How to shave your legs with a safety razor - Girl's guide to using a safety razor part 1
I recently switched to a safety razor in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic waste I was creating in the name of beauty. It was something I'd been thinking about for a while but had my reservations:
- it seems dangerous / what if I slice my legs open / what if the kids somehow get a hold of it
- it will be too tricky to use
- safety razors are for men
...but I knew the benefits were greater:
- less plastic waste means I'm doing my bit to preserve our plant and I'm saving money in the long run
- cleaner / closer shave
- less chance of ingrown hairs and irritations
So I took the plunge and did a search on Amazon for decent looking 'safety razors for women'. Happily there was a lot choice (as long as you love rose gold) and although I do like a bit of rose gold, I decided to drop the 'for women' part from my search and just looked at safety razors with 4+ star reviews.
How I picked my eco friendly safety razor
The brand I decided to go with is the Double Edge Safety Razor from Bambaw, I liked that the handle was made from bamboo and that it looked quite chunky and ergonomic.
Most of the safety razors 'for women' had very slender handles which I didn't think would give the best grip or control.
I love my safety razor!
When it arrived it came in a cardboard box so no plastic wrapping = first win! I immediately noticed how weighty it was in comparison to my disposable ladies razors, I wasn't sure how I was going to get on with it at first but I've been using it for about 3 months now and I absolutely love it.
But can you seriously use a man's safety razor if you're a woman?
Yes, of course you can. A razor is razor. It's tricky (but not impossible) to shave intimate areas with a safety razor purely because the razor head is so wide. However, for legs it's absolutely fine as long as your follow some simple steps...
To safely shave your legs with a safety razor:
- Wash skin with warm water and a soften/cleansing body wash so the hairs are soft and skin is smooth, this will reduce the amount of friction so the blade glides effortlessly over the skin.
- Make sure you have plenty of 'slip' to further help minimise friction and get that smooth shave we all desire.
- Pull the skin taught with your free hand so your razor has a smooth ride.
- Aim to keep the blade at a 30 degree angle to the surface you're shaving.
- Don't push down but instead gently glide over the skin - remember the blade is razor sharp to you shouldn't need to apply pressure as this could cause friction and nicks.
- Use slow and steady, short strokes because the blade is SUPER sharp! You can not be slap-dash or in a rush when it comes to shaving with a safety razor. That said, one pass should suffice so it won't take you much longer to shave compared to a multiple blade disposable razor / razor head.
- Rinse the blade head after 1-3 passes.
- THINK SAFETY If you're doing this in a bath or shower remember to use a bath/shower mat for grip under foot.
Want to learn how to get a smooth shave with double edge safety razor?
I'm writing a post where I tested out different products to get that close shave for smooth legs [link coming soon].
And now it's over to you...
Have you made the switch? Would you or did you switch back to plastic. Or are you thinking about making the switch? Comment below.
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