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Shaving Tips for Teen Girls

How to Avoid Cuts While Shaving

Here are some safety tips for teen girls who shave with disposable razors:

  • Shave in a warm shower or bathtub. Water hydrates and softens the skin, making it easier to shave without getting a nick.
  • Splash warm water on your skin (or soak it) for a few minutes before shaving. Then apply generous amounts of a lubricant like shaving cream or bar soap. Allow the cream or gel to soften your skin for five minutes before you start to shave.
  • Shave in the direction of hair growth. If not, you can get razor burn if your skin is sensitive.
  • While it is common to go with the grain of the hair in your armpits, most girls prefer to shave their legs and bikini area upward, because this provides a closer shave. Just be careful.
  • Don't rush. It's important to shave slowly and gently. Let the razor blade do the work. Don't push down too hard with the razor. If you rush, you're likely to cut your skin.
  • Change razors frequently. A dull blade can irritate your skin and cause rashes or infections. You can also cut your skin more easily with a dull blade. Also, don't share razors with others.
  • Use extra caution around the knee and ankle area. Because of their shape, it is very easy to cut these areas.
  • Ask your mom or dad to get you an antiseptic styptic pencil. To use: Dip the white pencil in water, then apply it to nicks or cuts to stop bleeding immediately.
  • After thoroughly washing with soap and water, follow your shave with a lotion or moisturizer. This will help keep skin from drying out.

Don't Believe Shaving Myths

Despite what you might have heard, shaving does not make the hair grow back thicker. That's a popular myth. Shaving only removes hair at the surface of the skin. The sharp edge caused by shaving the hair creates the rough "stubble" you can feel on your legs or armpits.

You will probably find that unless you have very thick hair growth, you won't have to shave every day when you first start shaving. Some girls with fairer complexions only shave every few days or once a week. As you get older, your hair will start to come in faster, and you may have to shave more frequently.

What to Do About the Bikini Area

Use your discretion when making the right choice for your bikini area. Preferences vary among girls and women and among cultures.

You can buy chemical hair removers (depilatories), which are applied directly to the skin and then wiped off a few minutes later. These hair removers do work, but some people are allergic to the chemicals. Always test a small area of skin first before using these -- even if you're using them on your legs or underarms. Sensitive skin may become irritated with this hair removal option.

Other options for hair removal in the bikini area and elsewhere include waxing, electrolysis, and laser hair removal. There are also electric and rechargeable razors made specifically for a woman's bikini area. 

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