How to Shave/WaxSamantha Bentley
February 27, 2023
At some point in time, a person(or people) decided that women ultimately looked better WITHOUT body hair, I can't say I agree or disagree with this statement, but for decades now people have been shaving and waxing their bodies to be aesthetically pleasing both to themselves and to the partners they wish to attract. The narrative is changing slightly, but many of us (all genders) choose to shave and wax body parts, so here is how to do that safely:
- Probably the safest and most long lasting way to remove body hair is visiting a responsible and well known salon that has a professional available to remove the hair for you, for this it is recommended that you have around 4 weeks of growth, but many people go for shorter lengths of time between waxes. You can have everything from legs, arms, arm pits, facial hair, pubic region and your anus - waxed.
- Laser treatments to remove body hair are the most permanent solution but can be painful, expensive and irreversible once you've had the maximum amount of treatments. There is also not a lot of research available for the long term effects of laser hair removal as it is a relatively new practice.
- If you are looking to remove hair at home with a razor, this is probably the quickest and easiest hair removal tool, first make sure you have a clean razor that is not rusty or clogged up with past shaving hair (I see you, we've all been there)
- Make sure you are in a warm shower or bath, warm/hot water allows the pores to open, this makes shaving easier and less painful. This is important particularly if you are shaving regularly as it can help minimise ingrown hairs and redness.
- If you are in a shower, be careful not to slip, shaving can require some bizarre positions
- Using shaving foam or cream can help reduce redness, just make sure it's not got an ingredient that you are sensitive to.
- Always be careful of shins, ankles and knees, these areas are easy to accidentally cut with a razor and will bleed and be sore.
- Exfoliating and moisturising after shaving is important but not absolutely essential if you don't have time, I would definitely recommend it if you are someone that shaves daily. Remember your skin is sensitive and delicate, no amount of prep and aftercare is going to stop some redness and bumps if you are taking a razor to your skin every single day. Be kind to yourself.
- At home waxing generally includes a pot of hot wax that is heated using boiling water, DO NOT PUT WAX IN A MICROWAVE you will burn yourself.
- Make sure you carefully follow the instructions on at home waxing kits, there is no way around it, waxing is painful so try to minimise discomfort by following the rules.
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