Some wax, some shave, some choose hair removal creams, some go "au-naturel". Me? I am definitely a razor girl. And while there's no right way to go when it comes to your bikini area, if you are thinking of shaving, I can certainly recommend the best razors around for your bikini area.
Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle and Bikini Trimmer
( 4.5 out of 5.0 )
Philips HP6378 Bikini Perfect Deluxe, Opal/Aqua
( 3.9 out of 5.0 )
Why go razor? For me, it's the best way. I've tried the rest. Waxing, aside from the pain (ouch, seriously, it hurts. A lot.) is also quite a private thing, I just felt really embarrassed going to the salon for a wax. And there's no way I'm doing that myself at home! Hair removal creams? Well they aren't pain free either. The itching and the chemical smell which disintegrated my hair. That can't be good to have on your skin, can it? Then there's the times when I've misplaced my razor, or just forgot that week....that's fine for some. But personally I didn't feel comfortable worrying about what was poking out the side of my bikini bottoms!
So if you're looking for an easy, pain-free, without irritation and embarrassment way of sorting out your bikini area, the razor is really the best option for you!
There are actually a few different types of product, and you'll find that you'll have own preference depending on how you want to use the product.
So there are a lot of choices. But to make it easier, some manufacturers have combined these features, so if you're undecided this isn't a problem!
I think it's worth giving a bit of time to explaining a few tips on getting the best results with your bikini area razor.
Firstly Preparation: Move away from the razor and consider the question "How much do you want to lose?" Because if it's more than say 1/4 inch, you need to get some scissors and trim a little off first! Once you've got the length right, it's worth giving the freshly trimmed area a bit of an exfoliate (gently!) to prepare it for the razor.
Shaving with a Blade: Whatever you do, do NOT use your regular razor that you use for your legs and underarms on your bikini area. It isn't fit for purpose. ?The skin down there is super-sensitive, the curves and tight area you're working with need a smaller head. If you're going for a blade, shaving cream is your friend. Use it. Or, if you're out, hair conditioner is a great alternative. You're looking at softening the skin, both do this.
With or Against the Grain: Plenty of people talk about shaving "with the grain". This means the direction the hair grows. It's supposed to avoid irritation. And it does. But It also seems to avoid removing hair. Maybe if you're super super sensitive this might be the way for you, but it doesn't work for me. I suggest trying against the grain to start with, and if it doesn't work try side to side. So not against the grain, but across it!
After Care: Whether you've gone electric, or blade, the same applies. You absolutely do not want little red bumps where hair once was. How is that better? These bumps are often in growing hairs (lovely...) A problem because the skin down there is so thin. My personal top-tip here, is to try using a little baby powder on the area you've shaved. This prevents irritation.
Please watch the video below for some tips on how to maintain your bikini area with using a razor.
I've got to say, this is one product review that has taken me quite some time to compile. I had to wait for growing time in between products! But I go there eventually, and we have a top 3.
I really loved the flexibility of this product. I was a little cautious when I saw that the bikini trimmer was at one end, and the razor blade at the other end was for leg and bikini use. But it worked. In the shower, out of the shower. And without any horrible irritation after shaving. A great product. I use the trimmer for bikini and razor for leg, and get to only buy one product. Great result!
There's a lot I could say about what's good about this product. I think the fact that it basically does everything, all in one product is what I love about it. And it does it all so well.
Nothing really. I guess it's less useful for people who don't shave their legs. But there's always your underarm?
I admit, I was a little worried about this one. It kind of looked a little basic. If there was ever a lesson in not judging a book by its cover, this is it. A brilliant bikini razor, that did a great job at tidying up my bikini area.
It's so simple, and it works so well. The easiest bladed razor for bikini area I've used. Perfect size and shape. Blades gave a brilliant smooth finish. Very easy for precise work!
I think these are brilliant. Some people prefer a non-disposable razor. So one where you can change the blades and keep the handle. I don't mind personally either way, as long as they do a good job. And these certainly do. I did though find it easier to use these for a clean finish. Trying to create a trimmed look, rather than shaved look, requires a bit of practice!
A cordless electry razor. This one's rechargeable for up to 60 minutes and is designed specifically for use on your bikini area with a perfectly shaped and sized head. I love that you can use it in or out of the shower. It also features an epilator setting. And while this may be a bonus for some, for me it's the opposite. Epilating makes waxing look like a spa break. I was worried I'd accidentally set off the epilator feature. Ouch!
Again, specifically designed for the bikini area, this product is great. So many options, wet or dry, various lengths, perfect size head for harder to reach areas. It comes with a safety cover too.
It is a great product. My personal fear of epilating may have gone against this one. It really does a good job. It is though the most expensive option. And I feel that of these top three, it doesn't quite do enough to justify the difference in price.
It wasn't an easy choice. They all did a great job. But the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor and Trimmer had the edge. It offers the flexibility and styling options of the Philips, while matching the value for money and smooth finish of the Noxema. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product to anyone.