Entertainment Fashion & Style Shaving Private Area Silky Smooth Tips for Men and Women Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Hair Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Naomi Torres Contributing Writer Naomi Torres is a licensed cosmetologist and a contributing writer for Byrdie. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Naomi Torres Updated January 21, 2017 Shaving the private area? Our guides, tips and advice will help with getting a close, long-lasting shave, keep skin smooth while avoiding nicks, bumps and ingrown hairs. Beyond the basics, we teach how to protect delicate skin, including advanced techniques for creating different styles and designs. Women’s Guide to Shaving Pubic Hair George Doyle/ Getty Images Why don't your favorite shaving products work as well on your bikini area as they do in other zones? The skin's delicate nature along with coarser, curlier hair often needs extra prep and post-care, along with the right technique. We tell you how to get a close shave, protect all your parts and beat common problems like razor burn and bumps. Men’s Guide to Shaving Pubic Hair Getty Images / Maarten Wouters I'm sure you would really appreciate advice when taking a sharp object down below. Picking up any razor sitting around and a bar of soap will only leave you wishing you had left the hair. Our guide takes you step-by-step on how to prepare skin, the tools you need, and how to use them to safely shave the skin in the bikini area and genitals (if desired), while getting great results. Top Products Image Courtesy Amazon Browse through our list of what we have found really works, not just because it's marketed well, has a fancy label or is sold in high-end stores for the bikini zone. Picks of some of our favorite shaving creams, gels, razors, groomers, kits and tools for designing. Making Shapes and Designs Ersmiksacik/ Getty Images If you're tired of just cleaning up the sides or leaving a strip, how about a design? Shaving a work of art does take more time and patience than simply removing it, but can fit your own personality and style. A heart? star? butterfly? arrow? Maybe your own creation. We walk you through the tools needed and a couple different ways to get your unique personalized bikini design in place. If that's not enough, finish off with some vajazzling. Men Using a Razor on Genitals? Image Courtesy Amazon Some guys want their entire pubic zone hair-free. While using a standard razor on the skin can be done safely, taking the razor on the genitals isn't suggested. This doesn't mean that the hair can't be removed, it can. But the right tools have to be used so there aren't any nicks or tearing of skin. Shaving Versus Waxing Digital Vision / Getty Images Whether you have tried a bikini wax or not, you may not know all the pros and cons to each of these very popular hair removal methods. You might have an easier time deciding learning how you can avoid or minimize the side effects or get better results. Trimming Pubic Hair Siede Preis / Getty Images You might want to keep some hair down below, but not all of its length. Trimming has its advantages of not leaving redness, bumps or ingrown hairs over shaving. It can be done quickly, easily and cut evenly when done right. We show you the tools and how-tos for your specific needs and budget. Bump-Fighting Products Image Courtesy Price Grabber One of the most annoying and common problems after shaving the private zone are bumps. Sometimes from razor rash or when the hair starts to grow into the skin and becomes ingrown. Whatever the case, there are many products on the market to prevent and tackle this problem. What's a Landing Strip? Yes, it's basically what it sounds like and is often left when shaving or after a bikini wax. We tell you about the different types for men and women, how to shave one in place freehand or by using a template. Also, communication tips so you end up with your preferred width and length strip when getting a professional bikini or Brazlian wax. The Va j-j Visor If you hadn't guessed by the name, it's only for women. You could call it the female version of a man's cup. While this gadget has many purposes, one of which is to be used while shaving to protect the inner vulva area from nicks and product.