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Whether you trim, shave, wax, buzz, or go natural, your genital hair is yours to style as you please. A majority of American adults today may remove at least some of their pubic hair, but it wasn’t always that way. Like fashion trends, pubic hair grooming has changed with the times.
In Ancient Egypt, pubic hair removal was prized, while in Elizabethan England, keeping a full bush was in vogue. Centuries later, the Brazilian wax became popular in the 1990s and was featured heavily in porn, which inspired a lot of folks around the world to remove any trace of fuzz. In Korea, on the other hand, women pay to undergo hair transplant procedures to make their pubes look extra voluminous, and there are plenty of kinky folks all around the world who are specifically turned on by a lot of hair.
So how do you select a style? Experimentation is a good place to start. Some people only remove the hair that might fall outside their underwear lines. Others wax or shave their hair into a small triangle or a thin, vertical stripe on top of their pubic bone — or wax everything away altogether. Then there are those who buzz their hair to a more manageable length without using a razor or wax: this can be the least irritating way to tame your pubes and avoid red bumps or ingrown hairs that can be caused by waxing or shaving. If you are waxing or shaving, however, using a soothing aftercare balm can help decrease redness or itchiness in your pubic area.
Despite of the ebb and flow of trends, you don’t need to let the pubic-hair-style police — or your partner’s wishes — be the deciding factor in your personal pube choices. Something that is important, however, is making health and hygiene an integral part of your grooming. If you do wax or shave your hair, irritation can occur, which can become even more irritated by sexual friction. Whatever you do, take care of your skin! There is also some evidence that there may be a correlation between pubic hair removal and an increased risk for contracting STIs. Bush or no bush, remember to use protection and lube to keep yourself safer. In the end, how you wear your pubic hair is all about what makes you feel most comfortable.