DILEMMA: To shave or not to shave? Tips on how to SAFELY shave your pubes

One of the biggest dilemmas among campus ladies is often on whether to shave or not to shave their pubic hair. Even for those who have decided to shave, there are not really sure of the safest way to go about the entire process. Don’t worry sis because here I share with you important tips on how to safely shave your pubes.

Interesting Statistics

But before that, here are some interesting statistics that will blow your minds off!

  1. According to a study by JAMA Dermatology, about 84% of women style their pubic hair. More so, most of these women who style their pubic hair do it themselves at home. Girl, is that you?
  2. Another survey found that 60% of young women remove their pubic hair.
  3. A Survey by Cosmopolitan.com found that 40% of men have asked their partner to change their pubic hair. Yes, imagine your boyfriend telling you “honey, I love you but the pubes must go.” The most hysterical ones will be like “it’s either me or the pubic hair.”
  4. The same study by Cosmopolitan.com found that 57% of women love their couchies bare compared to 17% men. A whooping 67% of men love their pubic hair trimmed compared to 25% women.
  5. When asked how they would love their partners’ pubic hair to look like, 46% of men love it bare while 30% love it trimmed. However, 70% of women in the survey love their men’s pubic hair trimmed.

Clean and Shaven Pubes

It is interesting that we not only love our pubes clean but also shaven. However, if you’re shaving your pubic hair, use a mirror and clean razor. But of course, with shaving pubic hair comes the risk of cutting yourself, ingrown hairs, razor burn, and more—on one of the most sensitive parts of the body.

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Whether to shave or not is personal preference and no one should coerce you into it, not even your sweetheart. But before you decide, keep in mind when shaving your pubic area, the hair is there for a reason. Particularly, pubic hair is also made to prevent irritation from friction; like, say, the friction during sex with your partner.

Your pubic hair is protective and you don’t need to remove it. But of course, if you prefer to trim, shave, wax, or otherwise remove your pubic hair, that’s totally fine.

The issue with shaving all the time?

If you do remove hair too frequently, you can end up with something called folliculitis, which is an infection of the hair follicle. Basically, the act of shaving poorly can damage the follicle and cause inflammation. Ouch! Folliculitis looks like dark bumps and can often be caused by bad shaving technique. But don’t be alarmed if it happens to you—folliculitis can be treated with a topical or oral antibiotic.

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Another downside to shaving: ingrown pubic hair. This is when hairs regrow but end up curling back into the skin instead of outward, which can lead to bumps and irritation. You can stave this off by applying an OTC hydrocortisone cream after you shave to prevent ingrown hairs from happening.

What is the best technique for shaving pubic hair?

The video below demonstrates the safest ways to shave your pubes. In the video, Emma uses very relatable DIY tips and tools that every campus lady can afford. Follow the video prompts and shave your pubic hair in the safest way possible. It is recommended that you take shaving breaks to give the skin on your vulva a little recovery time every once in a while, too. Consider shaving only when your bikini line will be exposed, or before special dates. The skin will be smoother and shaving will be easier when it isn’t an everyday endeavor.

 

 

Nyawara Osodo

A girl next door. Student fascinated by human interest stories. Writing is my way of understanding life

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