What You Need
- Comb and scissors or clippers
- New pivoting razor with multiple blades
- Shaving cream or gel
- Pre-shaving oil
- Shaving brush (optional)
- Cortisone cream if pubic area starts getting itchy
- Light, unscented moisturizer
What works for one person doesn't always work for another here. If you have long pubic hair, you're going to want to start out with a comb and scissors. If you're transitioning from waxing to shaving, the comb and scissors aren't necessary. What we do recommend for any hair length, however, is actually to keep your pubic area moisturized. We like Quim's Happy Clam Everyday Oil ($48).
Regardless of whether you trim your pubic hair or the length you trim it, remember to moisturize with an oil. It can make a big difference in how the area feels before and after.
Putting cheap things near your pelvic region is rarely a good idea; it's an easy way to get hurt in an area where it's particularly painful. Instead, opt for a razor with safety features like this one from Billie. If you get your razors from an online subscription service like Billie or Dollar Shave Club, you'll absolutely get a better product for the cost. Razors have come a long way, and replacements are less expensive than they used to be.
Now, we have to talk about shaving cream. Some people use it, some don't, but we recommend you do. The biggest thing you want to look for in a shave cream is that it's made for use everywhere, including your most delicate bits.
How to Shave
"Never. Shave. Dry." warns Lindsay Wynn, founder of vaginal wellness brand Momotaro Apotheca. "Unless you want a raging rash of razor burn, shave your pubic hair at the end of your shower or bath, once your hair follicles will have had a chance to thoroughly soften."
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