Shaving Made Easy for Women
Razors as a Marketing Scam
I am just one of the millions of women sick and tired of companies getting ahead on my basic necessities. One of those necessities is hair removal. Ok, so shaving is not exactly detrimental to life but large corporations are making bank offering you products that are guaranteed to give you a closer shave, a shave that's quick and easy and won't irritate your skin. Products that have three to five blades or gel heads. The one thing in common with all these is their pricing. Five dollars for three razors or twenty dollars for six for the fancy kind that have shaving cream and a razor in one ( Intuition brand ) . So I was fuming one day while shaving about how unfair and sexist it all was and then something clicked. The science behind shaving: what is it exactly? If you shave the way my mom taught me, the way I've done my whole life which is the way the YouTube videos show you to, then you're doing it wrong.
How to Shave correctly and cheap
I've tried nearly every brand of razors out there trying to find the right one for me even branching out into the men's. What I have found is that I can get the same quality of shave with any razor if I use the same technique. That's right, ladies, it's all about technique.
My mother and the internet will tell you to wet your legs, then lather with shave gel or cream, then place your razor down on your leg near your ankle and gently pull upward, the razor gliding and once to the end of your stroke ( usually to the knee ) lift the razor and rinse in some water then to repeat until done. This is the way I've done it forever but it's so tedious! And the hair and gel sticks between the blades anyway.
Here's what I've discovered : The time consuming portion of shaving is rinsing and banging the razor to remove the hair for another short stroke just to rinse and bang again. The expensive part of shaving is the hair clogging the blades so they can't reach the hair efficiently to cut so you think the blade is dull and buy new ones. The problem with shaving is the hair stuck in the razor. Now we know the problem, how do we fix it? Here is my technique that has made shaving easy and cheap:
- Wetting your legs is always a good idea
- Lather your shave cream or gel or even shampoo or conditioner
- Starting at the ankle set your razor, blade down and parallel to skin
- Pull upward lightly in one short stroke, usually to the knee
- Here's what's changed: Instead of lifting the razor to rinse and bang out the hair, push the razor back in the same easy, slow and parallel stroke. Just push it back. No turning, lifting, rotating; just push back. There's no need to take the razor all the way back down your leg to the ankle. Just a few inches in the other direction to allow the clump of gel/cream and hair to slide out between the razor blades.
But Dont Take My Word For It......
Give it a try! Use your favorite razor this way and compare to a cheaper one and see if you can find a difference.
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