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How to Remove Hair Around the Vagina

| By Claire Jameson
How to Remove Hair Around the Vagina
Shaving is one method of genital hair removal. Photo Credit Shaving 1 image by Bruno Bernier from Fotolia.com

Many women feel cleaner and more confident after they remove some or all of the hair from their genital region. You can rid yourself of pubic hair by waxing, shaving or using a depilatory cream. Other hair removal methods, such as laser treatment and electrolysis, require a procedure at a doctor's office, so speak with your doctor or dermatologist if you would like a professional hair removal service.

Shaving

Step 1

Take a warm shower or bath. According to San Francisco State University, you should soak or stand in water for at three to five minutes to soften your hair before shaving.

Step 2

Apply a moisturizing shaving cream or gel to the areas you wish to shave. Use your razor to shave in the direction that the hair grows. Rinse your razor often to prevent it from clogging and cutting your skin.

Step 3

Dry your genital region by gently patting it with a towel. Apply an astringent that contains witch hazel or salicylic acid to your shaven areas. According to Columbia University, the astringent will kill bacteria and prevent ingrown hairs.

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Waxing

Step 1

Heat the container of wax according to the instructions on the package. It is likely that you will have to place the wax in the microwave for a certain length of time.

Step 2

Use a spatula to apply a thin layer of wax to your pubic hair. Do not apply hot wax directly to your genitals. Press a cloth strip to your pubic area while the wax is still warm. Let the wax harden.

Step 3

Pull the cloth strip away from your skin with a quick motion. Repeat these steps as necessary until you have removed as much hair as you desire.

Depilatory Cream

Step 1

Read the instructions on your bottle or package of depilatory cream. Some products require you to wet your hair before use; other products are only effective on dry hair. Dampen your pubic region if appropriate.

Step 2

Apply a thin layer of depilatory cream to your pubic hair. Do not apply the cream to your genitals; it can cause burning and tissue damage. Leave the cream on your skin for the amount of time indicated on the bottle or package.

Step 3

Wipe the cream off of your skin or rinse your skin with water according to the package instructions. Do not reapply the cream or you may be at risk for chemical burns.

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Claire Jameson began writing in 2007 and received her first breakthrough when she had a narrative published in "Oxygen for the Swimmer." Her articles have been featured on eHow, where she specializes in topics concerned with health and science. Jameson holds Bachelors of Science in mathematics and biology from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing a nutritionist certification.
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