Shaving Hair Removal
Shaving is the most common and well known form of all hair removal methods. It is also the cheapest and quickest. Contrary to popular belief, shaving does not change the colour or thickness or size of your hair. A close shave can be refreshing and invigorating and it is also quick and cheap, but on the flip side, stubble appears quickly as the hair grows out, and any cuts and nicks to the skin increase the risk of ingrown hairs. The risk of ingrown hairs is even greater if the blade of the razor is not sharp enough. Shaving is also a painless hair removal method.
The basics about shaving
Shaving is one of the oldest known forms of hair removal, and can also be categorised as a form of hair depilatory. When you shave, in essence, you are using a sharp blade to cut the hair above the skin off. You should not attempt to use soap when you shave, but should rather use a shaving cream or lotion, as it preps the hair and gets it ready for the shave. The moisturizers in shaving foams and creams help to hydrate the hair follicles and keep your skin healthy too, which soap does not do. Shaving is almost always done against the direction of hair growth, and does also cause many complications for people with sensitive skin.
The pros of shaving as a method of hair removal
- It is quick and very effective for a short period of time
- It is completely painless
- It is very cheap and accessible to everyone
- It does not make use of products that could harm the skin
The cons of shaving as a method of hair removal
Shaving can irritate the skin, cause razor bumps and promote ingrown hairs.
You need to shave often to maintain a smooth skin
You can nick or cut yourself whilst shaving which further antagonises skin
Underarm hair removal
Shaving is the most common method used for underarm hair remover. It is quick, easy, and relatively painless. Unfortunately, when underarm hair is shaved, it grows back at an alarmingly fast rate, meaning that you will need to shave again soon afterwards. Shaving is by far the easiest method of hair removal and continues to be popular all over the world. It is also a very sensitive area to shave, and can be more susceptible to rashes and ingrown hairs.
Shaving pubic hair
Nowadays, many people (both male and female) use shaving to control or trim their pubic hair, for aesthetic reasons. The first step would be to trim followed by a soak in warm water. This softens the hair and makes it easier to shave. Remember that shaving foam should be used whenever shaving is being undertaken, even for the genital area. It is important to shave the same way the hair grows when it comes to shaving the pubic area. This helps to prevent ingrown hairs. Avoid constantly rubbing the same area when shaving and going over and over it, because this will cause the skin more damage and irritation than is required.
What are razor bumps that occur during hair removal from shaving?
Razor bumps stem from ingrown hairs, which occur when the tip of the hair curls around and enters the skin at another place or when the hair that grows back is too fine to push through the surface of the skin. This causes irritation, inflammation and pain. When these hairs are shaved, thick scar tissue can develop around the area. It is important when shaving to shave in the same direction as the hair growth, which will help to prevent razor bumps and ingrown hairs.