When it comes to hair removal - especially pubic hair removal - we're living very much for the 'you do you' kinda vibe. Wanna whip it off? Cool. Rocking a bush down there? Fab.
We're not really fussed by what you choose to do with your pubes, but if you ARE gonna get rid of them there's some definite dos and don'ts that you should probably know about.
No need to be embarrassed, team. Let's begin:
1. Do exfoliate your skin
If you suffer from shaving bumps, rashes or ingrown hairs then chances are you're not prepping the skin enough beforehand. Exfoliate thoroughly the night before with a good scrub to slough away any dead skin cells that might block up your freshly shaved hair follicles.
2. Do check the blade count
For a really close shave, the more blades on your razor the better. But if you suffer from ingrown hairs or have super sensitive skin, try using a one to three blade razor as any more than that (eg. a four or five blade razor) can actually cut hairs beneath the skin, causing ingrowns.
3. Do apply baby powder
Alright so this one's specifically for waxing: soak up any moisture with baby powder before applying your wax strip. This will help the wax stick better, and therefore give you a better wax-off result.
4. Do go against the grain
When waxing, epilating or shaving (your legs) do be sure to go in the direction against the natural hair growth. Exfoliating the night before and going against the hair growth is key to keeping ingrown hairs at bay.
5. But if you're shaving your pubes - go with the grain
If you've got sensitive skin, shave in the same direction as the hair growth to avoid any extra irritation.
6. Do follow the directions on the pack
Whether your waxing, epilating or using a hair removal cream - ALWAYS read the instructions. You don't wanna leave that cream on for longer than recommended otherwise you will end up with some seriously angry skin.
7. Don't over-wax
It can be tempting to go over and over the same area to remove every single hair when waxing - but don't. More than three attempts around the same area of skin can cause serious sensitivity. Give it three trys and if there's still some strays, go in with the tweezers.
8. Do trim first
If you're attempting to shave a proper grown out bush, then definitely give it a trim first with some nail scissors. Just make sure they're not a communal pair.
9. But don't trim too much if you're going to wax
Whether you're waxing at home or getting it done profesh, make sure your hair is at least ¼" long - otherwise the wax will have nothing to grip onto.