Shaving Hub

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Introduction

This page is intended to be hub or table of contents to help you find relevant information regarding this topic. As I add more content I will update this page with links and descriptions. Enjoy.

A Brief History of Shaving...

Let's take a quick trip back in time and join our early ancestors. We are standing on some snow and our early relatives are eating raw meat and humping each other by their newly discovered fire. Awesome! Of course, they are covered in hair.

If they, like monkeys, had less facial hair than the rest of their body then it may have been a liability. This thinner hair would easily trap moisture and hold it close to the skin and increase the danger of frostbite. For This reason, it is believed that our ancestors may have trimmed, plucked or even shaved some portions of their body hair, especially their faces.

It is believed that around 100,000 years ago they may have begun plucking hair from their bodies. Of course, they could use their fingers (Or a friend's), but many believe they were advanced enough to use tools like empty clam shells.

ancient shaving stoneRoughly 50,000 years later is when many believe that our ancestors started using more advanced tools like obsidian blades. Made by flaking off pieces to create a create a sharp edge. These tools could've been used to cut hair as well as perform many other functions vital to survival.

Now let's get into the time machine again and set a course for ancient Egypt. For various reasons, In Egypt hair removal was an important part of the culture. It may have been because of the intense heat or simply because they believed that hairless and smooth was more beautiful (as I do).

ancient egypt razorArcheologists have uncovered many tools that were used to shave and remove unwanted hair. Some of the tools are estimated to originate from around 480 BC.

I will leave the rest of shaving history for other articles. Suffice it to say that shaving has been part of human history for a very long time.

 

How Shaving Works

Shaving works using very sharp blades called razors. These blades are sharp enough to cut the hairs almost at the surface of the skin. Though it's pretty self-explanatory there are many different methods, tools, and opinions on the subject.

 

history of the razor

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Shaving How To Guides

There are so many different methods and styles of shaving. Too many to touch on here. Below is a list of articles covering relevant topics that could be useful to you.

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Face

Male

Female

Neck

Male

Female

Chest

Male

Female

Shoulders

Male

Female

Back

Male

Female

Arms

Male

Female

Butt

Male

Female

Genital Area

Male

Female

Legs

Male

Female

Feet

Male

Female

 

Tips and Tricks

Here is a living list of links to posts containing specific tips and tricks related to shaving. I decided on this format because I feel it would be more useful to you to have an entire article dedicated to any tip or trick or maybe two or three.

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Tools

Below is a list of links to explanatory pages about the different types of shaving tools. Within those pages are some products I recommend and have reviewed.

These will be linked to pages and posts as I make them so stay tuned.

Razors

  • Standard Razors
  • Old fashioned razors
  • Electric razors

Pre-Shave

  • Shaving Creams
  • Shaving Oils
  • Shaving Gels
  • Skin Cleaners
  • Other

After-Shave

Brushes

  • Cream Applicators
  • Oil Applicators
  • Other

Other

  • Shaving Skuttles

Pros and Cons

Everything in life has pros and cons. Shaving is no exception. Let's get right into it.

Pros:

  • Cheap: Shaving is relatively inexpensive compared to other hair removal methods. However, there are very expensive high-end options for you to invest in as well.
  • Simplicity: Shaving is simple and easy. After the first few times, it becomes muscle memory.
  • Accessible: Unlike some other hair removal options, you can find shaving products everywhere.

Cons:

  • Skin Irritation: Depending on your skin type, how you are shaving, and the tools you are using, shaving can cause mild to serious types of skin irritations. If you want a full list including remedies, and prevention click here.
  • Repetition: For most people, shaving is required every day if they want to stay smooth. For this is a big anoyance.

Interesting Facts

  • An estimated 90% of adult males shave every day.
  • The average western male will shave about 20,000 times in a lifetime.
  • Most males begin shaving between the ages of 12 - 14.
  • Shaving removes almost as much skin as hair.
  • Around 15% of men refuse to shave their faces due to resulting discomforts.
  • If you shave every day for your whole life. You will end up spending 5 months of your life shaving
  • On the average male has about 30,000 beard hairs.
  • 99% of men think of shaving as an annoying chore.
  • Hans Langseth of Norway owned the longest record beard hair at a stunning 17.5 feet!
  • Birger Pellas of Sweden had the longest mustache at 10 feet!
  • The medical term for razor burn is Pseudofolliculitisbarbae.
  • A marketing campaign in America is largely responsible for convincing women that body hair was unhygienic and unfeminine.

DIY Shaving

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Complications: Prevention and Remedies

The unfortunate truth is that any form of hair removal will cause some sort of irritation. When you get down to the details about removing hair you are either using a blade, pulling out hair, burning it, or grinding it. None of these things are particularly pleasant to your skin.

In shaving specifically, there are a few types of skin complications that are particularly common. I will list them below and link to post and pages that cover them in more detail.

Razor Burn

Ahh, razor burn. how common you are. If you shave at all you have probably had to deal with this. If you're like me then you have never really considered what it actually is. You just associated it with some abstract skin pain that resulted from shaving. I will define it for you here.

It's pretty simple. You need to remember that when shaving you are in-fact using a sharp blade. For this reason, the name razor burn is entirely misleading. Nothing is burning your skin in any way. It is the razor blade cutting off the top layer of skin and nicking all the imperfections and bumps.

  • Coming Soon - In depth article on razor burn

Razor Cuts

This is highly Self-explanatory. This will happen when you cut your skin deeply with your razor. This can happen when using certain strokes.

I will provide links to posts and pages that cover this topic in a more in-depth way. So stay tuned.

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Razor Bumps

The scientific name for this is Pseudofolliculitis barbae. This is basically ingrown hair. This typically happens when curly hair is

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Shaving Itch

This is a common complaint among shavers. But what is really happening here? The truth is, itching could be caused by literally anything. But there are a few things relating to shaving that could be causing this irritation. A possible common cause could be something as simple as dry skin.

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Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs can be extremely painful. We've all had them. If you do a google search you can find some really disturbing and pukeworthy pictures of the extreme effects of ingrown hair. The truth is these happen to us all the time. Sometimes they end up looking like a pimple. This mysterious pimple never seems to go away or really pop. They just ooze puss. Gross! But what is really going on here?

In general, an ingrown hair occurs when a hair doesn't grow straight out of the follicle and as a result in the hairs growing back into the skin. This causes irritation and an immune response, hence the puss. There are certainly varying degrees of this.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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References

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