Using Razors for Hair Removal
By Jennifer L H
A razor is the most popular tool for hair removal. Over the past decade razors have really stepped up their game, but does it matter how many blades are on your razor? Some razors manufacturers boast about having not one, two, three or even four, but five blades on one hand razor. So what's the purpose of all those blades?
Hair removal experts say that that people who use razors for hair removal all wish to shave less often. The multi-blade razors are marketed to these people who want a clean shave that last and doesn't cause irritation, but there is little proof that more blades work to achieve these results.
Shaving is not as easy as some people assume. There are curves and valleys that need to be shorn and are not easy to reach. Another issue encountered when removing hair by shaving is the direction in which the hair grows which varies greatly. Shaving in the direction of hair growth lessens the likelihood of irritation but that is not always possible.
Multiple blade razors are great for getting a smooth finish. The razors are designed so that the first blade grabs the hair over the skin's surface and the second blade clips it as close to the skin as possible (this is dependent on the pressure you apply). The theory on adding even more blades is that this process is repeated for a second or third time leaving the user with the closest shave possible. Some dermatologist warn their patients not to use razors with more than two blades because the shave becomes too close causing more nicks and irritation. Another problem with razors with more than two blades is how wide the surface of the razor is. Wide razors are less nimble and you could find it hard to reach hair in the crevasses of your skin.
If you suffer from frequent razor burn, the multi-blade razor is not the likely culprit. It is more likely that the razor burn is caused by user error. When you are removing hair from your body using a razor with too much pressure, or a razor that has been used more than 8 times the blades are no longer sharp enough to slice through the hair and instead start to scrape off the surface of the skin. Another cause of razor burn is hair that hasn't been soften before you begin shaving. You should soften your hair using warm water and shaving gel before using a razor.
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