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I feel like I missed out on some vital grooming lesson. Late 30s, few kids expelled, and my bikini line has migrated nearly to my knees. Not kidding. Pah, sod it, I'm generally not too bothered, and DH is so covered in hair that he couldn't give a toss.
But I'm off on holiday soon and it will involve swimwear. I need to remove it. I had an ill-fated run in with a bikini wax in my early 20s which left me so red raw and itchy and spotty that I've never done it again. I tend to shave, but again it leaves me spotty and doesn't last long. My skin is pale and probably pretty sensitive, sadly.
So - how do I get rid of my vag-beard? Any tips? I just want to trim it so it's contained rather than return myself to any weird pre-pubescent state....
Just get an electric bikini line trimmer - it shaves it right down to stubble(ish) so takes care of the long hairs and then I use some cream just on the immediate bikini sides so that you don't have to worry.
Some say that the bikini trimmer is enough if the hair ain't too thick outside of the bikini line.
Buy the Philips Lumea laser remover or a similar home IPL machine - pricey but a game changer! I was hairy and it's such a relief never having to think about it beyond monthly zaps. I hated the hair removal/growing/ ingrown hair cycle. I also like swimming and hated having to a plan around hair removal.
I'm currently 9 months pregnant at the moment and haven't been able to use it, but the hair has grown back sparse and soft, don't get any ingrowns.
I used to wax (good salon, hot wax, not too painful with good technique), but hated having to wait for regrowth. Shaving always left me itchy. I invested in a home IPL machine as recommended above, and it was the best thing ever. I barely think about any body hair now. Bought it about 3 or 4 years ago, used it intensively (as recommended by the manufacturer) for 3 months, now haven't used it for about a year, and all hair has all but given up the ghost. In summer I might run a razor over the odd hair here and there once a week (max), but I don't think many others would notice what's there.