Shaving your vagina is basically getting rid of pubic hair.
Removing pubic hair is a preference among Nigerian females. Most Nigerian ladies prefer to just trim, others prefer waxing while others just prefer to leave it.
It is, however, not necessary to remove the hair in that area, in fact, there are no health benefits of removing public hair. Pubic hair poses no health risks as long as it is cleaned every day.
Regardless of your preferences, pubic hair serves a purpose. According to Dr Kihiczak; “Pubic hair serves as a protective barrier for the underlying delicate skin. It also serves as a shield for the skin from friction during sex. It also forms a natural cushion to the sensitive skin in the pubic area.”
Shaving does not make the hair grow back thicker, it is just a myth.
Shaving roughly can leave razor bumps, cuts and blisters which may cause itching and irritation to your vagina. Pubic hair is the thickest hair in the body so, ensure to use a very sharp new blade or a disposable razor blade.
However, if you chose to shave your vagina, you need:
- A pair of sharp, clean scissors
- New shaving stick
- New Razor blade
- Fragrance-free shaving cream
- A fragrance-free moisturizing lotion
5 Effective ways to shave your vagina to avoid rashes
The five ways to effectively shave your vagina to avoid rashes include:
Take a hot bath or shower
It is best to shave at the end of a hot bath or shower. Warm water opens up the pores, which makes shaving easier.
Trim with a scissors
Get a pair of sharp scissors or hair trimmer and trim your pubic hair until it’s only a few centimetres long. Doing this makes shaving easier.
Exfoliating helps to remove any dead skin and allows you to shave the hair as near to the roots as possible.
Use a washcloth or exfoliating sponge to gently exfoliate your skin before you begin shaving.
Get a new and sharp shaving stick for this process. Using a blunt razor will cause razor bumps, redness and itching.
Apply a generous amount of shaving cream to the areas you want to shave. Using a shaving cream or gel helps the razor to glide easily, thereby preventing skin irritation. It is best to use fragrance-free shaving cream as cream with fragrance can cause irritation to the delicate skin.
Set a perfect angle for yourself. Prop your foot up on the ledge of your tub or your sink so you have better access to the area you are shaving.
Gently hold the skin tight with one hand and shave with the other. Ensure to shave in the direction of the hair growth to avoid irritating the hair follicles, redness and ingrown hairs. Avoid adding too much pressure. Using small strokes and holding your skin taut with the other hand will help to prevent nicks and cut.
If you’re brave enough to shave around your vulva, ensure to take it slowly and carefully and find a comfortable angle so you do not cause an injury to the area. Before you go bare, keep in mind that certain areas of the skin are delicate and more prone to redness and itching.
It best to leave the area right around the opening of the vagina alone as the skin in that area is very sensitive. Trimming that area is fine but shaving might create a problem if you’re not careful about it.
When you’ve finished shaving, rinse off any trace of shaving cream thoroughly with plain, warm water and gently pat dry with a clean towel.
Moisturize with a fragrance-free lotion
Apply a fragrance-free lotion to the shaved area. This helps to avoid irritation and keep the area fresh. Avoid scented products because they may sting your skin.
Safety guidelines to follow when shaving your pubic hair
- Use a hand mirror so you can see the area you want to shave.
- Trim as much hair as possible before you begin shaving. Don’t use a pair of dull scissors. This may cause your pubic hair to snag.
- If you have sensitive skin, it is best to use a hair trimmer.
- Exfoliate gently to avoid causing irritation.
- Use plain, warm water to rinse off the shaving cream or gel.
- Pat a wet area dry gently to avoid causing irritation as the skin has become more delicate.
- Use sharp and new shaving sticks or razor blades.
- Clear off hair from the blade as you shave to avoid clogging it. A clogged blade makes shaving difficult.
Possible risks of removing pubic hair include:
- Razor burn
- Cuts and blisters
- Folliculitis (infection in the hair root)
Avoid shaving during your period as your skin may be very sensitive. Keep all products (shaving cream or gel and moisturizer) on the outside of your vagina. Try not to get any product into the vagina itself to avoid tampering with the natural pH of your vagina.
When buying a shaving cream or gel and moisturizer, go for the ones with aloe vera as it is a good moisturizer for the skin.
Don’t wait for your razor blade to get dull before changing it. An old blade may carry bacteria and increase the risk of infection and folliculitis. To prevent tiny bumps and small cuts that cause irritation, remember to always use a brand new razor and warm water.
Avoid wearing tight jeans as they contribute to ingrown hair.
Ingrown hair is mostly caused by wearing tight clothes and underwears and sleeping with them at night.
An ingrown hair occurs when pubic hair grows inwards instead of outwards. This leaves a very painful and discomforting bump on your skin.
Shaving carefully before having sexual intercourse. Shaving in a rush might give you nicks and cut which poses you at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Ensure to wear clean underwear because when you shave, your pores are opened up. This makes it easier for bacteria to enter and cause an infection.