Womens Health

Razor Hair Removal

Shaving is a fast and easy way to remove unwanted hair. The drawback is that a shave doesn't last long; in fact it lasts the least amount of time of any hair removal method. For the smoothest results, you'll want to shave every 1-3 days.

While the regrowth factor is a significant reason to try other methods, shaving is a technique that is available to everyone and is often the first hair removal method used by an individual. Girls tend to begin shaving armpits and legs at puberty and may also remove hair from the bikini area during the summer months.

Stubblier Regrowth

A good clean shave can be accomplished by using a safety razor and soap or you can use an electric razor. Since the razor leaves the tip of the hair with a blunt cut, the regrowth feels stubblier than it does with other methods of hair removal, but it's a myth that shaving causes excess hair growth or makes the hair grow quicker and with a thicker texture. The difference is due to the way the blunt tip feels as opposed to the natural, more tapered shape of the hair shaft.

Using a manual razor:

Make sure your razor is clean and sharp. Disposable razors are ideal for this purpose. There's no great difference between the single and multiple bladed razor, though some feel the single razor gives the closest shave. Women should always use razors designed for women as they fit a woman's curves, giving a cleaner, safer shave.

The hair should be softened before shaving. If you shave while in the shower or bath, let the hair soften in the water for about three minutes. Use plenty of soap as a lubricant.

Take your time shaving to avoid nicks and cuts. Follow the direction of the hair to avoid damage to the skin and ingrown hairs. Rinse the razor often while shaving to remove excess hair that can cause the blade to skip and nick your skin.

Pat, Don't Rub

Pat the skin dry with a soft towel and avoid rubbing so as not to irritate just-shaved, sensitive skin. Use moisturizer after shaving to soothe the skin. Avoid applying perfumes and colognes to shaved areas as the alcohol in these products can sting.

Shaving is the most inexpensive method of hair removal. It's a method that's accessible to everyone, and it's easy to do at home. Shaving frees you from the necessity of expensive and time consuming appointments. The razor method is quick, leaves skin very smooth and is painless when done with care.

The disadvantages of shaving include the fast regrowth , the stubbly feel of the regrown hair, and the need for frequent, even daily shaving to keep the area smooth and hair free. Shaving can also cause small nicks and cuts, razor burn, and ingrown hairs.



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