Are you tired of making waxing appointments to get rid of facial hair/ do your eyebrows? Is the process of threading and waxing too painful for you? Because that’s exactly how I felt!
The pain that I had to endure just to get rid of some hair, making long trips to the salon and crying alone in the room every time the lady messed up my brows – all these were the reasons when I thought THIS IS ENOUGH. I am tired! I can’t spend my entire life in this annoying circle.
And around the same time, I came across a few videos of women shaving their face. At first, I was hesitant – what if I cut myself? will the hair come out thicker? will I grow a beard like men?
A little research here and there and I was ready to take the plunge. If you’re in the same shoes, I’m going to demystify everything so you can start shaving your face.
Before you continue to read about the Do’s and Don’ts and How To’s about face shaving for women, I want to mention that this post is only for those who have been wanting to start shaving their face or looking for an alternative to waxing or threading. It is not necessary for everyone and it’s absolutely okay if you don’t want or feel the need to do it.
Now let’s go ahead and read everything you need to know about shaving your face!
Benefits of Shaving Your Face
- Shaving makes makeup application much more smooth.
- The bare skin looks more fresh and bright.
- You don’t have to bear painful waxing and threading sessions.
- It is way cheaper than waxing.
Myths About Shaving Your Face
‘Face shaving for women’ is one of the trickiest topics around and is associated with many myths. Just because we see that men have thick beards and they shave, we think shaving will make us get a beard like men. ABSOLUTELY NO!
These are a few myths or questions you might have around shaving your face and why they’re wrong:
1. Hair will grow back thicker.
No, it won’t. If you have noticed the shape of hair strands; it’s thicker at the roots and becomes thin gradually.
When we shave, we are cutting off the hair over the surface, hence exposing the blunt, thick edge. That’s why it looks thicker when it starts to grow but becomes normal afterwards.
Just avoid touching your face to feel the hair strands and you’ll be fine!
2. Hair will re-grow faster.
No, it won’t make hair re-grow faster than its natural rate. But yes faster than when you wax your face.
When you’re waxing, you’re uprooting the hair so it takes more time to grow. But waxing is painful, really painful.
And I don’t see the point of bearing so much pain when you have alternatives but you’re too afraid to try just because of a few myths.
3. I will grow a beard like men
Unless you have a high level of testosterone (male hormone), that’s definitely not going to happen. Women have naturally fine facial hair. It will grow back to the way it was.
4. What about ingrowths?
Ingrown hair is the ones that get stuck under the skin when it grows out. Keep exfoliating your face with a salicylic acid-based serum like The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution, shave in the direction of hair growth and disinfect your razor after every use and you’ll be fine. I haven’t experienced ingrowths yet.
Please don’t use the regular razor you use for your arms and legs. Their blades are quite sharp and you’re going to cut yourself. You can get twin-blade razor but it isn’t easy to reach every corner of your face with those.
Then what do you use to shave your face? The eyebrow razors are your best bet! They’re thin and small so easy to reach every corner of the face, including your eyebrows.
These are disposable razors and you can get 4-10 uses out of each, won’t cause any nicks or cuts as they are not very sharp unless you really put pressure.
The price varies with the brands but some of my favourites are: Tinkle (inconsistent quality though, some of them are really SHARP) and Miniso Eyebrow Razors.
How to Shave Your Face?
- Prep your skin by cleansing it first and pat it dry.
- Use a small amount of facial oil or gel on your face to give it some slip and create a barrier. This will make the razor glide smoothly but don’t use so much that you lose control.
- Pull skin taut and go with small strokes by placing the razor at an angle of 45 degrees, do NOT place it perpendicularly.
- Shave in the direction of hair growth.
- Do NOT go over the same area more than twice otherwise you’ll risk irritating your skin and end up feeling raw.
It is true that going against the direction of growth gives a closer shave but it might cause ingrown hair.
Here’s a video of me demonstrating how I shave my eyebrows with these razors:
- After you’re done, rub ice for a few minutes. I tend to use the By Wishtrend Propolis Ampoule after that to soothe my skin and get rid of the redness.
- Disinfect the blade after you’re done and place it in the case provided. This is absolutely important if you’re going to use the same razor again.
How Often Should You Shave Your Face?
I do my full face once a month but my eyebrows and upper lips need extra attention so I tend to do them once in a week or two. The frequency depends on your hair texture and density. I am moderately hairy.
Things to Consider Before Shaving Your Face:
- If you have PCOS/PCOD, go for waxing instead of shaving, unless you are okay with shaving frequently, since the hair growth is pretty frequent and thick.
- If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test first. Don’t do anything that will cause sweating during the first few hours, it might lead to bacterial infection.
- Try to be as careful as you can be while doing your forehead, any negligence and chances are you’re going to cut your brows off.
- You can use it on any part of your face, for peach fuzz, upper lips hair, brows, sideburns, anything and everything!
- Do NOT exfoliate your skin on the same day as shaving as it might irritate your skin further.
I have been shaving my face for a long time and the growth is the same as that in the case of threading or waxing. And if you have met/seen me, I haven’t grown a beard like men. So go ahead give it a try! 🙂
What’s your preferred method of facial hair removal?