How to Keep Your Pubic Hair On Fleek And Ingrown-Free
Let us just get one thing straight: there's no right or wrong way to approach pubic hair.
Shave it, wax it, shape it, trim it, or leave it how it grows - it's your call.
That said, it's nevertheless important to show your lady parts some TLC. Full bush or no bush, your pubic area still needs adequate care and attention to keep things comfortable down there.
Whether you're a shaver, waxer, or embracer, we've got the best tips and the best products for your bikini area for super soft hair or skin.
"Any time you shave or wax, that hair follicle on your skin is going to be opened up," says ob-gyn Jennifer Ashton, MD. "That makes it easy for bacteria to enter and cause an infection."
An exfoliant will get rid of dead skin cells and ultimately help to prevent ingrown hairs. Just make sure you are using a gentle exfoliating product that won't irritate your skin, like Truly's Blueberry Kush CBD Body Scrub. This formula uses blueberry, coconut, and salicylic acid to dissolve dead skin, clear pores, and create the perfect foundation for hair removal.
Also, bear in mind that these skincare products are not for inside your vagina - only apply them to the outer area.
If You're Shaving, Use the Right Tools
In other words: shaving cream (or shave gel) and a new, clean razor.
Without the right tools, you won't be able to get the close shave you're after and you'll leave your bikini line susceptible to red bumps, razor burn, and possibly even ingrown pubic hairs.
If you're feeling particularly sore after your bikini shaving session, try applying a warm compress to the affected area to ease any irritation and clear up those bumps.
If You're Waxing, Prep Like a Pro
"Always prep the area you are going to wax by cleaning it with wipes or an antiseptic solution," says Elizabeth Taylor, the owner of True Beauty Brooklyn spa. "Then use a small amount of fast-absorbing oil—like Fur Oil, grape seed, or jojoba—to moisturize your skin."
She then recommends using a clean washcloth to blot off any excess oil.
Follow these steps prior to every waxing session.
Always Finish with a Lightweight Moisturizer (Or Oil)
Whatever hair removal methods you're into - whether waxing, shaving, using depilatory creams, etc. - always remember to finish the session with a nourishing lotion or at least, any type of hydrating product. It's the best way to drive out dryness, prevent irritation, and keep the pubic area silky smooth.
You'll love our latest product - Cooka Concentrate.
Formulated with lavender, tea tree oil, jojoba oil, and primrose, this topical concentrate is designed to hydrate, relieve and prevent ingrowns, and quell razor bumps. Apply it directly after your shaving or bikini wax session.
Condition and Care for Pubic Hair
When you've got hair, you still need to care.
You apply shampoos, conditioners, and masks to the hair on your head, right? So why not treat the hair in your bikini area to a moisturizing boost. It'll keep things extra smooth and soft down under.
And we've got the best product to make it happen: our brand-new Cooka Oil.
It's made with a similar formula to our serum (mentioned above), only this one's targeted for pubic hair and skin. Soothing, clearing, and softening, Cooka Oil is the crème de la crème of bikini area beauty products. Give it a try for yourself and you'll see how soft your strands are.
It owes its hydration and softening abilities to jojoba oil and primrose oil - two hydrating powerhouses. The formula also uses tea tree oil and lavender to calm any redness and irritation on the skin's surface.
Avoid Super Tight Clothing
If you want to know how to get rid of and prevent pimples, burns, and ingrowns around your bikini area, start by swapping out tight underwear, jeans, and shorts for breathable, cotton alternatives.
Any type of fitted clothing around your bikini zone can encourage ingrown hair growth.
"Tight clothing can result in chronic friction, which can cause these bumps to become inflamed (and thus enlarged)," says dermatologist Kachiu C. Lee. "Avoid rubbing, scratching, or squeezing these bumps, and definitely avoid overly tight clothing."
Adopt the Right Shaving Etiquette
If you're shaving incorrectly, you could be setting yourself up for some painful ingrowns.
For starters, always trim in the direction of hair growth - never against it! This will prevent a lot of irritation and the possible formation of ingrown hairs.
Next, always use shaving cream.
"You need to prep skin before you shave it with a warm water compress," says dermatologist Dr. Margarita Lolis. "Shaving cream opens the follicle, making the shave smoother without any roughness."
Experts also recommend holding the skin taut when you shave for a closer shave.
Try Not to Tweeze
Its tempting, we know, but using tweezers to extract an ingrown could lead to an infection. If you know what you're doing, that's fine. But if this is the first time you've had an ingrown, leave it to a professional and save yourself a lot more discomfort!
Consider Laser Hair Removal
You'll need to book an appointment with a dermatology professional first, but it's definitely worth the investment to keep pesky hair at bay.
"Laser hair removal kills the follicle of hair and is extremely targeted without affecting the skin," says Bond's lead laser specialist, Kristen Rogers. "The laser is a concentrated beam of light that uses heat to destroy the follicle and helps delay future hair growth."
If you've got long, curly hair, you'll probably benefit from laser hair removal the most, as curly hair types suffer from ingrowns the most.
How you decide to take care of your bikini area is totally up to you. It's your body, and only you can decide what you want to do with it.
Regardless of your personal preferences, we still recommend showing your lady parts some love.