Shaving their face is something men take for granted and women would rather not talk about. A woman isn’t supposed to shave her face. She’s supposed to go through life with the same rosy glow set upon the perfectly smooth porcelain cheeks she was born with. Anything else is scandalous, right? Rubbish. Women are human beings and each has an individual mixture of genes and hormones filtering through their body that produce the person we see. Just as the gene/hormone cocktail may dictate one woman to be tall and thin with wispy hair, another’s gene/hormone cocktail may dictate compelling curves and a bit of hair on the face. It happens. The only real question is: What do you want to do about it?
To Shave or Not To Shave
Many women have no problem with their facial hair and that’s great. Others, however, would rather remove whatever facial hair they have and for those women, their options have typically been plucking, waxing and other socially approved ‘womanly’ methods. Until now. Today, more women are casting off cultural structures and breaking out the razor to remove their facial hair and we have some tips to help them understand the process better and to get a great shave that won’t draw attention to itself.
Use a men’s razor:
Men’s razors are designed specifically to tackle men’s facial hair. Because of this, they’re incredibly sharp – especially so-called “safety razors” – which means less irritation when you shave. They’re also extremely durable in order to stand up to the demands of daily use. While you won’t be using it daily, it’s good to know the razor doesn’t need to be thrown away after just 1 or 2 shaves. Just remember not to overdo it. When it feels like the razor is getting dull, replace it promptly.
Don’t use the razor you normally use on your legs:
As suggested above, it’s best to use a sharp razor when shaving your face. The sharper the better in fact. As such, the razor you use on your legs is not the one you want to use on your face. It’s already seen quite a bit of service and is likely to be pretty dull. This will cause irritation and will increase the risk of nicks and cuts as well as scarring. If you’re trying to keep your face shaving a private matter cuts and nicks on the face will undermine your efforts.
Shave in the same direction as the hair growth:
While shaving the face is known to impart some benefits to the skin it can also lead to ingrown hairs if you use a dull razor or shave against the grain. That is; if you shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Your best bet to avoid ingrown hairs is to keep your strokes aligned with the direction of growth. That will likely vary from one area of the face to the next. It may take you a little time to figure out exactly which direction the hair is growing but it’s worth it to do so.
Don’t confuse shaving with derma planning:
Dermaplaning is a quasi-surgical procedure that should only be done by qualified professionals. Its goal is to actually remove the topmost layer of dead skins cells. The only goal of shaving is to cut back facial hair as far as possible without causing damage to the skin. Yes, some dead skin cells will be removed during shaving (if you’re using a nice sharp blade) and that’s a good thing. But don’t confuse the 2 procedures or try and make your razor do more than it was designed to do.
Don’t worry about hair growing back thicker:
The reason hair that grows back after a shave feels thicker is that you’re feeling the flat, truncated end of the cut hairs, not the normal tapered end. If you were to let these hairs grow out for some time the ends would gradually regain their softer, tapered profile. So don’t worry. You’re not feeling thicker hair a few days after a shave, you’re feeling the squared off ends instead.
If you can get past the social stigma attached to women shaving their face (and we’re all for getting past social stigmas) you’ll likely find it a much faster, easier way to deal with unwanted facial hair and one that also has skin smoothing and rejuvenating benefits. Just make sure to use a sharp men’s razor, shave in the direction of the hair growth and don’t use the same razor on your legs and face.