How to shave bikini area

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:

3 Simple Steps

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!

 Author: kaleigh

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  1. KRistin KRistin says:

    BIKINI BUMPS: Desitin diaper rash medicine is a good and cheap way to prevent bikini bumps…its a little heavy so i mix it with baby lotion, put it on right after shaving, and although its all white at first it stops bikini bumps for sure. Also, bio oil is good to keep bikini bumps awAy. my sister is a swimsuit model and her model friends told her about desitin. I have found nothing to be better. But be careful not to get to close to certain don’t want to throw off your PH!

  2. Casey Casey says:

    Every time i shave “down there” it hurts because i shave my pubic hair like i shave the hair on my legs. So when im done, and the hair grows back, it hurts sooo bad! Is there anything i can do to prevent that?

  3. alex alex says:

    use bikini zone after shave gel. it gets rid of the bumps and its medicated to stop the burning/itchign somehow

  4. Katelyn Katelyn says:

    I shaved down there a couple days ago (before I read this) and I have really bad red bumps. Is there anyway to get rid of them?

  5. Lindsey Lindsey says:

    I heard that witch hazel and hydrocortisone cream works to heal and help the itch, so I tried the cream since I had some already, and the itching area was instantly so much better after I used it. I’ll have to remember to use acne cream with salicylic acid in it too.

  6. JJ JJ says:

    do u think guys perfer it to be shaved? im almost 20 and i havent touched that area with a razor…should i or should i NOT do it? Help pleez!

    • Melanie Melanie says:

      I completely agree with Rayah, you don’t have to shave for guys. And if you are going to start shaving down there then do it for yourself. There are many different things guys like….for instance bushy, just trimmed a little, a landing strip, completely bare. I mean honestly the list goes on and on. If you are nervous about being with a guy and worried about down there then maybe it means you aren’t ready since you can’t be open about it. I don’t have my head in the sand though lol, so if you are going to do it and just want to be more comfortable I wouldn’t take a razor to the whole area down there. I suggest you get a trimmer and clean things up and maybe shave a little off the top and edges. This is a very common look down there, and it will cause way less irritation than removing it all.

      • Sham Sham says:

        I think I will let my hair grow back and just keep trimming but shave less. I have a landing strip but hate to shave so much off because it easily gets irritated and starts to itch. As long as the hair is trimmed, it looks clean and neat!

    • Rayah Rayah says:

      No, not all men prefer it to be shaved. It’s fucking stupid to generalize the taste of all men. Some guys love hair down there, some like it trimmed and some wont touch you down there unless you are as smooth as glass. It’s personal preference, just ask.

    • Bell Bell says:

      YES! Guys prefer the area completely and totally hair free. first start with cutting the hair with sissors and a combe too as short as possible than commence the process above!

  7. Emily Emily says:

    “against the grain” means shaving in the opposite direction the hair grows; “with the grain” means shaving in the same direction the hair grows

  8. Mireya Mireya says:

    What is the grain thing ?? & also does this steps leave the bikini area with no hairs and very smooth ??

  9. Kari Kari says:

    I usually soak in the shower and use hair conditioner after shaving down there, and I haven’t experienced any red bumps or ingrowns.

  10. Tiffany Tiffany says:

    I have a stripper friend who has to keep her area shaved basically 24/7, and she has sensitive skin. She says the trick she uses is, after she’s done shaving she puts on deodorant on her shaved area. She buys a separate tube for her underarms and private area of course. I’ve done that trick and no razor bumps! :) I use Dove deodorant.

    • Andi Andi says:

      I wouldn’t do that if you want anyone to venture down there with their mouth. Bad news bears.

    • ruchi750 ruchi750 says:

      thats really bad… it clugs your pores! its not reccomended to even use deodarant in your underarms just after shaving, it is said to cause cancer

  11. Emily Emily says:

    it can sting at first, but it soaks in quick and relieves instantly

  12. Emily Emily says:

    Bikini Zone works really well, totally reccommend it

  13. Kaiti Kaiti says:

    I used the side to side trick, fabulous!

    I recommend expholiating with baby lotion/oil. The powder could make you rashier then not using it at all! Before and and after shaving and also using a large amount of cream. I use mens shaving cream, works wonders. Also, apply the lotion/oil with your palms going with your hair line.

  14. Maui Maui says:

    @ Ashleigh- exact same problem here! But I don’t even have baby powder to back me up!

  15. Maui Maui says:

    I’m 15 and whenever I want to go for a swim, I have the peek-a-boo bush!! I really and afraid of these bumps… I’ve never heard of them before. Is there any other way to rid of them besides store bought products? I definitely wouldn’t be shaving if it weren’t for these stubborn hairs!

    • Alexandra Alexandra says:

      I feel bad for you young girls! The bumps are not extremely painful or anything. It is just that they do itch and mainly they ruin the look of your clean shave. I’ve noticed that it helps to not wear underwear during the night after I shave. Underwear naturally rubs up against the skin so right after shaving when it is most vulnerable is not the best time to wear them. The edges are usually where I get them the most. Literally the line of your bikini.

  16. ashleigh ashleigh says:

    Hi im 13 nd i m very greatful for this tip cause i am very bushy down there im gonna use the powder cause my mom dosent really buy me vaginal things i dont even think she knows i have pubic hair

  17. Lucy Lucy says:

    I also found that bikini zone doesnt work very good either! But I will definatly try baby powder!

  18. Jessica Jessica says:

    I bought bikini zone (I found it at walmart near the razors). It smells extremely strong, burns when it goes on, and doesn’t seem to do much! But I used it after waxing my bikini area, so it may work better after shaving.

  19. Dawn Dawn says:

    Yeah, I started shaving my bikini line around 14. I’m almost 16 now, and man, is it a hassle! I have one question, though- how long do you keep the baby powder on? I’m no expert in this…field? I don’t want baby powder covering my underwear, and I certainly don’t want to have to explain why powder is falling out of my pant leg! xD

  20. Brittany Brittany says:

    Oh. Darn. I went against the grain and then used thick lotion with shea cream on after. But that was last night and now I have to go touch up again :P

  21. Halley Halley says:

    oh wow, i never thought to use baby powder afterwards!
    Thanks for the tips! i’ve always been skeptical about shaving down there..i thought it’d be a real pain! but it’s not as bad with the right products! thanks!!

  22. poop poop says:

    Thanks! this really helped

  23. Brooke Brooke says:

    Bikini Zone works great! I just got it tonight. I bought the shaving gel and after shave gel. Zero irritation, it’s great! :D I highly recommend the gel, instead of the cream!

  24. Niah Niah says:

    I had used a venus razor and shaving cream that worked really well. Also the powder was a good thing to use after.

  25. Alexis Alexis says:

    I’m 13 and I was wondering after exfoliating could u use a plastic razor blade but for men?

  26. Ellen Ellen says:

    I found some advice online from a stripper once. Buy an extra deodorant and use it on your bikini line or wherever you shave down there. It’s wonderful! It keeps it smooth and fresh.

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      No it doesnt. Dont use deoderant …. it doesnt work it made my pubes so much more noticeable and irrtiated

      • Emily Emily says:

        deoderant always helps me. im guessing it depends on your skin type tho. i also asked a doctor about my bumps and irritation, and they gave me this cream that works wonders. I also use baby powder right after i shave along with the cream. works great(:

  27. Paige Paige says:

    Alright, I’m many years younger than college…13. But I had the “peek-a-boo pubes”! I have this guy friend who has a pool and a trampoline so I’d be jumping in my bathing suit and BAM!! Goodness thanks he never saw. But your little guide helped sooo much and i can now were bikinis! Im so happy with the results and thank you!!!<3

  28. Hannah Hannah says:

    Thank you so much! I always assumed itwas just me cuz I never see other girls with red bumps down there at the beach or anything…god to know I’m not alone and that there is a solution. Can’t wait to see if it works for me!

  29. Dana Dana says:

    I will definitely try this tonight!! Thanks so much. I’ve gotten more and more bumps lately. Also, just bought a tube of Bikini Zone medicated after-shave gel, I think it was about $5 at Walmart.

  30. gaga gaga says:

    I’ve had a lot of luck with Bikini Zone creme. I would dread shaving when I first started, but as long as I use Bikini Zone, I encounter zero problems at all. It’s probably not necessary for everyone, but if you experience irritation or bumps at all, I HIGHLY recommend picking a tube up and trying it out for a few days.

  31. Eimear Eimear says:

    Selena please please please don’t start shaving that area! You’re 13, you don’t need to worry about it, and the earlier you start shaving, the more you’re going to be cursing yourself in a few years time. I started shaving when I was your age, and I actually really wish I had listened to my mam when she told me to not shave anywhere for a few years. Now I have to shave at least once every two days. It’s not pretty! I’m sure I have the majority of other commentors with me on this saying please wait until you absolutely have to. And then waxing is probably better in the long run.

    • Kaylyn Kaylyn says:

      I disagree. I didn’t start shaving until almost high school and I have to shave everyday. I see no problem in wanting to feel clean. When I don’t shave my legs/underarms I’m uncomfortable. I have only shaved my nethers when actually going swimming in the past but whenever I do it always feels way more comfortable. I’m interested in keeping up with it; hopefully this post helps!!

  32. Tibitha Tibitha says:

    I find it gets ichy down there when i shave in that area

  33. rony rony says:

    I find it necesary to shave on or off summer for health and sanitary purposes, I never had the problem of in grown hairs or the red bumps, dont know why? all I do is shower every day with body wash not soap, I feel body wash keeps my skin more mousturized. Just be constant its all about your body and skin adapting to the routine…

  34. Selena Selena says:

    i am 13 and i really want to shave there but im worried about the little red bumps… any suggestions?

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      Heey! Im 15 and ive shaved many times. I let my hair grow out during the winter (if i dont go to a indoor swimming pool) and i shave during the summer. Today i just tried the baby powder and so far i think its helping the red bumps. I used to get really bad ingrown hairs so to get rid of them i would pick them out with tweezers… which i wouldn’t do it if your unsure. i used allot of rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer to help prevent infection and it worked every time. The first few times that I shaved, i itched the area so badly that it created bumps.. so no matter how much you want to touch it.. DONT. If your going to do sports.. use baby powder that day to help sweating. My mom has no clue that I shave, so i use alternatives to help certain issues.

    • 12andshaving 12andshaving says:

      Hey don’t worry I’m 12 yrs old and I shaved for the first time today it was easy as I got a few red bumps and they hurt but I put some powder on and It felt so much better and now they r diserpering slowley xx go on try it !! You feel better in yourself x I did :) xx

      • Magenta Magenta says:

        @Ally: Like it says in the post, shave in the same direction your hair is growing (men do the same thing on their face). If that doesn’t take off enough hair, take the blade and shave sideways: start an inch or two below your public area and move the blade up toward your pubic area. Go gently, a few inches at a time, rinsing the blade thoroughly each time. If you use a brand new razor and are gentle, you shouldn’t get cut. If you do, just treat it like any other cut. Clean it with soap and water, dry it, and put some Neosporin or antibacterial ointment on it. If it stings, put some baby powder around the area, but the Neosporin should stop the stinging.

      • Ally Ally says:

        I’m 13 and I reall want to shave there but Idk how to like up or down and the flaps like what if I cut myself please reply

      • SE SE says:

        thanks for the tips! im only twelve and my mom says just to trim with scissors, but that doesnt work very well, whenever i go swimming in my pool i still have hide some of the hair…

    • Luv2Shave Luv2Shave says:

      Don’t listen to the nay sayers “your only 13″ they have forgotten what it is like to be 13. Invest in clippers (the same ones men use for beard trimming) and a quality three head rotary electric shaver.

      The hair needs to be short, that’s what the clippers will do, and the rotary blades need to be sharp, so they don’t pull the hair! Use a comb to lift the hair away from the skin while using the clippers.

      I like the Norelco wet shaver with lotion. I never get bumps (ingrown hairs) from this combination.

      • Anon E Mouse Anon E Mouse says:

        “they have forgotten what it is like to be 13″

        Proceeds to tell unemployed child to purchase expensive shaving equipment.

        What great logic you have.

  35. selene selene says:

    i have shaved so many times but all those little red bumps come out nd it itches but i tried ur tips nd it works great

    • Arielle Arielle says:

      I always have those bumps and I don’t I now what to do I’m scared to wear a bikini in public now. I put olive oil on the red bumps but the bumps are stil others but not red help

  36. Bellsie Bellsie says:

    I ALWAYS get those bumps but I am definately going to try the baby powder! Great advice!

  37. Connie Connie says:

    I usually after shaving that area I use Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel it works wonderful I buy it at Walmart, its great!!

  38. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Never shave that area! It makes the hair prickly and unkempt, and later makes it even harder to care for. Use an electric bikini trimmer and some tiny short hairs. These are invisible and it is less itchy when you do this.

    • Gabriella Gabriella says:

      I agree with you but you should never just go right into shaveing with an electric trimmer. It will just make a mess and even hurt your skin if the blades start to tug on any long hairs down there. You should trim down all that long hair and then go in with the electric trimmer to get the smooth and silky finish :)

  39. jj jj says:

    That is very helpful, thanx. But I’m new to this as well didn’t know what to do when I first started. So my ? Is, how to get rid of the spots from past shavings?

  40. amanda amanda says:

    I definitely suggest getting the bikinizone cream (I dont know how the gel works but I use the cream one) and as long as I do for a few days after I shave I have very little irritation, whenever I dont use it though its painful and I always regret not using it.

  41. Star Star says:

    Thanks for the tips! Like you I dont like flashing my hoo-ha to strangers, so I just began shaving. So far I use (instead of baby powder and bikini lotion) I use baby lotion and where sport shorts (with the breathable built-in underwear) all day to let the skin breath. It works wonders!

  42. Becky Becky says:

    i’m a new-be to the bikini area. only because i didnt see how bad it was till last summer. and i got this free venus bikini timmer, and im not 100% sure how to even use it, again i am new to this. help please???

  43. Alexis Alexis says:

    I use aloe vera to soothe afterwards! brings down any red bumps, and after being cooled in the fridge, it feels really great down there!

  44. Aly Aly says:

    i started using bikini zone, and it works well. i always get bumps and rashes after shaving, but that helps prevent it. almost entirely. i used to get it at Target, but they stopped selling it in stores. however, they do sell it online. it’s only $13.


  45. alex alex says:

    I tried bikini zone after i shaved a little while ago and no more bumps! they have them at all the cvs, walgreens, walmarts and stores like that by me, so i would definitely look at one of those

  46. Amy Amy says:

    I was so confused on how to shave my bikkini area. But this made it so much clearer.

    • Ally Ally says:

      Do u shave in the shower ? Please someone answer

      • Mariah Mariah says:

        I have while showering. If you’re cold and have goosebumps though it will make you cut yourself so be sure the waters warm enough

  47. Rae Rae says:

    At the beauty supply type stores they often have creams and things designed to prevent ingrown hairs, slow growth, reduce irritation, etc. near the waxing supplies. Look near the muslin strips and applicators. Home waxing is something to look into too, if you’d feel comfortable with that. I’ve done it a couple times (and more on other places that are just weird to shave) just before the summer and it’s been worth it.

    This is good advice. Especially the side to side motion thing… It’s what I’ve done the last few years and it’s worked wonderfully.

  48. Madi Hadel Madi says:

    another tip for preventing bumps is to splash your skin with really cold water right after you shave. i don’t know why it works but it does!

  49. Alaina Alaina says:

    This is great advice!
    And I haven’t tried any ingrown hair creams or whatever, but I can always find them at rite aid or walmart in the medication section. :)

  50. Jennesia Jennesia says:

    I have had some nightmarish problems with hair removal bu ti’ll try this good advice though!

  51. Eimear Eimear says:

    Whenever I shaved that area, I have ALWAYS ended up with a rash that does indeed look worse than the hair itself! I never thought of the baby powder, even though I use that on my thighs to prevent irritation from friction. Thanks for the tip!

    • Em Em says:

      Well Im an African american and Im little darker in the bikini area . Im not sure if that is normal but Im super sensitive downtown and the bumps are ridiculous . I tried bikini zone .. Nothing happened . I’ve tried Alot of stuff but no improvement . Im starting to think Im stuck like this (not sexually active)):

      • Gnot Gnot says:

        Everyone is darker down there. Normal. Even on a translucent I can see every vein what are you some sort of anatomical diagram Irish super white person.

      • katester katester says:

        I have dark skin as well and i find that a homemade body scrub (i use equal parts sugar and coffee grounds, 1/4 c. coconut oil, and 1 tbsp olive oil) works great before and after shaving. I also use Dove deode the 5 days to smooth one, a quick swipe after your all dried off actually keeps the bumps away for me and the coconut oil keeps everything smooth. I hope it works for you too!

      • Amm Amm says:

        I am very light skinned, so my bikini line is typically RED and bumpy. lol. I have recently found that daily exfoliation with clearasil daily clear pore cleansing pads works well for eliminating ingrown hairs. Stridex pads in the red box are supposedly better, but I couldn’t find them. And to help with the redness, some deodorant works surprisingly well. I use the mitchum advanced control solid deodorant. It has made a huge difference.

      • Danielle Danielle says:

        I have incredibly sensitive skin all over my body, armpits, upper lip, even my legs AND my bikini area. I have tried just about everything and nothing has really helped. I have tried hair removers like Nair or Venus specially made for sensitive bikini lines and it was worse than the bumps from shaving. I even tried the bikini zone cooling shave gel. But I finally found something while I was using my homemade body scrub . I just put equal parts sugar and coconut oil and I added a bit of lemon essential oil but you dont have to. I just exfoliated and the residue of the coconut oil made the perfect shaving cream. I’m sure you could use just coconut oil too. I applied a bit more oil on after my shave and it gave me baby soft skin. Hope that helped!!

      • IrisD IrisD says:

        African Americans often have darker skin there (also armpits) you could make it less by exfoliating and/or waxing, but results aren’t right away

    • Aryah Aryah says:

      Would gold bond body powder work instead of baby powder? It says it relieves itch, absorbs moisture, cools & soothes

    • Ashley Ashley says:

      Try Tendskin! this stuff works great, I have super sensitive skin and it is the only thing that works to keep bumps away consistently. It stings like hell though just be warned. Most beauty stores sell it, I know I get it at Ulta.

      •  Babbers says:

        Exactly which tend skin product do you use? I have considered trying it before but I was never sure which of the products was best. Do you apply just as directed or do you have any tips?

  52. Edna Edna says:

    Waxing! There’s now a new wax that is 70% less painful and is done within minutes. Just go to your local salon to ask about it. Is so much more effective than applying the cream ( which actually is really bad for your upper lip)

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