If you like the groomed look of a properly shaved bikini line, you don't have to go to the salon to achieve it. You can save yourself both time and money by personally tending to your bikini hair. Follow this guide on how to shave the bikini line yourself.
Start with shorter hair. To properly shave your bikini line, it's best to give your bikini hair a good trim first. Use a pair of hair clippers or scissors to remove the bulk of your bikini hair to about ¼ inch (no shorter). This will make shaving your bikini line much easier, and won't be so hard on your razor.
Make sure your skin is wet. You will guarantee yourself razor burn if you shave dry skin. No matter how much of a rush you're in to shave your bikini line ladies, take the time to wet your skin down. This will also help you to avoid the pain of nicks, ingrown hair and general irritation. Get in the habit of shaving in the bath or shower after your skin has had a chance to absorb some water.
Use shaving cream. Surprisingly, it really doesn't matter what type of shaving cream you use as you shave your bikini line. Men's or women's, bar soap or shower gel, anything that provides glide for your razor will work. Apply this to the area of your bikini line you want to shave.
Get into position. Shaving the bikini line is not for inflexible people! To get the best angle for shaving, you should stand in the shower or tub with one leg raised on a ledge. Hike it up there, girls! Make sure your stance is steady or you may end up shaving more than your bikini line! Use a clean, sharp razor so that you won't be required to go over an area more than once or twice (which leads to irritation and red marks). To begin, position your razor at the back (or bottom) of your bikini area. Shave outward toward your leg. Work your way up the sides, creating a nice, straight line as you go. You should be able to place a ruler along your shaved bikini area and the rest of your bikini hair. Repeat this process for both sides to complete the bikini line shave.
Protect your bikini area. After you have shaved your bikini line, reduce the risk of bumps or irritation by rinsing it well to get rid of any soap residue. One little-known secret is that a thin layer of deodorant on your newly-shaved bikini line will prevent razor bumps as well (a light layer is all you need.) Allow your bikini line to rest between shavings. Once or twice a week should be the maximum that you shave your bikini line.