Need to go out tonight and have absolutely no time to go for waxing? Getting rashes because of the wax you use? Screaming at the top of your voice while getting underarm hair removed? The solution to all your problems is SHAVING.

Shaving can sometimes get a bad rep when it comes to best hair removal practices. Laser and waxing usually rein supreme, but what about those of us who have super sensitive skin? Or a very low pain threshold? Or no money?

Shaving is still a fast, easy and cheap alternative for removing unwanted hair, and done with the right type of blade and technique, will bring very pleasing results.

We’re sticking up for the blade and busting shaving myths, join us?

1. The age at which you begin to shave influences the amount of hair you will have on your legs and underarms

These facts are strictly determined by heredity. The early hair growth is because of puberty and NOT because of the blade you use.

2. Shaving your body and facial hair will make the hair grow back thicker and darker and faster

Imagine this: Take a stainless steel item, a sharp one at that, now glide the item over your skin, let’s just use your forearm. Think about the fact that your hair’s roots are approximately 4 fairly serious layers lower than the skins surface. Now, think about this…how does any object, sharp or blunt have the ability when glided over the surface of the skin, to affect the pigment, thickness and stimulate hair growth? It can’t, scientifically, it just can’t. The main reason for hair changing its depth of pigment and thickness in certain areas of the body, is down to hormonal changes (puberty, age, menopause, PCOS), your DNA and in some cases, medication.

About pigment, thickness and growth in relation to shaving: When shaving, the blade cuts a sharp edge, this is often at the hair’s thickest point of the shaft, not only does this create a ‘thick feeling’ it also appears darker. In terms of hair growth, your body, facial and scalp hair is continuously growing, shaving only trims the hair and in no way prohibits or stimulates its growth. One should note though, when waxing your arms or legs continuously, the actual direction of the follicle changes from the pulling in the opposite direction to the natural grain of the hair. This can result in a fluffier than normal re-growth – however – not darker or thicker because of it.

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3. Shaving over the same area repeatedly will give me a closer shave

Girl, don’t even think about it! Shaving over the same area repeatedly will irritate the skin and cause cuts due to the constant rubbing of the blade.  If you’re having trouble with rough spots or stubble, it may be time to change your blade.

4. Shaving a previously unshaven area will cause new hair to appear

Shaving a previously unshaven area does NOT cause new hair to appear. Hair growth patterns are determined by factors such as hormones and genetic predisposition. Hair growth patterns will change over the course of lifetime. If this myth were true, balding men would simply shave their heads to make more hair grow. While there are some men that would like this to be true, unfortunately, it is not.

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