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44 Burning Questions on Female Shaving Answered by Flo

The hair on the various parts of the body can be a touchy subject for many women. If it's not the scalp hair, many women get self-conscious about their hair. They then resort to hair removal methods like shaving and waxing. Kate Shkodzik, medical consultant at Flo, answers some of the most burning questions regarding hair removal.

What is the age to start shaving?

Every girl is different and will be ready to shave her legs in her own time. It may be a good idea to wait until 12 to14 years old to shave your legs. Girls of this age will more likely have the maturity to do it properly without hurting themselves and cutting the skin. Skin cuts can result in bleeding and infection.

What is the least painful method to remove hair for the first time?

Probably the best choice for the first hair removal will be a depilatory cream. You need to read the instructions before hair removal because all the creams are different.

This cream will dissolve the hair shaft. Keeping it on your skin for a longer time than necessary can cause skin burn. You should also test the product on a small area of your arm to make sure you aren't allergic to it.

What is the best way to get rid of pubic hair?

Nowadays, there are many ways to get rid of pubic hair including shaving, waxing, sugaring, laser epilation, and photo epilation. To choose from the variety of options, you should take to account the type of your pubic hair — is it thin or thick — and your skin characteristics like susceptibility to irritation or allergy. 

Shaving is the most common way of removing pubic hair, but the result lasts for two to three days. Waxing and sugaring results last longer but the process generally causes more skin irritation and allergy. 

The most effective way of getting rid of pubic hair is laser epilation. If the procedure is done correctly, the risk of side effects such as skin irritation and burns is minimal. After about nearly five procedures, the pubic hair shouldn't grow any more in that area. The only contraindication for a laser epilation is pregnancy.

How often should I shave?

It depends on your hair growth speed. The majority of women shave once or twice a week. Shaving more often than necessary can lead to skin irritation.

Is it necessary for a girl to shave down there?

It is your personal choice whether you want to shave your pubic hair. It is considered more hygienic to remove your pubic hair but it doesn't give you any health benefits. 

How to avoid razor bumps?

If you want to prevent razor bumps in your bikini area, you should buy a good bikini razor. Before shaving, wet the skin area and use a good moisturizing shaving cream or gel. To prevent ingrown hairs, shave in one direction only — the direction the hair is growing. Use new sharp blades so as to shave sensitive skin areas as few times as possible.

How to get rid of small red dots after shaving?

Small red dots that appear after shaving may be razor bumps or razor burns. As soon as you notice them, you may want to get rid of them. You should moisturize the area frequently, use cooling compress, apply some calming anti-inflammatory remedies like aloe vera and don't shave the area for some time.

How can a girl get rid of facial hair?

There are a lot of methods you can use to get rid of unwanted hair on your face. It can be shaving, tweezing, epilation, waxing, depilatory creams, or threading. They all differ in effectiveness, level of pain, and cost. You may choose the most comfortable option for you.

Mum forbids me to shave my legs. How to make hair less noticeable or shave without her noticing anything?

It may be difficult to shave your legs so that your mom won't notice. But you can use something else like bleaching cream. Apply it on your body hair and, after about ten minutes, take it off with cool water. Bleaching cream removes the dark pigment of the hair. The result lasts 2 to 4 weeks and depends on your hair thickness and its growth speed. 

Do I need to shave my arms?

Shaving your arms is a personal choice and it doesn’t improve your hygiene. Therefore, it isn't a must to shave your arms. However, a lot of people shave their arms (as well as waxing and bleaching), while others abstain from shaving. If you are comfortable with your arm hair, just let it grow.

Do I need to shave my upper lip?

If you feel bad about the way how your upper lip looks, you may remove hair by using special hair remover cream, threading, cream bleach or waxing. If you feel okay with it, there is no need to get rid of them. It is your choice.

Do I need to shave my stomach?

The choice to remove your stomach hair is yours. If you don't like the way your stomach hair looks like, you can remove it by shaving, using a hair removal cream or waxing. If you choose to use a cream, just apply it to the skin and then wait the specified amount of time before wiping off the cream with hair.

How to get rid of stomach hair without shaving?

In order to get rid of your stomach hair, you can use a hair removal cream or waxing strips. If you choose to use a hair removal cream, follow the information on the pack. Apply the cream to the skin and wait for a couple of minutes before wiping away the cream with hair. 

Waxing strips should be melted with the help of your body heat in your hands. Then, apply it to the skin and remove it in the direction of the growth of the hair. Remember that if your skin is prone to allergic reactions, waxing might be a wrong choice.

How to shave down there?

To shave your bikini area properly, take a hand mirror to see the area you are going to shave. Prepare a sharp and clean razor. Soak in the tub for about five minutes to make the skin and pubic hair softer before the shaving. 

Apply shaving cream over the areas that you are going to shave. Hold the skin by one hand and shave with another (with slow strokes), avoiding excessive pressure.

Rinse your skin with warm water and pat dry. Apply lotion with aloe vera on the area that has been shaved.

Is it necessary to use shaving cream?

It is a very good idea to use shaving cream because the hair remains moist during shaving, making it softer and easier to cut. The shaving process will be easier and more pleasant when you need to apply less effort to cut out every hair.

Is it true if you shave with a razor, your hair will grow back faster and thicker?

Shaving doesn't change your hair color, its thickness or rate of growth. If you notice your body and facial hair starting to grow suddenly, you should see your doctor as it can be a symptom of some medical condition.

Is it necessary to shave before sex?

Shaving before sex is a personal choice. It is a cosmetic preference and you don't have to do it if you don't want. But if you decide to shave, it’s more prudent to do it the day before sex in order to soothe the sensitive area and avoid irritation.

How to get soft legs after you shave?

Use a sharp and clean razor to shave your legs. Exfoliate your legs before shaving. Apply shaving cream on the area you are planning to shave. Remove the hair avoiding excessive pressure. Rinse your legs and dry them off. Finally, moisturize your legs with oil or aloe vera gel.

How to get soft legs after you shave?

Use a sharp and clean razor to shave your legs. Exfoliate your legs before shaving. Apply shaving cream on the area you are planning to shave. Remove the hair avoiding excessive pressure. Rinse your legs and dry them off. Finally, moisturize your legs with oil or aloe vera gel.

How good is laser removal?

Laser hair removal is a popular cosmetic procedure that helps to remove hair from the bikini line, legs, arms, underarms, face, and other body areas.

Lasers can selectively target the hairs and don't damage the skin. The majority of people have permanently lost hair after 3 to 7 sessions. However, it can be quite expensive.

Should a girl shave her face?

To remove hair from your face (your upper lip) you may use waxing, hair removal cream, cream bleach instead of shaving. You may find these methods appropriate for you. But you shouldn’t remove hair from your face if you don't want to. It is a question of your personal choice.

How to shave your legs without hurting yourself?

Before getting down to shaving your legs, exfoliate the skin. Take a clean sharp razor and wet your legs. Apply shaving gel in the area you are planning to shave. Shave with slow smooth movements and without applying excessive pressure on the skin. Rinse your legs, pat them dry and apply moisturizer.

Is it true that hair grows back darker after shaving?

Shaving hair doesn't change its color. After shaving, a blunt hair tip appears on the skin. It might feel coarse for a time as it grows out. During this time the hair might appear thicker and darker, but it doesn't change its structure. 

However, there can be hormonal and other medical conditions that can make hair change its color and get thicker. If you observe these changes, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to investigate the reason.

Do you shave down there before going to the gynecologist?

For some women, a visit to the gynecologist is a nervous experience. But you shouldn't feel apologetic about the state of your vagina. Shave it or not; it’s up to you. Your grooming habits will have no impact on the results of the examination and treatment that you might be prescribed. 

Does lack of shaving make your vagina smell?

If you follow simple hygienic rules such as doing regular washing up and regularly changing clothes, not shaving pubic hair won't result in increased vaginal odor.

How to get rid of bumps after shaving?

If you get razor bumps, don't shave the affected areas until they clear up to avoid worsening the condition. Apply the moisturizer with aloe vera or shea butter to the affected area in order to hydrate and make the skin smooth.

How to get rid of nipple hair? Probably the better way is to use tweezers as an easier solution to get rid of 1 or 2 hairs (it is better to do after the shower). 

If you notice that the number of hairs in this area growth, ask your doctor for advice, because it may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.

Is it better to shave or wax down there?

Waxing removes hair below skin level. This weakens the hair follicle, making the hair grow back more slowly. However, it is rather painful. On the other hand, shaving is not painful but you have to do it more often. The choice is up to you. 

How to get rid of an ingrown hair?

You should stop removing the hair in that area until the hair that ingrown goes away. Apply warm compresses in this area and pull out the hair carefully, using sterile tweezers or a needle. Wash and gently exfoliate around the hair and use a topical cream to reduce inflammation.

How to keep the hair from growing back so quickly?

After waxing, your hair grows back more slowly and becomes finer. You can also try to apply medication creams that slow down the growth of the hair you don't want on your face or under 

How to shave underarms?

You have to use a clean sharp razor. Apply the shaving cream on the area you are planning to shave. Shave without exerting excessive pressure, pat the skin dry and don't forget to apply moisturizer at the end.

Do I need to shave my legs?

You don't have to shave your legs if you don't want to do it. It doesn’t affect your health in any way. Do what you like and makes you feel more comfortable. If you feel the need to get rid of leg hair, then shave it. Otherwise, you can let it grow out. 

How to convince my mom that I have to shave?

It is a good idea to talk to your mom. She was the same age as you are now and she probably did the same thing too. Perhaps, she will explain to you how to shave properly.

Be ready to explain to her maturely why you want to do it and then discuss the issue with her. Be polite and calm, making use of good arguments to support your point of view.

What happens when you cut yourself down there?

If you’re shaving your hair down there and end up with cuts, make sure to treat them right. You have to wash gently with water and soap (you may use antiseptic) and then put a little ointment (with aloe vera) on to soothe the sore. Try not to irritate this area too much and you should be ok in a day or two.

How to treat itchy legs after shaving?

Rinse the skin of your legs thoroughly to be sure that the shaving gel is completely removed and pat them dry. Then moisturize your legs skin with oil, balm or aloe vera gel.

How to shave legs?

The procedure of shaving legs may seem difficult at first sight. But when you make it a routine, you'll see how easy it is. Exfoliate the skin before shaving. Take a clean sharp razor and then moisturize your legs. Apply a shower gel on the area you are planning to shave. Shave your legs without excessive pressure, rinse the legs carefully, pat them dry and then apply moisturizer.

How to remove dark spots from your vagina?

If the spots down there don't hurt, they could be the veins showing through the skin. But you better consult your GP to find out if there is anything to worry about.

How to avoid itching after shaving?

Exfoliate the skin before shaving. Take a clean sharp razor, never use dull blades. Wet your legs and apply a shower gel on the area you are planning to shave. Shave your legs without putting excessive pressure. Rinse them carefully, pat them dry and apply moisturizer. Oil balm or aloe vera will be very helpful. 

How to start shaving?

Firstly, exfoliate the skin on the area you're going to shave. Take a clean sharp razor and never use dull blades. Wet your legs and apply a shower cream to the skin. Take care not to apply excessive pressure. After shaving, apply moisturizer. Oil or aloe vera gel will do you good. 

What are the shaving tips for sensitive skin?

You should choose a shaving cream for dry and/or sensitive skin. Don't use creams containing menthol and alcohol because these components can irritate your skin. It is better to find shaving products that fragrance-free. Moisturize your skin after shaving with some oil or aloe vera.

How to avoid cutting yourself while shaving?

To avoid cutting during shaving, use a new sharp razor. Don't rush, shave with slow movements. Use shaving cream or gel to avoid excessive pressing.

Does waxing hurt?

Waxing can be painful especially during your first time. It’s also painful if you’re getting rid of hair in your bikini area, genitals or above the lip. Waxing could cause rashes and even aggravate it. To avoid unpleasant consequences, make an appointment with a specialist. If you insist on doing it on your own, don't forget to read all the instructions provided and follow them.

How does hair removal cream work?

The hair removal cream breaks down the protein keratin which forms the structure of the hair. As a result, you can simply break the hair off when you wipe the hair removal cream away. Removal creams usually contain a number of chemicals, created to break down the hair proteins and at the same time be safe for your skin.

Are electric trimmers effective for shaving down there?

Trimmers are effective for pubic hair shaving. So feel free to use it. But don't forget to use the plastic guard at all times and to soften your skin there before shaving.

Shaving is a personal choice, so do what makes you feel comfortable. There are different methods of removing body hair, with different advantages and disadvantages. If you want to remove hair, weigh up the pros and cons before settling on a method.

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