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Added May 26, 2014

Shaving Body Hair

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Hairy legs and pits...To shave or not to shave.

Okay, so you've got hair down there and hair under your arms. Maybe the hair on your legs and on your arms is becoming darker as well.


What's a girl to do about this hairy situation?


The answer is: Nothing if you don't want to. Getting rid of body hair isn't a requirement. In fact, until the 1920s most American women didn't do anything about their leg and underarm hair. But then skirt length started going up, and women began wearing sleeveless dresses, and the razor wasn't just for men anymore. European women didn't really start shaving until the 1960s. There are still a lot of women who don't shave, or who only shave their legs in the summer.



Girls shaving is the most popular form of getting rid of body hair. Some girls shave to just above their knees and others shave the entire leg. Some girls shave their underarms because they find it helps prevent B.O.




Other forms of body hair removal include waxing, which you can do at home or at a beauty salon. The advantage of waxing is that since it pulls out the entire hair, it removes hair for up to a month and regrowth can be smoother than hair that grows back after shaving. The disadvantage of waxing at home is it can be tricky and messy.



You can also try a depilatory. A depilatory is a cream or gel that chemically damages the hair roots, so that when you wash it off, the hair comes off too. The disadvantage? It can irritate sensitive areas and can smell pretty bad. Effective but expensive hair removal options include electrolysis and laser hair removal.

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Posted December 15, 2012
@ xOXoCharlotteXoxO: Do you shave your whole pubic area or just your bikini line?
Hi there!:)
Hi there!:)
Posted September 02, 2012
I would advise using an epilator - this is kind of a cross between shaving and waxing. The actual motions you go through to get rid of the hair is much like shaving in that you use a hand held item and go up your legs however the epilator pulls out the hair from the root so it grows back slower and isn't as thick when it grows back - as shaving can strengthen the hair so it grows back darker. Also @Cookies&Cream99 I advice using a hair removal cream as it may soften the hair so then you can shave afterwards - this may hurt less. Btw just on extra tip to those new to this - when shaving/waxing/etc. try to go against the hair i.e your leg hair grows downwards so when shaving shave upwards so that it has a better effect. Hope this helps xx
Posted September 02, 2012
A form of wax that i think alot more people should try is sugaring. Its like wax but less painful, cheap (depending where u go), and lasts longer than wax and shaving. Like wax or any type of hair removal, i suggest first trying it on your legs and seeing how much pain u can handle before having to take a break, like with wax.
Posted July 14, 2012
I'm 13 and I wanted to shave since I was 9, but I'm really shy about that kind of thing, and I figured that it wasn't that important if no one mentioned it, so I didn't do anything. At the beginning of summer, (this year) I was trying on swimsuits with my mom. After I found one I said, "I love my swimsuit, but I'm a bit worried about this area." And motioned towards my arm pits. At first mom didn't know what I meant so I said,"No... it's just that... there's hair under there." She looked relived and kind of giggled, and told me to go pick out some shaving cream and a razor while she got something else. I was SO happy when she said that! I'm really independent so I was glad I could pick it out by myself. :) When we got home, she said I should shave my legs too. It's so fun! I only cut myself when I'm rushing. All that to say, if you're thinking about shaving, GO FOR IT! Sorry this was SO long! Good Luck!
Posted September 02, 2012
@cookies&cream99 it hurts sooo bad i nearly cryed so i just stick to shaving aha x
Posted July 14, 2012
@Cookies&Cream99 try using a hair removal cream-which works best for me and although the smell is a ittle strong it's not that bad and you get used to it. It gets rid of all the hairs and it doesn't hurt at all! hope that helps xOxo
Posted May 11, 2012
If ur new 2 shaving then ur hair will prob grow back faster &more than the 1st time. I started shaving @ like 9, I had really hairy arm pits and arms!! When I turned 11 I started shaving my legs, but for some reason my leg hair grows slower than my pit &arm hair.
Posted July 08, 2012
I shave my underarms, pubic area and legs! I never get bumps on my down there area because there is a certain way you must do it. Get a good and new razor, Use something to lubricate the area that is going to be shaved (Body lotion works the best for me), Shave in small sections working your way up, make sure you rinse your razor after every stroke. You can also buy certain creams and soultions to get rid of the bumps. Just ask a trusted adult and cruise the store aisle for the correct razor, cream and other shaving necessities. Also, Take you time!
Posted July 02, 2012
@Cookies&Cream99 I use Gillette/Venus they work great on my skin and get all the hair. A trick I use that all you girls could use too if you don't already know it is put some conditioner on your pits before you shave and then shave. It really helps! Good luck Cookies&Cream99!!!!
Posted May 30, 2012
I love waxing pubic hairs. It doesn't hurt as much as they all say and I was nervous the first time but I have been doing it for 3 years now and I'll never go back to shaving or trimming!
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