How to Shave Your Pubic Hair

Want to avoid getting pubic area razor burns, skin irritation and bikini line ingrown pubic hairs? Learn how to cut pubic hair and shave it the right way with these essential tips.

Woman shaving her bikini line with a razor

Want to avoid getting pubic area razor burn, skin irritation and ingrown pubic hair? Learn how to cut pubic hair and shave it the right way with these essential tips. If you’ve ever shaved down there, you may be familiar with some of the common after-effects: razor burn, inflamed skin, ingrown pubic hairs and skin irritation. Knowing how to shave down there properly will minimize these occurrences. Here are essential tips for shaving pubic hair.

Choose the right shaving tools

Blue and white razor with a 2 bladed square razor head

If your pubic hair is a little on the long side, you want to trim pubic hair first, before using a razor. You can invest in a bikini trimmer, electric shaver or use a pair of scissors to cut the hair around your bikini line. Then select a razor that fits you the most to finish the job.

Use a sharp razor blade

Detached 2 bladed razor head

You don’t want to use a dull razor blade when shaving any area of your body, particularly your bikini line. Replace your razor blade regularly — especially if it starts to pull at your pubic hair, feels rough on your skin or if you notice you’re bikini area is itching after shaving more than normal. These are all signs it's time to replace your razor or blades. Using dull blades can actually increase the chances of skin irritation. Depending on how frequently you shave, a bikini razor blade can last five to 10 shaves before you need a new one.

Hydrate your skin

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Soak your bikini line in warm water via a bath or shower for at least five minutes. This helps to hydrate both your skin and your pubic hair, making them easier to cut.

Try exfoliating

Woman applying product to her bikini area

Once you fully hydrate, consider exfoliating the skin around your pubic area. Use a loofah or gentle scrub and lightly rub along your bikini line to remove any loose dead skin and hairs. Exfoliation helps to reduce skin irritation from shaving.

Lather on shaving gel

Woman applying product to her bikini area

Using shaving gel is important, especially on more sensitive skin like down there. Shaving gel helps the blade glide more easily across the skin, minimizing the chances of razor burn and irritation. Reapply if it washes away during shaving.

Shave lightly with steady strokes

Woman shaving her bikini line

Using steady strokes, very lightly shave your pubic hair in the direction of the hair growth. You do not have to apply much pressure on your razor. In fact, if you have a sharp blade, it should cut pubic hair with ease.

Be careful if shaving against the grain

Woman shaving her belly area

If gently shaving in the direction of your hair growth doesn’t give you a close enough shave apply more shaving gel and carefully shave against the direction of the pubic hair growth. Keep in mind how sensitive the skin is around your bikini line, so the fewer razor strokes, the better.

Rinse off your bikini line and razor

Woman shaving her pubic area with Venus razor

Once you’re finished shaving, rinse off pubic area, ideally with cool water — or you can use a cold washcloth and press it to your skin for a minute or two — then pat your skin dry. Make sure to also clean off your razor and set it aside to dry.

Apply moisturizer

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After you dry off, apply moisturizer or oil, preferably alcohol-free , to both sides of your bikini line. Since soap can dry out your skin, using a lotion or moisturizing oil after you shave helps prevent itchy irritation and maintain the moisture your skin needs.

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