Hairy armpits don’t seem to be coming back into style anytime soon. So, for many the only choice is to tolerate razor burn under their arms.
It’s one of the biggest reasons women hate having to remove their hair. It usually involves razor burn, razor bumps, ingrown hair or rash. There is a better way, though.
Razor burn doesn’t always have to be a part of the equation. It just takes thinking outside the box in some cases, and some pre-shave techniques in others.
In this article, I will go over some of the things you can do to avoid getting razor burn under your arms.
#1. Get them Lasered
Laser hair removal is becoming quite popular for the sheer convenience of it. Companies like LaserAll are helping women, and men, get rid of unwanted hair without it coming back.
Another benefit, of course, is that you never have to deal with razor burn anymore. Once you finish the sessions at the laser clinic, the hair won’t come back. Which means no more razors and razor burn.
No matter where you feel the burn, you can have it lasered off and not have to deal with that hair anymore.
The downside is that it can be costly and takes a lot of sessions and time before you can stop shaving. Laser hair removal is not for everybody.
#2. Exfoliate first
If you aren’t going to get lasered, or you need to take care of your hair in the meantime, you can still use a razor and avoid razor burn.
Before you shave, make sure to exfoliate. This serves two purposes. First, it takes away any excess oil or dead skin and exposes a fresh layer of skin to help the razor glide smoothly without friction. Second, it will prevent any hair from getting trapped under layers of dead skin and curling back under which form ingrown hair.
#3. Use a Men’s Razor
A man’s razor is designed for thick beards and frequent use. Because of this it is ideally suited to shave your underarm hair easily and quickly.
Usually, the blades are much stronger and sharper than ladies’ razors. Razor burn usually happens when you use a dull blade because it causes too much friction as it passes over the skin.
#4. Toss the Razor After 3 Uses
As I mentioned in the last section, a sharp razor is important to prevent razor burn. If you are using your razor for other areas besides your armpits, then it is going to get dull quickly.
Shaving your bikini area is very hard on your razor so if you are also shaving there then toss your razor after three or four uses to avoid using a dull razor.
#5. Shave with the Grain
Don’t shave against the direction that your hair grows. When you do this you are increasing the odds of getting ingrown hair and is likely the reason for your razor burn.
First shave in the direction they grow. Then, to get closer to the skin, shave across the direction going perpendicular to your first swipe.