Razors for women are used to remove hair from the body in an easy and safe manner. At the beginning of the 20th century, women were still wearing clothes that concealed their arms and legs. The hair on the legs and armpits were not an issue. Depilatory creams were used, however, they had a different target (1).
Depilatory creams were in use to remove hair on the face and arms. Sometimes these creams were used in the case of surgery. There was a change in women’s fashion in 1915. This change involved sleeveless dresses that were modeled after Greek and Roman styles. With the beginnings of this fashion trend, advertisers concluded that underarm hair was undesirable on women.
Along came the 1920s and fashion changed again. The Roaring 20’s had shorter hemlines that showcased women’s legs. Depilatory creams were marketed as a seasonal item from April to September in catalogs (2).
World War II ushered in a new way to shave. The electric razor became a viable alternative to cartridges and shaving cream. Remington was the first company to design and market a female electric razor. Due to pantyhose shortages since nylon was a commodity, women needed a way to give the illusion of smooth legs. Shaving answered that need.
Bare legs became the normal standard for women by the 1950s. Depilatory creams were not the only tool women had to use for hair removal. Razor companies had taken notice, and women now had options when it came to hair removal.
1Razors for women have feminine specific handles and blades. The color of the handle might seem like the only difference between men and women’s razors, but the handle is designed for women. The handle on a woman’s razor is usually constructed with a curved shape. This is done intentionally because women tend to shave at different angles.
Women’s razor handles often have a grip as well. This design feature is meant to be helpful since women often shave standing in the shower, and the handle grip helps her to maintain a handle on the razor when shaving (3).
Women’s razors are designed to hold cartridges that have multiple blades. The advantage of using a multiple blade razor is that you can remove more hair in a single shaving stroke. These blades allow women to get a close and comfortable shave while removing the most amount of hair. Companies make cartridges that contain up to 5 blades.
2Razors for women have feminine specific cartridges. Women’s bodies are physically different than men’s and they shave different body areas. To accommodate these differences, razor companies have designed cartridges specifically for female bodies.
These cartridges are designed to be an oval shape. This shape allows the woman to have an easier time gliding the razor over bony and curved areas of her body. It also is helpful when shaving under the arm, because the oval shape helps pull the skin tight which allows for a closer shave.
Razor companies put these cartridges on a pivoting head, which increases the flexibility and ability to shave in hard to reach areas (4).
3Razors for women are moisturizing. Moisturizing strips are an additional feature on some cartridges. There are generally two reasons for including this strip. The moisturizing strip can sometimes act as a lubricant for shaving, so you do not need to use shaving cream. It also helps to reduce irritation (5).
Some do not like the included moisture strip. They feel that this extra bump on the razor prohibits women from seeing exactly where they are placing the razor on their skin. This can lead to nicks and cuts.
4Razors for women are quick. Electric razors are designed to be quick and efficient. There is no need to use water and shaving cream. You can use an electric razor anytime and anywhere. This makes it very convenient to use and to travel with (6).
5Razors for women are comfortable. Electric razors are designed with floating heads. These heads help you to get a close shave, but without the nicks and cuts. This design also helps to reduce irritation. Women with sensitive skin might appreciate using an electric razor.
6Razors for women can be budget-friendly. Disposable razors are less expensive to buy than electric razors. However, you need to replace them and the cartridges repeatedly. Electric razors are more expensive to begin with, but they are usable for a very long time.
The cost factor of regular versus electric razors is a serious consideration. Electric razor users should also keep in mind that with proper care, an electric razor will last for years. Every year it will require you to change the blades and foils to keep it shaving and running smoothly.
1Razors for women can cause nicks and cuts. Nicks and cuts can be a common side effect of shaving. This happens because of several different factors. Using a worn or dull blade is a contributing factor to knicks while shaving. Women tend to shave in the shower, which involves them trying to balance in various positions to shave hard to reach spots. This is another reason why women will get nicks and cuts.
Water and shaving cream or lotion is a slippery combination. This is another contributing factor to cuts when shaving. Depending on the depth and severity of the cuts, scars could be a small possibility (7).
2Razors for women can cause razor burn. An uncomfortable rash called razor burn is another potential side effect of shaving. Razor burn is possible to develop under certain conditions.
This skin irritation can happen when you dry shave with a cartridge. It can also be caused by aggressive shaving or using a dull blade. Typically, the rash will appear shortly after shaving in the form of a red rash or small red bumps. It is uncomfortable, and there are home remedies that can help ease the sting.
3Razors for women can cause ingrown hair. Another possible side effect of shaving is ingrown hair. This happens when a hair curls back and grows back into the skin. This condition has recognizable symptoms. An ingrown hair will often be itchy at the site. You might also notice a small red, round bump. Sometimes the bump can be pus-filled (8).
There are over the counter solutions for ingrown hair. Any sign of infection should be treated by a doctor.
4Razors for women can cause folliculitis. This condition is also the result of a blockage in the skin. When this occurs, you will notice a warm, red, and sometimes pus-filled bump. The infection can be superficial or deeper in the skin layers. A doctor will need to swab the area and test it for infection. The treatment plan will depend on the lab results.
5Razors for women can cause dermatitis. This is a condition in which the skin reacts to an ingredient that it has come in contact with. Women with sensitive skin do need to be mindful of the ingredients of the skincare products they use for shaving.
Many shaving creams, lotions, and even cartridges with moisturizing strips contain ingredients that could be irritating. Fragrances and coloring additives can be irritating to sensitive skin. The best way to avoid contact dermatitis is to look for skincare products that are free of fragrances and additives.
Shaving is a simple procedure that is usually accomplished without negative side effects. There are several steps you can take to make shaving easier and less likely to cause an adverse issue. These recommendations should be followed in order to have the best shaving results.
There is a lot of controversy over the effectiveness of men’s razors being fine for women. Companies that sell women’s razors have designed them specifically for women’s bodies.
The handle on a woman’s razor is usually curved. This is designed to make it easier for her to reach various parts of her body while standing in the shower. There is usually a grip on the handle as well. This helps reduce the chances of her hand slipping while shaving.
Women’s razors are generally designed in an oval shape. This design feature ensures that the razor will fit both straight and curved body parts. The oval head is also pivoting to give the biggest range of motion. Several of the negative side effects can be minimized, if not avoided altogether, by using the correct shaving cream.
Be sure to choose a shaving cream specifically formulated for women. It will not contain cooling ingredients that can be irritating to women’s skin.
Women with sensitive skin should avoid shaving creams that contain added fragrances or colors. These ingredients can cause contact dermatitis and aggravate other conditions. It is also a good idea to choose a shaving cream that is in a plastic tube. This will eliminate the development of rust ring that will happen with a metal can.
Choosing the best blade for your skin is crucial. You should always check your blade before shaving as well. Inspect your blade. If it is worn, dull or rusted, you need to replace it before use. Dull blades are a big contributor to nicks and cuts.
Replaceable cartridges can have a different number of blades. The more blades per cartridge, the greater the chance of removing the most hair in less motion. The less you swipe a blade over your skin, the fewer opportunities for cuts, nicks or ingrown hair.
Many women choose electric razors, and with good reason. Thanks to their design, electric razors are less likely to cause nicks, cuts, or skin irritation. The head of an electric razor is designed so that you will not be accidentally nicked while shaving. Many electric razors can also be used on dry skin. This eliminates the need for shaving cream and the possibility of developing a razor burn.
Since you do not need to be in the shower to use an electric razor, it also eliminates the chance that you might slip and fall while trying to reach certain body parts.
Electric razors cost more than traditional ones, but they last much longer. Some women like that they do not have to constantly purchase new cartridges or razors. Electric razors are easy to keep clean and simple to maintain. In order to get the best possible shave, there are two steps you can do ahead of time.
Exfoliating the area to be shaved helps prep the skin. Creating the smoothest possible surface helps the razor to glide across the skin uninhibited.
Thoroughly washing the skin to be shaved is also part of the shaving prep. Making sure your skin is clean will help reduce the risk of bacterial infections should you accidentally cut or nick yourself while shaving. Both exfoliating and washing help make sure that your skin has plenty of moisture which helps combat razor burn.
Will shaving cause my hair to grow back thicker and darker? This is a huge myth. No matter how you shave, it will not cause your hair to grow back thicker and darker (9).
When you shave, the hair is removed at the skin level. When it starts to grow back, the end is blunt, and that is why it seems to be coarser, but it is not.
Once I start hair removal a certain way, must I always repeat that way? You will always have choices in hair removal. Hair continually grows. If you have tried traditional razors, feel free to try an electric razor. There is no reason why one method has to be lifelong unless it works for you.
Why do I suddenly have razor burn? Razor burn occurs when the skin is not lubricated enough. Give your skin time to heal. Next time make sure to use plenty of warm water and an appropriate amount of shaving cream.
How often should I shave? Shaving is a personal choice. You should shave as often as you feel comfortable.
Should I use an after-shave lotion? Freshly shaved skin is most vulnerable for 30 minutes after a shave. If you want to use a lotion, you should wait this long to prevent any irritation. Keep in mind that a cream formula will be less irritating than a lotion. It is also a good idea to wait 30 minutes before swimming as well.
What about applying deodorant after shaving? Underarm skin is sensitive too. It is definitely recommended that you wait before applying deodorant. Applying too soon can cause redness and irritation. A good recommendation is to shave your armpits at night so that in the morning you can apply deodorant as you prefer.
Which is better- shave in the direction the hair grows or against it? When looking to minimize shaving irritation, go in the direction your hair is growing. This will help prevent nicks and cuts, as well as redness and bumps. Remember to take your time and work slowly when shaving. Rushing leads to slip-ups.
How do I know when my cartridge blade needs to be replaced? You should visually inspect your blades before using them. It is a good habit to check it every time. If there are any signs of rust on the blades, replace it immediately. You do not want to risk cutting yourself with a rusty blade. This can cause a host of medical problems.
Look at your blade. If it appears to be dull, then it is also time to replace it. When you are using your razor, pay attention to how it moves across your skin. If it scratches or seems to pull, you should replace it immediately.
How do I know when my electric razor needs to be replaced? Electric razors have different criteria for replacement. If you notice that your electric razor is not maintaining its charge, despite being left in its base, it is time to replace it. If your electric razor is battery operated, try replacing the batteries first.
Most electric razors should have their heads and foils replaced every 12 months. These razors are easier to keep clean, and since they are not used in water, they do not get rusty. Be sure to replace these parts with the manufacturer’s recommendation. The manual that comes with your electric razor will be beneficial. Be sure to keep this on hand for future reference.
Hair removal trends for women have changed and evolved over time. Due to changes in clothing style, women’s arms and legs were in full view. By the 1950s, bare legs were commonplace.
Fortunately, there are many methods of removing unwanted hair. Women today have many choices- depilatory creams, waxing, and laser hair removal. Shaving is perhaps the easiest way to remove unwanted body hair in the privacy of your own home.
Shaving does carry some risks, although they are generally slight. The biggest risk is nicks and cuts. Making sure that you have a nice, sharp blade is key in prevention. It is also helpful to shave in the direction of your hair growth.
It is also possible to develop ingrown hair or folliculitis. These conditions are not always 100% avoidable. If they should happen to you, there are a few things to help. Use a warm compress on the area. This helps reduce swelling and eases the pain. Wait several days before shaving the area again.
If you continue to have redness and irritation, be sure to see your doctor. They can prescribe antibiotics if you have an infection. You might also be able to use a prescription cream to reduce swelling and irritation (10).
There are two types of razors available for purchase.
A traditional razor is disposable. Women’s razors are designed to accommodate women’s unique shaving needs. The handle will be curved to help reach different body parts. Often the handle will also have a grip to help prevent it from slipping in the shower.
The cartridge head of a woman’s razor is oval-shaped. This helps shave over bony parts, as well as softer body parts. The razor head has the ability to pivot and swivel. This is to facilitate shaving while standing in the shower.
Be sure to choose a shaving cream for women. This will eliminate any ingredients that might irritate sensitive skin. Shaving cream for women should be free of fragrance and coloring additives.
Electric razors are also available for women. These razors generally last longer. They also allow you to shave without the need to use water and shaving cream. There is a definite convenience factor when using an electric razor.
Both options yield good results when used correctly. The key to choosing one is to pick the one you are most comfortable using.