Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn't mean we stop shaving. And while one's so-called relationship with the razor can be a slippery one, debunking a few myths about what happens when you shave can help get you to your smoothest shave ever. So, does your hair really grow back thicker and darker? Are new blades the best to use? And where should you store your razor? We're breaking it all down. On Kirbie: Rae Francis top
Silky smooth skin in all the right places means knowing a thing or two about proper hair removal. Whether you like to shave, wax, or use depilatories, we have all the answers to avoiding razor burn, removing facial hair, and more. Get ready to want to bare your skin with our guide to everything hair removal.
Considering the relatively high cost of replacing razor blades, you might as well try to prolong the life of them, right? Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep them sharper longer, and, as a result, your wallet will love you. Plus, by following these few easy steps after each shave, you'll reduce the likelihood of some common disasters (the nicks, the cuts, the ingrowns). Keep reading for tips on how to "save the shave."
When it comes to smooth legs, there are plenty of razors that fill the beauty aisle — from colorful disposables like Venus Tropical Razors ($11) to moisturizing options like the Schick Intuition ($12), and even bikini trimmers like the Bliss Trim & Bare It ($64). And while modern shaving products offer up quadruple razor this and vibrating handles that, in the early days, razors weren't quite as sophisticated. Let's go way, way back and explore the history of these basic hair removal devices. What do you know about the history of shaving?Take the Quiz
Most women have accepted razor burn as a part of their life, but razor burn is completely preventable, according to Jamie Ahn, owner of Acqua Beauty Bar in NYC. "Razor burn is a type of inflammation," she says. "You have to treat it right away." Think there's no way for you to actually nurse those painful bumps in all the wrong places? You'll be singing a different tune when you keep reading.
We've all done it. It's the painful moment when the razor sweeps across the skin in the most awkward of ways, causing an unbelievable amount of bleeding. While most of us are careful to prevent major cuts from happening, sometimes the nicks can get the best of us. There are far better methods than the classic toilet paper scrap. Check out seven surprising ways to sop bleeding from razor nicks, when you keep reading.
Brand-new men's grooming brand Harry's, from one of the guys behind the cool eyewear company Warby Parker Jeff Raider, is upping the ante. Its just-debuted shave sets ($15-25), which include shaving cream, a razor handle, and three blades, are ace for the sophisticated man in your life, as well as your own shower kit.
Men's razors are one of those beauty products that even women want to get their hands on, and for good reason. Men's razors tend to give a closer shave since their blades are created for the rough hairs on men's faces. With five blades made from Swedish steel and a flexible hinge to align with the contours of the face, the razor is on par with an expensive luxury brand. The shaving cream itself is no different, concocted from marula and eucalyptus oils and free of sulfates and parabens. You can feel good about your purchase, too. For every blade bought, Harry's will donate a blade (or an equivalent dollar value) to an organization that helps people look their best. All of the products individually rank in at $20 or less, and the most expensive set is $25, so you can pick one up for your favorite guy . . . and still have cash left over for yourself.
Are you a leg-waxing enthusiast? Or do you prefer to take matters into your own hands and shave your limbs smooth? Whether you're a fan of waxing, shaving, tweezing, or depilatory creams, the quest to banish fuzz can sometimes be overwhelming. Not exactly sure which hair removal method is best for you? We break down and decode each process for you, along with the pros and cons, when you keep reading.
Hydro Silk is Schick's first five-bladed razor for women, and each blade is mounted individually for better movement around curvy parts — which means it's harder to nick your knees and ankles. It tackles irritation and dry skin with a water-activated serum that sits in tiny reservoirs. As you shave, you moisturize. Easy as that. It took seven years to create this razor, and it took only one use for me to start recommending it. Psst: Keep an eye on Hydro Silk's Facebook page, where fans can score free samples from time to time.
(Full disclosure: I was flown to the razor's launch event by Schick.)
Many women would say that shaving their legs is their least favorite beauty task, but for Tyra Banks, there's no need to bother with the the razors-and-shaving-cream rigmarole in the first place. Tyra explains to Life & Style, "I don't have to shave my legs," adding, "The hair is so faint, you don't even see it." Not all of us are as lucky as Tyra (although what law ever said anyone had to shave their legs, anyway?), who admits there have been times she actually has whipped out the razor. "I used to shave my legs for the Victoria's Secret fashion show . . . and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shoot," she quips. Look for Life & Style out on newsstands Friday nationwide, and tell us: if you have fine or light-toned hair, do you forgo shaving, too?