The fact that women shave their legs and armpits is hardly what you would call a new development. However, an increasing number of ladies have recently started applying the razor to a whole different area: the face. For those of you who have never heard of this trend: I know. You must have so many questions. Why would they do that? What are the side effects? Has this phenomenon ever been witnessed throughout history? Calm down. All will be revealed in this article,
We are here to help you decide whether face shaving is for you or not. Here are all the facts, (thanks Ranker) you will need to know before making a decision.
What causes female facial hair?
One of the eternal questions that have been plaguing women since forever is “Why do I have to have hair on my face?” The answer is probably hormones (when isn’t it?). Every woman has facial hair, however, the appearance of those nasty, dark and coarse hairs can be attributed to the presence of male hormones (androgens) in your body. The most common is testosterone. Women produce this hormone anyway, but if its levels are above average, the result can be that pesky facial hair.
2. Ahoy! Celebrities aboard!
A surprising number of celebs have expressed their support for this trend. For one, there’s The Bachelor‘s Michelle Money who’s gone as far as recording YouTube tutorials to teach women how to properly shave their faces. Another face-shaving celeb is paramedical aesthetician Kate Somerville. She says that she started shaving her face in her 20s, and that even Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe used to do it!
How is it done?
Photo: Michelle Money/YouTube
The crucial question here is, of course, how? Well, any way you like. You can borrow your boyfriend’s Mach 3, or you can choose a smaller blade, which appears to be the most popular choice. The best option for this job seems to be a single-edged, single-blade sloped razor like The Tinkle and the Touch N Brow, both of them are designed to be used on the face.
Will it make your hair grow back thicker?
This is the most common worry that accompanies the idea of shaving. But it’s not true. At least according to the Mayo Clinic’s Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D, who says, “Shaving hair doesn’t change its thickness, color or rate of growth. Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt tip. The tip might feel coarse or “stubbly” for a time as it grows out. During this phase, the hair might be more noticeable and perhaps appear darker or thicker – but it’s not.”
Why it’s not for everyone
Photo: Brye Ashley/YouTube
There are several things you need to take into consideration before you decide to jump feet first into these uncharted waters. First of all, you should realize that this isn’t a quick fix that you will have to perform only occasionally. Instead, you will need to repeat it every week.
Some women prefer to grow their facial hair
If after careful consideration you decide that face shaving isn’t really your thing, just know that you are not alone. Indeed, there are some women who don’t remove their facial hair at all; they’re even proud of it! Hairy Awarey is a group of ladies who want to enjoy their bodies in all of their hairy natural glory. For them, leg shaving is a no-no, and facial hair is to be flaunted.
To shave or not to shave?
There is only one person who can make that decision and that, dear reader, is you. You can read up on the celebrities’ opinions, on famous beauticians recommendations and advice, on the pros and cons of this rising new trend, but at the end of the day the decision is yours and you must take the path that works best for you.