Shaving Body Hair
Shaving Body Hair
Josephine Wackett (Skincare specialist - Principal, Steiner Beauty Training) gives expert video advice on: What are the advantages of shaving? and more...
What is shaving?
Shaving is a good method to remove hair for short-term. It's the perfect method for men to remove the beard hair on their face, using either a wet razor or electric razor. The essence of shaving is that it cuts the hairs, all of them, where the razor is used at skin level. But by the next day, because hair is growing continuously, there is stubble, there is re-growth. For men on the face that's fine because they expect to shave, if they are clean-shaven, on a daily basis. But for women who are shaving their legs or their underarms, they may well have to shave on a daily basis, which they can find quite tedious. It does not affect the hair growth at all. It can't. It makes finer hair feel stubbly. There is a myth that shaving makes the hair coarser. It doesn't. It simply makes the hair which is there more easily felt because of the surface level being cut off squarely. You have the stubbly, bristly effect from shaving. The hair growth isn't changed in any way, shape or form.
What are the advantages of shaving?
The great advantage of shaving is that it is fairly quick. It is something which someone could do and just not think about it again for a day, or maybe a couple of days if it's one's legs. Shaving is something which doesn't have any long-term side effects and it's quite effective as a temporary method of hair removal.
What are the disadvantages of shaving?
The problem with shaving is that it is something that you have to do very regularly. It does leave a stubbly surface to the hair after it's been done. The following day you'll feel a roughness to the skin. It certainly doesn't hurt, but on the other hand, it is not a good long term method because it's very tedious to have to shave your legs every day.
Does shaving make hair grow thicker?
Shaving won't affect the hair growth. It doesn't make it grow any thicker or any faster. Shaving simply makes the hair feel worse because it cuts the end of the hair to a blunt stubble. The hair may appear and feel thicker but in fact, if it's left to grow for a few weeks, when new hairs grow through they'll have fine soft tips to them and the actual hair growth hasn't been changed at all. Shaving doesn't affect it.