Stop believing everything you hear about shaving. Chances are it’s far from the truth. These common shaving myths need to be put to rest once and for all.
Over the years you’ve probably heard a billion different tips about shaving. Your first ideas of shaving probably came from a family member and the rest from a Google search. Although some of what you found seems completely insane to believe, a lot of these shaving myths are still alive and well. Here are some of the most common shaving myths around and why you really should stop believing them.
MYTH 1: Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker and darker.
This is probably the biggest myth people believe about shaving. Hate to break it to you, but shaving is not the reason your hair’s growing back thick and dark. It’s all about your genetics and hormones. People are quick to believe this myth, but it’s completely false. The reason why everyone seems to believe it is because when you shave and your hair grows back the stubble is shorter making it appear to be thicker and darker.
MYTH 2: Shaving with a brand new razor/blade will cause more nicks than an older razor.
So very wrong. Shaving with a razor you’ve been using for a while is the worst thing you could do. Dull blades not only tug and pull at the skin, making it easier to cut, but they also irritate your skin too. Make sure you’re unclogging your razor often to prevent dull blades. If you notice you're getting nicked and irritated more often it may be time to buy a new razor or sharpen the blades of your old one. Instead of having to buy a new razor you can always use The Tap, a 3-in-1 Shaving Razor Unclogger, Sharpener, & Holder. Not only will it keep your razor clean, but it also gives you easy access to a sharpening pad which makes your razor feel brand new.
MYTH 3: You can get a closer shave if you press your razor firmly against your skin.
Actually, pressing too hard on your razor makes you more likely to nick your skin. Just hold your razor with a tight enough grip so it won’t slip and then let it work it’s magic. It should glide effortlessly on your skin — unless you’ve skipped a couple days/weeks of shaving. If that’s the case it may take a little more effort.
MYTH 4: Only those with naturally curly hair will get ingrown hairs.
Let’s get this straight — everyone is capable of getting ingrown hair. It doesn’t matter what type of hair you have. Ingrown hairs happen when a hair follicle grows sideways under the skin instead of normally. To help prevent these little suckers, make sure to exfoliate your skin to keep them away.
MYTH 5: The more delicate the area the more likely you’ll get ingrown hairs there.
Not necessarily true! Ingrown hairs are not actually caused by the shaving process itself. What you need to pay attention to is the situation going on with your skin. If you never exfoliate the skin around those delicate areas, of course you’re going to be more likely to get ingrown hairs. That’s like expecting to have soft skin without ever putting on any lotion. Now that you know make sure to exfoliate any area of your body you’re planning on shaving to decrease the chances of getting ingrown hairs.
MYTH 6: Shaving can remove a tan.
No, you can’t shave off your tan. Shaving removes that first layer of dead skin which will actually help bring that fresh tan into the light and give you a nice glow. Shave away!
MYTH 7: Borrowing razors is totally fine.
Please never do this. I know you may want to when there’s no other option, and ok it won’t be the end of the world to do once, but don’t make it a habit. It’s not very hygienic and it may spread bacteria. Keep to your own razor for the sake of your skin.
MYTH 8: Shaving leaves skin dry.
You can almost think of shaving as an exfoliant. It removes the top layer of skin (most likely dead skin) and reveals a smoother layer underneath. So no, in most cases shaving doesn’t dry the skin. It ends up making it smooth. If you still feel your skin is dry after shaving, try switching up what you shave with. That might be your problem. Next time try something a little more moisturizing!
MYTH 9: Only women should shave down there.
People really still believe this one, but the truth is more men are starting to “manscape” their pubic area than ever before. It’s completely normal for men to do a little manscaping in their pubic area. It’s their choice after all.
MYTH 10: Shaving is the same for everyone.
This is far from the truth. Everyone has different skin, hair, genetics, etc. which means that shaving is not going to be the same for everyone. You might find a routine that works for you, but it might be totally different than your friend’s routine. That’s perfectly okay. All you have to worry about is figuring out what works best for you.
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