The quest for smooth skin can sometimes be a, well, hairy situation. With so many methods and products to choose from, it can be tough to figure out which is best for you. Check out our guide for the ideal solution for your own follicular foibles, but remember–whether or not you want to get rid of your hair is totally up to you. It’s natural, and totally okay to leave it in place if that’s your thing!
What is it? Using a razor and shave gel or cream (or frothy body wash), shaving removes hair at the surface. Your razor makes a huge difference – don’t be afraid to splurge a bit here! Single-blade disposable razors often result in nicks.
Invest in one with multiple blades and preferably a pivoting head – it makes areas like knees and ankles less susceptible to cuts.Shaving is the easiest and most common method of at-home hair removal.
Shaving is cheap! A good razor and gel will set you back at most $20 and will last for a long time.
Once you get the hang of it, it’s quick and easy.
No appointments necessary!
You don’t have to wait in between shaves like you might with other methods.
If you’re not careful, your shower could look like a scene from Psycho. Lather up and use slow strokes to prevent cuts!
It’s a myth that shaving makes hair grow back faster and thicker. What actually happens is, hair gets finer as it grows. When you cut off the fine tip, what comes up after it? The thick root that was under the skin before.
The results don’t last long, but they vary from person to person. You may have to shave daily, you may feel stubbly by 9 pm, or you may be able to get away with it once or twice a week.
Ingrown hairs and razor burn are real! Prevent them by exfoliating before you shave, and by not going over the same area more than twice.
Best for: Legs, underarms, toes, bikini line. Never shave your face!