- 1. Shaving
- 2. Depilatory Creams
- 3. Waxing
- 4. Epilating
- 5. Lasering
- Putting It All Together
Bikini season is never complete without flaunting our gorgeous, hairless bodies in a teeny, weeny (polka dot) bikini or any swimwear of choice as we bask in the warm summer sun or frolic at the beach.
Effortless beauty, huh? Not! It takes months to get to that bikini bod state and an extra day or two to get us ready and hair free in all the right places.
In this blog, we’ll focus on what some people consider as a “taboo” part of hair removal – your “buShh” (see, even its name suggests that you keep it down-low).
With all these amazing hair removal options available, which is the best bikini hair removal method and product that would suit such a sensitive area of our body?
Keep reading to find out.
Over the years, shaving and waxing are pretty much popular among women – shaving being quick and pain-free and waxing for its long-lasting results.
But to be honest, both methods are not all beer and skittles (or beer and Doritos!).
Thinking back of my experience in bikini hair removal, I’ve had some really funny ones and some bloody scary ones (like, literally) – Definitely Reddit material I’d say!
So, before y’all make a mistake and contribute to Reddit, I want to educate you on the best pubic hair removal products!
Not a fan of razors and wax and want to know how to remove bikini hair without waxing or shaving? We also have other options.
Altogether we’ll be looking at these hair removal methods:
- Depilatory Creams
What It Is & What To Expect
Shaving is a hair removal method that involves using a bladed tool such as a razor to remove hair as close as possible to the skin.
This bikini area hair removal method is known to be inexpensive, super quick and pain-free, perfect for people on the go who have a lower pain threshold (aka pain wimps like me).
Bikini-ready in minutes, stubbles a few hours later. What’s good though is that most razors are travel-friendly so you can easily take it with you and use it anytime you please.
Tips For Shaving the Bikini Area
Trim The Bush Before Shaving
Shaving with a full-on-bush that you grew during winter can get caught between the razor blades and cause it to tug on your skin.
Get The Best Razor for The Bikini Area
It’s the key to a good shave. We’re not talking about the same razor that you’d use for your legs but instead a slimmer one to carefully glide through the delicate contours of that area.
Find a Good and Comfortable Position
The safest way to shave the pubic area is by laying a towel on the bathroom floor and sitting on it with a mirror in front of you. That way, you can pretty much calculate where the razor is going instead of accidentally slicing your flesh with the razor.
Not all of us are gymnasts who are flexible enough to turn ourselves into a donut just to see if we missed a spot.
A friend once tried shaving standing up, with one leg raised on the toilet seat, she accidentally slipped, and you pretty much can guess what happened.
Be Choosy in What You Apply Pre and Post Shave
Dry shaving is definitely a no-no as it is a surefire way to get nasty razor burns, but so is using your regular hair conditioner or shower gel as shaving foam and body lotion after shaving.
Apart from getting razor burns, remember that your vagina is a sensitive area with its own pH and colonies of healthy bacteria that keep it balanced.
Using harsh chemicals, such as those found in your conditioner, body wash, and lotion not only can cause skin irritation but also kill these bacteria, causing an imbalance in pH levels that can make you prone to infections (like yeast).
Stick to organic or natural products as much as possible.
Shave By Sections
How to use shaving cream on pubic hair? Sections, amigo.
Apply only on the area being shaved and not the entire vag. Again, it’s all about visibility. You can do the top area first, then the right lip, and then the other, before going over any spots you might’ve missed.
Want to know how to shave stubble on the pubic area?
No worries, just soak yourself in a tub of warm water for at least 5 minutes to soften the hair, apply a natural shaving product and shave away as discussed above.
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What It Is & What to Expect
A pain-free hair removal method that works by applying a thick cream that weakens and dissolves visible hair making it easy to wipe it off with a cloth.
Results are good; however, it doesn’t last as long as waxing.
Most depilatory creams are chemical laden. It’s strong enough to weaken and melt hair, just imagine what it can do for your skin.
If you chose one of the best bikini hair removal creams, you can expect a smooth and hair free bikini area. Hair will start to grow back in a day or two and the regrowth may appear finer and with softer tips compared to shaving.
Tips on How to Use Hair Removal Cream on Bikini Line
Choose the Right Hair Removal Products for The Pubic Area
That depilatory cream that you use on your limbs is a no-go for your bikini.
Choose variants that are specifically made for that area or those made for sensitive skin as they are the best Brazilian hair removal cream for that job.
Check for Any Allergic Reaction
Always a must before trying out anything, especially if it’s a new product.
Follow Product Instructions
Never extend the application of the cream longer than what is stated on the package.
We’re dealing with chemicals here, even if it says sensitive skin formula it still has the capacity to give you burns.
A friend of mine decided to try her regular depilatory cream to man-groom her now ex-bf, she decided to leave it on longer than what was indicated on the package thinking that since she’s dealing with coarser hair, it might need a few more minutes.
She wiped it off and noticed some part of the outer skin layer came off as well, leaving some parts raw and painful. Ouch! Definitely unsexy!
Apply the Product In Front of a Mirror
And apply it only on the outer parts of your coochie.
Avoid the super sensitive parts such as the inner part of your labia, your clit, etc. to avoid irritation and major burning sensation.
Use a Spatula to Apply the Cream
And again, do it in sections. This not only ensures a mess-free application but also that your product is going where you want it to go.
Doing it in section helps minimize the risk of leaving the other areas soaked in the cream while you wipe the other area off.
Gently Wipe Off the Cream with a Soft Washcloth
Avoid sun exposure on the area for at least 24 hours after using depilatory cream. Your skin might be extra sensitive that it may easily get sunburned.
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What It Is & What to Expect
A method of hair removal that uses either a soft or hard wax to pull hair from the root resulting in a smoother, hair-free skin for days or even weeks.
If you’re looking for amazing and longer lasting results with minimal touch ups compared to shaving, then this is the best way to bikini hair removal for you.
Expect a lot of pain, redness, tears and screaming at the top of your lungs (even bruising for some). This hair removal method is not for the faint at heart.
If you’re sensitive to pain, stick to painless methods (just look at my Pain-o-Meter as a guide) and stay away from this. Anything that pulls hair from the root is painful but the result is really stunning (it’s the best bikini hair removal method for me albeit being a bit of torture).
I personally prefer going to the salon for my Brazilian, as I tried waxing myself before and I still wince to this day as I recall myself crying, screaming and bleeding (guess I can’t get up the courage to pull the wax off and be the one that causes myself pain).
But if you’re a Do-It-Yourselfer who’s shy of exposing your lady bits to other people, be my guest.
I have products and tips for you that I learned the hard way.
Bikini Care Tips on How to Wax Pubic Area
Check for Any Allergic Reaction
As some waxes may contain honey, beeswax, and other possible allergens, make it a habit to test on a small portion of your wrist before using it on your bikini area.
Trim The Bush (but not too short!)
The longer it is, the more painful it is when you pull it.
Not only that, when you’re dealing with warm, melted wax, you sorta lose control and spread it accidentally on surrounding areas doubling the pain factor because of area size and hair length.
Trimming your hair too short, on the other hand, will leave no space for the wax to adhere to. Thus, it won’t pull any hair at all.
A good tip is to keep the hair at least ¼ inches long.
Prep Your Skin Prior to Bikini Waxing
How? By taking a bath and gently scrubbing the bikini line with a mild scrub such as GiGi No Bump Body Scrub. This amazing scrub is also perfect for when your unwanted hair starts growing as it has Salicylic acid to nix ingrown hair.
Use the Best Bikini Wax Strips or the Best Waxing Kit for Pubic Area
Never sacrifice results for the price.
There are lots of cheap waxing products out there that don’t even pull the hair out or that are too chemical laden. Remember that we’re dealing with a sensitive area here.
Always Test the Wax’s Temperature Prior to Applying It on Your Skin
You want smooth hair free skin, not 2nd-degree burns.
Wax in Sections
Doing so can lessen the pain.
Also, applying a numbing cream prior to waxing can help.
Pull Quickly in the Opposite Direction of Hair Growth
Not pulling quickly enough prolongs your agony while pulling the hair in the same direction of hair growth may cause the hair to break, requiring you to repeat waxing that section, and again prolonging your agony.
Treat Any Irritation with a Good Hydrocortisone Cream
Having chicken skin right after waxing is normal. This should go away within 24 hours. Thus, experts suggest skipping swimming and wetting the waxed area for at least 24 hours to avoid irritation.
Should you experience redness, itching and irritation occur, you may treat it with a Hydrocortisone cream like this CeraVe Hydrocortisone Cream.
Extra Tip: Don’t Wax Before and During Your Period
Your skin tends to be super sensitive 3 days prior to getting your period.
Increased sensitivity = Immense pain. Nuff said.
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What It Is & What to Expect
A semi-permanent method of hair removal that utilizes a device featuring multiple tweezers to pull hair from the root.
Like waxing, results last for days up to weeks before seeing some regrowth.
You must be thinking “What?! Can you epilate your bikini area??”. Well yes, yes you can!
But!!! Expect a great deal of pain.
Very much like waxing, where you pull hair from the root, this does that but at a much slower pace and fewer hairs at each rotation. It’s like prolonging the agony.
I must note, that this method made me prone to ingrown hair bumps. I’d honestly stick with waxing if I’m going to subject myself to pain anyway.
Tips on How to Epilate Bikini Area
Start by Choosing the Right Epilator to Do The Job
As much as massage rollers work for minimizing the pain when epilating your legs, it doesn’t work the same way when dealing with sensitive areas such as your bikini and underarms.
If your epilator comes with removable massage rollers, take them out when working on your bikini area.
Trim, Trim, Trim!
Always a must before any hair removal method.
A long time ago I made the mistake of epilating my legs with hairs that were too long (about the length of a grain of rice, which is perfect for waxing, but not so much for epilating).
Guess who had red chicken skin for 3 days? You guessed it – ME!!!
Prep the Area by Taking a Bath and Using a Mild Exfoliator
(Again, GiGi’s is such a good brand for this!)
Doing this helps soften the hair follicles and remove any dead skin that may, later on, clog pores and cause ingrown hair.
Epilate in Sections and Go Against the Direction Your Hair Grows
There’s no rush, go slow. Make imaginary sections. Once you finish a section, take five, drink some tea, dance to some Beyonce – you know, normal stuff!
Hold the epilators almost perpendicular (so, almost at a 90 degrees angle) to your skin for the best hair grabbing action.
Treat it with a good Hydrocortisone cream or by applying cold compress on the area.
Extra Tip: Avoid Moisture
Avoid wetting the area for 24 hours after the treatment – meaning, excess sweating (no gym or sauna) and no to swimming pools.
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(The best epilator for bikini that didn’t make me bleed)
What It Is & What to Expect
A nearly permanent hair removal method that uses light energy such as IPL or HPL to target and kill hair from the follicles. The result? Hair free skin for months with minimal touch-ups.
Being completely chemical and pain-free, it’s considered as the best bikini hair removal for sensitive skin.
Users experience a mild sting to no pain at all. Lasers are highly effective in removing unwanted hair, however, results are not immediate.
You’d need at least 6-8 treatments with an interval of two weeks depending on the area being treated. You’d notice that your hair grows in patches and is finer than before until…Poof! It’s gone and not growing at all!
Though it kills hair from the root, some hair follicles may have been dormant during the time of treatment and over time can be activated and grow. These may look like a regrowth, but these are actually new hairs. Thus, it is best to keep your laser device with you for touch-ups.
Bikini Care Tips When Doing IPL Treatments
- Choose the Best IPL for Bikini Area – IPLs with a sleeker design and a smaller treatment window is preferred for the bikini area.
- Take a Shower Prior to Lasering – A clean area increases the laser’s efficiency.
- Shave the Treatment Area – Shaving allows the laser to penetrate the hair thoroughly up to its root compared to fully grown hair.
- Avoid Tanning Before and After Treatment – Doing so may decrease the laser’s efficiency.
- Avoid Drinking Coffee or Other Caffeinated Products Prior to Treatment.
- Do Not Take NSAIDs a Week or Two Prior to Treatment – These medications can increase your photosensitivity and can make you prone to bruising.
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(This by far is the best hair removal system for bikini area, in my opinion)
Q: What’s The Best Hair Removal For Bikini Area?
A: If you’re in no hurry at all, I personally find waxing to be the best hair removal method for the bikini area.
Most waxes especially brands like GiGi and Moom are all natural and are safe to use down there.
If your goal is to be hair free for life or at least for the longest amount of time, then I suggest getting an IPL machine. IPL is totally safe and painless for your southern region and has a lasting result.
That’s what I did – I went to a salon for 3 years once a month to get a Brazilian, but now I’ve invested in IPL to be smooth down there.
Q: Is It Better To Wax Or Shave The Pubic Hair?
A: Waxing is definitely better. You get long-lasting results sans razor burns, ingrown hair bumps, and other irritations. It may be painful but the results are definitely worth it.
Q: Do Depilatory Creams Make Hair Thicker?
A: Based on my own experience, it doesn’t. Hair removal creams do not change the hair’s thickness or texture.
Q: Does Hair Removal Cream Work On Pubic Hair? Can Nair Be Used On Pubic Hair?
A: Yes, hair removal cream works on pubic hair. For your safety, make sure that you’re choosing a gentler formula or one that is specifically formulated to be used on the bikini area.
Veet and Nair are one of the most popular brands favored by women and both have their own sensitive formula that can be used on your pubic hair.
Follow the instructions to a T and you should be fine.
Q: Is Shaving Or Hair Removal Cream Better?
A: Because depilatory creams are full of harmful chemicals that can accidentally get smeared on restricted areas, I’d rather go with shaving (if I had to choose between the two methods).
Shaving is more natural, takes minimal effort and has no waiting time.
Putting It All Together
The best bikini hair removal method is one that is all-natural and doesn’t put you at risk of getting skin irritation, ingrown hair bumps, razor burns or chemical burns.
For me, the choice is between waxing and IPL.
I’m sure everyone has their own preference when it comes to hair removal. When choosing what’s right for you, consider the amount of time you have to commit to this routine, the result that you want, your budget and of course your skin type.
I hope the information, product recommendations and tips mentioned above shed light on the most pressing and taboo question on which method and product to use down there.
Let me know if you have any question or product suggestion that you think might be helpful for all the girls out there.
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