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Nov. 8, 2013


I’m worried my partner(s) won’t like my pubic hair, but I’m not sure what to do with it. I’ve tried shaving before but the area always becomes really irritated. I’d consider trying again, but I don’t know what to do to avoid the same problems.          -Sorta Shaved


Well Sorta Shaved, you’re not the only one in your situation. The skin around your pelvis is naturally more sensitive (for males and females) than the rest of your skin which is regularly exposed to a rougher environment. Pubic hair removal, like all grooming techniques, is just part of the current fashion. Not too long ago the thought of shaving down there wouldn’t have crossed a mind twice.

Although there may be pressure to shave because of the current trend, by no means feel that this labels you as taboo. Each person shapes and cares for their pubic hair in a unique and personal way: some chose to go bare, others create designs and some go natural.

It is encouraged to try out different styles and decide which you like best; remember that you have to live with it so make it how you want.

First off, make sure you are using a sharp razor; this is not the activity to do with a dull set of blades. To avoid the bumps and ingrown hairs (which is common) try shaving downwards with the direction of the hair. There are also many shaving creams specifically created for the pubic area. Using those can help exfoliate the area before shaving and give you a smooth, closer and overall less painful experience. It has also been recommended to use baby oil after shaving to keep the skin bump free. Aloe vera also provides relief for any sensitive skin after a shave.

Of course, there is always the most common alternative to shaving: waxing. For this you can go to a spa or other institution that offers waxing. For first time waxers, this is advised. The people who work in these places are trained and can give you specific advice about taking care of your body. There are also waxing kits for yourself to use at home. This alternative is cheaper than going to have it done, but also puts more responsibility on yourself.

Of course, if you’ve got the money and desire to permanently remove your pubic hair there is always the option of laser hair removal. However, this is a very serious decision and should not be made lightly.

I want to reiterate that your pubic hair is just that, yours. Whatever makes you comfortable with yourself is how you should maintain your ‘down there’.

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