Adjusting to the new normal has definitely proven to be challenging - with almost all services being temporarily suspended or too unsafe to access. The pandemic has brought things into perspective for most of us, we truly have seen ourselves grow - quite literally!
When it comes to body hair – the choice is quite personal. While some of us embrace it, others prefer to get rid of it. For those of us who prefer the latter, shutting down of parlours certainly made us try out some new techniques at home to take care of it, one of the most challenging parts being the pubic region.
At some point of time, we’ve all wondered - does pubic hair really serve a purpose?
Researchers theorise that pubic hair serves three main purposes for the human body. These include:
While some people remove their pubic hair for different reasons such as personal preference, their partner’s preference, preparation for sexual activity and peer/societal pressure, others choose to do nothing about it and simply let it be.
To sum it up – if you want to get rid of it, you can easily do so without thinking twice because there is no real health threat if you remove your pubic hair.
Just remember to use a safe technique because your skin is extra-sensitive down there. Here are some methods for safe pubic hair removal.
DIY HOME TECHNIQUES
With this method, we can’t emphasise enough on being patient because impatience will definitely lead to a few minor (or major) cuts and jabs here and there. Make sure to use a clean pair of scissors, when you do opt for this method. Sterilising the scissors may also be a good idea. No doubt, this is a painless hair removal technique. However, a trim does not result in complete removal of hair but it does making the growth significantly manageable for a temporary period of time. This method is a great quick-fix for hair-overgrowth emergencies.
Bonus tip: Try sitting down while grooming. Also, good lighting is important and a handheld mirror can help with trimming those tricky spots.
Shaving is probably one of the most popular options for removing pubic hair painlessly at home. However, not using a razor properly can lead to cuts and nicks; and cause temporary irritation, redness, or itchiness. To avoid this, make sure to always use a shaving cream or foam before using the razor on the skin directly. This will help it glide smoothly over the skin. If this is a method you’re interested in, try our Bamboo Razor and Shaving Crème.
Bonus tip: Always run the razor in the direction of your hair growth, never go against it to get a closer trim because you may cut yourself in the process.
Hair removal creams may sound harmless but they can cause some major damage if they’re left on for too long because they can burn your skin. They contain chemicals that break down hair proteins, weakening the base of the hair. This allows a person to wipe away the unwanted hair from the patch where the cream has been applied. While this may sound extremely convenient and painless, hair removal creams are not recommended for removing pubic hair due to the sensitive skin in the pubic region – a reaction to these chemicals may lead to redness, itching and rashes. So you may use this method for emergencies but try to avoid overuse of chemicals down there.
Bonus tip: Try the cream on a small patch of your arm (or any area that is not as sensitive as the pubic region) to make sure that your skin does not have a reaction from the chemicals in it.
GOING TO A PROFESSIONAL
What’s the most relatable word that comes to mind when someone says waxing? PAIN. We can’t even begin to explain the degree of pain that one can experience while getting their hair waxed. However, this method does a mighty-fine job at keeping the hair growth at bay for a longer period of time as compared to any of the other methods mentioned above. Make sure to go to a professional though because apart from the pain, waxing can also cause irritation and infection in the sensitive skin of the pubic region, if not done properly. DIY waxing strips are not the best idea to experiment with your pubes.
Bonus tip: Use some organic rose water or aloe vera to reduce inflammation after waxing (if any).
Laser hair removal is yet another painful method that involves destroying the hair follicles with a laser and heat. However, it slows hair regrowth for the longest period of time as compared to all other hair removal techniques. Usually, a person has to attend follow-up sessions every 6-8 weeks in order to prevent the hair from regrowing. However, laser does not suit everyone – its success depends on the density of hair growth, so make sure to speak to an expert before paying up.
Bonus tip: If you book a laser session, first test the effectiveness of it in an area that is hidden and small like the underarms.