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. Mika says:

    for anyone who has a lot of problems with ingrown hair, heres a pretty good checklist to follow (i usually have really bad ingrown hair but when i tried this, it worked shockingly).
    1. use a gentle, unscented (preferably physical) exfoliant. no matter where you shave, its always good to exfoliate the skin before shaving. it gets rid of the dead layer of skin sitting on top and lets you get a closer shave than you would otherwise. but use something very gentle
    2. apply baby oil. rub it against the skin and hairs to soften them. it makes it easier to shave and helps prevent razor burn
    3. apply shaving cream. i used to use a very high lather soap for shaving, but even my legs hated it. if need be, theres shaving lotions that exist and they work well, but suck to clean off the razor after each pass
    4. shave. like said above, the more blades the better, and youll have more luck finding them in the mens section. mens razors are cheaper, so its not too big a deal. if you need to go over an area again because the razor didnt shave it, reapply shaving cream/move some from elsewhere. dry shaving is the worst thing you can do
    5. apply rubbing alcohol. if you can, the spray stuff is better as it involves less irritation but if youre like me and only have the pads, go with the hair growth
    6. deodorant. if you have it to spare, trust me it helps. getting the aluminum free stuff is best as you dont exactly need to stop a bad smell. this stuff keeps the shaved area dry and prevents chafing. you can use baby powder if you dont have any of this to spare but deodorant works best
    before i couldnt even shave in the shower without getting bumps but now i can dry shave every day without worry. it genuinely helps so much

  2. A. Nony Moose says:

    Shave at the very end of your shower, when the hair has softened and there is less bacteria located around the folicle.

    Don’t sit in a dirty tub or in rinsewater. Standing or sitting on the clean edge of the tub is better.

    Use the Bump Fighter razor from Walgreens or Walmart. You’ll likely have to look in the area where they sell men’s shaving products. The blade has bump guards that prevent irritation. Use a good gel or foam shaving lubricant.

    Some people like to use Tea Tree oil immediately afterwards, others use a hydrocortisone cream, others use an over-the-counter antifungal cream, some use a diaper rash cream with zinc. What is best is what works best for you, depending on what is causing the redness.

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