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How To Shave Pubic Hair

Dr. Lisa Lawless

Dr. Lisa Lawless, CEO of Holistic Wisdom
Clinical Psychotherapist: Relationship & Sexual Health Expert

Woman hips, flowers, How To Shave Pubic Hair

Pubic Hair Shaving Risks

There can be risks of irritation, cuts, ingrown hairs, and infections, so it is a good idea to take some time to learn how to shave pubic hair properly. Also, learning how to avoid cutting or irritating the vulva, penis, or testicles is, of course, a big concern for most people.

Trim First

If you have very long pubic hair, you may want to cut it to make shaving easier. Your razor will have a much closer shave if you do not have to remove as much length. You can safely do this by using the shortest guard with hair clippers or placing a comb flat on the skin and trimming over the comb with scissors.

Use A Sharp Razor

When blades on a razor are sharper, it means you get a closer shave without having to press as hard on the skin. If a blade is dull, it will pull on the hairs rather than easily cut them, stretching the hair and skin, making irritation and infections more likely.

Wash Pubic Area First

To prepare, wash your pubic area first with warm or hot water for a closer and smoother shave. It will decrease your chances of irritation and cuts. It is best to take a warm shower or bath and begin shaving after at least 5 - 10 minutes to allow the heat and steam to relax the skin and hair; which makes the hair easier to remove.

Exfoliate To Prevent Ingrown Hairs

If you are prone to ingrown hairs, using a sugar scrub to exfoliate can help prevent them. Using exfoliating products that contain salicylic acid might also be an option for prevention. Exfoliate (removing dead skin cells) with a gentle scrub brush or loofah sponge beforehand to get a closer shave. Do not over scrub as you do not want to irritate the skin.

Apply Shaving Cream

Using a designed product for pubic hair shaving means it will be thick and slick enough to allow the razor while protecting your skin. See our pubic hair shaving cream options. 

Be Gentle & Careful

Shave in the direction of hair growth and glide over areas only a few times to prevent ingrown hair. Be gentle in the pressure you apply to avoid cutting and irritating yourself.

Rinse Your Razor

After each stroke, rinse your razor to unblock the blades from pubic hair that you have shaved off. This will make your razor more effective and allow you to get a closer shave with each stroke.

Rinse & Dry

Rinsing with cool water can help calm skin, and patting yourself dry before applying is ideal for preparing your moisturizer skin. Avoid using heavy oil that may block skin. Instead, use an oil that is light, such as coconut oil, which has antimicrobial properties.

Coconut Oil

We highly recommend organic coconut oil as it has medium-chain fatty acids that have antimicrobial properties. These can help protect against harmful microorganisms, making it beneficial for skin infections caused by bacteria or fungi.

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