Some may find pubic hair pesky, but it actually serves a purpose. Your hair down there protects your genitals from friction and infections. It’s like the vagina’s “eyelashes” to keep anything from entering the body. Pubic hair is biologically normal and there for a purpose — it shouldn’t be ashamed of!
A lot of women always find time to get rid of their pubic hair out of the desire to look like supermodels, be “hygienic”, feel sexy, or please their partner. Contrary to popular belief, doctors say that it’s more safe and hygienic to leave your pubic hair alone.
Whether you wax, shave, pluck, or use hair removal creams, removing your pubic hair could have more risks than benefits — in fact, it doesn’t have any health benefit. You could get cuts or ingrown hair, inflammation of the hair follicles or hyperpigmentation, or worse, skin infections and higher risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
Going bare down there is totally up to you. If you’ve decided that you want to continue on with giving Lady V a haircut, here are some tips on how to do it as safe as you can.
Most women shave their pubic hair because it’s the easiest and most accessible way to do it at home. However, a lot of injuries are related to cuts, which suggest that shaving is the most dangerous.
These cuts make it easier for bacteria and sexually transmitted infections to enter the body, which is why you should be very careful. Here’s what you can do:
- Disinfect your razor. It’s best to dedicate one razor that is solely for pubic hair removal only.
- Wet your pubic hair to make it easier to cut.
- Use a natural cream, moisturizer, or gel to lubricate the skin. This could reduce the chances of irritation and breakouts.
- Hold the skin tight and shave slowly and gently in the direction that the hair grows.
- Rinse the razor after each swipe.
Waxing is slightly safer, but it can still lead to cuts, ingrown hairs, burns, infections, and irritations.
If you want a very effective way of removing hair and a method that prevents it from growing for a long time, you can go for waxing. You can wax at home, but it’s better to leave the job to the professionals. If you plan on doing it yourself, here are a few tips:
- Use over-the-counter wax (and waxing strips).
- Wash and disinfect the part that you plan to wax.
- Apply warm wax (and a waxing strip) on the area.
- Firmly but gently rip the strip away from the skin.
Plucking is more meticulous and painful than shaving, but it’s good for a quick trim or shape. It requires fewer materials and makes a lesser mess.
Being gentle and careful is important in plucking. Pulling the hair too forcefully or suddenly could injure the skin or hair follicle, and lead to irritation or infection. Better have tweezers that are dedicated to pubic hair only. Remember these tips:
- Disinfect the tweezers.
- Make sure you have good lighting.
- Hold the skin tight, grab the end of the hair with the tweezers, and gently pull the hair out in the direction of its growth.
- Look up and around from time to time to prevent neck cramps.
Trimming your pubes using scissors is a quick and easy way to shape them up. Since the scissors will not be touching your skin directly, you could have lesser chances of complications. But it’s still important to be careful! Here are some trimming tips:
- Disinfect your scissors. Make sure it’s solely for haircutting only.
- Make sure your pubic hair is dry so they don’t bunch together.
- Slowly and gently cut the hair. Do it one by one or in small clumps until you’re satisfied with the results.
- Keep your scissors in a clean and dry place.
Hair removal creams
Hair removal creams weaken the hair to make them fall out and easy to wipe. Make sure you read the directions carefully before using them to avoid problems. They contain ingredients that could cause irritation and allergic reactions, so be careful or better yet, talk to your doctor before using them.
What could happen
There are some risks in pubic hair removal especially if you’re not careful. Some of them are:
- Ingrown hairs or bumpy skin
- Redness and irritation
- Allergic reaction (from creams and gels)
- Swelling or inflammation
- Cuts or scrapes
- Higher risk of certain STIs
Go to your doctor immediately if you notice any of these or other abnormal symptoms that don’t go away in a few days.