How to Shave Your Bikini Area

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6 Best Tips for Bikini Line Hair Removal

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Shaving is a great option for removing hair in your delicate bikini area. But the key is to do it right. In this article, I share how to properly shave the bikini area.

Is Shaving Your Best Option?

For the majority of women, shaving is a great bet for the bikini line. Because the skin around the bikini area is so delicate, shaving can cause fewer ingrown hairs and red bumps than waxing. You'll know shaving is a good option for you if your bikini line is presentable after you shave.

But for many women with thick, coarse hair, waxing may be a better option. The results from shaving are never as smooth and clean as a waxed bikini line. For women with thick, coarse hair, the best hair removal methods for the bikini area are waxing, the Brazilian wax, laser or pulsed light.

To shave your bikini line correctly and for the best results, you'll want to follow some of my tips and most importantly, take your time.

In the meantime, check out Hair removal: What should you wax, tweeze, shave and thread for all the information you need on hair removal (including exactly what happens when you opt for the "Brazilian"). 

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First, Ask Yourself How Much You Should Shave

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This is totally a personal preference. Some women choose what to do with their bikini area based on their partner's preference. Others want a clean line for a bathing suit. Others want a full bush (popular at the moment thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow's hilarious claim on Ellen Degeneres's show).

Still, others want to go almost bare or totally bare like with the "Brazilian." If you want to remove all, you can do so with a razor, but I strongly recommend getting a professional wax.

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Make Sure You Have the Right Razor and Cream

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There are basically two rules when it comes to shaving your bikini line: you need a good razor with fresh(ish) blades and you want a great shaving cream or gel. This is not the time to use a disposable razor or your boyfriend's razor. I recommend getting a good razor with a rotating head and several blades.

I recommend the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor because it includes a razor and trimmer in one. You can't beat that.

And when it comes to lathering up, it's best not to do that with soap. You can use any shaving cream or gel.

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The Importance of Trimming the Hedge

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Before you do anything, you're going to want to trim your bush. Yeah, I did just type that. Unless you want a "full bush," a la Gwyneth and her precious Hollywood royalty friends, you'll want to trim your pubic hair.

For your trim job, I recommend using an electric hair clipper, the sort guys use to trim -- not shave -- their heads and beards. Use your partner's or buy your own. They even make clippers for lady parts. I recommend the Panasonic Bikini Trimmer and Shaver.

Trim to the length you prefer. You can also use scissors and a comb. Protect your delicate bits by combing your pubic hair and holding the comb in place against your skin. Shave or clip the hair that sticks out of the comb.

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Take a Shower or Bath Before You Start Shaving

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Even if it's one of those days where your friends are about to show up and start honking the horn so you can head to the beach, NEVER shave without first softening up the area in the bath or shower. Your bikini line will be a rash of red bumps if you do shave without showering first.

You need the hot water and soap to soften the hair, skin and the cuticle. While in the shower, soap up the area very good. You can even add hair conditioner to the pubic area to soften it up even more. Rinse off.

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Here's How to Shave Your Bikini Line

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You've trimmed, showered and are ready to start whacking. Here's what to do to avoid nicks and bumps.

  1. Turn off the shower and situate yourself so you have a good view of your bikini area. You can prop a leg up on the side of the shower. Apply shaving cream to the area you will shave. Remember: No soap.
  2. Hold the skin taut and shave in the direction the hair grows.
  3. Rinse away the cream, see how much you have left and apply more shaving cream. This time shave against the hair growth. Try not to go over the area too many times.
  4. Rinse the blade after each stroke. Too much hair will clog the razor and mess up the job.
  5. Pat the area dry. I don't like to use moisturizer in the bikini area, but if you do need one, opt for one without fragrance.

Learn more in Top 10 Shaving Tips: How to avoid nicks, ingrown hairs & irritation.