Let’s be real. What your pubes look like is one of the least worrying things going on right now.
Logically, embracing an untamed bush in these times of isolation is an excellent idea. Doing so takes up no time, requires zero effort and costs nothing.
That said, it’s your body and you can do whatever the heck you like to it, including home hair removal. So if you feel like doing some at-home pubic hair landscaping, or are just bloody bored in isolation and fancy something to do, why not?
But before you go slathering hot wax over your vulva (ouch), here’s an expert-approved guide to the dos and PLEASE DEAR GOD DO NOTs of waxing, trimming and shaving your pubes at home.
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How to do a Brazilian wax at home.
Sorry, but I care about you too much to beat around the bush. Trying to give yourself a Brazilian wax at home is VERY BAD IDEA.
There’s a reason we pay a professional with expertise to do it for us: waxing so close to your vulva is fraught with danger. One wrong swipe of hot wax and you could end up with burns, skin tears and grazes, bruising and a really, really sore vagina.
Rather than tell you how you could technically do a Brazilian wax at home, I’ve compiled some great tips on waxing your bikini line, or even better, trimming your pubes. Leave the whole shebang for your next appointment when isolation is over, yeah?
How to do a bikini wax at home.
If you really want to give waxing your pubes a try, stick to a bikini wax.
Think of a bikini wax like the short, back and sides of pubic hair removal. You only want to remove hairs on the sides of your pubic area that would stick out where your undies sit against your inner thigh.
Maria Enna-Cocciolone, beauty therapist and founder of InSkin Cosmedics Group, says waxing a well-groomed bikini line at-home is possible… with some expert advice.
Here are some of her best at-home bikini waxing tips:
- Just before, during or right after your period are not great times to attempt bikini waxing as your pubic area is more sensitive a.k.a it will hurt more.
- Wax on clean, dry skin. You can prep the skin with a light powder to absorb any moisture.
- The ideal length of hair growth for waxing is around 1-2cm. Too short, and the wax won’t be able to grab the hair enough to pull it out at the root. Too long, and you’ll be in massive amounts of pain. If your pubic hair hasn’t been touched in a while, give it a trim before waxing.
- If you’re a beginner, use wax strips. Warming and applying hot wax takes practice because it needs to be the right temperature and consistency. You can find wax strip options designed for the bikini area at your local supermarket and chemist.
- Work in small patches for easier control because more control = less pain.
- When you go to pull the wax strip off, hold the skin beneath the wax strip super tight to avoid bruising.
- Make sure you pull the wax strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Not doing this will break the hair, cause ingrown hairs and be really painful.
- No matter how you do it, waxing your pubes will hurt. If you want a painless option, try trimming or shaving (more on that below).