With adolescence often comes the awareness of one’s body, the first big complexes and the desire to eliminate all superfluous hair in order to correspond to beauty standards. And the first prejudices about shaving and hair removal to fight.
Then comes the first experiences of shaving and hair removal, and the famous prejudices that we hear from generation to generation. Some of them are true but others are not, and it is those that we must forget as quickly as possible with real information. But how to untangle the true from the false?
Prejudice no. 1: the more you shave, the thicker and blacker the body hair grows back.
Wrong. But it’s often the first one you hear about. If you decide to shave rather than wax, the body hair will grow back darker and thicker. Although this rumour persists over time, it’s only an urban legend. It’s as if someone is telling you: if you shave your head, your hair will change colour and thickness. Ridiculous, isn’t it?! Well it’s the same for your legs, armpits and other areas you want to smooth. In fact, this story comes from the fact that when you start waxing or shaving, your body grows as well as your hair, and that’s what gives that impression.
Prejudice #2: Shaving damages the skin
Wrong. I mean, if you use the right tools. It’s true that if your razor is dull, you can not only damage your skin but also injure yourself. That said, if your equipment is of good quality and you use a special shaving product (foam, gel, oil, etc.), your skin is safe. And even, the blade of your razor helps to eliminate dead cells on the surface of your skin and thus make it more luminous, like after a scrub.
Prejudice no. 3: body Hair is a lack of hygiene
Wrong. In fact, the opposite is true. While the trend is to shave our hair for aesthetic and societal reasons, hair actually has a role to play, such as pubic hair, for example, which prevents the risk of STDs. Besides, body hair is natural. Learn that certain types of hair are also there to retain odours, yes! And if you remove them anyway, a good shower can replace it. As long as you take it…
Prejudice no. 4: shaving and hair removal promotes the appearance of ingrown hairs
True and false. So yes, depending on your hair type, whether it is thick, fine, etc etc, and your skin type (same topo), it can promote the appearance of ingrown hairs. But it is also possible to have some without shaving or depilation so… Not everything is the fault of this practice. And then, in case of problems, or rather to prevent them, exfoliate regularly and this should help your hairs to grow freely without getting stuck under the skin.
Prejudice n°5: hair removal hurts
Beeeeennnn yes, that’s right. But it’s not an insurmountable pain either. It’s more like a cross between a tingling and a pinching. And then you get used to it and it gets better with time. Especially since technology has come a long way in terms of devices to reduce pain. A little tip: if you do epile, to reduce pain, always keep your skin well hydrated. This makes the skin more supple and makes pulling out hair less painful. Otherwise, you can use a razor, depilatory cream, or let your hair grow freely.