How to…Shave Your Bikini Area

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Some girls are really open about their private issues. I’ve even heard of women going to get Brazilian waxes together. I, on the other hand, am a little more reserved. I don’t really make it a habit of talking about pubic hair online. However, with bikini season in full throw, I felt like it was important that college girls know they have options when it comes to hair removal down there. You don’t have to try to find an extra-wide pair of unattractive bikini bottoms to avoid a beach humiliation, you don’t have to rub on sketchy chemicals that ‘magically’ disintegrate the hair, and you don’t have to show your hoo-ha to a total stranger (who will then proceed to drip hot wax on it and rip the hairs out herself!) Shaving your bikini area can be easy, pain free, and without irritation, so read on to find out how to do it:

Step 1: Prep

Before you even touch a razor, you need to ask yourself an important and embarrassing question: how much do you have to lose? If your down-there hair is longer than a ¼ of an inch long, you need to take the scissors to those bad boys or shaving is going to be torture. Trim them down to ¼ of an inch or smaller (as small as you can get without cutting yourself) and then exfoliate the area with a gentle facial exfoliate. Rinse off.

Step 2: Shave

I personally (cringe) use my regular razor that I use to shave my legs and underarms, but if you have sensitive skin, go to the drugstore and find a razor with lots of blades and some form of extra lubrication strip. I like the Schick Intuition because you can’t get much more lubrication than a big freaking bar of soap wrapped around the blades; or try a men’s razor blade, because, whether they admit it or not, their facial skin is just a sensitive as ours is. Once you’ve picked out a good razor, cover the area with a generous layer of shaving cream or, failing that, hair conditioner (it’s just as creamy and nourishing if you’re out of shaving cream).


Schick Intuition, Gilette Fusion ProGlide Power, Skintimate Shaving Cream

I’ve read a lot of guides that tell you to shave “with the grain” (i.e. in the direction of hair growth) in order to avoid irritation. This technique does avoid irritation, but it also seems to avoid actually removing any hair whatsoever. Once again, if you’re extra sensitive, I would try this way first, but if no hair is coming off I find a side-to-side shave works best. You’re not going against the grain, per se, but you’re going enough against it to whisk the hair away and leave the area smooth.

How much or little you shave is up to you. If you’re just trying to avoid playing ‘peek-a-boo pubes’ with your bikini bottoms, slide them on to see how much you have left to shave periodically during this process.

Step 3: Treat

So you’ve finished, you’ve got a silky hair free bikini line, but if you’re like me, you’re thinking “how long until I have 15 little mosquito bites down there that look worse than the actual hair?” Bikini bumps are usually ingrown hairs and they happen more frequently down there because the skin is so thin and sensitive. To avoid this, add a little baby powder as soon as your done and dried off, this prevent moisture and friction from irritating the skin. There are creams and lotions out there, like Bikini Zone, that claim to prevent irritation after shaving or waxing your bikini line, but I’ve never tried them (can’t find them!). Please leave a comment if you have, and let me know if/how well they work!


Johnson’s Baby Powder, Bikini Zone

If, even with prevention (the good razor and exfoliation should help), you still get a bikini bump or two, treat them with a little acne cream that contains salicylic acid. It will help reduce the redness and help the ingrown hair heal more quickly.

What Do You Think?

You guys have the luxury of making anonymous comments, so let me know how you get a hair free bikini line? Shave? Wax? Those weird, hair-melting creams? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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  1. Victoria Victoria says:

    Okay so, I’m 16 and I’m not doing this for a guy…I’m just really self concious. I tried talking to my mom about special razors and stuff..which unlike other moms, she didnt say I was too young, she just said we’ll see.. She sorta on the lazy side so she just never does it. I honestly don’t know what to do…in my mind all I can think of is when I get married, will they not wanna sleep with me Becuz of it? it bothers me to no end. Like I won’t even wear shorts or change in front of my friends. I won’t even play sports becuz that cause you to change in front of people. Someone please help.

    • jacquelyn jacquelyn says:

      Tell your mom how much you are inhibited. She might then get on it. Then, the next time she goes to a store, go. You can pick up a good shaver and what you need at that time…so she doesn’t forget.

    • Georgia Georgia says:

      Dear Victoria – one thing you do not have to worry about is whether the man you marry will sleep with you or not because of your pubic hair. The porn industry has worked pretty hard to make it seem normal for women to not have hair down there (which, if you think about, it makes them seem like little girls, right? The reason you have hair there is because you are, in fact, a woman!). So, some men, if they’ve only seen women who are meticulously groomed, may not be used to hair there, but it will be something you two can talk about and work through – not a deal breaker. Not to mention, most dudes do no grooming down there, so it shouldn’t be too big of a shock that the look is similar!

      Now, of course that doesn’t fix your anxiety and embarrassment about it (I have it too! I have such a hard time shaving down there without EXTREME irritation (that’s why I’m reading this blog post!).). I agree with Jacquelyn, maybe if you express to your mom how you really feel about it and why you need her help she will be more willing to help out. There’s a big difference between, “hey Mom, can you buy me one of these $12 fancy razors so I can shave my bikini zone” and “hey Mom, I’m really self-conscience about this, and it’s making me not want to do things that otherwise I would totally do. I heard that this razor was really good, do you think I could try it? Do you have any ideas?” (or something like that). The latter makes it seem like she’s really helping out her daughter – like she gets to be the hero, you know!

      • Victoria Victoria says:

        Thank you for the advice. It doesn’t matter what I do, she’s never gonna do it. I love my mom, but she is the biggest procrastinator in the world. It’s down right ridiculous. I think I’m gonna wait till I get my own money and go behind her back. Either that or ill just start waxing by myself. The pain scares me though.

  2. Livvy Livvy says:

    Hi I’m sorta having problems down you know where. So im super self conscious about it and I decided that I didn’t want all that hair down there. So i took a scissors and cut it. I didn’t ask questions to anyone or refer to the net. Now it seems really irresponsible of me. It’s really prickly and itches. Especially the.. insides. I’m kinda scared bout the more.. deeper places. What do I do?

    • laura laura says:

      Do not take scissors to the “deeper places”!!! You can really risk harming yourself. You could attempt carefully shaving but even that is risk for cutting yourself in a very sensitive area (ive done it, it is not something you want to experience). (And honestly, nobody will see the “deeper places” except guys who you have “relations” with and they shouldnt care. If they do, they dont deserve to be with you.)
      As for the rest, you said you only cut it with scissors, right? And now it is prickly and irritating? The best thing to do is shave it. Follow this post and hopefully it will make things better. I get really terrible irritation when shaving my bikini area so i try to avoid it (i usually trim up the area with my razor and shave the edges). So, be aware that there may be irritation after you shave, but maybe try the bikini zone gel and/or baby powder suggested in this post. Im going to try to find some and use it next time too.

  3. sophie sophie says:

    I shaved a while back. Have been doing it since quite sometime now. The first two days are fine but then it starts to itch like hell. Help. It gets really embarrasing at times. :(

    • krissy krissy says:

      There is no magic cure for this….regularly exfoliate and as soon as you get out of the shower lotion up (I use unscented baby oil). Otherwise, it’s not super embarrassing, it happens to everyone who shaves somewhere (Ever see guys scratching at stubble?) just learn to scratch in private (I will admit I’ve shoved a hand in my jean pocket to do a quick scratch) or just ride out the urge.

    • Mariah Mariah says:

      For me it starts itching and or hurting from irritation about every two days. Just make sure to shave about every other day or every two days, otherwise it will itch like hell and/or hurt somewhat. :)

      • lilly lilly says:

        I lather on un-scented coco butter lotion from Bath and Body works on my legs and bikini area right after I shave and at least once a day after. I only use coco butter because even sensitive skin lotions make my legs itch and burn after i shave. If its really bad you can also use a dab of A&D or triple antibiotic to make it stop itching and prevent irritation. I also only shave down there once a week at most or the area becomes itchy.

  4. sophie sophie says:

    I shaved a while back. Have been doing it since quite sometime now. The first two days are fine but then it starts to itch like hell. Help. It gets really embarrassing at times. :(

  5. alyssa alyssa says:

    I shaved but then I started bleedind and I had little red bumps and pointy dleft over hair what should I doo it hurts so bad and I’m only 13 years o

    • laura laura says:

      Be very careful when you shave! Its best to avoid shaving the labia area because you DO NOT want to cut yourself there, it is very painful and irritating. Stick to just shaving the upper area and along your thighs. You are very young so it would even be okay to hold off on shaving for a couple years. But if you really want to, you should definitely confront your mother about it (or maybe a close friend). Maybe she will have some tips or maybe she’ll go out and buy you something to ease the pain.
      Also, other people have been posting good advice to avoid irritation.. exfoliate regularly, mousturize regularly and so on.
      Good luck.

  6. Sierra Sierra says:

    Okay so I was having huge problems with itching and major razor burn! (Red bumps) I tried bikini zone cream and it didn’t help either- but I found that coconut oil works GREAT! I put in on right after I shave and every night, also try not to wear tight underwear that would rub and irretate are your skin.

    • Tammy Stephens Tams14 says:

      The BumpBan is also great for shaving irritation.
      I use it after nearly ever shave, and it has made a huge difference.

  7.  Shorne says:

    To all those wanting to remove or trim back any body hair – please get the real skinny on hair removal and pass it on.

    http://www.bestbodyshaver.com/How-do-I-get-rid-of-unsightly-body-hair-without-shaver-rash-or-bumps_b_4.html

    There really should be a book about hair removal and the methods for doing this safely and effectively. If there was you may not need to ask your Mom or girlfriends who may give you bad advice because that is that they were taught themselves.

    The rash irritation and ingrown hairs are all down to using a razor blade or a stick type of razor. Cheap razors and some expensive ones have poor quality blades with microscopic pits in them. These scratch the surface of the skin. In fact any safety razor of any brand and at any price scrapes away the outer layer of skin – the epidermis – along with the unwanted hairs and removes precious skin oils causing dryness. Then you waste money in putting back skin oils by using moisturizing cremes, bump fighters and gels which are never as good as your own natural skin oils.

    If you get a good personal shaver – there is no itch or skin irritation.

    The skin irritation, red bumps, ingrown hairs and rash, caused by wet shaving with a naked razor blade, makes many spend a fortune on laser and IPL. This can lead to serious burns and skin discoloration and may not work at all. Despite claims that laser is permanent the FDA does not allow anyone to call their hair removal process permanent – because it is not. The only exception is perhaps, electrolysis – which is hugely expensive as well as painful.

    Your best bet is to junk the safety razor and check out personal electric shavers. They last far longer than the safety razors and are much cheaper in the long run as they have long lasting self sharpening blades. Also you save big bucks on NOT having to buy lather in a can, replacement blades, moisturizers, cremes and so forth.

  8. Taylor Taylor says:

    You can find the Bikini Zone at Ulta!

  9. zoe zoe says:

    I was shaving a while back and i didnt realise but i have cut myself all the way down one side, i have tried sudocrem but it hasn’t worked and i dont really want to tell my mum because i am too embarrassed:| what do i do?

  10. Etiene Etiene says:

    Come on girlies! You don’t need yor moms permission to trim the bush. And it’s not rocket science. Trim it down with scissors. Lather up and shave. Just remember you’re scrapping a razor blade across your delicate skin! One or two swipes max. Lotion up or aloe up….and check it out the next day.
    Missed a few spots….touch it up. Ez pz.

  11. Alicia Alicia says:

    Well should I tell my aunt about my hair down there
    So I won’t be scared later when something happens
    But me and my close friends admitted it to each other
    Already but if anything happens should I tell her or
    Should I wait plus I do shave down there because I’m
    o self conscious about myself a little bit
    If it itches should I put oils or baby powder
    Or something?

  12. marry marry says:

    hi, i just shaved my bikini zone a few days ago but there were still a lot like ‘roots’ left in my skin and i can’t remove. how could i do? and how to use another type o rozar, like a small one but with plastic protection(?? don’t know how to describe)… anyway someone please help.. thanks a lot:))

  13. Tracie Tracie says:

    I have tried the razor with the plastic protector on it for ‘down there’. It doesn’t get a clean shave, but it definitely trims it up nice. I have shaved clean a few times and always hate the growing back in stage–for whatever reason, I didn’t exfoliate nearly enough. With summer finally here and shaving clean starting up again, can’t wait to see if the exfoliating helps!

  14. Audrey Audrey says:

    Whats with all these girls thinking they need their mom’s permission to shave? This is a PRIVATE issue that you can deal with yourself with things that you should already have around the house.

  15. pure romance finatic pure romance finatic says:

    pure romance sells shaving gel called “coochy” and it is AMAZING. its the only thing that i can use when shaving. they also sell an aftercare spray that is just as amazing. i totally reccomend it!

  16. jelisa jelisa says:

    Hi I’m 18 and I’m very self conscious when it comes to my body, especially down stairs. I just always think, if I ever get married, will that turn them off? Will they ever want to see me again? I get nervous just thinking about it…..anyway is there truly a painless way to shave down there? If so what should I do and what steps?

  17. jacy jacy says:

    I’m 16 an I’ve read every single comment an paragraph in suuper self conches an shy an I can’t wear a bikini I shave an you can still see the root its irratating an painful I wish it was all gone what should I do.. An what about nair I’m even considering waxing!

  18. jacy jacy says:

    I’m 16 an I shave an all but I’m super self conches about my body as my friends say ima “tooth pick” an very nervous about the middle areas I don’t know how to go down an shave that with out cutting that region an how do I get rid off the roots I can see them even after shaving an I’m considering waxing but not good with pain and Nair???

    • sam sam says:

      Try going slowly and, it sounds really awkward but it works, sit on the edge of the tub or in the tub and spread your legs it stretches the skin enough your can get down there and shave so the roots don’t show and you can get all the hair you want. Please don’t use Nair, the stuff is super irritating and way to strong to use on the bikini line! If you don’t get all the hair the first time try shaving in multiple directions to get at the shorter roots but make sure the area is well lubed and your razor is clean every time you go over it I liked using baby oil for this but since i got a schtick intuition i’ve just used that. Also something to note if you have very dark hair down there you’ll always see pinpricks of it because you’re only getting rid of the exposed hairs above the skin not ripping out the from the base of the follicle like waxing its nothing to be ashamed of I have it too! Hope this helps ;)

  19. Michelle Michelle says:

    Im going to college next month and I want to find the quickest and easiest way to shave. Ive been shaving for a couple years now and it normally takes my 40 mins to shave my bikini area but I have 4 other roommates that im sharing a bathroom with and I dont really want to be walked in on while im shaving. And im not a waxing fan so that is out of the way. Any help???

  20. Makaela Makaela says:

    I’m 16 , I’ve been shaving since I was 14 but I started shaving because I hate the hair down there and my first time I got razor bumps and I didn’t know how to shave and I didn’t know I should exfoliate after , now I have all these razor scars and they are embarrassing to me ;(

  21. Amanda Amanda says:

    I’ve found that using diaper rash oitment like Desitin or any others works so you dont get those bumps.

  22. kirbie kirbie says:

    17. I got reeeaally self conscious about hair everywhere was I was like 13, which is about when my sisters (late 20s/early 30s) helped me get my first razors and stuff. My mother sucks with all this, she’s literally never shaved. She used to tell me off for shaving my legs every 2-3 days (during summer) saying I was only supposed to do it every three weeks. Pretty hopeless. I started shaving my bikini area pretty much straight after my first time (so around 14/15). I personally feel gross if I let myself um, grow out, I have to keep myself at a nice trim or less. I would loove to have the confidence to not have to work as much as I do but until I do, all these comments and stuff are totally helping me find the best products and methods! Thanks guys!

  23. ALittleEmbarrassed ALittleEmbarrassed says:

    Hi, I was looking for advice from anybody, really. I’ve looked online, and I know this is actually very common, I’m just not exactly sure how to approach this. I have fine hairs around my butt area, and I can’t see to shave, plus I don’t want them to grow back more coarse! I am thinking a wax is my only option.. but that just feels so humiliating.

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