Times change and so does personal style. In the 70's, the bushy look between the legs was in. Today, being hair-free down there is all the rage. There are a few methods for safe vaginal hair removal but all should be used with caution.
Pubic hair provides a cushiony layer against friction that can cause chafing and skin abrasion. It also slows the downward flow of bacteria from getting too close to the warm and moist privates. If you're interested in clear-cutting the forest down there, good hygiene is needed to avoid infections.
Hair removal methods that work on other parts of the body, such as waxing, should be done very carefully around the female genitals.
First things first. No matter which method you chose to use to remove pubic hair - shaving, electrolysis, laser hair removal - it's important to note that the skin gets irritated and nicked and needs time to heal. Open wounds, even microscopic ones, can allow bacteria to enter and infection to spread.
The genital area is warm and moist, and women with no pubic hair can have a higher chance of getting yeast and other infections in the vagina. It's important to wait a day or two before engaging in sex since the tiny cuts need time to heal and to create a barrier against infection.
Second, you can choose to go to a reputable salon or clinic or you can do it yourself. Either way, the longer hairs need to be trimmed first with scissors or clippers to about 1/4" in length. It's easier and less painful to remove the shorter hairs then it is to remove a tangled bush.
This is the easiest and least expensive method that you can do in the privacy of your own home. Shower first to soften the hairs and relax the hair follicles. Always shave in the direction of hair growth to avoid ingrown hairs. Wash the razor frequently to prevent the blades from clogging.
Be careful using hair removal creams near your privates. Look for a gentle cream that is developed for sensitive areas and make sure to keep it external to the body. Test a small patch of skin first and leave the cream on for a shorter period of time. Then, if there's no adverse reaction, the entire area can be treated. After treating, wipe off as much of the cream as possible in an upward motion before showering.
Brazilian waxing removes the hair and the entire root from the follicle and leaves the areas smooth for up to 4-6 weeks. The pain can be excruciating. This method involves exposing your lower half to a clinician. Find a trusted salon and a technician you're comfortable with because everything is exposed and vulnerable.
Electrolysis for hair removal uses an electric current to zap each hair follicle, and can lead to an almost permanent removal of hair. But it is expensive since it's labor-intensive. A tiny probe must be inserted into each and every hair follicle which then zaps the hair-producing cells with a tiny amount of electricity.
Laser hair removal isn't for everyone; it is most effective on people with light skin and dark hair. Look for a clinician or a dermatologist who is well trained in the procedure around this sensitive skin. The delicate skin of the vulva could be burned if the laser for hair removal is not properly programmed.
There are a number of safe methods for vaginal hair removal. Finding one that best fits your budget and comfort-level can take some time and effort.