How do you trim pubic hair?
If you want to simply trim or style pubic hair, use a pair of scissors, electric razor or bikini trimmers to cut the pubic hair to the desired length. When trimming hair around areas that are not clearly visible, grab a mirror so you can see what you are doing and minimise the chances of error, cuts or irritation. Trimming pubic hair is also a key step to take before shaving your pubic area. It helps protect your skin from irritation by avoiding re-shaving over any areas with longer hair and helps keep your razor blade sharper for longer.
How do you shave pubic hair?
Especially when it comes to more sensitive areas like your pubic area, knowing how to shave properly to prevent skin irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs is crucial. Here are some fundamental steps on shaving pubic hair.
Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells
After trimming any long hairs as needed, use a gentle scrub, a loofah or exfoliation gloves and lightly scrub the pubic area. Exfoliating before you shave helps remove any dead skin which can cause ingrown hairs to develop. Learn more about ingrown hairs and how to prevent them.
Use a sharp, clean razor
Using a dull razor blade increases chances of razor burn, bumps and irritation, so make sure you use a sharp, clean razor when shaving. If your blade feels rough on your skin, pulls at your body hair or you’re itching more than normal after you shave, it’s time to replace your razor blade. What’s more, consider using a separate razor for the pubic area to help prevent spreading any bacteria if you get scratched or cut while shaving. If you need a new razor before your next shave, try building your own; and see all the shaving products available.
Hydrate and wash your pubic area before shaving
Soak your pubic area for at least five minutes by taking a warm shower or bath, and make sure your skin is clean before you shave. This helps soften the follicles so the hairs cut more easily.
Apply a generous layer of shaving cream
Shaving gel helps maintain moisture while you shave and allows the blade to move more smoothly across your skin. And, using shaving cream also prevents accidentally re-shaving over the same spots, which can irritate the skin around your pubic area. Check out Venus 2 in 1 Cleanser & Shave Gel.
Shave in the direction of the hair growth
Gently press down on the razor, pull the skin so that it's tight and shave in short, steady strokes in the direction of the hair growth. Rinse off the razor after each stroke to keep the blades clean. For a closer shave, reapply shaving gel and carefully shave against the direction of the hair growth.
Apply moisturiser after you finish shaving
Once you've finished shaving, rinse the pubic area, pat your skin dry and apply a mild moisturiser, ideally alcohol-free. For added protection, let your skin recover for at least an hour before putting on any tight clothing.
What are other hair removal methods for pubic hair?
In addition to trimming and shaving pubic hair, there are a wide range of hair removal methods you can try, whether you want to remove the hair at the surface, the root or find a more permanent solution. What’s most important is finding a hair removal method that fits your specific needs. Learn more about various hair removal methods from waxing to epilation.