beauty

The dos and PLEASE DO NOTs of waxing, trimming and shaving your pubes at home.

Let’s be real. What your pubes look like is one of the least worrying things going on right now.

Logically, embracing an untamed bush in these times of isolation is an excellent idea. Doing so takes up no time, requires zero effort and costs nothing.

That said, it’s your body and you can do whatever the heck you like to it, including home hair removal. So if you feel like doing some at-home pubic hair landscaping, or are just bloody bored in isolation and fancy something to do, why not?

But before you go slathering hot wax over your vulva (ouch), here’s an expert-approved guide to the dos and PLEASE DEAR GOD DO NOTs of waxing, trimming and shaving your pubes at home.

WATCH: Check out this history of pubes through the ages below. Post continues after video.

Video via Mamamia

How to do a Brazilian wax at home.

Sorry, but I care about you too much to beat around the bush. Trying to give yourself a Brazilian wax at home is VERY BAD IDEA.

There’s a reason we pay a professional with expertise to do it for us: waxing so close to your vulva is fraught with danger. One wrong swipe of hot wax and you could end up with burns, skin tears and grazes, bruising and a really, really sore vagina.

Rather than tell you how you could technically do a Brazilian wax at home, I’ve compiled some great tips on waxing your bikini line, or even better, trimming your pubes. Leave the whole shebang for your next appointment when isolation is over, yeah?

How to do a bikini wax at home.

If you really want to give waxing your pubes a try, stick to a bikini wax.

Think of a bikini wax like the short, back and sides of pubic hair removal. You only want to remove hairs on the sides of your pubic area that would stick out where your undies sit against your inner thigh.

Maria Enna-Cocciolone, beauty therapist and founder of InSkin Cosmedics Group, says waxing a well-groomed bikini line at-home is possible… with some expert advice.

Here are some of her best at-home bikini waxing tips:

  • Just before, during or right after your period are not great times to attempt bikini waxing as your pubic area is more sensitive a.k.a it will hurt more.
  • Wax on clean, dry skin. You can prep the skin with a light powder to absorb any moisture.
  • The ideal length of hair growth for waxing is around 1-2cm. Too short, and the wax won’t be able to grab the hair enough to pull it out at the root. Too long, and you’ll be in massive amounts of pain. If your pubic hair hasn’t been touched in a while, give it a trim before waxing.
  • If you’re a beginner, use wax strips. Warming and applying hot wax takes practice because it needs to be the right temperature and consistency. You can find wax strip options designed for the bikini area at your local supermarket and chemist.
  • Work in small patches for easier control because more control = less pain.
  • When you go to pull the wax strip off, hold the skin beneath the wax strip super tight to avoid bruising.
  • Make sure you pull the wax strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Not doing this will break the hair, cause ingrown hairs and be really painful.
  • No matter how you do it, waxing your pubes will hurt. If you want a painless option, try trimming or shaving (more on that below).
If you really want to try waxing, just stick to your bikini line, OK? Image: Getty.
ADVERTISEMENT

What about shaving your pubic hair?

If you're used to the feeling of not having pubic hair, using a razor to shave your pubes might seem like a great idea, but there are a few things to consider.

  • Enna-Cocciolone says, "Shaving your pubic hair is not the time for budget razors. Look for one that has three blades to give you a close, smooth shave – bonus points if you get one that comes with a moisture bar."
  • It's best to use a fresh razor every time you shave, if you can. This will help avoid skin irritation and give you a smooth result.
  • "Under no circumstances should you shave your pubic area dry. You risk cutting yourself, uncomfortable regrowth and ingrown hairs. If your razor doesn't have a moisture bar, use a gentle cleanser or body wash," Enna-Cocciolone says.
  • Exfoliating and moisturising every other day is your best bet for avoiding ingrown hairs. You can gently exfoliate your pubic area using in-shower exfoliating gloves (any clean pair you can buy at the supermarket or chemist will do) or an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) product that will eat dead skin cells like the Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleanser ($49). Note: Be careful not to get these on your labia.
  • Ingrown hair products like CARON LABORATORIES Bump eRaiser Medi Paste ($19.99)Fur Ingrown Concentrate ($39.95)MALIN+GOETZ Ingrown Hair Cream ($54), O Cosmedics Potent Clearing Serum ($94) and Skin Doctors Ingrow Go ($22.95) work the same way by exfoliating dead skin cells that can clog your hair follicles and cause ingrowns.

LISTEN: For more tips on getting rid of ingrown hairs, get this episode of the You Beauty podcast in your ears below. Post continues after audio.

How to trim your pubic hair.

For at-home grooming, you really can't beat trimming.

The result is neat and you won't get any of the irritation, itchiness or ingrown hairs that come with shaving. Plus, I'd argue using a trimmer to tidy your pubes is far easier than waxing or shaving and requires way less effort. And precision.

Probably don't use just any scissors lying around the house. Your pubes deserve better. Small cosmetic scissors with a curved edge you can get from any chemist are great for trimming hair around your labia and the little tuft you get near your clitoris.

For the rest, use a 'bikini' hair trimmer. They don't need to be really expensive - the Remington Trim and Shape Ultimate Body and Bikini Kit ($49.95)Remington Smooth & Silky Bikini Trimmer ($19)Schick Hydro Silk Trimstyle Kit ($21.99) and BRAUN Silk Finish Precision Trimmer Female Groomer are all great options under $50.

And if you really feel like treating yourself like the queen you are (yep, I really did just write that), go ahead and nourish your pubes with a lovely oil. Hollywood actress Emma Watson's favourite is the FUR Fur Oil ($66.95 for 75ml). The oil blend is hydrating and also great for ingrowns because it's mostly made from antibacterial jojoba oil. A less bougie option would be the Jojoba Comapny's Australian Jojoba Oil ($34.99 for 100ml), which you can get at Priceline or online.

And that is how you groom your pubes at home, should you want to. Good luck!

Feature Image: Getty.

Would you try at-home pubic hair grooming? tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

00:00 / ???