Shaving methods

Basic facts

By far the most common hair removal method. Cheap, quick, minimal side effects for most, but not long-lasting.


A sharpened metal blade cuts hair off at the skin’s surface.


Inexpensive, fast, usually painless, very safe, can be done at home, available almost anywhere.


Effect lasts a short time– anywhere from a few hours to several days. Dark-haired users may have visible “shadow” of dark hair under skin. Often requires daily use. Can cause skin irritation and cuts. For some, it causes ingrown hairs (esp. in women’s bikini area and African-American men’s facial hair). Blades require frequent replacement.

Clinical data:


Trotter 1928 was the first to prove shaving does not make hair come in thicker or grow faster.

Richards 1990 found shaving the most common and useful method for removing hair.


Equipment: From under $1.00 to $25.00 for manual razors and supplies.

Professional shave (barber): Between $5.00 to $30.00, depending on location and type (straight razor is usually more)

Accessories: Shaving creams and gels, replacement blade cartridges, before and after-shave products, usually between $1.00 and $15.00

Brands and manufacturers of razors and shaving supplies

Background facts

Marketing terms and tactics:

A shaving system is a non-disposable handle that uses replaceable blade cartridges.

A disposable razor, as the name suggests, is an inxpensive razor designed to be thrown out when the blade gets dull.

A saftey razor is a double-blade razor designed to reduce the likelihood of nicks or cuts.

Other sites

Here’s a site with some great tips for shaving your head.

See my discussion of Jergens Naturally Snmooth Shave Minimizing Moisturizer.