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- There are a few things to know about how to safely shave your pubic hair.
- To avoid razor bumps and ingrown hairs, beauty experts recommend a few preparation steps before picking up the razor.
- After you shave there, you need to moisturize to keep the skin soothed.
Rest assured that I am fully aware that there are more important things to worry about right now than the state of your nether regions. Maybe you’ve never even thought about removing your pubic hair. I don’t know your life! But in case you—like me at 13, during the delightful stage known to endocrinologists as puberty—are plagued with the question of how to shave your vulva (the anatomically correct term for your hoo- ha, since the vagina is all internal), there are a few things to keep in mind.
First of all don’t do what I did and just swipe your razor back and forth over the skin as many times as you need until it’s smooth like my friend from ninth grade decidedly cooler. This, I can attest, only leads to unsightly incarnations and tiny red bumps that will make you feel like a plucked chicken. Instead, follow these pro tips from CC Sofronas, co-founder of Pacific Shaving Co.
If you’re going to shave, trust me: your swimsuit depends on it.
Step 1: Collect the best razors and shaving tools
When choosing a razor for this sensitive area, consider the number of blades. “When it comes to the pubic area, less is more,” she said. (You know, just to be sure.) “You don’t need a 12-blade razor like you might for your legs, because that will only irritate the skin.”
The magic number is therefore between three and six blades. (If you need a little help choosing, you can also consider the Dollar Shave Club 6-Blade vs 4-Blade Razor Starter Kit ($8), which includes two options to test out which works best for you. better.) The non-negotiable? “You need to have a sharp razor blade – that’s the first thing – and that you replenish the blade when needed when it looks dull.”