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"Genital Hair Removal"

Genital Hair Removal - Options and Methods

Genital hair removal generally involves either waxing/sugaring or shaving.

Depilatories have strong chemicals which can cause acute irritation to the sensitive skin in the genital area and should either be avoided or used with extreme caution.

Recommendation: Rub in a hair inhibitor after each shave or waxing session to greatly reduce the frequency of genital hair removal while at the same time moisturizing the skin and making the hair that regrows softer.

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Genital Hair Removal - Shaving

Now available: The "Cleancut"/Feather Touch Personal Razor is a battery operated, ultra-fine screen, rotary-head personal razor that leaves the skin very smooth after genital hair removal. This razor is especially designed for the genital area and will provide a fine shave without irritation. Neither will it 'bite' the sensitive areas or cause ingrown hairs after genital hair removal.

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Never use the old-fashioned switch-blade razor. It is quite unsuitable for genital hair removal and can be dangerous.

Choose a female razor, obtainable from Wilkinson Sword or other well known razor manufacturers, rather than an ordinary safety razor. The design makes it much more difficult to cut yourself. Opt for a more expensive good quality razor rather than a cheap throw away which is more likely to cause nicks, soreness and razor burns in this sensitive area.

If the genital hair is thick and long use small scissors to trim down the hair to about a quarter of an inch. This will avoid blunting and clogging the razor too quickly.

Wet a large, washcloth and lay it over the entire genital area for two or three minutes. Alternatively, take a long hot bath or stay in the shower for a while making sure the genital area receives a lot of water. Genital hair is coarser than head hair and needs more time to soften when carrying out genital hair removal.

Apply plenty of shaving foam or gel over the area and leave for a few minutes to soften further. Ordinary soap is not suitable as it does not lock in the moisture to the hair the way a shaving preparation cream or gel does. Experiment with different brands if you find some cause skin irritation. They contain various chemicals and you need to find one that suits you.

Pull the skin straight with your free hand and shave without applying pressure.

Shave upwards against the direction of the hair growth. Make sure there is shaving foam on the skin each time you make a stroke with the razor. Shaving bare skin can cause razor burn and can be especially painful in genital hair removal.

Rinse the razor every couple of strokes as it will clog easily.

Rinse off and see any areas that may have been missed and again apply gel to that area and shave.

Massage unscented Vitamin E oil into the genital area after shaving.

To stop or reduce itching after shaving rub an ice cube over the area. Alternatively, rub a little baby oil into the genital area.

If you suffer from itchiness or blood spots, let the hair grow back for a week before shaving again.

Keep the shaven area well moisturized between shaves by using a skin moisturizer or baby lotion. This will reduce the uncomfortable effect the stubble may cause between shaves.

Genital Hair Removal - Waxing

Avoid showering and making the hair wet prior to waxing. Hair absorbs the water making it soft and less likely to adhere well to the wax. Tough hair is easier to pull off.

Be sure to test a small area of skin first to make sure there is no acute sensitivity or allergic reaction to genital hair removal using waxing.

Hair should be at least 1/8 inch long. If it isn't wait until it reaches this length.

Be sure to wash the skin thoroughly and dry it well beforehand to remove any lotions or oils which may prevent the wax from adhering closely to the skin.

Heat the wax carefully so as not to overheat and thus burn the skin when applying. Test on a small area first. The consistency should be soft rather than runny.

If pain and discomfort is a main concern use a pain reducing gel or cream available from pharmacists. These solutions should be applied 30 to 60 minutes before waxing so the skin is numbed beforehand.

Apply a thin layer of wax in the direction of the hair growth and peel back with a rapid movement close to the skin. Do not pull up or out, rather pull back.

Clean the skin with a warm moist towel afterwards to remove excess wax.

Avoid wearing tight clothing over freshly waxed areas to minimize the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs.

After 24-48 hours exfoliate the skin (with a Loofa sponge for example) to prevent the dead skin from accumulating and causing hair to become ingrown.

Genital Hair Removal - Best Positions

Sitting: Sit in a chair with your feet up above your waist and legs spread apart.

Sitting: Sit with one leg propped above your waist and the other leg resting on the floor.

Lying: Lie on your back with legs wide apart and raised in the air so that all the shaveable areas are spread taut.

Lying: Lie on your side with the bottom leg straight out and the top leg bent at the knee and tucked behind the straight leg.

Squatting: Bend the knees and keep the legs wide apart so the genital areas are easy to work on. Put a mirror on the ground if necessary for better control.

Genital Hair Removal - Brazilian Waxing

Brazilian waxing refers to hair removal around the anus, perineum and vagina. Prices at beauty salons may range anywhere from $25 to $100 or more.

After underwear is removed a beautician asks the client to lie down and raise the legs. Talc may be sprinkled all over the bottom, anus and vagina areas. Hot wax is then spread over all these areas and then ripped off with cotton strips.

The pain of course can be quite acute and it may continue for some time afterwards. Many though feel genital hair removal is worth it.

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See also:
Anal Hair Removal

Bikini Hair Removal


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