Question: Are you supposed to shave down there? If so, how?

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  • Just as we all have our own hairstyles and favorite cleansers, how you tend to your nether-regions is a very personal matter.  For some, shaving is the way to go, and others prefer a more natural look.  There is no “right way” to groom your pubic hair, and as long as you keep things clean, there is no need to change the appearance of this sensitive area if you do not want to do so.

    If you decide to shave what it referred to as your “bikini line”, just use the same techniques that you would on your legs or armpits.  Make sure you have a good razor, soak the hair for a few minutes, and use shaving cream, body wash, or even conditioner to help the razor glide smoothly over your skin.  Some people suggest shaving in a “top to bottom” direction to avoid ingrown hairs and irritation.  Afterwards, you may want to use a gentle moisturizer or a product designed to help soothe your skin after shaving.
  • The good news is you have choices! There’s a great article that may help you evaluate some options and see what works best for you. You definitely don’t HAVE to do anything! One thing l didn’t know that I learned from the article was the health risks associated with shaving and sex. I had no idea!
  • Girl, let me tell you one thing: You’re not “supposed” to do anything when it comes to grooming your pubic hair. You can do whatever you want that makes you feel most sexy and comfortable. I shave my bikini line some weeks, and skip it totally other weeks. If you do want to shave, it’s a similar process to shaving your legs. I like to take a bath beforehand and soften the skin so I get a cleaner shave. To minimize razor burn, try exfoliating the area with a loofah sponge before shaving and make sure to use a moisturizing shaving cream. But again, do what makes you feel the best!

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