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SHAVING 101

No hair here, no hair there, no hair anywhere!

 

NB: I am not a dermatologist. Contact a healthcare professional before taking my advice.

 

BEFORE YOU SHAVE

The first and most important part of shaving anything is thoroughly cleaning and exfoliating the area.

 

Making sure the area is free of sweat, deodorant and/or oils can reduce the risk of razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and in some cases, infection.

 

CLEANING THE AREA

Using an unscented soap, (I'd recommend the Zero% Shower Gel from Sanex), clean the area you'd like to shave with warm water.

I'd recommend using an abrasive cloth, (either an exfoliating mitt or African wash cloth), to scrub the area to remove any build up of dead skin and/or dirt.

 

TOOLS

Finding the perfect razor and shaving cream comes with time, so to start off I'd recommend a razor with a built-in soap bar.

Not only does this cut down on costs, but it eliminates the need for you to have to figure out which cream works best with what razor. I use the Intuition razor.

 

Now that we know what to do before we shave, let's get to shaving!

 

ARMPITS

Shaving your armpits for the first time is like finding a man who won't cheat on you - it's tough, but doable.

 

Using a razor with sharp blades, shave your armpit hair with the grain. Shaving against the grain will give you a closer shave, but it puts you at higher risk of getting ingrown hairs and razor bumps, especially if you have curly hair.

(Speaking from personal experience).

 

LEGS

When it comes to shaving your legs, shaving against the grain shouldn't be a problem.

If you do, however, have sensitive skin, shaving with the grain will give you a close enough shave for the hair not to be noticeable from a distance, without irritating your skin.

 

VAGINA

Shaving your vagina is a whole other ball game compared to your armpits and legs. Probably the most sensitive and hard to reach of the three, your vagina needs to be handled with as much care and attention as possible, especially if you're new on the playing field.

 

First you have to decide how much hair you want to shave. There are many different "hairstyles" baby girl can sport; landing strip, mohawk, postage stamp, the options are endless!

 

Whatever style you choose requires different levels of skill and precision, but if you're looking for the infamous "clean shaven" look, trim your hair down with a pair of scissors and then start shaving. If your hair is long and thick to begin with, you risk clogging your razor blades, leaving you with an uneven shave.

 

Again, shave with the grain working your way down, taking your time around your outer labia and vaginal opening.

 

Et voilà!

 

P.S. Don't feel pressured into shaving to look or feel "more beautiful". Shaving should be a decision you make for yourself.

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