7 Pole Dancers Detail Everything They Do to Get Their Skin Silky Smooth


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If you decide you want to get rid of body hair, it can be a complicated puzzle of products, beauty treatments, and tips from friends. Should I get waxing? Sugaring? Save my money and stick to a standard razor and shaving cream? To get some expert advice, ELLE.com asked seven pole dancers for their secrets to smooth skin.

The Magic of a Loofah

Dove Sensitive Skin Unscented Bar Soap

Dove Beauty


“Being a pole dancer, you must show skin! It’s not just for the appeal, but you actually need skin to grip the pole. I personally like to remove all hair down there. I’ve tried it all, from just shaving to waxing and laser hair removal. I bought a package from Groupon for Infinity Spa for laser hair removal after getting frustrated with shaving and waxing. But if you thought waxing hurt then you’re in for a crazy ride with laser… it hurts. After finishing all my sessions, I do still have hair in those areas but it’s so light, thin, and patchy. I think the key to having no razor burn is to lightly exfoliate; I gently exfoliate with just a loofah and a scent-free soap.” —Cindy Joo, @cindyjoowho

Go Eco-Friendly

Body Scrubber



“I keep up with monthly bikini and underarm waxing, and I razor my legs. I try to plan ahead for upcoming shows and performances so I can have a wax closer to the time of show. I also really love to exfoliate to avoid any bumps. I’m currently using the Boie exfoliator that has been amazing. It’s an eco-friendly body scrubber that gently exfoliates the skin. It also is made from BPA-free antimicrobial material, so it avoids germs that can build up on loofahs and washcloths.” —Regina, @reginaamariee_

Customer-Approved Moisturizer

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Sol de Janeiro


“I’m well-known on the NYC nightlife and burlesque scene for my work as an opera-singing pole dancer. I’m flying spread eagle in a tiny g-string over people’s heads or shaking my ass in people’s faces six to eight shows a week. Let’s just say I have a very intimate relationship with my Gillette Venus razor and bar soap—that’s it! Aside from a small landing strip, I am completely shaved since that’s how I feel most confident and sexy. I gently exfoliate regularly with a Buf-Puf facial sponge, which seems to prevent ingrown hairs. I want to smell and feel like a celestial goddess when I’m performing so up close and personal for people. For that, I love Herban Essentials towelettes to make sure my most intimate parts are smelling gorgeous before I hit the stage. I also love Brazilian Bum Bum Cream by Sol de Janeiro to give my skin that smooth-as-silk feeling, and its sister scent, Brazilian Crush. (Prada Candy is also great.) I’ve gotten messages from women I’ve lap danced on saying, ‘Not to be awkward, but I couldn’t help but notice how soft your skin is and how good you smell. What do you use?’ So I think it’s working!” —Marcy Richardson, @OperaGaga

The Secret Scrub

Body Scrub



“When it comes to hair removal, my go-to is always waxing. It is the most efficient for me and lasts the longest, since I am always in small shorts when I teach. I love Brazilian waxes because they get everything. To avoid ingrown hairs, I use sugar or salt scrubs with loofah gloves to keep my skin smooth and bump-free.” —Dalijah, @dalijahamelia

No More Ingrown Hairs

Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Swirl Women’s Razor

Gillette Venus


“Being a pole dancer, I’m mostly hanging out in tiny workout clothes all day, and I prefer to remove as much hair as possible. I did about 15-20 laser sessions five years ago for my bikini zone, which laid a baseline of overall hair reduction. I still shave every three to five days, but it’s much less hair and not really noticeable if I don’t get around to it for a week. Because of the laser, I don’t get ingrown hairs from shaving, which is a big problem when you’re in tight workout clothes all the time. For shaving, I use a Venus razor, and I love the blade for the Venus Swirl. I use Queen V products, the V bar, and the Queen It Up wash for anywhere on my body. They smell amazing!” —Lara Michaels, @misslaramichael

Do It Yourself Laser

Remington iLIGHT Pro Plus Quartz At-Home IPL Hair Removal System



“As a pole dancer with dark hair and fair skin, hair removal is a high priority. I started doing laser hair removal eight years ago and have never looked back. It’s semi-permanent, so I never have to worry about razor burn or remembering to shave. I started off just buying different Groupons, but once I got comfortable with it, I bought my own at-home device. It was a little pricey but worth it considering how much time I spend dancing in such small clothes. I purchased the Remington iLight Pro Quartz At-Home IPL Hair Removal System. I would definitely recommend having laser done by a professional first until you can get used to the pain, but now I am loving using my at-home system.” —Zoë Kantor, @zoeinthesky

Shop in the Men’s Aisle

Gillette Fusion Proglide Manual Men’s Razor



“I got laser hair removal over 10 years ago on my bits and pits, and the areas are still pretty scarce, even though I need to find a new place to get a touch-up. My legs I shave with men’s razors and shaving cream because I prefer unscented things. Funnily enough though, I like my legs to be not freshly shaved for pole competitions—gives a little more texture.” —Samantha Star, @lithiumkitten

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