Share: do you shave to remove hair from your legs?

Between waxing and shaving, I’ve always preferred the former, which I find to be somewhat therapeutic especially if it’s actually done at the palor. Shaving on the other hand, is usually a rush-rush affair and will leave me with at least one cut or more if I’m not so lucky. But just a couple of months ago, I started to find that shaving may not be so bad after all.

Shaving is more time efficient
Shaving is definitely something that can be done quickly in the bathroom. Because I only shave when I need to be really presentable, and so when I shave, my motive is always to get it over and done with. I suppose that’s why I’m not slow and careful when I’m doing it. But shaving is for me, the way to go whenever I’m in a rush and so it’s a time saver! But while it’s true that shaving saves me a lot of time, the time it takes for my hair to grow back is really fast too, not to mention they can be quite prickly in the initial growth.

Misconception about shaving
One thing I have to mention though is that, shaving definitely does not make you grow back thicker and coarser hair. The only reason to explain that misconception is because the hair that is shaved is cut bluntly across. So when it grows back, it is at an angle and will be sharper and that attributes to it feeling thicker and coarser upon growing back out.

Skin feels smoother after shaving
Why am I suggesting that shaving can make the skin feels smoother? Well, a couple of months ago, I met with an unfortunate incident that left with me with a bandaged ankle and shin. As a result, I was unable to shower or wet my leg while taking baths for about two weeks and thereafter I couldn’t shave it for almost a month. And because I haven’t been shaving both my legs for a while, I found quite a bit of buildup of dead skin on both my legs. Now, I don’t normally exfoliate my legs regularly, but I do with shaving. So the only conclusion that came out of that is that shaving actually does remove the buildup of dead skin on my legs!

Do you find shaving troublesome?
I have asked a few of my female friends before and very few of them seemed to be fans of shaving. They either go to waxing parlors or do not do anything about their legs. I was a little surprised when I found most of the reactions to shaving were quite negative as I am fine with shaving and do it quite regularly. And after finding out that it doubles as an exfoliant, at least for me, I don’t think shaving is all that bad at all. What about you ladies? How do you feel about shaving your legs?

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  1. Heglaé says:

    I shave using coconut oil. It’s the best. No cuts and moisturized skin.
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  2. Alexandra says:

    I don’t shave because I don’t have many leg hair to start with:P My friend did try shaving and the outcome was disastrous because her new hairs was growing weirdly thick and sticking out, like small brushes. Poor girl was being teased by others…and lasted till now. If I were to remove any unwanted hairs, I think I will go with an epilator.
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  3. Jyoan says:

    Why don’t you epilate?
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  4. Cassie says:

    I’ve read quite a few good stuff about coconut oil, might give it a try!

  5. Cassie says:

    That’s lucky of you to have smooth legs! Mine looks smooth from far but close up you see these little baby hairs, annoys me.

  6. Cassie says:

    I’ve tried using an epilator but it leaves my legs unevenly epilated and sometimes breaks the hair instead of pull it from the root. ? Not sure if it’s the brand i got that’s not effective or the way i used it?

  7. vc says:

    i tried veet before but i think because i have sensitive skin it always gave me a burning feeling. thereafter, i’ve stopped doing anything to the hairs on my legs which are not obvious from far but upclose i do have a little hair. not bothering and i heard about the shaving ‘myth’ so gave up on my leg hairs.

  8. Cassie says:

    I’ve also tried veet and it dried my skin soooo bad! And there’s a pungent smell that fills my bathroom after using, so i stopped using it. I wonder why some girls swear by veet.

  9. rina says:

    i am very lucky i don’t have to shave/remove hair from my arms and legs cos they are very fine, they cannot be seen (unless you are scrutinizing maybe 10cm away from them). my aunt warned me since i was a child, never to shave my arms or legs as they will become ‘coarser’ looking (she showed me her legs and i was forever freaked out).

  10. Karen Lee says:

    Yes we do need to shave our legs, armpit and eyebrows. These are the 3 things I can’t leave without. I did underarm IPL and now lower leg IPL. I try to go and trim my brows every 2 weeks. These days I am so busy, they are growing like bushes.

  11. Stephanie/Yukaeshi says:

    Shaving is a necessary evil. I’ve tried waxing but I cannot live with having to leave my legs/armpits for at least 2 weeks before being able to wax… so I’m back to shaving now. It truly is the fastest and best way to smooth armpits and legs! Sometimes I do use Veet once a week, but I’m impatient and the waiting time kills me haha!

    My best friend recommended epilating to me, but I told her I tried epilating (With a cheap Panasonic epilator) and it didn’t work too well on me, though she recommended trying out Braun’s epilators so I just might.

  12. Soos says:

    Agree: shaving is quicker, exfoliates, smells better than alternatives!
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  13. Nate says:

    Thanks for sharing! I agree that using a rich oil as a shaving “cream” is a lot better than buying those expensive ones in the market. I typically use coconut or avocado oil and always end up with smooth, silky skin after.

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  15. Lizzie says:

    Hair removal is such a hassle, but if I don’t do it I just don’t feel as comfortable and confident. I’ve started with IPL now. I’m 3 sessions in and luckily seeing first results. Fingers crossed it will work for me!

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