To Shave or Not to Shave Your Pubic Hair
Think twice before you laser or shave your pubic hair!
If you have been wondering whether or not to shave your pubic hair entirely, trim it closely, or let it grow bushy, we are happy to tell you the trend is to do whatever makes you happy.
If you grew up before the late nineties, you may have gotten your first glimpse of a stranger’s naked body in an adult magazine. Remember, this was before the internet and the explosion of online porn. People sometimes had to learn the birds and the bees from printed publications or VHS tapes.
Back in the old days, the centerfolds laid out on the pages had a healthy bush. It was almost as if no one had ever heard of shaving pubic hair. Large tufts of pubic hair on all genders were in full effect.
For the past two decades, however, shaving has been in.
Smooth Sexy Parts
Many years ago, Brazilian wax salons started popping up all over the country. At first, we all giggled at the thought of ripping hair off vulvas, balls, and other body parts. Waxing scenes removing underarm hair, chest hair, and pubic hair played in movies and jokes between friends.
The no pubic hair trend caught fire and stuck. All you have to do is take a look at some popular porn sites to take sampling. Most of the videos feature people of all genders with no pubic hair.
So why did pubic hair removal become so popular? A lot of people prefer it, because they feel like it’s a cleaner look. You’re not worried about pubes poking out of a swimsuit or falling all over the bathroom floor. Others like how it gives a better view of what you’re working with down there.
Celebrity voices added to the popularity of the no-bush trend. Some have spoken out about their personal preference for laser hair removal and waxing. Even for celebrities who’ve remained silent, all you have to do is take a look at their social media posts in tight swimsuits to see they’re pubic hair-free.
Don’t Look Now, Yet Bush is Back!
Even though pubic hair removal is still extremely popular, having pubic hair is becoming less of a taboo. Before, if you had pubic hair, you’d probably get some heat for being lazy or sloppy. Now, however, it’s becoming a sort of personal statement.
We’ve all heard that fashion trends repeat. Could it be the same for pubic hair? Well, in the past few years, pubic hair is making somewhat of a comeback.
As is usually the case, a trend starts when a small group of people decide they want to go against the crowd. They decide they don’t want to do what everyone else is doing. They want to stand out.
Eventually, people take notice and want to hop on the early beginnings of a trend. More and more people do it until whatever was popular in the beginning is hard to find at all. Then the cycle repeats.
The same is happening with shaving and other ways of pubic hair removal. The bush is creeping back into the mainstream. You can find it online in pornographic videos, pictures, and even in Hollywood productions.
Here are some of the most common NEGATIVE examples of why people shave:
- They feel disgusted to kiss their partners after going down on them.
- Sometimes, partners refuse cunnilingus or intercourse with menstruating women or women with pubic hair.
- Joking about vulvas and vaginas smelling “like fish” or ejaculation is “gross” and “repulsive.”
- Partners shave off their body hair because they state it smells bad and holds the sweat.
Tips for when you shave your pubic hair:
Make sure you use an organic balm on the gentle skin of the pubic region. If you want to shave your pubic hair, just know that there will be some itching as it grows back.
Test for allergies! I was using organic products for years, and then found out I was still allergic to some of the products themselves, not just the pesticides of the pharmacy brand version).
If you love that bare look of no hair, enjoy a fun slip and slide with a hairless partner! I know some people who actually tweeze or thread their pubic hair to get the smoothest sensation imaginable. Yes, this takes hours to do if you are tweezing.
These are long-standing beliefs that keep our pleasure repressed, and keep us self-conscious instead. Find a happy medium for YOURSELF!
If you want bush, go for it. If you want to shave, go for it.
Or find a happy medium!
Keeping It Trim
An alternative for pleasure-enhancement is trimming!
At my Betty Dodson BodySex weekend, one of the women came in Day 1 donning a beautiful bush and the next day, she trimmed and was equally joyful and orgasmic Day 2!
We haven’t made a full return to the glory days when huge bush was in style…
Now when pubic hair makes an appearance [in pornography], it’s often neatly trimmed.
Closely-cropped pubic hair is easier to manage – there are fewer painful waxing or lasering sessions – and many individuals find this trimmed, “natural-state” highly desirable.
Thankfully, personal grooming is easier than ever. There are widely available grooming shavers that are adjustable to match whatever length or shape you’re looking for.
If you are thinking about letting your pubic hair make a comeback, start slowly. Buy a grooming tool that you can use to keep things trim and take it from there.You still have a lot of choices in pubic grooming!
There’s waxing, shaving, threading, laser hair removal, chemicals that remove hair and other forms of trimming.
It’s not an “all or nothing” proposition when it comes to pubic hair.
Check out some LCAT Fan Favorites:
- The best razor for a close shave without nicks
- Shaving cream choice, especially for those with sensitive skin
- Baby trimmer for those who have never done it
- Body trimmer reported to prevent cutting
- Multigroom series
If you are going to get a brazalian or an anal wax, make sure that the person you are going to has hygenic facilities and that they are experienced. This is not a place you want any infections.
Body Positivity and Personal Preference
One of the best things about recent trends in pubic hair is the underlying support for personal preference when it comes to your body. We still have some ways to go, but the return of pubic hair and the debate over whether bald is better is becoming less about what’s “hot” and more about doing whatever you want concerning your body.
That sense of body sensitivity has sexual maturity, acceptance from sexual partners and even helped push choice feminism.
With the reemergence of bushier pubic hair, women should feel less confined to a certain body image or personal grooming standards.
Everyone has better sex when we feel good about our bodies.
More and more people, including people with large public followings, are proudly announcing their preference for the natural look.
That may seem a bit trite, but it goes a long way to breaking down barriers. Sometimes, when public figures open the door to how many people feel, it’s easier for them to take the leap and make changes.
The trend, for now, remains overwhelmingly in favor of total hair removal or very limited pubic hair. However, the stigma of bushy or trimmed pubic hair on all genders is slowly fading away. That’s good news for everyone.
Some people do what their partner prefers. I would consider that choosing what makes you feel the most confident about your body is what matters.
Can You Go Back if You’ve Done Laser Hair Removal?
What about people who chose laser hair removal to permanently remove their pubic hair?
A few years ago, they were so sure they’d never want pubic hair again.
The trend is changing, though, and so are some people’s minds.
With laser hair removal, your pubic hair may not be completely gone forever, and it’s likely that hair that grows back will be lighter, thinner, and that there will be fewer of them.
Believe it or not, in recent years, some medical facilities have started performing hair transplants on people – for those balding, those who want a fuller bush, or those who regret past laser hair removal.
The procedures are expensive and are by no means mainstream, yet if the trend towards pubic hair continues, expect there to be more developments here.
Still, even with the potential for hair removal reversal, permanent laser removal should be something you consider at length.
Focus instead on feeling good about your body and taking small steps to find out what works best for you.
Are you ready to learn more and unlock a more satisfying experience?
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