It’s a personal choice whether or not a woman wants to shave her bikini line.
Many decide not to, and it is easy to understand why there could be some trepidation – the bikini line is a sensitive area of your body. Poor technique and sub-standard tools can cause razor burns, cuts and blisters, or even folliculitis – an infection of the hair root.
However, according to a YouGov poll, almost half of all UK women under 35 remove their pubic hair entirely. If you choose to do so, or just want to partially remove the hair, you can avoid problems with a good technique and the right shaving tools.
Here are our four tips for how to shave your bikini line safely.
1. Pick your tools wisely
The first step in the battle against razor burn, ingrown hairs and irritation is to make sure you’ve got the right razor for the job.
If your blades are dull or rusty, then it’s time to change them. A new, sharp razor will give a clean, hygienic shave, and put less pressure on the hairs, avoiding irritation.
Speaking to Essence, Dr Cook-Bolden advises not to leave your razor in the shower, as this will cause blades to erode more quickly. She adds: “Clean the razor blade before and after… and make sure it is dry after each use.”
The Dorco EVE 6 uses refill cartridges, enabling you to use the same handle and replace the razor blades as often as you need to (we recommend every five to seven shaves, depending on usage). Its six-blade cartridges are designed for precision, so you don’t need to go over the same patch repeatedly, which can increase the risk of developing a shaving rash on your bikini line.
2. Prepare yourself
As men with bushy beards will know, it sometimes pays to take your time and not just jump straight in with a razor. If hair is long, you should trim it back with a sharp pair of scissors before you begin shaving. Longer hair also dulls the blades more quickly, which means you’ll use more razors.
The same applies with pubic hairs.
Compared with leg and armpit hairs, pubic hairs can be tougher and wirier. It’s a good idea to soak in the bath or shower before shaving, to soften both the hairs and the skin around them.
You might also want to use a mirror for extra help with hard to see areas – you really can’t be too careful.
3. Lather up
When shaving your bikini line, you are shaving one of your most sensitive areas, and should consider using a lathering solution that is kind to sensitive skin.
In fact, as it’s made for sensitive chins, Dorco Shave Gel could be the answer. It is perfect for the sensitive skin of bikini lines, with natural ingredients including hydrating aloe vera, glycerine and betaine to protect and prevent dryness.
4. Technique is crucial
There’s no point in soaking, lathering and gathering the right tools if you’re going to spoil it with poor technique.
Firstly, make sure you are not shaving against the direction of hair growth. Although it might seem closer at first, shaving against the grain can lead to ingrown hairs and folliculitis.
Secondly, don’t apply too much pressure, and try not to go over the same patch too many times, to avoid razor burn. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, dermatologist Dr Zeichner recommends: “Take short, single strokes and rinse off the razor every one to two shaves.”
He also recommends ensuring the water is hot, making the shower a good place to shave, adding: “The humidity and warmth of the water helps hydrate and soften both the skin and the hair, allowing shaving to be an easier process.”
Finally – post shave – pat the area dry and use some gentle oil-free, fragrance-free moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated and soothe any redness.