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


  1. 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???

  2. 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!

  3. 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.


  4. 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

  5. Amy says:

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

    • Ally says:

      Do u shave in the shower ? Please someone answer

      • 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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. :)

  9. Jennesia says:

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

  10. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 says:

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

    • 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?

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