How to Shave Body Areas FAQs
Here are some of your frequently asked questions about issues for specific parts of the body, from shaving the head and face, to the pubic hair area:
What's the best way to shave my face?
The process is an individual experience so there is no one right way to do it. However, the following method is likely to produce excellent facial shave results for most people:
- Preparation - gently scrub your face with a loofah or facial scrub lotion to exfoliate the skin and bring out ingrown hairs. Wash your face in warm water as this will help soften the skin and hair. Also, it is advisable to shave after exercising rather than before so that the sweat doesn't irritate the freshly-shaved skin.
Apply a good shaving cream or gel and work it into the hair. Allow the the cream or gel to sit on the skin for a minute or two as this will help soften the hairs and reduce skin irritation. It is important to use a dedicated having product as soap is more likely to dry out the skin and cause more irritation.
For the best results use a new razor blade. If using an electric shaver, be sure to clean the blades every few weeks and to keep them free of hairs. For people with heavy beards or more sensitive skin try using a razor with more blades.
- Technique - shave in the same direction as the hair grows in short, deliberate strokes. Razor shaving in the opposite direction of the hair growth increases the chance of ingrown hairs, irritation, and inflamed skin. Do not shave using long strokes as this will often cause you to press down too hard on the skin, thus increasing razor contact and making razor burns more likely.
- Start with one side of your face and work steadily down towards your chin. Use your free hand to gently pull your skin taught. After each stroke rinse the razor blade in hot water to remove the lotion and hairs. If the razor is full of whiskers it is likely to be less effective. After you have shaved one area, rub some of the remaining cream adjacent to and over the same area, and then shave again. Feel for missed patches near sideburns, around the mouth and close to your nostrils. Re-apply cream/lotion and gently pass the blade over the area again, across the grain. Try to keep the skin moist.
- Afterwards - ideally you should wash you face in cold water after you've completed shaving to remove the cream or foam. This will help close the pores, help reduce any bleeding, and lessen skin irritation. Once your skin is dry, apply a good moisturiser or aftershave lotion to help keep the skin soft and reduce the presence of razor burns. There are many products on the market so choose one that suits your type of skin. Products that contain aloe vera or tea tree are good for soothing the skin and preventing skin infections. For those cuts that continue bleeding, cover with a small piece of tissue until the bleeding has stopped. For those who are braver, apply a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding.
- Finally, rinse and dry your shaving equipment thoroughly, and store in a dry place. Clean equipment is less likely to introduce bacteria and infection to your clean sensitive skin. The blades should last longer if they are looked after. You will know if your blade is not sharp enough as it will leave your face feeling raw and sore, and you are more likely to see razor burns and ingrown hairs.
What is the best method to shave the pubic area?
The easiest and safest way is to get your partner to do it for you. If you would rather shave your pubic hair yourself then follow these guidelines:
- Purchase the correct products. You need a good safety razor and an appropriate lubricant. Some of the male shaving creams and oils might be a little harsh on sensitive skin so take care in choosing the right type. Many creams purchased by females will typically be more suitable for sensitive skin.
- Trim the pubic hairs first, they should be as short as possible. Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully trim your pubic area. Do not start to shave the hair without cutting it first as this will be more painful and will damage the razor blade.
- Prepare for shaving the pubic area. Have a hot shower or bath to thoroughly clean the area to be shaved. This will help reduce skin irritation and the appearance of pimples.
- Commencement. Generously apply shaving cream to the pubic area. Tighten your skin with one hand and gently shave with the other hand. Move the razor slowly in the same direction as the hairs' growth. Try and avoid going over the same area more that once or twice, to reduce skin irritation and ingrown hairs. Once you have completed, wash off the remaining cream with warm water and dry yourself thoroughly.
- Afterwards. Apply a cream or gel that is appropriate for sensitive skin to the pubic area for protection.
What is the best way to perform head shaving?
For the best way to shave your head, follow the steps below:
- Trim your hair; it has to be trimmed down so all that remains is a stubble. If you hair is any longer then it makes shaving the head more difficult. The most common way of trimming head hair is using a set of electrical clippers (the type typically used by barbers).
- Prepare for the head shave. When you've trimmed your hair it then needs to be washed and well soaked. Wet hairs are softer and easier to cut and there is less chance of suffering from razor burns and ingrown hairs. Once your hair has been washed, dry it off a bit. Then apply a quality shaving lubricant and work this in as well as possible. Take some time to get this right, as the better the lubricant is worked in to your head, the better the result is likely to be. It can make a significant difference to the closeness and comfort of the shave.
- Performance. Start by shaving the hair that is softer or lighter first. Hairs around the ears are usually the softest. If you leave the areas that have coarser or stiffer hair until the end (like the back of the head), it will give more time for the lubricant to do its work and soften the hair. When using the razor use slow, even strokes, and don't rush your strokes. If you shave in the opposite direction to the hair growth you'll get the closest results. If you shave in the same direction you experience less irritation. With experience you'll learn which direction is the most appropriate for different parts of your head. If you can, avoid going over the same area too often as this will increase the chance of skin irritation.
- Afterwards. When you have finished shaving, wash your head to get rid of any remaining lubricant. Most people get by with washing their scalp with soap and water. If you have dry skin or experience some level of skin irritation then apply a good aftershave lotion or skin care lotion. Products that contain aloe vera or vitamin E will help soothe and heal the skin. Do not use aftershaves that contain alcohol as it will dry out the skin.
People with thick or curly head hair, are more likely to get razor bumps or ingrown hairs. To reduce the chance to getting razor bumps and ingrown hairs, shave in the same direction as the hair grows and don't make more than 2 passes of the blade over the same area.