Pubic hair. Who really knows why it’s there in the first place. Apart from the fact that it’s a sign of sexual development, it also adds beauty to the overall nude look of a woman. Although there might not be a fixed reason why people have pubic hair, there is a widespread scientific theory that links pubic hair to erotic attraction. A healthy number of men hold that they find women attractive who do not completely shave off their hair. To some, it gives off the picture of a full woman and not a child. To others, it’s primal while another group says it prefers things natural. Whatever the preference, pubic hair goes beyond sexuality and has other functions like protecting the genitals from cold weather and foreign bodies that can get into the vagina.
Another debate on pubic hair has always been on the issue of the best way for women to maintain pubic hair. Some people, including beauty experts advice that it should be kept trimmed while others, healthcare professionals inclusive, feel it is not necessary as long as it is kept clean. When it narrows down to sexual health and people’s personal choices, no one side has won the argument. In the end, it doesn’t really matter at what length it is kept; it is hygiene that is of utmost importance. Leaving pubic hair unkempt and unattended to can create breeding grounds for germs, genital lice and bacteria, and can also lead to vaginal infection and unpleasant smells.
So what is the best way to care for pubic hair?
Keep It Clean, obviously. There are many intimate hygiene products for women that come in form of liquid soaps, sprays, deodorant, douches, powders, and cleansing wipes in the market. However, doctors warn that one has to be careful with them. If they are to be used, they shouldn’t be used all the time. And when they are being used, it is advisable to concentrate on the outer part of the vagina. “It is the pubic hair and the hood that covers the upper part of the clitoris that hold unpleasant smells,” says Doctor Kyra of Healthwise Choices. “When you have long pubic hair and you urinate, the hairs could keep some of the urine if you do not wipe with a tissue in the proper manner. A suitable care of the pubic area should be maintained to avoid bad odor.”
But have you decided you want to keep pubic hair away? You don’t like having a lawn downtown and you prefer a landing strip instead? Here are some tips for you.
- Trim the area with a scissors. Get a sharp pair. Make sure they’re clean. Get a mirror so you avoid bending over painfully and so you can have a full view of what you’re doing. Next, start to snip away gently. For really curly hair, apply baby powder and straighten it out, especially if it is long. Some people prefer using very little olive or baby oil, just enough to straighten out the hair but not so much that it disrupts the trimming process. Be extra careful around the clitoris and labia areas.
- Shave, if you must but first, trim with a scissor as detailed above. This makes for an easier, smoother shave.
- Don’t go bare completely. Women who shave off their pubic hair totally on a regular basis, will over time, suffer from an eczema-like skin irritation and thinning of the skin. There is also the risk of having nicks and cuts constantly that leave wounds prone to be exposed to bacteria, herpes, genital warts and other STDs. In addition, there is that annoying condition of razor bumps.
- Avoid using soap. There are shaving creams and gels in the market. Find them and use them. They have been created with elements that make the skin slippery and help the hairs to fluff up. This allows you to shave with less pressure, and helps you avoid scraping the skin. In the end, it reduces the threats of deep cuts.
- Dampen the hair before you shave, but not with hot water. Use warm water (you could sit in a bathtub). African hair is mostly curly. To get the best shave, you have to straighten the hair out with some water so that the blade can come in contact with them in the direction of their growth. Shaving against the hair growth direction and shaving curly hair without straightening it out can cause razor bumps.
- Always use a new shaving stick for each shave. The reasons are to have a smooth and easy shave, and to avoid any infection from rust.Try shaving sticks hat have strips of moisturizers around the blade
- Apply virgin coconut oil after you shave to protect from bacterial infection and to keep the area moisturized. Other people prefer aloe vera or olive oil.
If you try the above and you get razor bumps or a rash, please do not shave for a while. If you have a case of one or two bumps, you can pick out the hairs with a pair of tweezers. But if t is widespread, please go see a doctor or a pharmacist who would give you over-the-counter creams to help your situation.