Girls: getting rid of the hair 'down there'. Boys, read at own risk - not pleasant!

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I know there are a zillion of these threads floating around already, but I had a skim through some of them and none really helped me. So here goes.

No matter what I do to get rid of the hair down there, I end up getting rashes, razor burn, ingrown hairs, spots, you name it, I've had it. I've twice ended up with folliculitis and had to get antibiotics. I'm not trying to give myself a full Brazilian or anything, just tidying everything up and reducing hair down to just on the 'mound'.

I used to use a delipatory cream, which worked well-ish the first couple of times. Problem was that I then started going over the area again with tweezers to pluck out hairs I missed, and I started getting masses of ingrown hairs. So, I tried with a razor - big mistake. Got razor burn which looked hideous (massive kudos to my bf at the time who pretended not to notice!) on top of the ingrown hairs, and lots of little spots. So, I listened to my friends when they advised me to try waxing. However, I was absolutely broke at the time, and decided to get a wax strips kit and do it myself. I messed up so badly that I got full blown folliculitis.

Since then, I've been alternating between using a cream again and an electric razor, which isn't supposed to cut the skin at all. It's better than it has been in the past, but I STILL get rashes and little red bumps as the hair grows back, no matter how much I exfoliate and moisturise.

Does anyone have any other option to suggest to me? :o: I'm single at the moment and thus I'm willing to risk another down there disaster in the hope that maybe something will work... I've thought about going and getting waxed professionally, but I'm worried about getting folliculitis again. :woo:

Thanks people - sorry for the longish post! I just really need help...
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I have no idea what folliculitis is and I've never heard of it...but I get it done professionally and it's always worked! I've never tried the shaving route, the whole idea of razor rash downstairs wasn't appealing!
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Get a hedge trimmer.
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Get it professionally waxed. Seriously.

It's only about 8 quid.

Either that or stay natural.
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Do you prepare the area before you shave it.
I know for facial hair, you can buy stuff that prevents rashes from happening. Maybe you should try something like that.
Professional would be the way to go for you.
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I'm actually terrified of getting it done professionally, isn't it really cringey?
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I'm actually terrified of getting it done professionally, isn't it really cringey?
Waaaaaaaay less cringey than a smear.

And where I go, the woman is so friendly. We just chat about holidays and uni whilst she does it. You keep your knickers on and just pull them to the side a little (unless you want a Hollywood).
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(Original post by MapOfYourHead)
I'm actually terrified of getting it done professionally, isn't it really cringey?
At the end of the day, she would've seen bits like yours a million times before.
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(Original post by Ariadne)
Thanks people - sorry for the longish post! I just really need help...
I know I'm not a girl, but have you tried shaving foam? I know if you shave 'dry' or just with water it can cause rashes etc...
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Don't shave that much. The hair is there to protect you from infections.
I use the same machine I use for my armpits, but unlike my armpits, don't actually shave away everything. Never hurts, never had anything go wrong, boyfriend's happy. Also I've been told it's even easier if you do it while you are in the shower. I use foam for my armpits too occasionally, but I wouldn't dream of using foam or razors down there.
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Seiko Clean Cut - it changed my life!! No shaving rash at all. Expensive at first, but well worth it in the long term! xx
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OP, get it done professionally, it isn't that expensive. They just pull your knickers to the side, unless you want a Hollywood. I prefer the latter but if you'd feel uncomfortable showing all that, get a Brazilian. You can always trim it up on your own later on to get the look you want.
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If you're really that worried about foliiwhatsit or professional doesn't work out for you then maybe just trim? You can get electric trimmers that make it really easy.
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(Original post by Tufts)
Get it professionally waxed. Seriously.

It's only about 8 quid.

Either that or stay natural.
this.
they'll know more about it.
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Seiko Clean Cut - it changed my life!! No shaving rash at all. Expensive at first, but well worth it in the long term! xx
Actually OP, nothing beats this.

Wax is cheaper though, depends what you can afford.
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Actually OP, nothing beats this.

Wax is cheaper though, depends what you can afford.
Is the Seiko thing just a great razor? If so, doesn't the hair grow back quickly?
And stubbly? :p:
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Just go pro...the salons I've been to have always been excellent, not that expensive (as Tufts says, about £8), and very welcoming/relaxing.
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razor...venus or whatever lol...

does work.. just be careful lol!
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People that go to salons... do you not get ingrown hairs etc when they start growing back? I know that the time I tried doing it myself and got folliculitis (basically when the hair follicles get damaged and infected) I wasn't doing it right, so I really have no idea what to expect from a professional wax. I'm not worried about the pain/embarrassment factor of having it done, I'm just worried about it all going wrong!

And people who use the CleanCut- is it really that good? I would have thought that it would still irritate the skin as you're pressing against it, even if it doesn't actually cut... I'd be willing to fork out for one, but I'm a little skeptical!
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I've never had folliculitis after having it done at a salon. Don't underestimate how difficult it is to wax yourself.
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