How to Shave Your Legs

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How to Shave Your Legs: Getting Started

Use a clippers to trim longer and thicker leg hair the very first time you shave your legs.
Use a clippers to trim longer and thicker leg hair the very first time you shave your legs. David Fiedler

If you've never shaved your legs, the first time will be the most involved. If at all possible, use a hair clippers to trim the hair before shaving with a razor. This will make it much easier. The process will go more quickly and you'll be much more comfortable than if you try to trim long or thick hair with an ordinary razor the first time.

You can still use an ordinary razor for the process if necessary, but it will take longer. The razors will clog frequently and you'll use extra razors since they'll dull more quickly with the thicker and longer hair.

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Rinse the first leg and lather up

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Use shaving cream or soap suds to lather up your leg to help make shaving smooth and comfortable. David Fiedler

When shaving legs, you'll only do one at a time. Pick the one that you'll do first, and rinse with warm water to make the skin moist and soft. Then using shaving cream or gel, cover your skin with a thin layer from the top of your foot up to your knee. Suds from bar soap or shampoo will work in a pinch. Then, using either disposable razors or a razor with replacement blades, begin to shave off the hair. You can use shaving strokes that go from the bottom to the top (ankle towards your knee) or vice- versa, whichever you find most comfortable and effective. Use gentle smooth strokes, without applying excessive downward pressure, and rinse the razor frequently so that it does not become clogged with hair.

After you've done the lower part of your leg from knee to ankle, you can shave above the knee as high as you want. You might not have to shave your upper leg at all if you have thin or light-colored hair. Of those who do shave the upper leg, some just go to mid-thigh, where their bike shorts hit. Others go all the way up to the trunk. It's all personal preference.

When you are finished shaving the first leg, rinse the entire leg thoroughly with warm water and then repeat the procedure with the other leg.

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Tips for Shaving Your Legs

Be careful when shaving around the ankles, shinbone and knee cap.
Be careful when shaving around the ankles, shinbone and knee cap. It's easy to cut yourself in those places. David Fiedler

  • As you shave, be very careful around the ankle, the knee cap and the top of your shin. It is very easy to cut yourself here, particularly if you have prominent bones.
  • Be sure to change the blades or get a new razor as needed. Sharper blades cut more cleanly and don't pull your hair.
  • As you shave,note that your hair can grow in different directions, either up/down or left/right on different parts of your leg, especially on the backs of your legs. You can pay attention and adjust the direction and position of the razor for best results.

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Ongoing Care and Maintenance of Shaved Legs

After rinsing your legs with warm water, towel off and apply lotion
After rinsing your legs with warm water, towel off and apply lotion (optional). Your legs will look and feel great. David Fiedler

Once you're finished with the first big shave of your legs, it's much easier to keep them looking good going forward.. Usually shaving once or twice a week will do it, and you can quickly shave in the bath or shower with just a light soapy lather. If you've got particularly dark, thick or fast-growing hair, you may have to have more frequently. Personal preference will play a part as well.

Note that for some people, applying lotion occasionally will help prevent dry skin that may accompany shaving, particularly if you're not accustomed to it. Plus it'll help make your skin feel and look great.