It’s Friday night and your hot new neighbour from a few doors down finally asked you to dinner - tonight. You’ve got all you need - your new pumps and your trusty little black dress.
But there’s one problem, you shaved this morning and by the time dinner time rolls around, you can say goodbye to those silky smooth legs.
The stubble is real.
Ladies, don’t let this happen to you. We’ve put together an easy guide to answer all of your leg hair questions, give you a few shaving tips, and even offer some alternatives to shaving.
Keep reading so you can avoid the stubble and love your silky legs again.
Does Shaving Make Your Leg Hair Grow Back Faster?
We’ve all heard it at some point: shaving makes your hair grow back faster.
But, ladies, we assure you that this is a terrible hoax.
Hair grows from follicles that are found beneath your skin. When you shave, the razor glides over the surface of your skin, avoiding the follicles completely.
The only thing that affects the rate of your hair growth is your genetics. We are all different, and our hair grows at different rates, too.
Just like how some of us have blonde or black hair, some of us will grow hair much faster than others.
But Shaving Definitely Makes Hair Grow Back Thicker… Right?
Okay, maybe it doesn’t grow faster, but it definitely grows thicker, right?
This too is a myth.
“But it looks and feels thicker!”
You’re not wrong in noticing that your hair looks thicker. When you shave, the razor cuts the hair at a blunt angle, giving the thicker appearance, but it isn’t actually thicker.
Why Do Some Areas of Hair Grow Faster Than Others?
While we’re on the subject, why do some areas grow back faster than others? Why do you have to shave your underarms twice as often as your legs?
Just as people have differences, your body does too. This is because hair grows in cycles. The hair on your arms and legs has a cycle of about 30 to 45 days, as opposed to your head, which has a cycle of 2 to 6 years. This is also why body hair doesn’t grow quite as long as the hair on your head.
4 Tips to Get the Most out of Your Shaving
Now that we’ve debunked some common shaving myths, let’s talk about some shaving tips.
Keep It Cool
It might be nice to take a hot bath or steamy shower and shave your legs, but this is a big mistake.
Hot water can make your skin puff up temporarily. This is a problem because more of the hair will be covered in skin, keeping you from getting the closest shave possible.
We are not saying you should take cold showers, just that you should be mindful of the water temperature when you’re shaving.
Time It Right
If you thought it didn’t matter what time you shaved your legs, you’d be wrong.
The best time to shave your legs is in the evening time after a fairly laid-back day. When you sleep your legs can swell slightly, causing the same problem as hot showers. At the same time, standing on your feet and running around all day can also cause slight swelling.
Shave in the Right Direction
It’s important to shave in the right direction for two reasons. One, to avoid skin irritation and razor burn. Two, to get the closest shave.
For example, when shaving your legs, you’ll want to shave upward, or against hair growth. Armpit hair, though, grows in all directions, so that’s more of a free-for-all.
Always Rinse and Repeat
Most importantly, make sure you’re rinsing your razor.
Most men rinse their razor after each stroke, but women tend to shave the majority of an area before rinsing the razor. This causes the blades to clog up with dead skin cells, hair, and shaving cream.
It might take longer to rinse the razor after every stroke, but this is the only way to get the closest shave.
Tired of Shaving? the Alternatives
Have you tried all of these tips already? Are you just tired of razor burn and redundancy?
There are other options available if you are ready to throw out the razor.
One of the most common alternatives to shaving is waxing. Waxing is practised all over the world, and for good reason. Waxing will leave your skin smooth for weeks, as opposed to hours after shaving.
Another alternative that more and more people are turning to is laser hair treatment. Because let’s be honest, shaving socks and waxing hurts. Even after all of the pain and effort, you still have to go through it again and again.
Laser hair removal, however, is a way to permanently remove unwanted body hair. You may see small patches of regrowth, but for the most part, those stubble days will be over.
It’s Smooth Sailing from Here
All in all, there’s not a lot you can do to prevent leg hair from growing back without professional help.
If you’re still a shaving enthusiast, follow these tips to help you get the most out of your shaving.
If you’re ready to throw your hands up and sacrifice your razor, it might be time to try the alternatives.
No matter which option you decide is right for you, it’s important to feel beautiful in your own body. If you’re having trouble learning to love your body, check out this article on body image insecurities.