Shaving Hair Removal
Shaving is the most common method of hair removal due to it being easily accessible and affordable. Shaving works by cutting off hair at the skin level only using a razor or a blade. Initially, the skin should be wet for a smoother shave, ideally using a shaving cream or gel. This helps the razor to glide smoothly over the skin, reducing the chances of being cut. If you are using an electric razor, the skin does not need to be wet. However, most people prefer to wash the skin afterwards to remove loose shaved hairs.
Contrary to popular belief, shaving does not make your hair thicker. The thickness and color of your hair highly depends on hormones and genetics. It might appear that shaved hair is thicker as the cut hair’s edge becomes blunt whereas an uncut hair’s edge it tapered. Therefore, newly grown hair might feel ‘stubbly’ and appear to be thicker.
There are a lot of benefits of shaving hair removal. It is not painful unlike removing hair from the root. Of course, you must apply due caution in shaving to avoid being cut. It is also very affordable as razors cost around £5.00 or more depending on the type and using shaving creams and gels can be optional. Electric razors can cost around £100 to £200 depending on the brand and features. A lot of web sites sell electric razors online which make them even more accessible. Having a good razor will prevent you from going over the same area too many times, avoiding irritation or the chance of picking up ingrown hair. Furthermore, shaving is a quick process and can be easily done at home or anywhere as long as you have a razor.
This hair removal method is ideal for women who are on-the-go and are too busy to visit waxing salons. However, there are also a few disadvantages to shaving. First, the results are temporary, depending on your hair growth rate. Some people’s hair regrows over the surface of the skin in a matter of hours. As soon as the skin grows, the skin is no longer smooth and will have small stubbles. For some, the hair growth can make their skin itchy. Additionally, the razor can cut the hair and leave it with a sharp tip, resulting in ingrown hair. Ingrown hair grows back into the skin, resulting into ‘chicken-like’ skin which can be very painful and unsightly. To avoid ingrown hair, it is best to shave on the direction of the skin rather than against it. Also, it is best to rinse the skin with warm water which will soften the hair prior to shaving. Likewise, it is important to use a clean sharp razor and use shaving oil or cream if available. If you do have ingrown hair, there are ingrown hair serum available in your local store which you can apply on the hair. Alternatively, you can pull out the hair with a cotton bud or a tweezer to free it. However, it is important to not pluck the ingrown hair as this might infect the skin resulting in darkening of the surrounding areas.
Shaving and taking care of your skin requires patience and perseverance. However, it’s important to remember that shaving is a lot cheaper than many other hair removal techniques. If done properly, this method also proves to be pain free as well as easily accessible.