Priyanka, DKODING Media
Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate and different volumes- Be it on their scalp, face, arms, legs, or pubes. And whether you shave, wax, laser, bleach or pluck (ouch!) – Hair removal is the least glamorous part of any grooming routine. It’s a chore that can be very time-consuming.
Out of all the hair removal methods, shaving is the most popular because A) it’s easy, B) It’s inexpensive, C) It’s painless (Only if you do it right).
We may be well versed in the art of removing hair using a razor, but to ensure the process is as pleasant and long-lasting as possible, it’s worth keeping a note-pad with you and note these tips.
Here are the golden rules of shaving!
FIND THE PERFECT RAZOR
There are different razors out there for different jobs, and it’s worth spending that little bit extra on a razor that works perfectly on your skin and the one that won’t cut you or go blunt after one use.
So throw out that rusted magenta razor, living on your bathroom countertop for decades and start looking for the right one. Some razors are specially designed to make shaving in those tough curves and spots less frustrating.
Here are some findings to tuck into your cart for later.
The Sphynx presents a solid option for those of us who are constantly scattered or traveling. The 3-in-1 container is compact and sealable and includes a refillable water spray bottle, two razor blades, and a moisturizing bar.
This colorful bad boy has a triple formula moisturizing strip to make sure even your gentlest areas are safe and sound during the shaving process
BILLIE RAZOR STARTER KIT
The starter kit includes the very trendy looking magnetic holder, and the 5-blade razor itself.
PARKER 70C WHITE AND CHROME OPEN COMB SAFETY RAZOR
For those unfamiliar with open comb razors, the design stretches the skin momentarily during the shaving process in order to deliver an extra close shave.
Disposable razors may be convenient and cheap, but they often go blunt after a couple of tries or get rusty, that can seriously harm the skin. Ditch the habit of buying cheap razors and treat your skin to more luxurious blades.
DON’T SHARE A RAZOR
Using someone else’s razor means picking up bacteria from their skin or even sharing blood. (YEP) This increases the risk of skin infections. And you know there’s also a chance of deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS.
I know how you swear by sharing is caring but NOT IN THIS CASE!
HYDRATE YOUR SKIN
Use a shave gel, shaving cream or hair conditioner (Don’t worry they all work just the same), to moisturize your skin that makes shaving easier since the razor glides down your skin smoothly.
This reduces irritation from dragging sharp blades over dry skin. Avoid using soap bars, it will only dry out your skin making it prone to cuts and burns.
Also, exfoliate like there’s no tomorrow. Not only does it help to remove dead skin cells making your skin smooth, but it’s also really helpful in avoiding ingrown hair growth on your skin.
TECHNIQUE IS KEY
There’s more to shaving technique to achieve a soft, smooth, hair-free skin than a few strokes with a razor. For a clean shave, you will need to shave against the direction of the hair growth.
Shave in an upward direction on the legs and in random directions for the underarm hair because the hair grows randomly.
Just work a variety of direction based on hair growth.
when you’re in a rush to remove your body hair, it is important that you don’t harshly tug the razor over your skin. Shaving is great because it’s so quick and easy to do when you’re running short on time. But the hack and knack is to be gentle to get better results.
Use a light touch and get that effortless smooth skin.
LEAVE SHAVING UNTIL LAST
When showering, leave the shaving part until last. This way the heat from the water will open up the pores and soften the hair making the shave easier and smoother.
It is also advisable to shave late in the day as shaving in the morning does not result in the smoothest shave because your body swells overnight and hides the hair you want to remove.
Try it and see if this makes a difference for you.
TRIM DOWN THERE BEFORE YOU SHAVE
When wanting to shave your pubes, it is advisable to trim off the much-grown ends to avoid hair tangling and tugging in the razor. It will make the shaving part easier and create a smoother finish.
SHAVING DOES NOT MAKE HAIR THICKER
The myth that has us all think twice before grabbing that razor and getting down to shaving business needs to be debunked!
According to research, although it may seem that after a shave the hair growth becomes thicker and darker which in reality is not the case. The blunt tip makes it seem that way; the actual hair is exactly the same.
TREAT RAZOR BURNS
Mistakes can happen from the best of us. So, if you’ve already shaved and are experiencing a razor burn, you have many treatment options. Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing that won’t irritate your skin further.
Apply a natural moisturizer such as Aloe Vera or coconut oil to soothe dryness and razor bumps.