How It Works
Shaving works by using a shaver to cut hair close to the skin’s surface. There are different types of shavers available for women including electric, refillable and disposable ones (see here for our recommended electric and refillable shavers). It’s important that your shaver is sharp to avoid nicks and cuts and shaving cream, oil or soap should be used when shaving to make it easier for the blade to glide over the skin. When shaving you should always shave in the direction that the hair grows as shaving against the direction of hair growth makes you more susceptible to razor burn and ingrown hairs (hairs that have curled round and grown back into the skin).
Contrary to popular belief, shaving doesn’t make the hair grow back thicker. It may feel coarser at first after shaving but that’s because hair has a soft tip and when you shave it, it cuts that soft tip off and therefore feels coarser.
It’s a great method of removing hair from most parts of the body especially the legs and underarms but it’s best to avoid shaving the bikini area as this area is more prone to ingrown hairs. Also don’t shave your upper lip, chin, brow or any areas on your face as you may end up with stubble since shaving cuts the hair close to the skin therefore making it blunt so it can appear thicker!
Shaving works best for people that have finer, less dense hair although it’s works fine for everyone but some people may prefer other methods of hair removal for different parts of their body and face.
Shaving is the quickest and easiest way to remove hair and it’s also the least expensive method of hair removal. It can be done anywhere!
The effects of shaving only lasts 1 or 2 days so it’s something that has to be done regularly or daily to stay hair-free. Although shaving is pain free, it’s possible that you may cut yourself and there’s a risk of ingrown hairs (see this article for Shaving Tips For Women and how to prevent ingrown hairs and nicks whilst shaving).
After shaving, black dots may be seen under the skin if your hair is dark and thick as these are the hairs under the skin since they haven’t been completely removed from the root.