Shaving and waxing for hair removal both have their pros and cons depending on your hair growth, thickness, texture, and skin sensitivity. When it comes to your pubic hair though, waxing will benefit you more in both the short and long term. Wax will always win over shaving.
What happens when you shave vs wax your vagina?
For starters, pubic hair already tends to be more curly and much thicker than the rest of your body hair – so shaving makes you more prone to ingrown hairs and bumps. Your vagina doesn’t get much air and gets very hot. This is a combination for bacterial breeding grounds and causes the skin to absorb whatever dirt and oil is there. When this happens the ingrown hair is surrounded by pus, turning into a pustule. Pustules can get infected, unfortunately. Shaving isn’t a long term solution and when the hair grows back it is itchy and requires shaving again. If you scratch your vagina you can risk tearing the pustule and letting bacteria in. Or if you shave you have a chance of cutting a pustule in the process. Either way it’s not a pleasant situation.
When you shave your pubic hair it does not become thicker but the hair does get sharper because it’s getting cut evenly. Therefore, when hair starts growing back you feel an itchy and prickly sensation on your vagina. The frequency of shaving can also be a burden since trying to keep a smooth finish can cause razor burn. Most women also don’t shave their vaginas correctly, making the error of shaving blindly by feel. You’re better off using a mirror and holding the skin taut so you don’t cut yourself and still get a close enough shave.
No Razor Burn. Not only is it painful and itchy, but it also looks terrible! No one wants to put on a bikini or a tank top with red, bumpy razor burn on their bikini line or underarms. Waxing is better than shaving because it eliminates razor burn completely.
For those who aren’t used to waxing, especially a full on Brazilian, it can be painful the first time. It does get better though! Each time you wax you minimize the thickness of the root of the hair because the follicle gets damaged, which overtime makes waxing hurt less. It also means the pubic hairs will get softer, reduce in growth, and not be as bushy when growing. When you wax your hair your vagina will stay smoother for longer – weeks longer than if you were shaving! Half the burden of removing the hair is the time it takes, and with waxing you won’t have to worry about that!