Before I even started shaving, I remember watching a scene in Wish Upon A Star where Alexa, the main character, spends her morning shaving her legs until they’re silky smooth.
Later, as she lunches with her equally vapid friends, one of the girls shrieks and sneers at another. She said, “Sabrina, is that…stubble?“
Thanks to years of shaving disasters and breakthroughs, there are definitely some shaving tips in my arsenal that I think everyone should know. Here’s 10 things I wish I knew before picking up a razor.
Once You Start, You Probably Won't StopThis photo is deceiving. Let's be real: Who the hell is that happy when they're shaving? I know that I'm not smiling when I shave my legs. I'm usually scowling. Shaving is a pain in the butt, but once you get into the habit of it, it's pretty hard to kick. As exciting as it might be to start shaving for the first time, the trill isn't going to last long.Source: Shutterstock
Shave Towards The End Of Your ShowerYour hair is softer and more moisturized, making it easier for the hair to come out and reducing your chances of cutting yourself. Source: Shutterstock
You Don't Have To Buy Shaving CreamThere's nothing wrong with shaving cream, but it's definitely not a necessity. Using conditioner or a moisturizing body wash is just as effective at removing hair as shaving cream. But if you insist on buying shaving cream, know that there isn't really a difference between the shaving cream marketed at men versus women. Source: Seventeen
Men and Women's Razors Are Virtually IdenticalYup, razors also aren't really different no matter if they're marketed to a man or a woman. You should definitely get a razor that is good quality, but unless you prefer the colors geared towards women (which is totally fine, too), gender has nothing to do with the effectiveness of that razor. In fact, you might even be able to spend less money on men's razors! Source: Shutterstock
Hair Doesn't Grow Thicker When You ShaveThis is a myth that just won't seem to die. Your hair won't grow back thicker and darker when you shave. It just doesn't work like that. Source: HP Wiki
Keeping The Razor Clean Will Help It Last LongerShaving tools are too expensive to be careless with. But keeping your blades clean will help them last longer and be a little less grody. Rinse after every two or three strokes to remove any hair and product build up, perform a thorough rinse when you're done and pat the razors dry so that they don't get rusty too quickly. Source: Shutterstock
Be Careful When You Shave Your Bikini LineYou can't just go to town at your bikini line like you might on your armpits or legs. The skin in that area is so prone to ingrown hairs and razor bumps! Make sure to shave in the direction that your hair is growing, use as few strokes as possible and moisturize well before and after shaving. Source: Shutterstock
Shaving Before Putting On Deodorant Or Getting A Pedicure Is A Bad IdeaWe've all done this: We get our armpits silky smooth and then slather it with deodorant because, well, we don't want to be smelly. But it burns like crazy and it's bad for pores! Either shave your pits the night before or wait to put on your deodorant. Also, you shouldn't shave right before getting a pedicure. You could contract all kinds of nasty bacterial infections. Source: Shutterstock
You're The Only One Who Is Going To Notice You're StubbleI struggle with this insecurity all the time, even though I know it's not practical. But honestly, if you're worried about other noticing your stubble, chances are that nobody is paying attention to it. And if they do notice, anybody who is that hung up on stubble and judging somebody for it is a loser who you shouldn't worry about anyway. Source: Shutterstock
You Don't Have To Shave At AllYou might prefer other hair removal techniques, like hair removal creams or waxing. Or not removing your hair at all! There are pros and cons to all of these options, so do what's best for you, Source: Shutterstock
And some must-watch shaving advice from one of our all time favorite people, Cheyenne:
What have you learned the hard way when it comes to shaving? Do you have any shaving tips to share? Do you even shave? Tell us in the comments!