So in my earlier post about Gillette Venus Event in Delhi, I confessed to have converted to shaving over the past few years. I have been using my new Gillette Venus Razor and Shaving Cream, and I thought I’d address a lot of myths that usually surround shaving along with some tips.
Myth #1. Shaving makes hair grow back faster and darker
My take: Your hair will always grow back in your natural colour. And the texture, well Dr Shetty confirmed it at the event: our genes as well our hormones determine the quality and texture of our hair. I’ve heard that when the body hair is just sprouting or is very short, it can appear darker due to the length.
Myth #2. You shouldn’t shave too frequently
My take: That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard, considering we all need it. Let’s not turn a good thing into a bad thing. In fact, I love the fact that I can get hair-free arms in 5 minutes without spending 500 bucks at the salon and wasting an hour! I don’t see how shaving can have an impact on your hair texture or your skin!
Myth #3. Shaving delicate areas causes in-grown hairs.
My take: It isn’t the hair removal process that causes nasty in-grown hairs, it’s the condition of the surface of your skin. They are just trapped in your skin, so it’s best to use a scrub or loofah it up in the shower. This will help clear things up, making sure your blade can actually get to your hair.
Myth#4. The more the pressure, the closer the shave.
My take: Now I’ve been there and let me tell you, it’s not pleasant. The more the pressure, the greater the chances of irritation or cuts. The razor is designed in such a way that they are cushioned and lend a close shave. So let your razor do its job. If you feel that you have to put in an extra effort to make sure you get rid of body hair, it may be time to change the razor.
Myth#5. Shave as soon as step into the shower.
My take: I actually feel you should take 3-4 minutes just for prepping. Warm water and lather/shaving gel actually helps soften your hair that in fact makes it an easier and smoother shave. Wash with tepid water after and pat dry with a towel. Use a soothing cream, or coconut oil (it’s antifungal and antibacterial in nature).
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