When I was younger, I – like many South Asian women – realized that with my darker complexion came the curse of dark hair. I wanted to shave my legs for gym class and even my arms, but my mom insisted that I wait until I was older to get a wax. Maybe I was ahead of the whole “Millennial Instant Gratification” thing – but waiting months to wax was not my jam. She tried her hardest to convince me that my hair would grow back like a man’s sharp, coarse, and darker – but I didn’t care. I hated the dark hair and much to do the dismay of my mom, I started shaving in middle school. My arms, legs, underarms – everything was fair game. I always said that one day I would get laser and even if I got the dark, coarse hair it wouldn’t matter.
As I got older, I realized how much hair was on my face too. Women around me were bleaching, yes bleaching, their facial hair to be lighter. Some used Nair – which is literally a chemical on their FACE. Others were even threading their entire faces and as fun as that sounded – it was a hard no.
Then I heard about dermaplanning. TL;DR – Dermaplanning removes dead skin and vellus hair aka peach fuzz with a small blade. – Y’all, it’s a fancy word for shaving your face!
I found a video from Michelle Money who is a reality tv star who is like infamous for this. I caved and bought the recommended Tinkle razor (why they named it this, I have no idea!) from Amazon (you can get it here) and tried it for myself. I was amazed at how much hair came off the first time and couldn’t believe I was just discovering this.
I have to say that for me, this came at a time where I decided to get full body laser hair removal done. If you are familiar with the process, you know that in between sessions you have to shave any parts that are being treated. Because of this, it made sense to start shaving my face so that I could get the hair removed during my sessions. While my situation is a little unique, here are answers to the questions that I know you want to ask me:
Wait… so you shave your face? – like a boy?
Kinda. No shaving cream needed and you will use a different kind of razor
Does it hurt?
It doesn’t hurt, but you should be careful. Small, slow strokes are key.
Does the hair grow back thicker and darker?
In my experience, the answer is no. In general, the more you remove hair the faster it will grow back. If that troubles you, look into semi-permanent solutions like a laser.
How often do you shave?
Once every 6 weeks, but that is because I am getting laser. I’ve heard of women doing this once or twice a week!
How do you do it?
Pull the skin tight and use the blade in downward strokes. Hold it at a 45-degree angle against the skin and make small motions.
Should I do this?
Depends. If you are interested you can do more research and look into it. The hair does come back faster – as with any shaving. If you are under 18 please consult with a parent or guardian. Face razors aren’t usually too sharp, but you should be safe!
I’m pretty sure my mom still doesn’t know that I do this, so please don’t tell her. JK, hi mom I know you read this. Please don’t ground me.