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Intimate Hair Removal for Dummies

June 26th, 2015


As much as I often have to kick myself in the butt to get out there and exercise, you can always find me – willingly (!) - doing lengths in Montreal's outdoor pools in the summer! I live near a pool and adore diving in right after work: it's just what I need to disconnect, cool off and feel completely relaxed for the rest of the evening!

But when we're talkin' pool, we're talkin' swimsuits and, you got it, hair removal!

Personally, even though I've had a few waxing mishaps (yup, simple case of two left hands, thank you very much), I feel I'm pretty knowledgeable about all there is to know about hair removal down there, you know, in the pubic area. But I'm under the impression that there are many girls out there who still have a lot of questions. So here we have a super (maybe excessively?) detailed guide to intimate hair removal A.K.A. saying goodbye to that pesky pubic hair!

Step 1: Prepping your skin 

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We don’t exactly think about this every day, but a little effort spent prepping the area in question can really go a long way:  

  • exfoliating: gently scrubbing the pubic area the day before hair removal helps to prevent those annoying ingrowns from popping up unexpectedly;
  • moisturizing: moisturizing the skin is also important: removing hair on scaly crocodile skin tends to be more painful and, guess what? Less effective. So go ahead and apply a little cream (unscented, if possible) on the pubic area THE DAY BEFORE. If you apply cream the day of hair removal and your plan is to wax, the cream will prevent the wax from sticking to the hairs!

Hey girls! For this preparation, we’re talking about the pubic area! No need to chafe or irritate the delicate area or put cream on the labia! ;)

Step 2: Choosing your style 

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Just like we painstakingly choose the right hairstyle, we also need to give some thought to the various “cuts,” “shapes” or “looks” we can have down there. But wait! The names of the different styles can vary from salon to salon so it’s always a good idea to get to the bottom of it – so to speak – beforehand! Here are some of the common names you hear, with their generally accepted meanings:

  • Regular Bikini: removes the hair outside the bikini line, creating a triangle that goes above the pubic bone.
  • Full Bikini: takes the sides of the bikini line deeper than a regular bikini wax to adapt to smaller, more “cut-out” bikinis.
  • French Bikini (or bus ticket): forget your local metro tickets, gals; the term “ticket de métro” actually comes from France where metro tickets are much… MUCH smaller! ;) This type of hair removal will leave you with nothing more than a narrow, vertical strip of hair on the pubic bone.
  • Brazilian Bikini: the only thing left in this scenario is a teeny tiny triangle on the pubic bone but absolutely everything else – the hair on both sides of the labia and inside the crack – is removed.
  • Hollywood (complete) Bikini: very simple, not a hair is left: you’re completely bald down there.
  • Stencils: just know that if your heart desires a certain shape, nothing’s stopping you from asking your esthetician to get a little creative! Rumour has it that hearts are quite popular around Valentine’s Day… ;)


Step 3: Choosing your technique

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Several techniques exist to rid yourself of those nasty hairs and they each have their pros and cons. Here they are, listed by approximate cost (from least to most costly).

  • Shaving: clean, quick, painless results, however… it doesn't exactly last long! The ladies tend to prefer shaving with a shaving cream in the shower for convenient quick rinsing. And pay especially close attention to the areas dangerously close to the labia.
  • Depilatory cream hair removal: same pros and cons as shaving. But take note girls! Because depilatory cream is highly irritating, it must be kept far away from mucous membranes, so keep this type of hair removal for a quick-fix cleanup in the case of regular, even full bikinis (maybe!) but don’t even consider it an option for a Brazilian bikini.
  • Waxing: when the hairs are pulled out, you can enjoy smooth skin for much longer. That being said, this hair removal technique can be very painful so if you’re a little wimpy like me, better off having it done professionally – I’m not going to hide it: you’ll suffer a bit, but you’ll get the whole job done (rather than giving up after one – or half of one side is done! ;)
  • Electric epilator: as with wax, pubic hair is pulled out but the epilator can ONLY be used for a regular bikini. Talkin’ pain, it’s very much like waxing, but a little slower. If you already use an epilator on your legs, just keep in mind that it’ll be more painful on the pubic area because the skin down there is a little more elastic.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal: this is a hair removal technique done professionally that is practically permanent – which means you can expect some regrowth after 3-5 years. You can expect to need between 8 and 10 sessions, each spaced out from 7 to 10 weeks. You go to your appointment with the area in question completely shaven and the esthetician will apply on the skin a machine that “flashes” and “destroys” the hair several times. The sensation is totally manageable for the first couple of “flashes.” The cost starts in the neighbourhood of $80 a session for a regular bikini (expect to fork out a much heftier amount if you’re planning to get it all removed. Just a reminder that this technique unfortunately only works on fair skin with dark hair and not on tanned, olive or black skin.
  • Laser: very similar to pulsed light, laser hair removal can be performed on all skin types – YAY! It’s THE technique known to be the most effective with truly permanent results. Brace yourselves: the sessions are more costly and a little longer than IPL, but the good news is, you don’t need as many – you’re looking at between 4 and 6 sessions (also spaced out between 7 and 10 weeks).


Step 4: Soothing your post-hair-removal skin 

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Once the hair has been removed, I recommend you apply a soothing cream – there are some specially designed for this purpose and that “promise” to slow down regrowth (yes!…). And if you’re one who wants to stand out from the crowd, you can also enhance your little flower – how about a little vajazzling? ;)

Are you going to try another type of hair removal after reading this article? Do you have any other questions I didn’t get to?

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After several failed attempts to achieve the airbrushed figures that magazines daunt us with, Sabrina has decided to focus on a healthy lifestyle...