Shaving is a hair removal method commonly used by both men and women. And while most men shave their facial hair, women shave off unwanted hair from their legs and underarms.
Currently, there are various tools that can be used for shaving and hair removal. This includes foil shavers, electric shavers, tweezers, and hair clippers.
Foil shavers consist of a series of knives hidden beneath a metallic foil, which have been designed to raise the hairs and guide them close to vibrating knives, regardless of the direction in which the hair has grown. To clean, foil shavers can be washed under running water.
The electric shaver, also known as the electric razor, makes use of rotating blades that are hidden behind a metal screen in order to avoid direct skin contact. The electric shaver works in a way that when it is held against the skin, the hair strands will be pushed through the holes in the screen, which are then cut by the moving blades. These moving blades can either be a rotating cylinder or (one or more) rotating disks or a set of oscillating blades.
The major drawback of electric shavers is that it cannot cut hair strands as close as regular razors do. Aside from that, these kinds of shavers require an energy source. Normal operation time of an electric shaver is around 45 minutes, when it is fully charged. Even so, electric shavers are less likely to cut the skin, since their rotating head effortlessly adjusts to every curve on your face and neck, as well as provide easier and quicker shaving. Also, unlike regular razors, electric shavers do not need replacement for about a year and a half from its first use.
Tweezers are used in plucking excess hair from the face or eyebrows. Tweezers can either consist of two fused, angled pieces of metal or one metal piece bent in half. The bent tweezers is much cheaper compared to the fused one. However, the fused tweezers provides a stronger grip.
Hair clippers are specialized tools used to cut human head hair. Hair clippers can either be operated manually or driven by an electric motor that allows the blades to rotate from side to side.
The problem with shaving, in general, is that it can cause skin irritation. To prevent this, there’s actually a right way of shaving. The trick is to soften your skin first by wetting it because dry shaving promotes the risk of clogging up the razor with dead skin, which also puts yourself at risk for nicks and razor burns. It would also be wise to exfoliate your skin before shaving to get rid of dead skin cells, which as mentioned, can clog up the razor and cause cuts and burns. Another thing is, there will be no need to waste your money on buying separate specially formulated shaving creams for men and women as these creams are virtually the same. Also, make sure that you regularly change your razors and cartridges to avoid the dulling of the blades, which can lead to cuts.