Shaving is probably the most popular method of removing unwanted body hair out of all the hair removal methods available. It’s economical, and it can easily be done at home.

Review this list of questions and answers to make sure you are getting the best results you can with minimum irritation to the skin:

What are the pros and cons of wet shaving?

PROS: Quick, inexpensive, an especially close shave, refreshing and reinvigorates the skin with use of shaving lotions.

CONS: Stubble reappears quickly, risk of cuts and nicks to the skin, risk of ingrown hair if the blade is not sharp.

What should I look for in choosing a razor?

Some razors such as Schick and Wilkinson-Sword, have comfort or lubricating strips near the cap above the blades.

Some contain aloe and are made from water soluble polymer or PVP which allows for a smooth glide over the skin reducing friction.

Twin blades allow for a very close shave and many come with flexible heads allowing the razor to follow the contours of the body.

Look for razors with safety guard wires over the blades to minimize the risk of cuts and nicks and skin irritation. Blades with a platinum chrome finish maintain their sharpness.

Which is the best direction – with the hair growth or against it?

Shaving in the same direction as the hair growth is the most comfortable.

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.

How many times can I use one blade?

This depends greatly on the individual and the thickness or coarseness of the hair. Some prefer to change a blade after using it once or twice, others after 3 or 4 times while many expect between 5 to 7 uses.

The key is to change it regularly and always use a sharp blade. If you feel it dragging on your skin it’s time to change it!

Does shaving make hair grow faster?

There is no evidence to prove this. Hair growth takes place in the hair follicle so any speeding up of hair growth would be due to changes in the hair follicle.

Shaving removes the tapered end of the hair so it feels sharp and stubbly when it appears again above the skin. This can give the impression it is growing out fast.

Also, hair that has been shaved will soon become visible again giving the same impression.
When the hair on your scalp grows by a couple of millimeters you hardly notice it. When freshly shaved hair grows by the same amount you immediately notice it as it reappears above the surface of the skin.

Final word: It must be said that every individual responds to shaving differently. This is because a person’s hair texture, rate of growth, and skin sensitivity are different from the next person. So give shaving time and experiment with various accessories until you find the ones that really suit you giving you a close shave with minimal damage or irritation to the skin.