With swimsuit season comes the pubic hair debate, and with so many different ways to remove bikini hair, it can be hard to sort out the best option for you. But fear not, whether you're wanting to go fully Brazilian bare or just shape things up a bit, there's totally a strategy out there that's right.
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Heads up, coming from a girl with super sensitive skin that has ended up with some really (really) sad post-bikini-hair removal rashes, it's best to quickly chat with your doctor about what method is right for you. It might seem awkward, but trust me, a brief phone call with your doc is ultimately far less awkward than a burning or itching rash down there because your skin had an allergic reaction to a particular wax. Please, learn from my mistakes so that my suffering can serve some greater purpose! OK, thanks. Onward.
Here are the 5 best ways to remove bikini hair this summer.
Obviously a popular choice, waxing at a salon or home works for either a little shaping or going bare. Cosmopolitan gives great details on how to prepare for waxing down there. The two biggest tips? Make sure you're in a sterile environment and that your hair is at least 1/4 of an inch long. Dirty salons open you up to a huge risk for scary infections, so do your research for the most reputable one possible!
3. Laser Hair Removal
If you can afford it, laser hair removal might just be the best, least painful option out there. WomensHealthMag warns not to be lured by discount deals at laser spas, but to always seek out a certified dermatologist. One session generally costs about $200.
These creams work to dissolve hair down to the skin, and then you can wipe it away for easy removal. Given they're chemical based creams, this is another option where I'd call your doctor first or, at the very least, do a "test" section of skin to make sure you don't have a reaction. Let's be real, who wants a chemical burn down there?
Livestrong also highlighted the awesomeness that is the epilator. It's a handheld electrical device that pulls hair from the root. It's a little painful, but a great option that has a super low risk of infection since you're not cutting your skin in any way. Bonus points for it lasting four to six weeks!