of plain cotton briefs rather than your tightest, sexiest thong. Why is this? Lace and spandex can irritate the skin you just shaved even more, while looser, breathable underwear reduces discomfort. (Another solution? Go commando. Hey, it's for your health.)

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Using Regular Lotion Afterwards

You should try and apply some moisture after you shave. You should not, however, use the lotion you probably already have lying around. Most conventional body creams and lotions have chemicals in them that can cause serious discomfort post-shave. Try and get a lotion that's specially designed for post-bikini hair removal, or, at the very least, an all-natural or organic lotion that doesn't have fragrances and chemicals in it.

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Shaving Everything

It's totally fine to use a razor for the hair on your bikini line. But when it comes to the hair farther down (like around your labia), don't deal with it yourself. It's hard to reach, so you might end up nicking something by accident, and it's also pretty sensitive, so it has a higher chance of being irritated. If you must have everything gone, just go ahead and spring for a wax--some things are better left for professionals.

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Do you shave your bikini line? Do you have any tips? Let us know in the comments!

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