How to Shave or Trim Pubic Hair

If you’re unsure how to shave pubic hair, it’s worth knowing the most important tips and all the pubic hair removal methods available. We’ll also show you what the purpose of pubic hair is and answer why women might want to shave this intimate area. Read on for our guide to pubic shaving and trimming and our recommended steps to shave pubic hair.

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Knowing how to remove pubic hair properly reduces the chances of skin irritation. Learn essential tips for successfully removing pubic hair to better protect your skin. Since the skin around the pubic area is sensitive, and the hair is thick and coarse, you have to be extra careful when removing pubic hair to prevent skin irritation. Below are some essential pubic hair removal tips to keep in mind to protect your skin. Learn how to shave your bikini line properly using our Venus products.

Steps to Shave Pubic Hair

Pubic Hair Shaving

Since the area around the pubic region is particularly sensitive skin, and the hair is thick and coarse, you have to be extra careful when removing pubic hair to prevent skin irritation.

Below you can find some essential pubic shaving tips to keep in mind to protect your skin. Learn how to shave pubic hair for women properly with our range of Venus pubic hair & skin care products.

Trim your Pubic Hair

Pubic Hair Trimming

If you want to simply style or trim pubic hair, use a pair of scissors, an electric razor or bikini trimmers to cut the pubic hair to your desired length.

While you’re getting to grips with how to trim pubic 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 learning how to shave pubic hair for women. It helps protect your skin from irritation by avoiding re-shaving over any areas with longer hair and helps keep your Venus Bikini Trimmer’s blades sharper for longer.

Exfoliate Pubic Area

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After trimming any long hairs as needed, use a gentle scrub, a loofah or exfoliation gloves and lightly exfoliate the pubic area. Taking time to exfoliate skin before you shave helps remove any dead skin which can cause ingrown hairs to develop.

To help reduce the risk of irritation, our Venus Skin Smoothing Exfoliant is great for prepping skin in your grooming process.

Use Sharp Razor

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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 – it’s not worth risking razor burn and skin irritation.

The great thing about using a separate razor for the pubic area is that you will help to prevent the spread of bacteria if you get scratched or cut while shaving.

If you need a new razor before your next shave, check out our dedicated Venus Pubic Care and Hair Razor which is designed with your comfort in mind.

Hydrate and wash your pubic area before shaving

Soften hair with water or bath

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 Gel

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Shaving gel helps maintain moisture while you shave and allows the blade to move more smoothly across your skin. If you’re not sure how to apply shaving gel, work up a lather in your hand before generously applying to any areas you’ll be targeting.

Using shaving cream also prevents accidentally re-shaving over the same spots, which can lead to skin irritation around your pubic area. Check out our Venus 2-in-1 Cleanser and Shave Gel for smooth shaving when you need it most.

Shave in the direction of the hair growth

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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

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Once you've finished shaving, rinse the pubic area, pat your skin dry and moisturise pubic area with a mild product, ideally alcohol-free. For added protection, let your skin recover for at least an hour before putting on any tight clothing.

Our Venus Daily Soothing Serum is also ideal for post shave comfort as it helps to prevent itch and ingrown hairs while supporting skin hydration and smoothness.

Clean Your Razor

Pubic Hair Shaving

Once you’ve finished shaving, make sure you know how to clean your razor. We suggest rinsing before and after every stroke. This will avoid the blades becoming clogged with hair and shaving gel and help them to last longer.

What are other hair removal methods for pubic hair?

Different Hair Removal Methods

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.

The key is finding a hair removal method that fits your specific needs. Here are some of the most common hair removal methods you can try:


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For root hair removal, waxing is a popular option. Compared to shaving or epilation you will generally have to book a salon treatment so it may be a more time consuming and costly option.

Hair removal creams

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Hair removal creams are one of many different hair removal methods you can try at home. Without a blade on the skin, you can reduce the chances of irritation but you should always do a patch test before use as your skin may react to the ingredients in the product.

Laser hair removal

Laser Hair Removal

Finally, laser hair removal is a permanent hair removal method that can target intimate hair. Similarly to waxing, this option requires a trained professional and also comes with a higher cost than at home options.

What is the Purpose of Pubic Hair?

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Hair grows all across our body for a several biological reasons but each area may have its own specific characteristics. So, for anyone asking themselves what is the purpose of pubic hair, here are some of the most common reasons suggested.

Protection from bacteria and other pathogens

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In the same way that eyelashes can keep dust away from your vision, pubic hair can trap unwanted bacteria which can be harmful to your body.

Maintaining temperature

How to stop pubic hair from itching?

As the body is self-regulating, another reason suggested for the need for pubic hair is making sure you maintain the desired temperature all year round in different seasons.

Should I Shave my Pubic Hair?

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For anyone new to the world of intimate grooming you may wonder why do women shave their pubic hair? Here are some of the most common reasons suggested:

Personal preference

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One of the first things to consider is how you would like to groom, ultimately whether you remove pubic hair or not, is entirely down to your personal preference. Once you understand how to remove hair safely, you can find your ideal routine.


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According to professionals, there are no medical or hygienic needs to remove body hair but you may wish to remove hair as part of your grooming to keep your look neat and tidy.

Pubic Hair FAQs

How often should you shave pubic hair?

Everyone likes to groom differently and how often to shave pubic hair depends on your desired appearance. To stay hair-free everyday, some might opt to shave daily but if you only do so for wearing a bikini, you might simply shave before going on holiday or swimming.

When should I start shaving pubic hair?

You might want to start shaving at any point after puberty and once you understand how to remove hair safely.

How to get rid of razor bumps on pubic area?

For anyone wondering how to get rid of razor bumps on your pubic area, the best thing is to shave smoothly with moisturising shaving gel and a clean, sharp razor. To soothe this area you may also wish to try gentle exfoliation.

How to keep pubic area clean?

To stay fresh, sticking to hygiene essentials like washing regularly and avoiding uncomfortably tight clothes are great tips to keep in mind. Avoiding harsh products that might irritate is also a must for comfort and hygiene.