Like most women, in the weeks leading up to your summer holiday (in between packing and spray tans), it will probably occur to you that your lady garden is in need of some landscaping. Let’s be honest: most of us don’t give the bikini area much thought over winter. When it is freezing outside, onesies are in and swimwear is definitely out. Unfortunately, unless you like the hirsute look, a spot of trimming is in order if you want to be beach ready. So what is the best course of action?
Trimming the Bikini Region
You have a number of options. The easiest is to give everything around the bikini area a trim. If the hair is long enough to tie ribbons in it, use a bikini trimmer to remove the excess.
Regular electric shavers are not designed for the bikini region. They are not precise enough, so you may end up scalping your nether regions. An electric bikini trimmer is perfect for removing excess hair and shaping what’s left. Most come with attachments to help you remove as much or as little hair as you need, rather like hair clippers. For a general trim, use a longer attachment.
A Hard Prune
Whilst a general tidy up is good, it won’t be enough if you have visions of wearing a teeny-tiny dental floss bikini. Anything less than a full Brazilian is not going to cut it. To fully remove all hair, you will need to shave or wax the area.
Shaving is OK, but it can lead to problems in the delicate bikini area. If you are not careful, you will end up with ingrowing hairs and uncomfortable regrowth. For best results, use a very sharp razor (carefully!) and a good quality shaving cream to ensure no irritation and a smooth shave. It is also wise to exfoliate before you shave.
A quick shave along the edge of your bikini line shouldn’t be too problematic, but if you want to take everything off, be very careful not to cut your delicate bits. Remember, hair will start to grow back within a couple of days. Another option is to use an epilator, but this is pretty painful in such a sensitive region, so unless you have a high pain threshold, don’t go there.
Waxing is a longer lasting hair removal method, but home waxing is not for the faint hearted. Ideally, visit a salon and have your bikini region waxed by a professional beautician. There are wax strips available for home use, but whatever you do, avoid a DIY Brazilian at all costs. Not unless you want to be mentally scarred for life.
If you opt to have your bikini area waxed prior to your holiday, stay off the sunbed for two days before you have it done and avoid taking a hot bath for at least 24 hours after the treatment.
Once you have fully trimmed and landscaped your lady garden, you can wear your sexiest bikini with no fear of stray foliage escaping.