Posted by: Georgi 

A very widespread notion is that when you shave your legs the hair grows darker and thicker? While this has been debatable, the truth of the matter is that this is just one of the many widespread misconceptions making their rounds on the internet. Why? Biologically, hair grows in follicles under the skin thus nothing that takes place above the skin, such as shaving, can alter the number of follicles beneath the skin or even its diameter.

However, shaving leg hair has a notable effect on the texture of the hair. Naturally when you shave, you are chopping off the naturally conical end of leg hair, thus end up creating a blunt end. Needless to mention, this may feel spiky when you run your hand over a shaved leg.

On the flip side of the coin, when you wax your leg hair, or even use a depilatory, the hair will end up assuming a smooth texture as it grows because of the simple fact that it does not have a spiky end any more. The growing hair after shaving, particularly during the summer season, may actually grow darker simply because of the mere fact that it has not gotten full exposure to the lightening effects of the sun.

For best results, there are a number of measures you can take before shaving your leg hair. One thing that you need to understand is that hair comes out easily when being shaved when it is long, so you should try to allow the hair to grow a bit longer in between shaves. If you have a sensitive skin, you might want to find out about using specially formulated shaving gels or creams so you could reduce irritation. One final point, ensure you keep your legs well moistened before, during and after shaving so you could reduce irritation. The basic way of shaving your leg hair is as follows:-

1. You should ensure you wet your legs so the razor blade could slide and glide smoothly. You should actually use warm water so the hair follicle will be soft to facilitate easy removal
2. Secondly, you are advised to lather your legs using a shower gel, a shaving gel, a shaving cream, or simply soap so the blade could glide and slide easily. Foam helps keep hair strands straight during shaving
3. While at it, move the razor up the leg against the direction in which the hair is growing. You might be forced to take several passes so you can remove all hair. In between strokes, you should rinse the blade of cut hair.
4. Take special care while shaving over uneven skin like in knees, ankles, scabs etc.
5. When shaving difficult areas, you can change the angle of the razor and pull the skin stretch tight so you could raise the hair
6. Once you are done shaving, rinse your legs thoroughly to remove all bits of hair
7. Always shave one or two inches above your normal clothe line so you can be sure no hair will be visible when clothing shifts or moves.

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