Shaving is the most common form of
hair removal because it is quick and convenient.
Men have been shaving
their beards and mustaches for thousands of years, but
removal in women was relatively uncommon until after World War I.
May 1915 edition of Harper's Bazaar magazine that featured a model sporting the
latest fashion: a sleeveless evening gown that exposed her bare
shoulders and her
armpits. The Wilkinson Sword Company, who made razor
blades for men, designed a
campaign to convince the women of North
America that underarm hair was unhygienic
hemlines rose above the ankles, women in many countries, particularly in the
and Canada, adopted the custom of removing leg hair. During World
War II there was a
shortage of silk stockings, causing many women to
shave their legs and to use leg
makeup to give the appearance of
Today, the custom of shaving legs and underarms continues and
is gradually gaining in
popularity around the world. Contrary to what
many believe, shaving does not change
the texture, color, or rate of
1) First thing in the morning is not
the best time to shave. Your skin will be puffy, making
it difficult to
get to the bottom of the hair shaft you seek to remove.
2) Donít ever
shave dry hair. Take your shower or bath before you shave, giving the hair
time to become engorged with water and thus an easier target to
3) For a close shave, scrub your skin with an abrasive sponge to
remove dead skin
around the hair shaft.
4) Try using hair
conditioner instead of shaving cream; itíll leave your skin very soft.
Change the razor blade after every third shave to reduce friction. You donít
irritate your skin more than necessary.
6) Shave from
bottom to top: ankles, legs, bikini line, then underarms. This gives the
sensitive areas time to soften in the showerís steam.
7) In the
sensitive areas, shave in the same direction as the hair growth.
as little pressure as possible on your razor. Use a razor with a hefty handle
instead of pressing hard.
9) Always apply a moisturizer after
shaving to prevent flaky skin..
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