Many women choose to shave their private parts, partially or completely. Whatever your goal – to prevent ingrown hairs, to make the area cleaner or to take care of the aesthetics – there are several ways to shave safely. To do everything at home, use a razor blade, depilatory cream or a pot of cold wax. If you prefer to seek professional help, do a hot wax session or invest in a laser removal treatment.
Method 1 of 5: Shaving with a Razor
Step 1. Decide which area you want to shave
You don't need to trim all the hairs. Depending on your goal, you can either shave the area near the crotch (the one that's visible when wearing a bikini) or remove everything. Choose what seems ideal - for example, do not shave your labia or hair near the anus. Do what is comfortable!
If you like, you can even trim your hair to create certain images and shapes, like a triangle or square
Step 2. Trim your hair before shaving
Don't bring the razor too close to the skin, or you could end up cutting yourself. Use a hand mirror to see the area and stop cutting as you get closer. Remember to try to trim the strands that are too long, and not cut everything to the roots.
Step 3. Take a warm bath for 5-10 minutes before shaving
Warm water can soothe the skin and relax hair follicles, making the experience more pleasant!
Step 4. Carefully exfoliate your skin before shaving so as not to get stuck
Purchase a suitable chemical scrub and rub the product on your skin in small, circular motions for 30 seconds. Afterwards, rinse the area with warm water.
Never exfoliate or shave your skin if you have open wounds or sunburn
Step 5. Apply a depilatory cream or gel
Take care not to pass the product on the vagina: spread it only on the lips region, repeating the process when necessary. Also, wear something transparent to see where the hair is.
- You can also use conditioner, but not often - the product lacks the moisturizing qualities of depilatory creams and gels.
- Do not use soap or shampoo.
Step 6. Use a sharp razor blade
If possible, change the blade of the accessory before running it through the hairs of the vagina. Choose something comfortable and remember that the longer the blade, the more difficult it will be to control its movement.
Buy a razor blade that already has the moisturizing part (a strip that retains moisture). This will make the process easier
Step 7. Pull the skin tightly with one hand
The hardest part of shaving the genital region is that the surface of the vagina is not so smooth. To avoid accidents, stretch the skin well with your non-dominant hand. Then start swiping the razor with your other hand.
Step 8. Remove the hairs in the direction they grow
This prevents them from getting stuck. Take it easy, don't rush. Rinse the razor regularly to remove trapped wires and optimize the process.
Step 9. Rinse the skin when finished
Remove all cream and hair from the area. If you accidentally cut yourself, wipe the blood off and don't worry: everyone gets cut once in a while. However, if it is something serious, go to the emergency room immediately.
Step 10. Rub a baby oil or aloe vera (aloe) on the skin to relieve irritation
Baby oil also prevents the formation of blemishes, while aloe vera is more suitable for sensitive skin. Apply a thin layer of the chosen product and repeat as necessary.
Do not use any post-depilatory lotion or your daily moisturizer. They can cause a lot of irritation
Method 2 of 5: Applying Depilatory Cream to the Bikini Area
Step 1. Trim the hair before applying the cream
Be careful with the scissors so you don't cut yourself. If it gets too close to the skin, stop.
Step 2. Test the cream on the arm before the groin
Before applying cream or other foreign substances to the skin, it is always a good idea to test a small, non-sensitive area. Use an arm or thigh to see if the product has any effect, like making the area red, painful or something. If anything happens, don't use it on your vagina!
Wait 24 hours after taking the test before applying the cream to the groin area
Step 3. Do not apply cream to sensitive areas
If the cream doesn't cause negative reactions, you can apply it to your vagina's hair. However, take steps to prevent it from coming into direct contact with the genital organ itself. Use it to remove hair from the outside of the area, far away from the lips.
Step 4. Apply a thin layer of cream with the applicator that came in the package
Spread it evenly and avoid build-up. Follow the directions on the package and wash your hands afterwards. Remember to avoid sensitive areas! Just pass it at the points where the bikini would be to optimize the effects.
If the cream comes into contact with your labia, rinse the area immediately
Step 5. Wait the recommended time
Different creams have different usage times. Mark the clock and get ready to take it off when the time comes.
- If you use something from the Nair brand, for example, you should wash the area after 3-10 minutes.
- Veet, in turn, recommends that the product stays on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes.
Step 6. Rinse your skin in the shower
Turn on the shower and rinse the entire area with the cream. Then use a bath towel or face towel to remove product residue. See if the hairs come out too. If not, wait 24 hours and try again.
Method 3 of 5: Applying Cold Wax
Step 1. Buy a homemade wax kit
Go to an online store or go to a local grocery store, cosmetics store or drugstore. You can buy a single kit or a bundle with several of them. Each type is aimed at specific areas of the body; choose the correct one (for vaginal hair).
The price of these kits can vary widely
Step 2. Trim the hairs until they are 0.5 cm long
If they are too long, it will be more difficult or painful to remove them in different directions. On the other hand, if they are too short, it will be more difficult to attach the wax strips to the skin.
Only trim the hairs you want to remove with the wax. To do this, decide whether you prefer to take everything off or just what is in the bikini region
Step 3. Exfoliate the skin before waxing to avoid ingrown hairs and reduce pain
Use an exfoliating lotion or glove to remove the layer of dead skin cells from the area before proceeding.
Step 4. Rub the cold wax strips between your hands to warm them up before use
If you transfer your body heat to the parts, they will be more effective. Do not try to heat them in the microwave or with hot water - human heat is more than enough.
Step 5. Sprinkle baby powder on the skin
This product helps to absorb moisture from the region and makes the wax strip easier to use.
Step 6. Pull the skin tight
This is even more important for those who use wax, as they will have to pull the region well. Use your non-dominant hand to stretch the skin - until you feel some discomfort, but not severe pain. Stop if you get too upset.
Step 7. Pass the cold wax strip in the direction the hair grows and apply strength
Press the accessory firmly against the skin and rub it gently to secure it.
Step 8. Pull the strip at once
Don't be afraid of the pain: the wax can hurt, but slowly pulling the strip will only make the experience worse - and you may have to start again. Think you have to pull a Band-Aid.
Inhale and exhale deeply as you pull to distract yourself from the pain
Step 9. Apply baby oil or aloe vera to smooth the skin
If you have sensitive skin, aloe vera can relieve pain after the wax session. Apply a thin layer and repeat as needed. Never use post-depilatory lotions or common moisturizers, which can be quite painful and dry out the area.
Method 4 of 5: Seeking Professional Wax Treatment
Step 1. Do not shave for three weeks before treatment
If you are in the habit of shaving and are going to try a professional session, don't do anything in the previous three weeks - so that the hairs grow a little. If you've never done anything, just trim them lightly. The ideal length is 0.5 centimeters.
Step 2. Decide what type of hair removal you want
There are a few different options, such as Brazilian style (or "total intimate hair removal", in which all hair is removed) and American style (in which the professional removes hair from the top and sides of the vagina). Decide how much you want to take out and which alternative is right for you.
If you don't have experience, don't start with Brazilian hair removal, which can be painful. Advance little by little, removing more and more hair
Step 3. Go to a reputable salon or studio
Research some options where you live and contact us to find out details. Ask about the techniques the professionals use, how they ensure customer safety in the process, about the cost, and so on.
The price of the hair removal session will depend on where you live
Step 4. Take a pain reliever or anti-inflammatory before the session
Waxing is not a painless process - nor is it impossible to bear. Take a regular dose of a reliable pain reliever to prepare. If you have a low pain tolerance, take more pills with you. Just don't overdose before the session itself.
Step 5. Don't be embarrassed or embarrassed during the session
If it's your first time with a professional, it's normal for you to be nervous or uncomfortable with the idea of being naked from the waist down in front of a stranger. Still, don't worry! This person is a professional.
- If you still feel uncomfortable after a few sessions, listen to music or an audiobook to relax and calm down.
- If someone makes you uncomfortable or does something inappropriate, stop the session and talk to the site manager or even the police.
Step 6. Exhale as the professional pulls out the wax strip
As much as the pain is not so great, you will still be bothered by the process. Try not to clench your teeth or contract the muscles in your vagina - or things will only get worse. Focus on your breathing.
They say that having a hair removal session after the menstrual cycle relieves the pain
Step 7. Wear comfortable clothes before and on the day of the session
Your skin will be sensitive after the treatment. Get ready: wear comfortable cotton panties, as well as a skirt or pants made of the same material.
Don't wear tight pants or panties right after the session
Step 8. Exfoliate the skin one week after the session
To keep the vagina area smooth and avoid irritation or ingrown hairs, exfoliate it a week later with a sponge.
Method 5 of 5: Investing in laser hair removal sessions
Step 1. Do not laser treatment if you have light hair or dark skin
This option is only ideal for those with fair skin and dark hair. When the hair is light, the laser beam does not detect the hair follicles; when the skin is dark, it can confuse it with follicles and thus permanently injure or even burn the area.
Some newer lasers can work with darker skin tones. However, before taking chances, contact a studio and see if they have something like that available
Step 2. Set a budget for the treatment
The price of the laser removal session depends on several factors like the type of hair removal you want. In Brazil, they can go from less than R$100.00 to more than R$1,000.00.
Step 3. Do not shave for at least four weeks before the laser session
For the session to take effect, the hair follicles have to be intact under the skin - and waxing removes them. Don't do anything like that last month.
Step 4. Shave (without using creams) before treatment
To optimize the experience, you should trim all of your vagina hair the night before. Avoid using depilatory creams as the chemicals can interact with the laser beam and cause irritation or pain.
Step 5. Don't feel embarrassed
You might be nervous or even a little scared about getting naked from the waist down in front of someone, but don't worry: this person is a professional. If so, distract yourself by thinking about the sound of the laser or something like that.
If anyone does or says something inappropriate, stop the session immediately and contact the site manager or the police
Step 6. Talk to the professional if you feel severe pain
Laser removal can create an uncomfortable tingling sensation. If you feel severe pain or very hot, ask the provider to decrease the intensity of the beam. Don't feel like you're wasting money - just feeling the tingle means it's working!
Step 7. Don't be scared when the hairs fall out
Laser removal treatment does not yield visible results right away. These effects start to appear about two weeks later; until then, the hairs will continue to grow normally. Only from the third week onwards will they fall off - indicating that you can shave again.
Step 8. Prepare for multiple sessions
You may need one to more than ten appointments to get your hair removed permanently. Generally, you need to go through an average of six sessions.
- Be very careful when shaving the groin area after your menstrual cycle; you can be very sensitive.
- Always use clean materials so you don't get sick. Do not use anything that is made of old or rusty metals that could cut your skin.