Whether you want to grow out your pubes or go Brazilian down there is a deeply personal choice. But, just so you know, there is no compulsion that you have to get rid of hair down there, or anywhere really.
However, if you do choose to shave your pubes, go about it correctly so you don’t hurt yourself or get uncomfortable razor burns and ingrown hair that can wildly irritate your delicate skin. But first, you may want your most burning question answered.
Why do you have hair down there?
Scientists have a theory that the hair in your intimate region serves two important functions:
- It prevents chafing against your own body parts or friction during sex.
- It traps sweat, dust and to a certain level bacteria to protect you from infections and STDs.
If the area were to remain naked, then it would be more at risk of getting injured or infected.
There is also another theory in which it’s believed that the hair follicles in your pubes produce pheromones, the human sexual chemicals that are subconsciously sent out to find a potential mate. These are then trapped by the hair down there and used to signal that you have reached sexual maturity.
But, these are just theories and there is no concrete reasoning for why you have hair down there. If you choose to get rid of it, it is completely safe as long as you follow a few things.
Best way to shave your pubic hair
Now, coming to the shaving part, it is advisable not to jump in the bathroom first thing with a razor. Because the skin is more delicate down there, it is advisable to prep it a little before moving on to the next step.
Prepping the skin
- Wet and clean the area first - Soak your intimate region in warm water for a few minutes before attempting to shave. This will soften the hair and the skin and will make shaving much easier. You should also use a mild cleanser like the Carmesi Intimate Cleanser to get rid of any impurities so you don’t get an infection while shaving.
Exfoliate first - Exfoliating with a mild scrub is a great way to avoid ingrown hair. This will get rid of the dead cells, and bring out the hair trapped within to make sure you get rid of all the hair easily while shaving.
Shaving your pubes
- Trim the area first - If you have long pubes, it is advisable to trim the hair first before attempting to shave. If the hair is shorter, it is easier for a razor to remove it without getting blocked. You will have a much better time shaving shorter hair.
- Don’t skip shaving cream - Even though you may feel that soap and water are enough to give you a smooth shave, they will actually increase your risk of getting a razor burn. Use a moisturizing shaving cream that does not have a strong perfume on your pubes to give a protective layer for your razor to glide on smoothly for a clean shave with less chance of getting cuts or burns.
- Use the correct razor - When choosing a razor to shave your pubic hair, the sharpest one is not always the best choice as the area is very delicate. Use a razor that’s neither too dull nor too sharp and has fewer blades to avoid cuts and burns, while getting a clean shave.
- Always shave in the direction of your hair growth - If you shave against your hair growth, it will irritate your skin more and increase the chances of razor burns. Always shave in the direction of your hair growth with as few strokes as possible to avoid skin irritation.
- Rinse the razor after every stroke - A clogged razor does not give adequate results, so make sure to rinse the razor after every shaving stroke for a smooth, clean and rash-free shave.
Soothe and moisturize your skin post-shave - Your skin gets extra sensitive after shaving, so apply water and something soothing like aloe vera gel to soothe the area. To avoid drying, apply an unscented moisturizer to prevent irritation from dryness.
How do you avoid razor bumps?
Ingrown hair can be a real pain and can sometimes become big, painful bumps that can hinder your daily activities. It is very important to make sure that you don’t get razor bumps after shaving. Follow these basic steps to ensure just that:
- Shaving should be the last step in your shower routine - When you have been in the water for some time, your hair follicles soften. Shaving should be done as the last step in your shower routine to avoid irritating the area, which can lead to razor bumps.
- Don’t use the same blade too many times - Using an old, rusty blade can give you unnecessary cuts, irritation, razor burns and even an infection. It is best to change your razor frequently to avoid these unpleasant sensations.
- Trim with a good trimmer before shaving - Shaving off longer hair can become quite a struggle, resulting in pulling and tugging that can cause ingrown hair and razor bumps. It’s best to trim with a clean trimmer or scissors before attempting to shave.
- Do not shave dry - Shaving dry can cause serious rashes that can be very painful as there is more friction and cuts from shaving unprepared and dry pubes. Avoid this at all costs to ward off a highly unpleasant experience.
- Don’t apply perfumed lotions - The area down there is so delicate that perfume has a high chance of irritating the skin enough to cause rashes. Use plain aloe vera gel or an unscented moisturizer after shaving.
- Wear comfortable cotton underwear after shaving - Synthetic underwear can cause chafing and trap sweat from not being breathable. This can cause ingrown hair and bumps from the skin being irritated down there. Always wear comfortable cotton underwear after shaving to avoid an uncomfortable situation.