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

630 Comments

  1. Tibitha says:

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

  2. 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…

  3. Selena says:

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

    • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

  4. 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 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

  5. Bellsie says:

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

  6. 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!!

  7. 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 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 :)

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

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