Shaving is most frequently used to remove unwanted hair for temporary hair removal. It is fast, easy, painless, effective, and inexpensive. But the result is temporary, only lasts for 1-3 days. It requires a constant commitment to maintain a hair-free appearance.
It is very less effective compared to all the available hair removing treatments as it merely cuts the hair at the skin surface, but the root of the hair still exists.
While this process only lasts a day or so at best, it remains one of the most cost effective methods to quickly deal with unwanted hair.
Shaving is performed with a razor on wet skin using shaving cream or other lubricants, with the razor oriented against the direction of hair growth.
Shaving razors should be done carefully. They can easily cut the skin. So there is always a chance for cuts and bruises. For a good shave, one should apply some moisturizer on the skin so that the razors could easily glide on the skin instead of cutting it or scraping it.
Use a clean razor every time and plenty of sensitive skin foam. Never do dry. Shave in the direction of the hair growth. Then pat with a cool flannel.
Some people use petroleum jelly or likes of it as a moisturizer. But it may cause irritations to some people. After shaving it is important to wash off whole of the petroleum jelly which most of the time is annoying.
What is the best shaving direction?
Shaving in the same direction as the hair growth is the most comfortable method. Shaving against the hair growth certainly gives a much closer shave. Many use a combination of both.
Many dermatologists warn however that shaving against the hair growth can cause ingrown hair and irritation and it can make the skin sore and sensitive.
Advantages of shaving
- It is quick, cheap, and usually painless.
- It is easily portable.
- It is a best method to deal with unwanted hair in case of emergency.
- It is done easily at home without any considerations.
- If it is done properly, it can leave skin very smooth and temporarily hair free.
Disadvantages of shaving
- The primary disadvantages of shaving include skin irritation, cuts in the skin, ingrown hair pseudofolliculitis.
- It needs regular attention.
- It shows stubbly re-growth
- Razor burn is common a side effect.
- It may sometime cause bleeding in case of carelessness.