How Do You Remove Pubic Hair Without Shaving?
Somehow, pubic hair is a bit of a taboo topic even in 2021. People are more supportive of the idea that anyone should be able to remove body hair or keep body hair, depending on their personal preference, but the question of how body hair is removed is often not discussed. Those who remove pubic hair and other body hair may show off their perfectly smooth skin in summer clothes or on social media without any desire to mention how they achieved it.
This is especially unfortunate since pubic hair is some of the trickiest body hair to remove. You could use any hair removal method on pubic hair, but since skin in that area is some of the most sensitive skin on the body, it’s important to be careful with whatever method you choose. Some hair removal methods are more likely to irritate your skin than others, so no matter how much hair you want to keep or remove in private areas, think carefully about what would be best for your body.
The fact that you clicked on this article in the first place means you already want to avoid shaving, but why exactly is shaving so bad, and what are the alternatives? Stick around to find out, because we’ll be discussing those answers in depth below.
The Problem with Shaving
Shaving is one of the oldest, most traditional methods of hair removal, and it’s the first option most of us use when we decide we want to remove some body hair after going through puberty. At first glance, it seems like a quick and painless method. After all, you can pick up a razor for a few dollars and remove hair regularly with just a few extra minutes dedicated to your shower routine. However, the reality of shaving isn’t so sunny.
Razor blades can be dangerous for more than just the obvious reasons. They are, counterintuitively, more dangerous for shaving when they are dull, as they pose a greater risk of nicks and ingrown hairs. Most people who use traditional razors to shave don’t replace them as often as they should, and as a result, almost everyone who shaves is familiar with the regular discomfort of razor burns, cuts, ingrown hairs, and irritated skin.
In addition to being uncomfortable, these skin irritations can be visually unappealing. Even small nicks that you don’t notice or razor burn that isn’t very severe can stand out and cause bumps, redness, and other marks on the skin. This sort of defeats the aesthetic purpose of removing body hair, and you may feel no more confident about your razor-burned or -irritated skin than you did about hairy skin.
Shaving is also a short-term solution to body hair, as it has to be performed every day or every few days to maintain the truly hairless look. Fortunately, in the modern day, there are a number of safer and longer-term options for hair removal.
Laser and IPL Hair Removal
Laser hair removal and IPL hair removal are two of the more popular methods for removing pubic hair. This is because they last longer than other methods, meaning you don’t have to deal with upkeep nearly as frequently, and because they are usually not painful or irritating. The light used in laser or IPL hair removal treatments can cause a bit of temporary redness or tingling in the skin, but they do not cause bumps, burns, cuts, or anything significant like other methods do.
The tradeoff is that laser and IPL treatments can be a lot more expensive than more traditional hair removal methods, and if you choose to have them professionally done, they are also time-consuming. Many people consider this one-time inconvenience and expense worth it for the long-term benefits, but it’s important to consider all the factors before making your decision.
Electrolysis is the only truly permanent hair removal method, and like laser and IPL, it is preferred by many for the long-term results and minimal side effects. In electrolysis, an epilator is used to damage hair follicles using radio waves. It does need to be done professionally, in a clinic, so it can be somewhat time-consuming and expensive.
A variety of hair removal creams are available over-the-counter for use in your home. The chemicals in the cream weaken the hair and cause it to fall out, which can be a convenient way to get rid of pubic hair. However, topical creams can easily irritate the skin. When it comes to pubic hair removal, the risk of irritation is even greater, since a test of the cream on another area of skin won’t necessarily tell you whether or not the cream will irritate the skin in the pubic area.
Waxing is a popular method of hair removal, although many consider it less appealing for pubic hair removal than for other areas. In this treatment, wax is applied on top of the hair, allowed to cool, and then quickly removed so that the hair is removed with it. This can be quite painful, and since the pubic area is more sensitive than other areas of skin, waxing pubic hair might be an unpleasant experience.
Although it is less likely to irritate or injure your skin than shaving, waxing can still result in ingrown hairs. It can be performed professionally in a clinic or in your own home with a waxing kit, but you should be extremely careful if you choose to do it yourself. You should also prepare yourself for the discomfort of the treatment, as it can be difficult to continue once you know how painful it is to remove the wax strips.
If you’re sick of shaving your pubic hair and dealing with uncomfortable stubble and constant maintenance, there are lots of other options to choose from. None of them are perfect, but you should consider the pros and cons of each to find the one that seems best for your budget and your body. There’s nothing to stop you from getting the best possible pubic hair removal experience now that you know what’s out there!