Remember the first time you shaved your legs? You might have grabbed a razor and started moving it in any direction, assuming that as long as hair came off, you were doing things right. It probably wasn’t long before you realized that there was a technique to doing it right – and that shaving cream was an important part of the process. I don’t want you to make the same rookie mistakes when removing pubic hair, which can be a whole lot more painful and complicated. Unfortunately, there are some mistakes that everyone makes when removing hair down there.
Whether you’re shaving, waxing, or trimming your pubes, there are certain things that need to be considered. And there are certain things that you definitely shouldn’t do… unless you don’t mind intense itching and irritation, of course! I’m guessing you probably do, so have a look at eight common mistakes people make when removing their pubes. Avoid them as much as you possibly can!
Doing It While You're On Your PeriodGirl, removing pubic hair is messy enough when you're not menstruating. A heavy flow, tampon strings, cramps, and bloating will make the experience even worse. So, wait until your period is finished before you remove your pubes. If you're going to a pro, try to schedule your appointment when you're not going to be surfing the crimson tide. Image source: Getty
Not Trimming FirstI know that trimming might seem like a big fat waste of time if you want to remove all of your hair, but it needs to be done, especially if you're waxing or using depilatory creams. Why? For waxing, the wax only sticks to hairs if they're about a sixteenth of an inch to a quarter of an inch. Any longer or shorter, and the wax won't adhere properly. Similarly, if you're trying to apply a depilatory cream to a full bush, the cream probably won't go down to the roots. Image source: Getty
Not Following InstructionsI know that this might seem really obvious, but it needs to be said. I know you're very smart, but don't assume that you know exactly how to use that wax, razor, or sugar treatment. Products can vary slightly. For them to work properly, they need to have specific things. For example, wax has to be the right consistency and the right temperature while a depilatory cream can only be left on for a certain amount of time. Don't think you can do your own thing and it will work better. Image source: Getty
Trying To Make SubstitutionsYou can sometimes substitute things in recipes, but you cannot substitute things as easily when removing your pubic hair. If you don't have any wax, beware of making your own according to some random Pinterest DIY. You could end up irritating your skin or hurting yourself. Also, don't be cheap and try and use soap or body wash instead of shaving cream. Shaving cream exists for a reason. Image source: Getty
Using Old Hair RemoversJust because you have a razor in the shower, doesn't mean that it's a good one. You should actually be using a new razor when shaving your pubes. That way, it will remove the hairs easier which will minimize irritation and ingrown hairs. You also don't want to be dragging some old wax or depilatory cream out of the cupboard that you don't even remember buying. Beauty products don't last forever. Image source: Getty
Trying To Remove Hair You Cannot SeeI know that removing your pubes can be a challenge. It usually involves a lot of pretzel-like poses and multiple mirrors. Under no circumstances should you attempt to remove hair from a spot that you cannot see. It doesn't matter if you can feel it. You need to see it to be able to do it. If you can't get it all off, go to a pro. It's much better than randomly going down there with hot wax or a razor. Do you want to injure your lady bits? Image source: Getty
Not Thinking About Post-TreatmentYour vag will be pretty sensitive after the hair has been removed. And you don't want to make things more uncomfortable. You might want to apply a specific wax/hair removal soothing treatment or a gentle aloe lotion. What you don't want to do is start applying body lotions, self-tanners, perfumes, and other cosmetics. Keep those away from your freshly shaved crotch for 24 to 48 hours, or longer if there's irritation. Alcohol and fragrances in the products can upset skin. Image source: Getty
Wearing The Wrong Underwear Post-Hair RemovalGoing along with what we just said about applying beauty products post-treatment, you will also want to consider the type of underwear you wear. The best underwear is a pair of cotton panties that will allow your vagina to breathe. Synthetic fabrics don't allow down there to breathe which is an issue in general. It's worse after removing hair. You also probably don't want to be wearing a thong if you just finished removing all the hair down there. Think of the rubbing. Image source: Getty
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