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How do I get a perfectly shaven vagina?

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Question - (18 September 2008) 10 Answers - (Newest, 29 April 2012)
A female United Kingdom age 26-29, anonymous writes:

This is sorta embarrassing, I feel like I should know how to do this already! Here goes...

I have only ever shaved my vagina once. I let it grow right back out and it got all itchy and pretty much put me off doing it again. But now that I'm older, I'd like to do it again. I'm too soft to wax, lol, same goes for tweezing(sp?). Here's the stupid bit. The thing that scares me the most about shaving there is that there's little hairs heading towards the inside and I'm scared that because I'll already be nervous about shaving, that I won't be able to keep a steady hand and will cut there whilst shaving.

Does anyone have any tips on how to get a perfect, or close to perfect, shaven vagina? I'd really appreciate it. thanx

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A female reader, JadeLouise United Kingdom +, writes (29 April 2012):

i normally use conditioner while shaving , but let the hair grow back enough so you dont get a shaven rash when using a razor..other option is to get waxed 4-6weeks after shaven or even 3 weeks to savealot of pain..

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A reader, anonymous, writes (20 September 2008):

Get waxed, I haven't done it yet cause getting my eyebrows done is painfull enough

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A female reader, GirlyonFire Canada +, writes (19 September 2008):

There are some things I forgot to mention.... Trimming the hair before the appointment reduces pain because the wax is able to pull from closer to the root of the hair. Trim with an electric razer that has a head on it, scissors may trim too short. go for 1/4 inch in length. Esteticians prefer when people are trimmed, it's less embarrassing. It might be handy to take a small container of baby powder along with you incase the person is a little inexperienced with the powder method. powdering the area directly before applying wax prevents the skin from being torn off with the hair. Don't be scared to hold the skin with both hands stretching the skin at the top & sides of the strip, this will allow the estetician to pull the skin from the bottom (in a 3rd direction)while she removes the strip with her other hand. 3 hands to hold it tight and 1 hand removes the strip. Notice before you begin if the person puts on gloves, this shows signs of cleanliness. If there are no gloves, get out of there! or bring some with you. It is all worth the hassle in the end!

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A female reader, GirlyonFire Canada +, writes (19 September 2008):

Ok, I have alot of experience with waxing. and it doesnt' have to be so painful. Take 2 pain killers tylenol/advil one or the other. about 45 minutes before appointment. I had an estetician that had a routine to go from the butt forward. she said it was the same routine for every woman because it caused to area to be more numb before the next strip. She was also very good at getting me to hold the skin extremenly tight with her help. The tighter the skin the less it hurts. I have had some horible waxing experiences with other people. I found waxing to be the best for me out of all the things because it lasts relatively long so it makes it more worth it. also waxed labia are more sensative in a good way compared to shaving. Hair removal cream for me caused burns and didn't hold out successful. I looked like a mangy monkey and had to shave this horribly irritated area anyway. I did eventually get lazer but I still think waxing was better. It doesn't have to hurt any more than your legs as long as it is done carefully. Never wax this area alone. It takes 2 people to hold the skin tight enough. I mean hold the skin so tight it is flat and actually is pinching, don't move from the position in fear of the strip cause you will cause yourself too much pain (the skin will loosen).

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A female reader, lexilou United Kingdom +, writes (19 September 2008):

lexilou agony auntShaving could cause a rash. Waxing bloody well hurts. Careful with creams, do NOT use it too near your opening or on your 'lips' as it really stings!! So you may need a combination of creams and shaving x

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A reader, anonymous, writes (19 September 2008):

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All great answers. Thanks a lot! Hair-removal cream... I never even thought of that! lol.

Laser hair removal is probably more than I can afford. Waxing there just seems kinda scary to me cause, even though I still wax my legs, I can remember how much it hurt the very first time I tried it. And it still hurts sometimes even now. So I guess I'm just kinda assuming that waxing there will hurt more than waxing my legs. I can just about stand the feeling of waxing my legs.

But anyway, thanks again x

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A female reader, Tremor Australia +, writes (19 September 2008):

Tremor agony auntIt really depends what you mean by 'perfectly shaven'. Are we just talking neat and tidy here, or do you mean going bald?

I've always found that a trim works fine, if you're happy to have a bit of fur down there. Use small, round-nose scissors, be careful, and just trim down aything that seems a bit too bushy.

I wouldn't reccommend shaving. Shaving only lasts one or two days before you get itchy stubble, and shaving this can result in razor burn, which is NEVER fun.

Waxing is not fun either, but it isn't the super-painful activity you might have imagined. If you can pluck your eyebrows, you can probably wax. Just trim it all down to about half a centimetre, then start at the bikini line and go from there. The bikini line is a good place to start, because there is less hair there and it'll get you used to the sensation.

Have you considered hair-removal cream? There are a few on the market, and it might be right up your alley if you're not into waxing. I'm sure there are a few that cater specifically to the down town area, so perhaps you might want to look into that.

Good luck on your mission.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (19 September 2008):

Well, my advice probably isn't what you want to hear. Wax or laser are the best options for the bikini area, and both are best done by a professional.

Shaving leaves stubble (ouch!), and often leads to itching and "shaving bumps" (eeeewwww!). Depilatories work with some people, but often have similar results to shaving.

Waxing pulls the hair out by the root, so it HURTS! But it does leave skin completely hairless, and re-growth is soft and natural, with a tapered tip to the hair, rather than the blunt stubble that occurs with shaving (and even depilatories).

There are many home wax kits and, with practice, you could become adept at them. But there WILL be a learning curve, and it does take some fortitude to survive the process. It's embarrassing to have a stranger remove hair from this area, but a professional waxer will likely do a much better job than you can do at home. Screw up your courage and try it, rather than dismissing it without ever having given it a go.

Laser hair removal is ideal, but expensive and it takes multiple treatments for permanent hair loss. But that's the benefit of lasers. It is permanent hair removal. (So don't go nuts, either. It might be the fashion, today, to be completely bare. But, tomorrow, that might become passe.) A mature woman should have some pubic hair, so as not to look like a child. (You wouldn't want the kind of guy who prefers you look like a child rather than an adult woman, anyway.)

Also, laser hair removal typically requires a noticeable difference between the colour of the hair and the colour of the surrounding skin. If you're fair and blonde or brunette and dark-skinned, you might be out of luck, when it comes to laser treatments. People with darker hair but lighter skin are probably the best candidates.

The benefits of shaving are that you can do it yourself, in the privacy of your own home, and it is inexpensive and quick. But that's about all I can say about shaving the pubic area. After it's done, shaving is more of a nightmare. The stubble. The itching. The unsightly bumps. It's just gross, to me anyway.

I would suggest finding a good wax place in your area, and/or call around to find a reputable laser hair removal clinic, and get an idea of the costs and limitations. Then choose the method that best works for you, and give it a go. Good luck!

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A female reader, BaileeKS United States +, writes (19 September 2008):

OK, so when i do it, it doesn't always grow back itchy but sometimes. It could be different skin types I'm not sure...but heres what I do. Make sure to use shaving cream or soap. It definately helps. And when you do it shaves backwards after you've got all the long stuff off. Like from back to front towards your stomach. And just calm yourself. Don't be nervous. There's nothing to be nervous about. It's pretty normal.

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A female reader, GirlyonFire Canada +, writes (19 September 2008):

From the back to the front & do your best to hold the skin tight so it doesn't get caught in the blade. Try bikini Zone cream if it gets itchy again.

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