How to Trim Your Pubic Hair
Trim dry, shave wet. If you’ll only be cutting hair; not shaving it, do it while the hair is completely dry — it’ll be easier to manage. If you’re shaving though, soaking in a warm bath or shower for 10 to 15 minutes can reduce the irritation to your skin.
Clean up. Before either trimming or shaving, wash your pubic area with soap or bodywash. The presence of bacteria can aggravate infection in case of a cut, nick or razor burn.
Find a good set of clippers. The tools you use to trim your pubic hair can make or break the experience. Avoid regular-sized scissors, and try these options instead. Remember, whatever you choose, try to set that tool aside for only pubic hair maintenance to cut down on potential infections.
- Nail scissors, which are small and ideal for sensitive maneuvering. If you can, buy a set with blunted ends. These can be found in the nail care section of most drug stores.
- A small goatee, ear or nose hair trimmer, which should have a guard you can place over the blades to achieve uniform length. You can find these at most drugstores. Don’t use an electric razor with rotating heads, which can cause painful razor burns.
- Embroidery scissors will work in a pinch. They are like nail scissors, but be wary of the sharp points at the end.
Use a sharp razor. A new, disposable razor is best. A dull razor will encourage itchy red bumps. If the hair is long, trim beforehand. Consider shaving with the direction of the hair instead of against it; though it takes longer, it also causes less irritation. Use a gentle, unscented shaving cream or gel.
Trim in a place that’s easy to clean. Stand in the shower, or sit over the toilet. That way, clean-up simply consists of running the faucet or flushing.
Get a hand mirror or a compact to check your pubic area. It’s hard to gauge progress you can’t see, so take a small mirror with you to check up on how things are going.