Since time immemorial, I have been told by beauticians, agony aunts and all other members of the fairer sex about how we must always give shaving a no-no. Chief propagators of this belief have been the local beauty parlour aunties, and somehow all of us seem to overlook the fact that this could very well be stemming from their obvious need to maintain a market for waxing. What’s the mechanism behind shaving being bad in any way?
I’ve been getting myself waxed since years, and today I come out of the closet, I hate it. I hate the way I must visit a parlour to get it done, the way I have to expose myself to a stranger, who more often than not will try to make small talk by commenting on my skin or “growth” and then ask me “last time kab karwayi thi aapne waxing”, the way it feels, hot, messy and sticky, the way it hurts, the way it takes hours, and of course the way I must stay hairy for the other half of the month in order to be able to endure all of that again! On the other hand, I have the option of shaving, that I can do at my home, in my own privacy, without having anyone scrutinize and judge me on my freaking hair growth(!), in the comfort of my own bedroom, without any chip-chip :P, without any pain, within 10 minutes, and be hairless every goddamned day of my life! Shaving is such a winner!
Except, it has a few cons of its own, some real, some made-up:
1. Your skin might itch after shaving. (which goes equally true for waxing) For this, make sure you shave a moisturised, exfoliated skin to begin with. Stretch it with your hands when you start to shave. Shaving creams are available. or you could use your conditioner! After shaving, apply a cooling substance, like aloe vera gel or any other water based gel moisturiser, or if you have an after shave for women, perfect.
2. You will have to shave every other day or so. But ladies this is NOT because your hair growth increases, or your hair grows back coarser, it’s simply because while shaving what you’re really doing is trimming very close to the skin, so the hair growth continues under the cut end (unlike waxing, where you pull out the hair from its root and thus even though it is growing back, it is still under the surface of your skin for sometime). And plus it’s a 10 minute job, you could practically do it in your shower.
3. If you allow a stubble to grow back, it might feel coarse. This is because while shaving, you cut the hair shaft perpendicular to its length, and at a sharp angle, thus the cut tip feels a little coarse. This is NOT because your hair is growing back coarse. It’s still the same hair that is growing out, the new hair hasn’t even come in the picture. Whereas in waxing, every time you pull out the hair strand, a new one grows from the root, thus having a tapered tip. Also because not all of them will grow back together, the frequency of hair you feel at that point is lower. Take a look at the figure below.
Another possible limitation is the area of usage, for both shaving and waxing. Just like you can wax your bikini area but you might prefer not to because it would hurt too much, you might not want to shave your arms as it is not very feasible (hard to reach all parts, stubble). And on the same lines, it might be best for you to shave your bikini area, and wax your arms. But to each his own. And beware of the infamous razor burn! (refer to point no.1 above) 🙂
I have been shaving my legs and my underarms for a couple of weeks now, and I’m really happy with the decision. It started with an emergency call 😛 and I shudder at the thoughts of going back to waxing now :s Maybe if I need to go on a vacation. In any case, I will always keep a razor with me (bless its soul). Next post I’m going to talk about the razor and the shaving cream that brought about this change of heart 😀
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