To Shave or not to Shave?

Shaving removes your for the short term, it is quick and accessible. Shaving is merely a process of removing unwanted hair by cutting the hair close to the skins surface. It is quite a popular method for temporary hair for both men and women. Shaving is a simple do-it-yourself method of removing unwanted hair temporarily.

Shaving has always carried some common misperceptions about the practice. People thought that shaving against the grain would cause hair to grow back thicker and denser. Study after study has examined the effects of shaving and has confirmed that shaving has no effect on hair growth rates or density. Shaving does, however, change the appearance of the hair. Whether with the grain or against it, shaving results in a blunt, squared off edge to the hair. Whereas the naturally growing hair had a smooth tapered end, the shaved hair maintains its square end, giving the appearance of a thicker hair, when in reality the base of the hair is the same diameter as it always, just without the taper.

How does Shaving work?
Shaving is a temporary method to remove unwanted hair from the face or body. It is the process of dragging a razor across the skins surface to remove the hair from the base along the skins surface. Hair re-growth is fast, and usually occurs within 24 hours after shaving.

Shaving as an art form
The perfect shave is what most men strive for every morning and most women wish for when shaving various parts of their bodies. It is an effortless shave that’s baby smooth, and without any of the usual skin irritations, redness and the burning sensation most people seem to feel is par for the course when it comes to shaving.

Shaving was once thought of as an art form. It was a male tradition that used to be passed down from father to son. Somewhere along the line when it became easier to use disposable, inexpensive razors, rather then a precision made metal tool, and people’s hectic schedules got even more rushed, this art form lost its luster.

How to Shave
There are two types of shaving hair, wet shaving or dry shaving. Both of these methods will remove the hair along the skins surface.

Wet shaving is just a term that implies, keeping your face or other body part wet with plenty of hot water before, and during the entire shave. It is always a good idea to take a hot shower or wash the part being shaved with warm water to open up the pores for a closer shave. After wetting the surface with water, a lubricant is applied. This lubricant can be in the form of a shaving cream, gel or foam. With this layer of lubrication, the blades of the razor skims the skins surface instead of dragging on it, which is the main cause of skin irritation, redness and shaving bumps.

Dry shaving involves the use of an electric razor. This type of shaving is ideal for the face ONLY. The razor removes hair in much the same way as wet shaving does, however it does not require any type of lubrication or a wet face to dry shave. Electric razors consist of a series of rotating blades which are held behind a metal foil that is perforated preventing the blades from coming into direct contact with the skin. The hair being shaved pokes through holes in the foil area and are removed by the rotating blades.

THE PROCESS OF WET SHAVING
1. Wet the area being shaved with warm water to open the pores in the skins surface.
2. Apply a lubricant to the wet skin, such as a shaving gel, cream or lotion
3. Make sure the blade on your razor is new or in good condition.
4. Rinse the razor blade with warm water.
5. Draw the razor in the direction of the hair growth, always keeping it in contact with the skins surface.
6. Rinse the razor with each stroke to make sure the blades are cleaned of excess shaving lubricant for a closer shave.
7. Wash off any excess shaving lubricant left on the area shaved, and pat area dry with clean towel.

THE PROCESS OF DRY SHAVING FOR FACE ONLY
1. Make sure electric shaver is clean, and if it has a battery make sure it is charged prior to shaving. If the electric razor requires it to be plugged in, make sure plug is in good working order.
2. Starting at the sideburns, applying slight pressure, run the razor along the side of your face along the grain of the hair.
3. Work your way towards the front of the face and neck area.

The Best Areas to Shave on Your Body
You can shave facial or body hair everyday if needed with virtually no pain or discomfort. Shaving is fine is for any skin tone and any type of hair. If hair is excessively long, it should be trimmed with scissors or other implement prior to shaving. Shaving works best on hair that has growth of 1/8 – 1/4 inch in length.

The best places to shave unwanted hair on the body for men and women are:
• Face
• Neck
• Under Arms
• Legs

How Long Shaving Lasts
When shaving you should expect visible re-growth within 12-24 hours after shaving. The hair follicles are always making hair and re-growth may not be visible immediately, but rest assured you will need to shave again within a 24-36 hour period. Shaving is a temporary way to remove unwanted hair.

Pros and Cons of Shaving Hair
PROS
1. Relatively inexpensive
2. No pain
3. Very convenient
4. Quick
5. Exfoliates the skins surface

CONS
1. Stubble appears quickly
2. Hair regrowth is coarse and blunt edged
3. Does not remove hair under skins surface
4. Razors need to be replaced often

The Risks of Shaving
1. Risk of nicks and cuts to the skin
2. Risk of ingrown hair if blade is not sharp
3. Can cause skin irritation such as razor burn and dry skin

Shaving Tips
1. Shave in the shower, pores are open for a closer shave when in warm climate.
2. Apply a slick lubrication such as a shaving gel, cream or lotion, this allows the blades to glide over the skin without scraping
3. Use a face scrub to massage and open pores, prime follicles and raise stubs for a closer shave. This exfoliation removes dead skin cells that can cause acne, ingrown hairs and infection.
4. Use a sharp blade and discard after 4-5 uses.
5. Avoid irritants that can damage your skin and create swelling after shaving. Never use alcohol on the area shaved after shaving.
6. Calm skin after shaving by applying a soothing moisturizing lotion.

For other options on hair removal check out bleachingwaxing, sugaring, threading, depilatories, laser, IPL, shaving, tweezing options available.  Should you even bother removing your hair at all?

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