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post #21 of 48
I could have written this last week. I did end up shaving as dh and I were on a "romantic" weekend and he didn't even notice. I hadn't shaved in over four years! When I finally brought it to his attention, he said he didn't care one way or the other but he'd prefer that if I wanted to shave to do it daily as it does get prickly. He personally preferred it long. Guess I'm growing it back out. haha

BTW, I hated it the second the razor hit my legs and 24 hours later I had razor burn behind my knees and under my arms and I hate the feeling. I have really dark, long hair so it looks odd but I don't care.
post #22 of 48
Oh, ow!

I never shave behind my knees (when I bother to shave ...). Is there even hair back there? I can't find any!
post #23 of 48
As far as pros, I think it depends on the person! I know that I'm one of those girls who feels absolutely amazing and sexy with freshly shaved legs and a home mani-pedi. So, if you feel like it'll make you feel sexy and put together, give it a try! I know that in the winter, I'll go weeks without shaving and be fine with it, but once I shave I regain that groomed, put-together feeling I love so much.
post #24 of 48
See, at this point in time the only person who see's me nekkid is my 2yo DD. She doesn't care, and I don't mind either. But I am light skinned with dark hair also. I want to have that groomed feeling that KaylaBeanie speaks of. I don't need it all the time, but I want to feel like I can go swimming with DD and not be self conscious of the hairy stuff. Not that people should feel self conscious of that. It's just where I am. FWIW, if I shave, I don't shave much above the knees, except for the area's where it starts getting dark on the inner thighs about mid-way up. That is a big point of sensitivity for me. I'm fine not grooming that if it's just me. But if there is a swimsuit or anyone else (aside from DD) that is going to see that much of me, then I feel like I look best if I attend to that. Otherwise I would be incredibly self conscious. Ugh... I wish we didn't have such silly standards in society at large. Women should be allowed to be hairy and accepted. Just like the men with super hairy backs, you know!?
post #25 of 48
Interesting. I'd really, really like to not shave...I think. It seems to take me an extra like 5 min. in the shower, and I do it every other day. I hate the time, the cost of razors, and the water I'm wasting. But...I really like having smooth legs. And I live in Florida, where shorts and/or skirts are the norm for at least 6 months of the year and of course bathing suits, too. I think I'd be willing to do it (I'm anti status quo enough as it is, what's one more stance?) but DH absolutely LOVES it when I shave.
post #26 of 48
Epilators are not popular there? I think an epilator is one of the wisest investments a girl can ever make

I've been using an epilator for all parts of my body (legs, underarms, bikini area) ever since I was a teenager and now at 33 the hair on my legs is so thin and scarce that one can barely notice it! And once I use it then I forget all about hair removal for at least a couple of months!

I have never shaved, I personally do not like the feel and look of shaved legs (I can definitely tell when a girl is shaving instead of waxing or epilating, perhaps because shaving is not that popular here) and I hate the feeling of hot wax on my legs (not to mention the mess and the cost). I find that epilation is the secret to really smooth and lasting hair-free legs, give it a try!
post #27 of 48
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Originally Posted by lotusfloatus View Post
If I feel like shaving I do. If I don't feel like shaving I don't.
That's what I do, too. Maybe if I'm getting dressy, I'll do it, just like I'll throw on a tiny bit of makeup. Or if I get an indulgent soak in the tub. I like how good it feels to have smooth legs between the sheets, but I don't think I'd revel in that feeling if I had it everyday, KWIM?
post #28 of 48
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Originally Posted by Gingercat View Post
Epilators are not popular there? I think an epilator is one of the wisest investments a girl can ever make
Can you recommend one? I'd like to try a good one. I once bought one that didn't work at all, I think it was pretty cheaply made.
post #29 of 48
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Originally Posted by weliveintheforest View Post
Can you recommend one? I'd like to try a good one. I once bought one that didn't work at all, I think it was pretty cheaply made.
Do you have the Brown brand over there? I'd say that this is the most popular here in Europe. Also the Philips epilators are said to be very good.

I bought a very basic Brown Silk-Epil more than 10 years ago and it is still perfect. Of course the epilators nowdays come with all kinds of fancy accessories (flashlight, massaging tool et) but I find that I only need the basic function.
post #30 of 48
Doesn't that just hurt like ... like ... like something that hurts REALLY A LOT? You're just ripping the hairs out by the roots, aren't you? And not all in one fell swoop, like waxing ...
post #31 of 48
I love the feeling of freshly shaved legs, so while I hate shaving, I do it for the reward.
post #32 of 48
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Originally Posted by Thalia the Muse View Post
Doesn't that just hurt like ... like ... like something that hurts REALLY A LOT? You're just ripping the hairs out by the roots, aren't you? And not all in one fell swoop, like waxing ...
I guess if one has been shaving for years it'd hurt a bit at first but it is just a matter of time before you get used to it.

The hairs get thinner and scarcier with the epilator as the time goes by, so I personally do not feel any pain at all, just a minor discomfort, even in my armpit area.
post #33 of 48
I can stand the pain of waxing, but epilating is just too much. It hurts like fire ants biting me all over my legs. I refuse!
post #34 of 48
OT: KaylaBeanie, I LOVE your sig! I am cracking up over here!

Anyway, I am contemplating this question myself. I don't shave during the winter, but I love wearing skirts and shorts in the summer. And dresses and tank tops. I don't really care what others think (well, a little), but I like to look nice and groomed sometimes, and I have a hard time reconciling my hairy legs with a nice little sundress at my husband's work party or whatever. You know?

But I'm not shaving, at least for now. Too lazy.
post #35 of 48
I hate the hassle of shaving and i dont like the societal view that women have to DO so much to be considered "kept up" or beautiful....but my conditioning has been conditioned and i just feel cleaner and more sexy when i shave

I usually dont shave very often tho I try to step it up during the warm months and because i know the hubs prefers me shaved. Im interested in epilators, but i detest waxing and im scared that epilating will hurt even more.
post #36 of 48
I just waxed last week for the first time in 10 years. I did not shave my legs for a long time either, maybe 2 years? Anyways... I love waxing and will continue doing it. I hate shaving. Hate. hate. hate it!!
post #37 of 48
Well, I ended up shaving my legs, but not my underarms. I don't mind the armpit hair nearly as much as the leg hair, I even think it's kind of cute. But the leg hair was driving me up the wall, and I'm happy I shaved it. It would be awesome if I could learn to love it, but oh well.
post #38 of 48
Birdie B. ---- I love my freshly shaved legs but could never bring a razor to my armpits Enjoy what makes you feel good!
post #39 of 48
@ Shadow Moon - that's so funny that you do the same thing! I figure, I"m comfortable this way, so that's all that matters.
post #40 of 48
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Originally Posted by ananas View Post
I love the feeling of freshly shaved legs, so while I hate shaving, I do it for the reward.
Ditto. I LOVE the feel of freshly shaved legs, although it does kinda bug me about fresh sheets touching them. Dunno why, just don't like the feeling after a few minutes.
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