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Q&A Guide to Hair Growth and Shaving

Q: What causes nicks and cuts?
Women can experience nicks and cuts for a number of reasons:

  • The use of inferior-performing shaving products, such as single-blade razors. Inferior-performing products, such as single-blade razors, can cause nicks and cuts. However, a multi-blade technology, featured in all P&G Beauty & Grooming razors, utilizes progressively aligned blades that aid the reduction of drag on the skin. Each blade in P&G Beauty & Grooming razors is spring mounted, allowing each one to individually adjust to the curves and contours of the body. This enables the razor to stay in contact with the skin even on tricky shaving areas, such as the knees and the ankles.
  • Shaving with an old, dull blade. Make sure to change your blades regularly as blunt blades are not effective and may also increase the risk of irritation. Using a dull blade may result in you pressing harder during a shaving stroke which can also cause nicks and cuts.
  • Razor slippage. Another reason for nicks and cuts is side-to-side razor slippage. The razor should only ever be moved in the direction perpendicular to the blades; never move your razor side-to-side over your skin.

To prevent the razor slipping in your hands, use a razor with a handle designed to give greater control in a wet environment. The handles of P&G Beauty of Grooming razors are unique, ergonomically superior handle which is specially designed for women. It features:

  • a soft-grip gel handle for increased control when wet.
  • a finger pad.
  • a ball-shaped end.

The unique shape of all P&G Beauty of Grooming razor handles allows for grip changes for different women’s styles and body areas. It gives improved comfort, control and maneuverability, which is vital when shaving in a wet environment.

  • Putting excessive pressure on the razor. Women occasionally apply too much pressure to their razor. To help prevent unwanted nicks and cuts, use a light touch, exerting as little pressure as possible, and shave in the direction that feels most comfortable.

Q: Is shaving every day is bad for the skin?
No, if you have fast growing, thick hair, you may be comfortable shaving every day. To care for your skin, keep the following tips in mind: always hydrate your hair before shaving to make it easier to cut, use a good shave gel to lubricate the skin and reduce drag, and finally, use a high quality multi-blade razor to minimize strokes and reduce irritation. Razors with advanced blade technology include features that help provide a gentle glide and maintain silky, soft skin.

Q: Is it recommended to shave with or against hair growth?
Shave in the direction that feels most comfortable. However, for the closest, smoothest shave, it is recommended you shave against the direction of hair growth, which means in an upward direction on the legs. Underarm hair grows in different directions, so shaving from all three angles — up, down and sideways — ensures the closest, smoothest shave. For the delicate skin in the bikini area, shave in the direction that feels most comfortable for you.

Q: Does shaving make hair grow back thicker and darker?
P&G Beauty & Grooming scientists have conducted extensive testing on the effects of shaving on both male and female hair growth, texture and color. Results conclusively prove shaving does not affect hair growth nor change its color or texture in any way. Shaving may alter the way hair initially feels after shaving because it has altered the tip shape of the re-growing hair. If hair is left to re-grow completely, it will return to its former soft state.

Q: Is there really a difference between shaving with a shave gel and soap and water?
Yes, there is a difference. Shave gels tend to be less drying than ordinary soap and water. Shave gels also help hold moisture in the hair and contain lubricants, making hair easier to cut and enabling the razor to glide gently over the skin. Additionally, shave gels won’t clog your razor the way soap can. Alternatively, if you prefer a quick solution without shave gel or soap, you can use an integrated shave-gel bar.

Q: What is razor burn and how do I avoid getting it?
Razor burn can be caused by a number of factors. The two most common causes are: improperly preparing skin before shaving and shaving with an old, dull blade — both can irritate the skin and cause you to use more strokes or press harder than needed if using a fresh blade. In order to avoid razor burn, hydrate hair in warm water for two to three minutes and apply plenty of shave gel before shaving. Be sure to change your blade at the first sign of discomfort.

Q: How do I avoid getting red bumps around my bikini area after shaving?
Since skin in the bikini area is particularly sensitive, always soften the hair in warm water before you shave. To prevent the coarser hairs of the bikini line from curling under the skin’s surface and causing itchy, red bumps, be sure to apply plenty of shave gel and shave regularly with gentle strokes in the direction that is most comfortable for you. After shaving, rinse with cool water to keep your skin cool.

Q: Is it better to use hot, cold or warm water to shave?
It is best to use warm water to shave. Soaking in a warm bath or shower for two to three minutes softens hair and causes it to swell so that it can be up to 60 percent easier to cut.

Q: How do I clean a razor blade if it is clogged with stubble?
After each shave, simply rinse and air dry your razor. Regular rinsing will help prevent your razor from becoming clogged. If leftover hair or shave gel is left between the blades, run hot water through the back of your cartridge and air dry. Avoid wiping off the razor as this can blunt the blades, making them less effective.

Q: How do I know when it’s time to replace my razor blade?
Replace blades at the first sign of dullness or discomfort. Because hair growth can vary dramatically depending on the person, you are the best judge, but on average, women replace blades after about 10 shaves. The life of your razor blade can depend on the frequency of shaving, the thickness of your hair and if you clean the blades properly after use. It can also depend on the quality of the razor, so be sure to chose a multi-blade razor with a good quality blade edge. This will maximize the life of the razor and give you a better shave. Remember to change your blade at the first sign of dulness to avoid an uncomfortable shave with nicks and cuts.

Q: Will shaving make my tan fade faster?
Simply shaving your legs won’t remove your tan in one or two shaving cycles. Tanning is skin’s response to sunlight, and cells in the skin (called melanocytes) produce the brown-colored pigment called melanin to protect the skin against the harmful UV rays in sunlight. The melanin-producing cells are found in the bottom layer of the skin’s epidermis. The melanin is then delivered to skin cells which are naturally lost overtime – this is why your tan naturally fades with time. Shaving adds a little exfoliation to the skin  but won’t remove all of your tan in one application.

We all recognize that tanning and the golden glow can be pleasant to look at, but unfortunately, it is damaging to the skin. Using fake tan lotions or spray can be a great way to get a golden sunkissed look while taking care of your greatest asset. These products contain DHA, which interacts with skin cells to form golden pigments (melanoidins) gradually lost as skin renews and exfoliates. Shaving may remove some of these dead surface skin cells and reduce your tan but also leave you with a smoother skin surface. To maximize your look it can be helpful to combine shaving with a daily body moisturizer with a touch of tan. These usually work to build up a golden tone daily, often resulting in a more natural appearance that maintains over time.

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