I’m 14-years-old, and I’ve started to grow hair down there and it has been bothering me lately. I feel very uncomfortable having body hair and I’ve always wanted to ask my mom, but she said to never shave or wax down there. But I want to – it’s been very uncomfortable and I’d rather have everything smooth. I wanted to know how to shave down there for the first time, if there are like certain products I should use, and how to actually do it.
It’s totally fine if you want to shave down there, even if your mom told you not to. I don’t know her reasons behind that, but it’s your body and your pubic hair, so if you want to get rid of it, you can! You don’t even need to tell her about it if you don’t want to.
Shaving down there is easier than it seems – it just requires you to be a little more gentle and slow than you are when shaving, say, your leg or underarm hair. As you probably know, your vaginal area is sensitive and you don’t want to make any nicks or cuts that could lead to an infection of some sort.
Let’s start with the products. I suggest using a shaving cream that is moisturizing but also doesn’t have any crazy scents, as certain scents can mess with your pH balance. I personally love and highly recommend Shaveworks Pearl Polish Dual Action Body Oil. It’s not the cheapest shaving cream you’ll use, but it doesn’t have any funky smells, you only need a small bit of it, and it’s very hydrating and gentle. As for the razor, you’ll want something sharp that is easy to maneuver. My absolute favorite razor is Gillette Venus Swirl – the razor head moves for tricky spots, like your bikini area, which can be hard to see. I would also recommend getting something that will soothe the area afterwards and help prevent bikini bumps and ingrown hairs – I really, really love Shaveworks The Cool Fix. Oh, and grab a mirror!
Once you have everything in place, get to work. For your first time, you should probably do this out of the shower as it will be easier to see and maneuver down there. Sit or stand in front of a mirror so that you can get a better view of what’s happening. Exfoliate the area (European Wax Center has a great exfoliator) to get rid of dead skin – just don’t go inside, only do the outside. Apply your shaving cream (or oil) of choice, and make sure you’re using a new, sharp razor (dull blades can cause cuts and bumps). Oh, and if there’s a lot of hair down there, you might want to VERY CAREFULLY snip the edges off of the hairs with scissors.
Shave carefully, like you would on any other part of your body. Go slowly, rinse the razor regularly, and be patient. You might need to go over an area a few times – that’s better than rushing and attacking the hair! Shave off whatever you want and once you’re done, add some ingrown hair serum or whatever you have. That’s it! Told you it was simple.
A few days after shaving, as the hair starts to grow back, you’ll notice that it will feel very itchy. That’s totally normal – just try to apply something soothing, like more ingrown hair serum, instead of scratching. Also, exfoliate about three times a week. It helps remove dead skin cells, prevent ingrown hairs, and soothes bumps.
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