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Pubic Hair: everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

How to shave pubic hair? Why do humans have them at all? Answers to these, as well as many other questions – in this article by Flo.

There are several theories as to what is pubic hair purpose:

  • It can indicate biological readiness for reproduction.
  • It promotes the retention of pheromones attracting sexual partners for possible conception.
  • It protects the genital area from friction during exercise or sexual intercourse.
  • It helps maintain the optimal temperature in the pubic region when the weather is too hot or too cold.

It is believed that nature does not create anything superfluous, but everyone has the right to decide whether to keep the pubic hair or not.

Pubic hair color stands alone and doesn’t depend on one’s head hair color.

It is determined by the amount of melanin (a pigment substance) contained in each hair, which can be different because melanin content varies throughout the body.

In most cases, pubic hair color is the closest to the natural color of the eyebrows.

Throughout life, the melanin content decreases. The hair becomes lighter and eventually grows gray, both on the head and in the pubic area.

A hair follicle goes through three growth phases. The first phase, known as the anagen phase, is responsible for hair length.

The duration of the phase is based on genetics, but it can also be affected by hormones and stress levels.

The anagen phase lasts from 3 to 5 years for head hair and a couple of weeks for pubic hair. The longer the duration, the longer the hair grows.

Your pubic hair is unlikely to ever reach the same length as your head hair, so there is no need to worry.

Hair around the anus is an absolutely normal occurrence.

The distribution of hair, including on the genitals, is often due to genetics.

Until now, scientists haven’t seen eye to eye on why anus hair grows, but, according to the most popular theory, the hair is needed to retain scent, which, in turn, attracts potential partners.

According to another theory, the hair softens friction and prevents irritation.

Shaving is still the most popular way of pubic hair removal. It's simple and fast.

However, this method has its drawbacks: a short-lived effect, irritation, ingrown hair, and rash.

To make the shaving process more effective and to minimize the unpleasant consequences, first exfoliate the skin with a scrub.

Use creams containing aloe. Don’t use a razor that belongs to someone else, and shave the hair in the direction of its growth.

Finish the procedure by rubbing the skin with an ice cube to close pores. Then, in half an hour, moisturize with a lotion.

By the way, it’s a myth that hair grows back longer or thicker after shaving. This is not the case, so don’t rely on this old wives’ tale when choosing a hair removal method.

Attempts to shave off pubic hair as a way to fight body parasites date back to cavemen days. Sharpened stones were used for that purpose.

Ancient Egyptians considered having pubic hair indecent, so they invented sugaring and waxing.

In ancient Rome, a hairless pubis was indicative of belonging to a high stratum of society.

Pumice, tweezers, and a special depilatory cream consisting of resin, goat bile, viper venom powder, and bat blood were used to achieve smoothness. Pubic hair trimming was not in fashion in Europe until the late 1900s.

In America, the seven J. sisters opened the first waxing salon in 1987. The technique gained popularity and is referred to as Brazilian waxing.

If you’re unsure how to get rid of pubic hair, remember: you’re not obliged to do this at all. It’s completely natural to have pubic hair, but if you’re keen on getting rid of it, try various methods! This way you’ll find the one that suits you best

Is it necessary to cut pubic hair?

Answer – No, it is not necessary to cut pubic hair. Shaving pubic hair is a personal choice but does not have any health benefits as such. Pubic hair offer protection to your genitalia from infection and any friction. It is more hygienic not to remove pubic hair as women will end up getting cuts or ingrown hairs and will also develop hyperpigmentation and inflammation of the hair follicles.  Removing pubic hair can also elevate the risk of catching herpes and other sexually transmitted diseases. This is because the sensitive pubis is left with small cuts through which viruses and bacteria can penetrate.

Can I use a hair removal cream on my pubic area?

Yes, you can use a hair removal cream around your bikini line, but ensure that you do not use the cream in your areas. Hair removal creams offer easy application and sometimes serve as an effective remedy. A hair removal cream breaks down the chemical bonds of the hair and in no time, the hair becomes very weak and can be easily scraped off. The creams make your hair dissolved and crumbled.

What will happen if you pluck your pubic hair?

Plucking or epilation removes the hair from its roots beneath the surface of the skin. Plucking your pubic hair is a very painful and timely process. Plucking can cause redness, swelling, itching, irritation, and damage to the skin. It can also result in ingrown hairs (where hair curls in a backward direction or grows sideways beneath the skin and creates a small lesion) and infection. 

Is it normal to have a lot of hair down there?

Yes, it is normal to have a lot of hair down there. In women, having hair on the vulva is completely normal and healthy and in men, having hair on and around the scrotum is normal.  Both men and women have pubic hair around their genitals which starts growing during puberty. In women, pubic hair serves as vagina’s eyelashes that prevent unwanted dirt of bacteria from entering into the body. 

How do I make my pubic hair smooth?

Pubic hair can be made smooth by conditioning. There are several moisturizers, oils, shampoos and hair conditioners available in the market for conditioning and softening of pubic hair. A home mixture of shaved cucumber, coconut oil and lychee are also helpful in softening the pubic hair. Argon oil, Fur oil are also helpful. Last but not least is to drink a lot of water and keeping yourself hydrated. 

Is it better to shave or wax?

While waxing is considered to be better than shaving, it is important to keep in mind your skin, hair growth, and hair texture. If your skin is very sensitive, then waxing can be a very painful experience. Waxing could cause rashes and even aggravate it. Shaving, on the other hand, is quick and pain-free. It is also cheaper than waxing. Another advantage of shaving is that you can do it yourself. It can be said, that it is a matter of personal choice. For some, waxing is the best and for some shaving is the best.

Is armpit hair and pubic hair the same?

No, the armpit hair and pubic hair are not the same. Armpit hair also known as axillary hair is the hair in the axilla area (underarm area) and pubic hair is the terminal, darker and thicker body hair that grows in the genital region of adolescent and adult humans. Pubic hair can be seen on and around the sex organs. It is found on the scrotum in men and on the vulva in women.

Should you wash your pubic hair with shampoo?

No, there is no need to wash your pubic hair with shampoo. Using shampoos, soaps or perfumes disrupts the pH of the pubic area and throw it off causing irritation and other problems. Washing pubic hair with hot water is enough to keep the area clean. In case you must use a shampoo or a soap, look for pH balanced pubic washes to clean your pubic hair. 

How do I prevent razor bumps on my private area?

In order to prevent razor bumps on the private areas:

  • Invest in a good bikini razor.
  • Clean your bikini area with warm water.
  • Lightly exfoliate with a wet washcloth or a scrub to get rid of dead skin cells.
  • Use a good-quality shaving cream or gel with some natural moisturizing ingredients, such as olive oil, shea butter, and coconut oil. These bases offer a proper buffer for the razor and help in avoiding razor bumps.
  • Shaving in different directions with the razor allows ingrown hairs and cuts. You should shave in only downward direction—with the hair growth. 
  • Change the blades very often. More the blades, the fewer times you will fee; the need to re-shave this sensitive area. 

How long does shaving last?

Answer - Shaving pubic hair lasts just a few days at the most for most of the females before that stubble begins to grow back. Shaving is safer than waxing as there is no upliftment of hair.  It lasts only a few days because it does not remove the hair from the root. It just cuts hair that are close to the skin’s surface.



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