If you decide you do want to shave your pubic area, here is a comprehensive how-to guide in 10 easy steps.

1. Go shopping for the appropriate supplies. You will need:

  • A pair of sharp scissors
  • new razor (not disposable or dull)
  • Female shaving cream* for your skin type, soft baby oil, and aloe vera cream (preferably with vitamin E added to it).
Using either an electric razor is not recommended. If you can’t find specialized creams for female shaving, use the mildest, non-perfumed male variety. For aftercare, use the baby oil to prevent pimples and the aloe vera cream to calm inflamed skin. Do not use male aftershave of any kind. Also, tweezers and hair conditioner are optional supplies. You can use the hair conditioner to help soften the hair before shaving if it is especially coarse. The tweezers can be used for stray or hard-to-reach hairs.

2. Use the scissors to clip as much of the pubic hair as possible. This way the actual shaving will be less painful and more effective.

3. After cropping as much hair as possible, make sure the pubic area is soft and smooth by soaking in a hot bath or shower for at least three minutes. This will allow you to achieve a closer shave, as well as avoid pimples and irritated skin later. 

4. After the soak, dry off and wait a few minutes. This allows the skin to recuperate a little.

5. Apply generous amounts of female shaving creamspecific to your skin type, or the mildest, non-perfumed male cream. Do not use soap! Let the shaving cream sit for a few minutes.

6. Use a safety razor to begin shaving—no switch-blades or disposable razors. If possible, use a razor with moisturizing strips and “micro-fins” or cushions, etc. These help with extra protection from nicks and cuts.

7. When shaving, pull the skin tight with your free hand andshave without applying pressure. If you have to apply pressure, your razor is too dull.

8. Move slowly over the skin in the counter-direction of the hair. In the pubic area, this means shaving upward. For people who are prone to ingrown hairs or razor burn, it is recommended you shave in the direction of the hair growth. As you shave, feel free to keep applying shaving cream.

9. When you’re done shaving, wash the area generously withlots of warm water.
10. Apply aftercare: Use soft baby oil*** to keep skin smooth and free of pimples, use aloe vera to soothe sensitive skin. Do not use male aftershave; it will sting terribly!
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