How Does Hair Grow?
Once the cells that comprise hair are produced, they die and harden, forming the hair shaft. The hair shaft is then pushed up through the follicle opening, toward the surface of the skin, at an average rate of 1/4 inch per month.
What Are the Effects of Shaving?
The effects of shaving on human hair have been studied extensively in recent years. Contrary to conventional thoughts, the scientific conclusion is that shaving does not increase the re-growth of shaved hair. Shaving doesn’t alter the size or colour of the hair. Moreover, shaving doesn’t cause shaved hair to grow back thicker, darker, or faster. Shaving does, however, alter the tip shape of the re-growing hair, which may initially change the way hair feels to the touch when it grows back.
If the shaved hair is allowed to grow back completely, the hair will return to its previously silky and soft-feeling state.
And while we’re on the topic of hair growth and shaving, let’s not forget to talk about another important element which factors in to the equation, which is…
The Science behind Skin
Maintaining soft, smooth, hair-free skin means properly caring for it, both before and after shaving. In general, the skin on a woman’s legs is relatively dry as there are a few oil-producing glands located there. Therefore, it is essential to prepare skin for shaving by applying a shaving gel.
Unlike women’s legs, the underarm area, where glands are abundant, tends to be comparatively moist and the texture of the skin does not feel smooth. Although moisture makes cutting the hair easier, it also makes the skin more supple, allowing it to move with the razor when shaving. The reason that the arm needs to be rotated every now and then is because the skin on the underarm is looser and not firmly attached to accommodate the mobility of the shoulder joint.
Now that you’ve understood how the hair growth and skin work with shaving, it’s time to understand how you can master the art of shaving. All it takes is just 7 steps.
Step 1: Bubble Over
Shower or bathe before you shave. Although women’s hair is finer than men’s, it’s still about as tough as a copper wire of the same thickness. However, moistening hair with warm water makes it up to 60 percent easier to cut.
There is such a thing as soaking too much, however. After about 15/20 minutes, water causes your skin to wrinkle and swell slightly, resulting in a shave that’s not as close as you’d like.
Step 2: Gelicious
Wash your legs and underarms to remove natural oils and perspiration residue. Apply an ample amount of a moisture-rich shave gel before shaving to help keep water in the hair and to ensure that the razor glides easily over skin. The Gillette Satin Care shaving gel is a good option to keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. Don’t rely on soap to hydrate the skin — it is more likely to clog the razor during shaving. In addition, many soaps cause dryness and flaking.
Step 3: Choose Wisely
It is important to choose a razor that is properly equipped for the job. The Gillette Venus razor is a 3-blade shaving system complete with a moisturising indicator strip that provides a smoother, more comfortable shave. Each blade individually adjusts to stay in contact with the skin, even around such tricky shaving areas as the curvatures of the knees and the ankles. An ergonomic rubber handle provides increased shave control when the skin is wet.
Step 4: Look Sharp
Shave with a fresh blade. Fresh blades provide a closer, smoother, more comfortable shave and can help prevent cuts and irritation. Replace the blades at the first sign of dullness or discomfort since dull blades increase the chances of nicks and cuts.
Step 5: Smooth Sailing
Use a light touch, exerting as little pressure as possible, and shave in the direction that feels most comfortable. On your legs, you can afford to go against the grain because the skin is tougher; however, avoid going against the grain on more delicate and sensitive areas like your bikini area and underarms. Also, try to keep the razor you use for your bikini area separate from the one you use for other body parts like your hands and legs.
Step 6: Leave Hard-to-Shave Spots for the end
The backs of knees and thighs, and areas like ankles (where the bone is close to the skin surface) are tricky to shave. However, the Gillette Venus razor features an oval-shaped cartridge that maximises manoeuvrability in and around these hard-to-shave areas. Another way to make the job easier is by letting these areas soak in shaving gel for as long as possible.
Step 7: Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
It is important to moisturise your legs post the shave to help keep skin hydrated and supple – not to mention glowing. A moisture-rich moisturiser is a good way to finish off your shaving experience. It will trap the moisture and soothe your skin that is just recovering from the shave.