Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pros and Cons of Shaving

Continuing our hair removal 101 posts, let's move on to one of the most popular methods of removing unwanted hair--shaving.

There are two ways to go about this: wet shaving and dry shaving. We'll delve into the pros and cons of each.

Wet Shaving

This is done with the use of lathered shaving cream and a set of razor blades. This is most often used in the bikini area, arms, legs, and underarms.


  • Painless
  • Razors and shaving creams are relatively inexpensive
  • Safe and effective to do on an everyday basis
  • Certain types of shaving creams provide moisturizing effects which can help prevent ingrown hairs. It can also prevent irritations from the razor blades.


  • Hair cycle is also quick so this needs to be done daily to avoid unwanted stubble
  • Can only be done in the bathroom
  • Razors need to be replaced after using it a few times
  • Thick hair can cause ingrown hairs. To minimize this; make sure to exfoliate well with a gentle scrub and apply a moisturizer preferably with AHA (Alpha hydroxy acids) right after. This get rid of dead skin and avoid getting it trapped in the follicle. Having a moisturizing shaving gel can also help.

Dry Shaving

This is mostly used with an electric razor. Used for the legs, arms, and face.


  • Can be done just about anywhere as opposed to just the bathroom
  • No need for shaving creams or gels to use


  • Electric razors are much more expensive and needs maintenance
  • Cords and batteries are inconvenient
  • Coarse hair can still cause ingrown hairs

A few more shaving tips:

  • Shave in the evening for a closer shave. Legs swell slightly as you sleep and you hair cycle begins almost immediately after.
  • Never shave with a dull blade. This will not result in a clean shave and can cause red bumps.

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