Shaving your vagina and anal area can be a stressful and frightening experience. You’re essentially applying a razor to your most private body part without being able to see what you’re doing. Who wouldn’t be scared? I sure was!
Years later though, I am a self-proclaimed expert on this topic. Through trial and error, I’ve figured out the best products to use along with the best body positions that make shaving this area a piece of cake. And trust me, body positioning is the key! And by sharing this information, I’m hoping to make this process easier for others.
Below you will find all my best tips and tricks (along with directions) for shaving this area. Hopefully, it will help those of you shaving down there for the first time or those who just want some helpful pointers.
For the first-timers
If this is your first time shaving your vagina, I know it can be nerve-wracking. I was petrified I was going to cut my labia off (which I know sounds silly). It ended up taking me over 20 minutes to finish and I missed most of the hair. So you’re not alone if you feel scared.
Today, shaving my vagina and anus takes me less than 60 seconds, and I rarely miss any hair. Like anything, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Just don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t turn out perfect the first few times.
A few simple tools will help you get the best results. And by results, I mean a close, smooth shave without skin irritation. And remember, you don’t have to use the same exact tools I use, but they should be similar.
The razor I always recommend is the Mach 3 by Gillette which is actually a men’s razor. The head of the razor is firm but flexible and the body is long and slim (good for getting into deep areas). And if you look at the neck of the razor, you will see that it is mostly straight instead of curved. This design makes it easier to get the razor into tight areas (like inside the labia or between the butt cheeks).
Whichever razor you choose, just make sure it is high quality and that you are always using a fresh blade. Never use cheap disposable razors on your vagina.
You want to choose a shaving gel (not a cream) that is designed for sensitive skin. Even better if you can find one that’s fragrance-free. I’ve been using the Up & Up Brand Shave Gel from Target which contains soy but there are many good brands out there.
Exfoliating your skin before you shave removes any dead skin that could prevent you from getting a close shave. It also decreases the chance of nicks, cuts, and ingrown hairs. Personally, I like using exfoliating gloves paired with an all-natural fragrance-free soap for this step. The gloves are quick and easy to use and I can control the depth of the exfoliation by how much pressure I apply.
If your pubic hair is long and coarse, you will want to trim it down as best you can. For this, I recommend using scissors that have a safety tip just for extra protection. The ones I use are by ConairPro and are technically for pets, but they are sharp and work well.
Healing product of your choice
If you have a product you like to use after shaving, you can also use it on your vagina and anal area as long as you stay on the outside of your body. I haven’t used them myself, but products like Bikini Zone or Tend Skin seem to get good reviews.
Personally, I like using creams with zinc oxide in them, like diaper rash products since they get rid of the redness and calm the skin. But keep in mind that some brands can leave a visible coating if you don’t rub them in enough.
Preparing your skin
Before you actually start shaving, there are a few preparation steps that will help you get the best outcome. I know it seems like a lot of extra work, but once you grow accustomed to it, it only takes a few minutes.
1) Trim your pubic hair
You should always trim your pubic hair before shaving. I recommend using safety scissors as I mentioned earlier. Trimming will prevent your hair from gunking up the razor and will leave you with a much closer shave. Try to trim it close to your skin but not so much you risk cutting yourself.
2) Take a long warm bath
The first few times you shave your vagina should be done while taking a warm bath. This will make your skin really soft and you will feel less rushed (than if you were taking shower). Once you’ve mastered shaving while taking a bath, you can try it during a shower.
3) Exfoliate the area
Your skin should always be exfoliated (during a bath or shower ) before you shave. People with really sensitive skin should consider exfoliating the day before shaving so their skin has time to heal. But be gentle, it only takes light pressure to remove dead skin cells. I like using exfoliating gloves for this step.
Shaving the area
The key to reaching all of the hair on your labia and anus is body positioning. The correct position makes it more likely you will reach all of the hair on your first stroke. This prevents you from going over the same spot multiple times, which can cause irritation.
The best position for shaving this area is a wide sumo squat as shown in the above photo. This position leaves the vagina and anal area more open while giving you a flatter surface to shave on. You need to stay in this position when following all of the instructions below.
Where to start shaving
Which area you decide to start at is a personal preference. I like starting with the vagina, working on the inner labia first and then moving outward. From there I move on to the perineum and then the anal area. Down below I’ve included a diagram in case you need a refresher as to where these areas are located.
Best direction to shave in
You may have read that it’s best to shave in the same direction as your hair growth. However, the hair in these areas tends to grow in different directions so I wouldn’t stress about it too much.
A note about shaving gel
You will want to apply a very small amount of shave gel to each section of skin before you shave. Enough for the razor to glide smoothly across your skin but not so much that it’s too slippery for your hand to push or pull the skin in different directions (which is what you’ll be doing).
In case you are unsure of the female anatomy, I’ve included the above diagram for a quick refresher. The spot labeled as the perineo is referring to the perineum which is the spot between the anus and vagina. The labia majora are referring to the outer labia (the large outer skin lips you see when you look at your vagina). And the labia minora are referring to the inner labia which are found inside the outer labia. These can be seen more easily if you pull your outer labia apart.
(You may want to examine your own anatomy before you start if you haven’t done so before. You can also practice the steps below without a razor to help prepare you for the real thing.)
Shaving the inner and outer labia
Shaving the labia can be really tricky due to their shape. Between the inner and outer labia is a deep groove or fold that can be hard to reach. To shave this area we need to make this area as flat as possible.
To do this, start in the sumo squat position. Then use your free hand to gently pull one side of your outer labia outward to stretch the skin.
With this area now flat, use your razor to shave this area, starting on the inside and moving outward. Then repeat on the other side.
Shaving the outer labia tends to be easier because it’s more visible. While still in the sumo position, gently use your free hand to pull your outer labia forward (towards your belly button). Again, this makes the area as flat as possible.
At this point, you can shave the labia from back to front, front to back, or inward to outward. Whichever you choose is a personal preference. You may also find it easier to switch hands when switching sides. For example, I use my left hand (my non-dominant hand) to shave my labia on the left side of my body as it makes it easier to reach everything.
Shaving the area around the clitoris and urethral opening
One of the trickiest areas to reach is usually the space between the inner and outer labia around the urethral opening. Hair loves to hide in there so you may have to play around with your skin in order to reach it all. If you look at the diagram I posted above, it’s the grooved area located on either side of the clitoris.
The best way to reach this area is to take two fingers, make the peace sign, and then use them to spread the labia open around the clitoris (while in sumo position). Then using the pressure from that same hand, pull the skin upward towards your body (towards your belly button). This gives your razor better access to the grooves on either side.
Shaving the perineum and anal area
Shaving the perineum and between your butt cheeks is simple if you’re still in the squatting position. You shouldn’t have any trouble reaching the perineum in this position.
When shaving your anal area, use one hand to move one buttock out of the way, while you shave with the other hand. It can be scary at first putting a razor in this area so you may not want to go all in the first time. I also recommend always keeping your razor vertical and shaving from the inside of your body (near the anal opening) towards the outside.
Shaving the mons pubis
Shaving the mons pubis is probably the easiest part. You can see it just by looking down. I would shave it just like you would shave any other part of your body.
Before you finish, use your fingers to feel around your vagina and anus for any hair you may have missed. The first few times you shave you are likely to miss a few spots but you will get better the more you do it.
Inspect for missed hairs
Right after shaving and drying yourself off, you should do a visual and physical inspection of the area you shaved. This allows you to see any areas you missed so you can make sure to get them the next time
Apply healing product
You should also apply the healing product of your choice. It might take you some trial and error before you find the one that works best for your skin type. Make sure you apply it consistently, even on the days you don’t shave.
Continue to exfoliate
And remember, now that you are shaved down there, you should gently exfoliate the next time you bathe and every time thereafter. This helps prevent ingrown hairs.
Things to remember
Just remember, practice makes perfect. You probably won’t get every hair the first time and that’s okay, you’ll get better. If you end up liking the look of a shaved vagina but hate shaving, you should definitely look into laser hair removal as an alternative. You won’t believe how much time you will save and you won’t have to deal with prickly stubble.
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Are you someone who shaves down there? I would love to hear your tips and techniques. Please share in the comments!