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Do you shave it all off or not?

Can you think of a better way of removing hair than shaving?

Well today we are going to talk about shaving dear friends. Is it the best way to remove your hair? What do you think? Before the advent of razors, hair was sometimes removed using two shells to pull the hair out or using water and a sharp tool. Around 3000 BC when copper tools were developed, copper razors were invented. The idea of an aesthetic approach to personal hygiene may have begun at this time, though Egyptian priests may have practiced something similar to this earlier. Alexander the Great strongly promoted shaving during his reign in the 4th century BC because he believed it looked tidier. In some Native American tribes, at the time of contact with British colonists, it was customary for men and women to remove all bodily hair using these methods.

So how do you do? Do you shave it all off or not?

Do both men and women practice shaving?

Shaving is the removal of hair, by using a razor or any other kind of bladed implement, to slice it down—to the level of the skin or otherwise. Shaving is most commonly practiced by men to remove their facial hair and by women to remove their legs, armpits and pubic hair. A man is called clean-shaven if he has had his beard entirely removed.

Both men and women sometimes shave their chest hair, abdominal hair, leg hair, underarm hair, pubic hair, or any other body hair.

To shave the head is much more common among men. It is often associated with religious practice or the armed force. Do you know the reson for that? A close-cropped or completely shaven haircut is common in military organizations. In field environments, soldiers are susceptible to infestation of liceticks, and fleas. In addition short hair is also more difficult for an enemy to grab hold of in hand-to-hand combat, and short hair makes fitting gas masks and helmets easier. and some competitive sports such as swimming, running and extreme sports.

Historically, head shaving has also been used to humiliate, punish and show submission to an authority, and in more recent history also as part of fund-raising efforts, particularly for cancer research organizations and charitable organizations which serve cancer patients. The shaving of head hair is also sometimes done by cancer patients when their treatment may result in partial hair loss.

Shaving methods

Shaving can be done with a straight razor or safety razor (called ‘manual shaving’ or ‘wet shaving’) or an electric razor (called ‘dry shaving’) or beard trimmer.

The removal of a full beard often requires the use of scissors or an electric (or beard) trimmer to reduce the mass of hair, simplifying the process.

Wet shaving

There are two types of manual razors: straight razor and safety razors. Safety razors are further subdivided into double-edged razors, single edge, injector razors, cartridge razors and disposable razors.

A Gillette ‘Old Type’ safety razor, the first razor to use double-edge razor blades.

Double-edge razors are named so because the blade that they use has two sharp edges on opposite sides of the blade. Current multi-bladed cartridge manufacturers attempt to differentiate themselves by having more or fewer blades than their competitors, each arguing that their product gives a greater shave quality at a more affordable price.

Before wet shaving, the area to be shaved is usually doused in warm to hot water by showering or bathing or covered for several minutes with a hot wet towel to soften the skin and hair. A lathering or lubricating agent such as creamshaving soap, gel, foam or oil is normally applied after this. Lubricating and moisturizing the skin to be shaved helps prevent a painful razor burn. Many razor cartridges include a lubricating strip, made of polyethylene glykol, to function instead of or in supplement to extrinsic agents. It also lifts and softens the hairs, causing them to swell. This enhances the cutting action and sometimes permits cutting the hairs slightly below the surface of the skin. Additionally, during shaving, the lather indicates areas that have not been addressed. When soap is used, it is generally applied with a shaving brush, which has long, soft bristles. It is worked up into a usable lather by the brush, either against the face, in a shaving mug, bowl, scuttle, or palm of the hand.

Since cuts are more likely when using safety razors and straight razors, wet shaving is generally done in more than one pass with the blade. The goal is to reduce the amount of hair with each pass, instead of trying to eliminate all of it in a single pass. This also reduces the risks of cuts, soreness, and ingrown hairs. Alum blocks and styptic pencils are used to close cuts resulting from the shave.

Aftershave for a perfect touch

Men may use an aftershave lotion or balm after they have finished shaving. It may contain an antiseptic agent such as isopropyl alcohol, both to prevent infection from cuts and to act as an astringent to reduce skin irritation, a perfume, and a moisturizer to soften the facial skin.

What kind of hair removal method do you prefer? Please comment below!

Thanks for reading. Wish you the best! / Cathrine

10 Comments

  • Anna-Lovisa Andersson

    Interesting reading! I used to shave but with sensitive skin I can really recommend Xhair after trying it. So well done with this great product!

    • admin

      Thanks Anna-Lovisa! We really appreciate that you love our X-Hair product and really agree that X-Hair is the best hair removal for sensitive skin. Have a nice day!

    • admin

      Hi Maria! Happy to hear that you are satisfied with our X-Hair product. You are welcome anytime.
      Thanks for reading our blog.

  • Daniel W

    I’ve been using X-Hair for some time to remove nether hair, as I prefer not to have any. X-Hair is the is the only chemical hair remover I know of that expressly says it’s well suited for such use. I’m quite pleased with the result. For the first few days, it’s smooth, and repeating the treatment once a week seems to work fine for me. As a side note, for my spouse, the hair remained and she got a bad rash. We have quite different skin and hair types, so your mileage may vary, as they say.

    For my use, I need to get the water/powder mix just right. Adding 16-17ml boiling hot water to 35g of powder and carefully mix to a smooth paste seems to work well. Standing in an empty bathtub, in which I’ve put a mirror to see a bit better what I’m doing, I try to swiftly apply small amounts (about the volume of a pea) using the included spatula. As I need to push all the way to the time limit, to get a clean result, I try to start with the spots I’ve learned needs to longest time and leave spots where I might get a bit of irritation for last.

    • admin

      Hi Daniel! Thanks for your brave story about your X-Hair experience. Happy that our product works out well for you! You are welcome anytime.
      /Cathrine

  • Dean Gunter

    Well being a male this post wasn’t entirely to my needs haha, however I did show it to the other half and she found it very interesting and informative. A few new techniques for her to try out.

    Great post, thank you for sharing.

    Dean.

    • admin

      Hi Dean! I hope you´ll give her the address where to buy our magic product:)
      Everybody has different needs!
      Thanks for reading!
      Wish you the best. /Cathrine

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