Grooming the pubic hair is a sexy trend for a large number of women. Of all the grooming techniques, shaving the pubic hair seems to be the most popular method for removing hair from the pubic area. According to a study conducted by the University of Texas, 77 percent of women shave their pubic hair. Shaving bikini area, just like shaving any other body part is associated with problems such as irritation, redness and razor bumps. The main question in most women is “Is there a way of shaving without getting these vexing side effects?” The answer is yes.
Here are the steps to follow to avoid these side effects:
1. Use the right razor for the job
Look up for the perfect razor from your local drugstore. Choosing the best razor for the job is the first step to achieving a perfect shave down there. Pick on a razor with many blades. The more the blades, the easier shaving becomes thus avoiding applying force that would lead to razor bumps. Alternatively, you can shop for bikini area shavers and trimmers online.
2. Start by trimming long hair
Using scissors or a bikini trimmer, trim everywhere except your labia until the hair left is a maximum of a quarter inch long. If you feel comfortable with the length of the hair after trimming, you may opt to leave it that way as you don’t necessarily have to shave off everything.
Note: you should pull your labia tout while trimming them to avoid nicking yourself using the trimming tool.
3. Soften your pubic hair and hair follicles by taking a hot bath
Well, while this may seem to be an otiose step in the shaving process, it is imperative since it makes the coarse hair soft thus easier to shave. If you have no time to take a warm bath, simply cover the area with a warm wet cloth for about five minutes. It gives a similar effect. Exfoliate before and after shaving to get the hairs properly aligned and remove dead skin to allow a closer shave thus reducing chances of getting razor burns.
4. Apply a Gentle Shaving Cream
Apply an unscented shaving gel, cream or foam to lather your pubic hair. Always use a shaving cream that is designed for shaving pubic hair only rather than a general shaving cream. Also, never attempt to shave your pubic hair without foaming to avoid razor burns. It is advisable first to test the shaving cream on other body parts before using it in shaving bikini area to prevent allergic reactions that may result from some shaving creams.
5. Shave smart
How you shave is critical especially if you’re prone to razor bumps. You should shave along the bikini line and not against. But why is this so? This is because when shaving against the hair growth the razor nicks the follicle leaving some red bumps behind.
Alternatively, smoothly gliding a razor along the bikini line gives you a smooth shave and you are less likely to have some razor bumps now. Always try to use a new razor. The newer the razor, the easier the shave.
6. Stretch your skin tight
Shaving while the skin is loose increases the chances of nicking yourself. A razor works well on a flat surface. To keep the surface flat, use your hand to stretch the skin.
7. Reapply shaving cream if required
If the cream rinses off before you get to shave some area, do not hesitate to reapply more to avoid a rough shave. Again, if you would like to repeat shaving an already shaven area, remember to reapply some shaving cream.
8. Rinse immediately you’re through
To prevent irritation, wash off as soon as you are done with shaving. If need be, apply an anti-redness serum such as tea tree oil or use an antiseptic if you caused some redness.
9. Moisturize the newly shaven skin
To ensure optimum skin health, remember to hydrate and moisturize after shaving. Apply an unscented moisturizer on both sides of the bikini line to keep it moist to avoid dryness that leads to irritation. Use oils such as lavender oil, Jojoba oil, Aloe Vera or Vitamin E to achieve this.
10. Clean your razor
Immediately you are through with saving, ensure you sanitize the razor using alcohol and warm water and later dry it to keep it clean for the next shave. Alternatively, if the razor is old, rusty or blunt, this is the time to dispose it.
• Change your razor blade regularly.
• Wear a cotton underwear after shaving to ensure air circulation thus avoid irritation.
• Avoid tight underwear after shaving your pubic area.
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