A Guide To Growing Out Your Pubic Hair

Cameron Diaz praised it in her new book, an American Apparel store debuted it on mannequins in a window display, actress Gaby Hoffmann showed hers off in all of its glory on Girls, and Chris Messina's character on the Mindy Project brought it up with Mindy Kaling's Dr. Lahiri: "Just grow it out." We're talking, of course, about pubic hair.
It seems all anyone can talk about these days is the triumphant return of the bush. Easy enough to grow out, right? Stop removing your hair, and you'll be rocking the vintage look in no time. Not exactly: Brazilian waxes have been a cultural mainstay for so long that some of us haven't ever actually had a full bush, coming of age in a society where taking to our lady parts with sharp razors and hot wax as soon as we spotted hair seemed like a given, a rite of passage almost.
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Obviously, your pubic-hair preferences are your decision, but with several ways and industries that cater to the trend of hair removal in the nether regions, the logical choice just seemed to keep it hair-free. However, times and preferences change. So, if you're thinking you're down with keeping it natural down there, but you just can't figure it out (warning: it can be a somewhat itchy process), we've got some tips to help you grow out your bush.

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Obviously, the first step in growing out your hair is easy enough: Stop removing it. If you have razor bumps or ingrown hairs, treat and remove them before things get too hairy with a bump-eliminating product such as Tend Skin. Once you've got any irritation under control, let nature do its thing. Keep in mind that the majority of your hair follicles will all be at different points in their growth cycle, so the growth might look a bit spotty at first. You can also take hair-stimulating vitamins, such as Viviscal, which some people say can make your hair grow faster. (Yes, all of your hair.)
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It's no secret that synthetic fibers can lock in moisture and trap sweat, bacteria, and dirt against your skin. This is not what you want at this phase. During the especially sensitive period of growing out your hair, stick to panties made from 100% cotton. They'll minimize any irritation and allow the area to breathe, especially since the area is new to having hair full time. If you're used to wearing thongs, consider switching to a full-coverage panty during this time, as the hairs growing out are a bit wild and stubbly at first and can, well, poke you.
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Once your hair has more of a '70s vibe, as Gwyneth Paltrow says, take care of it. We know the idea of conditioning your pubic hair sounds weird, but think about this: We condition our hair and sometimes our lashes, and we moisturize every other part of our body. Plus, the pubic area is the only other place that can actually boast as much hair as your head. Stay away from conventional hair products, though, as they can mess with the natural pH balance of your vagina. Stick to natural oils, such as coconut oil, to soften the hair and moisturize the skin underneath.
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Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Going au naturel doesn't mean you have to let it go completely — you don't have to totally forgo maintenance. If things are getting a little too crazy down there, take some time to landscape. You can trim your hair shorter or into your preferred shape with an at-home trimmer, like Schick Quattro's Trimstyle Razor & Bikini Trimmer. If that doesn't suit you, make an appointment with your waxer and just have her take a little bit off the sides.
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Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Babes with Brazilian-style waxes might get to vajazzle (remember vajazzling?), but you can still have some fun with your new…accessory. Get in on the fantasy hair-color trend with Betty Beauty, a hair dye specifically designed for down there. Could be fun, but we'd recommend only light-haired beauties do this: A DIY bleach job on your pubic hair for the sole purpose of dyeing it cotton-candy pink seems a little dangerous.
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