At Women and Sexuality, we don’t just want to focus on sex sex sex… It’s almost March and you know what that means! No, not March Madness – who cares about that. I mean bikini season! Or at least bathing suit season, not necessarily bikini season for some of us. Now, whether you like it or not, summer brings fewer and fewer clothes. And going to the pool! Especially if you have kids! And if you’re going to the pool, you’re going to want to remove more of that bush you’ve been using as a winter blanket. But one of the things that keeps us from going totally bare down there is the fear of razorburn!!! So, this tutorial is to help you know how to shave your vagina without getting razorburn!
Tip 1 of 2: How to shave your vagina: Do not start with a lather of shaving cream!
So the first thing you do is to hop in the shower, get it real steamy, and head right for the shaving cream, right? Wrong! Yep. I don’t start with shaving cream all over the place. Here’s why:
- Shaving cream gets bulky and obstructs the view of your work!
- It washes off easily, leaving you no protection!
- It doesn’t help prevent razor burn.
Shaving cream is better than nothing, though! Do not try shaving your vagina without some lubricant to help the blades glide smoothly over the skin!
But what should I use, then?
Okay, this article wasn’t just to tell you what not to do but also tell you how to shave your vagina. This may sound odd, but trust me. Get a little coconut oil. REALLY. Not vegetable oil, not soybean oil, not massage oil. Get some coconut oil. It’s inexpensive – get some on Amazon. Get this one – the bottle will last you for months because you only need a little at a time:
Now, we’re pretty big fans of Coconut oil here at Women and Sexuality. We have written about it’s benefits here:
but hear me out here on why to use it for shaving. What doesn’t dissolve in water like shaving cream??? That’s right – oil. So when you apply some coconut oil all around your vagina and all through the hair, it forms a small barrier between the blades and the skin while lubricating so the blades slide smoothly. If you really want to, go ahead and apply a thin layer of shaving cream on top of the coconut oil. It’s a little overkill, but you’ll feel in your safe zone again.
Tip 2 of 2: How to shave your vagina: Shave with the grain!
Even though this is the most important tip around how to shave your vagina, it comes second. DO NOT START AT THE TOP OF YOUR VAGINA AND SHAVE UP! Really. And do not start at your labia and shave out toward your leg!
Here’s the thing: generally your pubic hair starts at the follicle and grows toward your vagina. Then it gets all curly and bushy like a 70’s disco band. But before it goes all bell bottoms on you, typically it starts growing toward your vagina to protect it and keep it cozy and warm.
Now, razorburn is actually when the razor blade comes in contact with the skin, meets hair at the follicle, and rips the skin along with the hair. Check out the hair follicle image. Notice the hair doesn’t just grow straight out from the skin! You want to shave in the same direction as the hair is growing! Guys have known this for years. Hair on their faces grows down, while hair on their necks generally grows up. So they shave down on their face and up on their necks! So why are all us ladies shaving against the way the hair grows on our vaginas!?!
Your leg hair is typically not as thick as your public hair. So you might not have an issue with razorburn on your legs. But, if you do, try shaving down your leg, not up! Your leg hair typically grows down toward your feet, so shave in the same direction if you’re getting razorburn, even with a new razor!