We’ve all got a triangle of tresses on our private parts. Yes, we’re talking about pubic hair, folks. Consider this your go-to guide on how to safely trim the bushes — or let them grow out blemish-free.
If you’re on pube patrol, you’re dealing with some of your most sensitive parts so it pays to do a little preparation before diving in with sharp objects. A careful routine can prevent irritation, razor burn, and injury.
Clean your tools
Keep a separate grooming kit for your bits. Multitasking with tools you’ve used on other parts of your body can introduce infection. Before each use, soak your implements in a disinfectant such as Barbicide for at least 10 minutes, or clean them thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. Make sure your scissors or razors have sharp blades.
Trim excess hair before you shave, shape, or tidy
If you’ve got a long, thick thatch going on, cut the hair to about a quarter inch. This step helps you avoid razor or trimmer clog. You’ll also gain a better view of your skin and direction of hair growth, which will help prevent accidents.
Bathe before grooming
Whether you’re shaving it all or just shaping it up, start with clean skin to avoid bacteria-causing bumps. Wash your pubic region thoroughly with soap and water in the bath or shower. Soak or steam for at least five minutes to allow your skin to soften and your hair to expand.
Using a loofah or a gentle scrub, exfoliate the area you plan to groom. Exfoliation removes any dead skin cells or sebum clogging the hair follicles. This provides your razor or other tools the smoothest surface possible to glide across.
Keep your skin moist if you’re planning to shave. You need this lubrication to minimize friction and avoid nicks. Using cream or gel can also allow you to see where you’ve just shaved so you can avoid going over the area twice and causing irritation.
Shave or trim in the direction of hair growth
Going against the grain means your tool has to lift the hair before slicing at the follicle. This creates the potential for razor burn and other irritation. You’ll get a smoother result if you go with the flow.
Take your time and use caution
A hasty hack job could end in a nasty cut or even a trip to the ER. A 2017 study found that more than 25 percent of pubic hair primpers have injured themselves. Sitting on a dry tub edge can help reduce your risk for slipping.
If you prefer the look and feel of fleece, simply snip and shape to your liking. A comb and scissors offer a hassle-free, almost cost-free approach.
Facial hair scissors, which have protective rounded tips, work well on below-the-belt pelts.
Starting at the highest point on your pubic region where you want to groom, place a fine-toothed comb at the hair root flat against your skin. This provides a protective barrier between your skin and the scissors, and offers a guide for an even cut.
Only trim the hair that sticks above the comb’s teeth. Work with a small section at a time and make your way downward. Focus on one side of the groin area first and then the other.
Simply repeat the process when hair grows too long or unruly for your liking.
Cutting pubic hair with comb and scissor doesn’t get any more basic and cost-saving than this. Simply comb all your hair smooth and lay comb flat against skin, then cut hair above comb. The comb acts as a protection so you don’t nick or cut your delicate skin. If you use a fine-tooth comb you’ll get more smooth and even results versus just using a regular comb.
If you don’t want the hair very short, you don’t have to lay the comb right against skin. But just be careful to follow the guide of the first cut you made so the hair is even, instead of looking choppy.