Q: What is the protocol for trimming your lady business? I hear different answers everywhere. I’ve never had a wax before and don’t know if there’s some kind of design – completely bare? landing strip? I have no idea what men like!
A: To put it simply, there is no right answer. There have been no conclusive studies on how many women/men trim their pubic hair, the technique used to trim it or which style is considered ideal to the sexes. Everyone will have their own preference in terms of fashioning their pubic hair. From my research online and talking to males I know personally, the most popular answer I hear is, “I don’t want to run into Sasquatch down there but I don’t really care otherwise. I think most people, women included, at least prefer a clean trim.”
Many men enjoy hair in a lady’s nether regions because it tickles their business during foreplay or intercourse. Pubic hair is erotic, too, with an aesthetic appeal; it’s the sign that she is a sexually mature woman. The completely bare style has some controversy surrounding it. Some people hate it, complaining the stubble and prickliness of the hair growing back is extremely irritating. Men and women alike complain that it’s creepy and gives off a prepubescent vibe. Then again, there are some who love the look.
My advice if you are not sure where to start is experiment. Pick a few options and try it out, see what you like. You may find you are more comfortable with one style over another. If you are in a relationship, ask your man what he prefers. Or better yet, change things up and surprise him! Not sure about your options? Here’s a little review:
Most women report using this method because it’s easy and affordable. Make sure you use a good razor and either a conditioner or an effective shaving cream to avoid irritation. You can purchase Bikini Zone or something similar to minimize the appearance of bumps or redness after you shave. Here is a good step-by-step guide to properly shave your bikini zone. The most basic design you can achieve from a simple shave is a small triangle (American bikini), the landing strip (French bikini), or completely bare (the Brazilian).
Whether at the hands of a professional or within your own bathroom, the directions are the same: hot wax is applied to the desired area, a strip of cloth is applied with pressure, then the strip is pulled in the opposite direction of the hair’s growth. Voila, hair is gone! This is a popular choice for some women because the hair takes a longer time to grow back compared to shaving.
No girl will tell you it’s not painful but after a few tries, as with most things, you get more and more used to it. You can achieve the same styles as when you shave but the Brazilian (also known as the full Brazilian or Hollywood wax) will be much more thorough in a salon. With this wax, all hair is removed from the pelvic region, including the labia and any hair from that point reaching all the way to the butt.
Tweezing & Trimming
Some women will shave their pubic area and then use tweezers to get any stragglers. This takes time and patience and it’s not a popular choice. You need a very good pair of tweezers that can grasp fine hairs and some ice on hand to numb the area. There’s nothing to say you can’t simply take a pair of small scissors and trim up the area from time to time. This is quick, easy and most importantly, cost effective!
While many believe laser hair removal is a permanent solution to eliminating pubic hair, that is not necessarily true. Many women are surprised to learn how many treatments it may take to remove their hair completely, with no guarantee it will work. I know one girl who did this for 3-4 months and finally stopped due to the price. Now her pubes grow in patches! At $500 per treatment, it’s not exactly the most cost-effective method out there. Just be prepared for a long, expensive process when you start. When it comes to the bikini region, laser hair removal typically takes 4-5 sessions to eliminate the hair from the region.
Some salons use pubic stencils to accomplish more complicated shapes, like moons, diamonds or a smiley face. A new product from Betty Beauty allows you to use hair removal cream with stencils so you can try this at home. It’s much cheaper than the stencils at salons but may not be as effective. Still, it could be a fun, little experiment to try out!
Vajazzling is also an option. Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like: bedazzling your vagina. After you shave your pubic area, you can apply little crystals for added effect. You can do this at a salon or purchase kits to use at home after you shave. Now THAT will give him something to gawk at