Due to its intimate nature, bikini line hair removal doesn’t tend to get discussed as often as some other types of body hair treatments. But, as many laser technicians can tell you, the demand for bikini laser hair removal has skyrocketed in recent years, as more and more people seek to escape the pain and hassle of traditional pubic hair removal methods like shaving and waxing.
When shaving the pubic area or bikini line, one can’t simply grab a shaver and go after the bikini line hair removal the same way one would shave other parts of the body. The skin in this sensitive area is different in many ways compared to the other areas on a woman’s body that are typically shaved, and thus the bikini area has its own unique problems and needs for hair removal.
Bikini Hair Removal Method:
Shaving Hair Removal:
Shaving the hair on the public or bikini area is one method for removing unwanted hair for the swimsuit season. Shaving can work in a pinch, but it doesn’t last as long as waxing, and it can lead to nicks or cuts in the tender bikini area skin, which can lead to infection and irritation, razor burn, or goosebumps flesh in a sensitive area.
The upside to shaving the bikini area is that it can be done on the fly, with just a razor and some water when necessary, so it’s good in a pinch. Also, shaving is good for in between salon appointments if called to go to the beach or a poolside party.
Another upside is privacy. Waxing at a salon means exposing intimate parts to a technician, while shaving at home is more discrete. Women should be certain to keep the bikini area clean and dry after shaving, to avoid any irritation or infection from small cuts or nicks from shaving.
If you want a longer-term solution than shaving, a bikini wax is an option. As hair is pulled out from the roots, it won’t grow back for four to six weeks. Not surprisingly, the treatment can be painful, and many women are reluctant to use this method of pubic hair removal for this reason. It’s worth remembering though that the pain should be less with every treatment.
Epilators are electric devices that when applied to the skin pull hair out by the roots. Hair may not return for up to four weeks so they can be quite a good long-term method of pubic hair removal. They used to be painful to use but current products are reportedly less so as they numb the skin as they work. Very short hairs can be removed too so stubble and ingrown hairs are less of a problem.
Depilatory lotions can take as little as ten minutes to dissolve hair. Some are designed for bikini line hair removal but you should use them with caution. Never use them on the pubic area other than along the bikini line as the chemicals can burn the skin or cause allergic reactions. Always carry out a skin test on your elbow before using a depilatory cream. Don’t use products designed for removing hair on the face: the pubic area is more sensitive.
Laser Hair Removal:
Laser hair removal is another means of semi-permanent to permanent hair removal. Like electrolysis, laser hair removal can take several sessions, and some women will need touch up treatments once per year for any new hair growth. For other women, 7-14 sessions should be enough to remove the hair permanently. The bikini area is one of the easiest areas for laser hair removal, since it’s easier to laser extract each individual hair than it is on the softer and finer hair of the face or arms.