Most people don’t enjoy the actual process of shaving, even if they have a fondness for the silky smooth results. That’s true whether you’re shaving your face, your pits, or your legs. And, of course, it’s the shaving of the legs that seems to take the most time. That makes sense, as the legs certainly have the most surface area.
Looking for the Best Way to Avoid Shaving Your Legs
There are some ways you can avoid shaving your legs, though. From the incredibly simple to the relatively complex, these methods can help ensure that shaving becomes a thing of the past.
And we know, waxing doesn’t count as a shaving alternative. Sure, waxing gives you an incredibly smooth finish–one that seems to last for a good long time. But waxing is both painful and time-consuming. It might be worth doing all on its own, but we’re not sure it holds up as an alternative for shaving (hopefully that makes sense). We’re looking for ways to make shaving easier, not more time consuming. So here are some of the best ways (that we could find) to help you avoid shaving your legs.
Tip #1: Stop Shaving Your Legs
Embrace your hairy nature! You might think I’m joking a little bit, but I’m really not. There are definitely some advantages to just being a hairy person. You get to spend less time shaving and you get to stay a little warmer in the winter. That’s a hard combination to beat, right?
Okay, look, I understand that hairy legs aren’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. There are plenty of men and women out there who prefer the “silky-smooth” feel of shaved legs. And there are plenty more who worry about the social consequences of showing hairy legs in public. That’s understandable.
And if that’s your primary concern, there are a few ways you can get around that:
- Wearing jeans or pants when in public
- Wearing leggings
- Wearing panty-hose
So, you’ve got some options, even if they aren’t ideal. But still, letting your leg hair grow out isn’t going to be for everyone. So there are some other ways to avoid shaving your legs too.
Tip #2: Laser Hair Removal
This tip is a little expensive, we’ll admit. But it’s basically permanent. Sure, hairs might start to grow back in five or ten years, but it likely won’t be all of them and you’ll still be getting five or ten years of completely hairless legs. For many patients, that hair never grows back. That makes laser hair removal a particularly appealing option.
Imagine: no more shaving. And you still get smooth legs. It’s all possible because of a fancy little laser machine that uses heat to target your hair follicles. Those follicles don’t like heat too much. So the end result is, well, less hair. There are a couple of caveats:
- Laser hair removal does sometimes work better for certain skin types or hair colors, so make sure you get a thorough consultation.
- You might need to undergo something like three to four sessions in order to achieve complete results. That’s because your hair grows in shifts.
- You’ll need to grow out your hair while waiting for the treatment. So, no shaving in the meantime.
Laser hair removal isn’t going to be for everyone, but it can work wonders for the right patient.
There Are More Options
These two “tips” or “options” or whatever you want to call them are really just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully they get your brain going. If nothing else, I hope you take away from this article the fact that if you don’t like shaving your legs, you’ve always got options.
Hairy legs might not be first one your list of aesthetic choices, but it is technically an option. One day, I do kind of hope we get away from the notion that smoother is always better. Unfortunately, we seem to be moving in the wrong direction on that one… Oh well.
The more options you have, the more likely you are to find something that works for you. The best way to avoid shaving your legs is the one that makes you the happiest, after all. Did we miss something in our list? (It’s by no means comprehensive.) If your favorite shaving-avoidance maneuver is missing, definitely let us know in the comments!
- Cruel, Jessica. “Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You? How to Find Out.” SELF, SELF, 22 Aug. 2018, www.self.com/story/the-pros-cons-of-laser-hair-re.
- “Laser Hair Removal.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/beauty/laser-hair-removal#1.