Are you finding yourself staring at the mirror, shocked by the presence of grey pubic hair? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s a natural part of ageing, but it can still catch us off guard.
If you’re looking for ways to tackle this new development, you’ve come to the right place. In this ultimate guide, we’ll explore tips, products, and solutions to help you navigate the world of grey pubic hair with confidence. From embracing your natural beauty to experimenting with hair dyes and grooming techniques, we’ll cover it all.
Why does grey pubic hair occur?
Grey pubic hair occurs as a result of the natural ageing process. Just like the hair on our heads, the pigment cells in our hair follicles begin to produce less melanin over time, leading to the appearance of grey or white hair. While some people may notice grey pubic hair earlier than others, it is generally a common occurrence as we get older.
“As we age, there are fewer pigment-producing cells at the root of the hair follicle,” says dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD. “This is a predestined thing—it’s genetic and can happen at any age.”
In the end, embracing grey pubic hair is a personal choice, and there is no right or wrong way to approach it.
Grey pubic hair solutions
While some women don’t get too bothered with it – actually for some of them grey pubic hair can be a powerful act of self-acceptance and defiance against societal norms, others prefer exploring different styling and colouring options.
Whatever solutions you choose, aestheticians agree on some basic rules: don’t pluck it, unless it’s just a few, never be tempted to shave it (shaving in a hurry has its own risks because you can’t see the contours of your private area while you’re attempting to shear off your pubic hair) and forget laser – once the pigment in the hair has disappeared, it’s too late for the treatment to work.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to manage your grey pubic hair, there are better options available. Here are a few popular choices:
If you’re looking to restore your natural colour and cover up grey pubic hair, exploring hair dye options can be a game changer. From temporary to permanent colours, there are several products on the market specifically designed for pubic hair, offering a safe and effective way to achieve the desired results.
If you’re going to go this route, you can choose to dye your hair down there to match the colour of the hair on your head, to simply recolour it, or to go for a more vibrant, eye-catching shade using a ready-made kit (these products usually include instructions on how to perform a skin patch test and a brush applicator). In this case, following some guidelines, you’ll ensure proper application and minimize any potential risks of rushes or allergies.
Brands like Betty Beauty claim that their formula is safer on pubic hair than standard hair dyes because the dye doesn’t drip into the sensitive areas of the genitals. They offer colours ranging from more natural like black, brown, blonde, and auburn, to more artificial and vibrant like hot pink, lilac, aqua, and bright red.
Minikini is a good option, too. It’s a gentle gel formula in blond, copper, red and brown, which covers grey without looking ‘matte‘. It doesn’t irritate, thanks to the lowest percentage of PPDs (a chemical substance used in dyes). Best of all, it’s permanent – so you can forget about it. For six weeks, anyway.
If you’re nervous, consider getting a professional dye job. Some salons ( like Bleach London) specialize in bikini waxes and dyes and will take care of the whole process for you and may suggest even a pop of colour allowing you to experiment with different styles.
If you’re imagining foils and hours under the dryer, you’d be wrong. “First you pick the shape you want – a triangle, strip, heart – anything like that“, says Florence Welch and Sky Ferreira (founders of Bleach London) to Glamour. “Then we will paint the area in the shape. It is then bleached, left on for ten to fifteen minutes, then wiped off and a secondary colour is applied“.
As you age, the texture of the hair changes – it becomes coarser, and hairs become sparser. So waxing is probably the best option if you can bear the pain. The most elegant solution? It’s to remove everything beneath but leave a small triangle at the highest point of your bikini line. Alternatively, you can opt for a French wax.
A French wax differs from other styles as most of the hair is taken from around the front and sides, but the middle (labia) and around the back are left alone. If you want down there to be smooth and clean of hair, without feeling too bare, French is the way to go. The shape of the hair at the front is totally up to you, but the landing strip is a classic option. Other popular shapes include a tiny triangle and a postage stamp but feel free to ask for whatever style you prefer.
As a rule of thumb, for those who opt not to go completely bare (the Brazilian style), it helps to have the hair that’s left behind trimmed short so the greys won’t show as much. In this case, keep irritation at bay with coconut oil, vitamin A and D ointment, or zinc oxide.
Stay grey and let it grow
Of course, there is one final option available to those who would prefer to embrace the natural look. After all, more and more women are showing love to their natural hair hues (including Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz who reported preferring the fuller styles whether grey or not), — so why not you, too?
In this case, as grey pubic hair can sometimes be drier and more brittle than pigmented hair, a bit of maintenance won’t be bad. To keep it healthy and soft, make sure to moisturize regularly with a gentle, hydrating product.
Conclusion: Celebrating the beauty of grey pubic hair
In conclusion, going bare, bushy, or something in between has been a personal decision women have weighed since the 1980s when pubic hair styles became a thing. Ultimately, whether you choose to embrace your grey pubic hair or explore different styling and colouring options, the choice is yours.