Mini skirts, shorts and other leg-baring styles call for legs worth baring. In American culture, this often means getting rid of leg hair. Shaving and waxing are two methods readily available -- all you need for either technique can be found at drugstores or even supermarkets.
The thing about hair removal is that, unlike other normal rites of passage, such as riding a bike or learning how to parallel-park, no one ever actually teaches you how to shave your legs. Even in the beauty world, there are few YouTubers posting videos about how to shave correctly. Tutorials about shaving your legs do exist, but those making them aren't exactly experts.
I'm practically an expert on responding to people who criticize women for not shaving their legs or any other body parts society expects them to shave. After writing what I thought was a very reasonable, non-accusatory article on why I don't shave my legsmany angry Internet trolls, three radio shows, and even several friends pressed me to defend my decision. My brief moment of fame wasn't the most relaxing period of my life, but it did allow me the chance to do something I'm very happy to do: Give ignorant people a piece of my mind while busting myths about gender and beauty.
Below are 10 little known facts about shaving your legs, and some tips to help you get the best shave possible. You can use a mild scrub or an everyday exfoliant. Lather is super important for a good, clean shave, but ditch your soap and stick to a shave cream or a pinch of hair conditioner.
I want to talk about hair. In particular, I want to talk about leg hair. I want to talk about leg hair and women and how it was decided that the two went so poorly together.
At the outset of the United States, leg and underarm hair removal was not a common practice for women. One cultural change was the definition of femininity. In the Victorian era, it was based on moral character.
Leg shaving is the practice of removing leg hair by shaving the hair off using a razor or electric shaver. In addition, some people remove leg hair using waxingsugaringdepilatoriesepilators or other depilation devicesor lasersbut shaving remains the least expensive and one of the least painful methods. It is a very common practice among women in the western worldand is also done by some men, especially bodybuilderscyclistsswimmers and some runners.
In the U. Before the 20th century, women were only socially required to remove unsightly hair from the face and neck virtually the only parts of their bodies not covered by clothes but they would do this using homemade or industrial depilatory creams, not with razors. Shaving was a service provided to men and by men in public spaces, and it required significant skill. Even after the first T-shaped razor was introduced to market, it took years for advertisers to challenge the connection of shaving and masculinity.
Choosing to shave your legs is a personal matter. Contrary to what some may think, shaving your leg hair does not make it grow back thicker. There are no medical benefits to shaving your legs; many women -- and some men -- simply prefer the look and feel of a hair-free leg.