Shaving for women: 5 easy steps

Yes, I’m officially a “shaver” now. My Gillette Venus kit has been my handy companion across three countries already (India, Myanmar and Thailand) and of course it’s coming with me wherever I travel next.

Here’s why I’m loving shaving

Bang for the buck: So the total cost of the kit is Rs 849, and I’ve been using it for over two months now. Compare this to the cost of waxing, and it’s great value for my hard-earned money!

Gillette Venus shaving kit

Easy to carry: My shaving kit with extra cartridges came in my suitcase when I moved to Myanmar few weeks ago, and it easily fit into my small suitcase for a weekend trip to Thailand. In Yangon, I don’t need to explore salon and parlour options and whether they are affordable and hygienic.

Super convenient: I can shave anytime at home. It saves me so much time and hassle of making a trip to the salon (taxis aren’t exactly cheap in Yangon!). And if there are sudden plans or plans to wear a sleeveless top or short dress, I don’t need to bother if my arms or legs are ready for it.

5 steps to shaving

I have a mantra for shaving now: We Love Shaving Most Regularly OR WLSMR (stands for wash- lather- shave- moisturize- repeat).

Step 1: Wash

Preparation is crucial. Take a quick warm shower before you shave, or wash your arms, legs or underarms before you shave so you remove all oil, perspiration and product residue (lotions, fragrances etc) and it makes your hair softer to raze. Let your arms or legs stay moist.

Step 2: Lather

Apply shaving foam or gel on the to-be-shaved area and spread it all over. Choose a product that is suited for your skin type. There are several brands and types available, so go with one that you know works best for you. I don’t think it’s a good idea to use your husband or brother’s shaving foam though they work essentially the same way.

Gillette Venus shaving kit

Step 3: Shave

Pick up your razor, touch the cartridge’s pad to your skin and drag it along your arm or leg. You don’t need to press hard, because the hair comes off easily. It’s easy to lose your “shaving” track so I’ve been following my own thumb rule of shaving in straight vertical lines on my arms and legs. Knowing that you’ve completely razed a certain part of your arm or leg makes for a quicker shave.

Gillette Venus shaving razor

Step 4: Moisturise

Once you’re done with shaving, all you need to do is quickly rinse or wipe off the excess lather, then follow with your personalised post-shave routine. I usually follow up with little aloe vera gel (to calm my skin) and sun screen if it’s day time. You can add or subtract from this routine based on your skin type and skin care routine.

Step 5: Repeat

There’s no specific time period on when you need to shave again. Some women like to shave almost every day, but I don’t feel the need to shave more than once a week. Unless you have very dense or thick hair, you won’t really need to shave every day. But yes, keeping a little time for shaving aside couple times a week is a good idea.

Any questions on shaving? Leave a comment below.

You can buy the complete shaving kit on Flipkart, or buy the razor and cartridges separately.

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On Shaving: Views from men and women

The best expert on shaving is a man. They shave every (working) day. They’ve seen the bad side of it- nicks, cuts, uneven shaving… So who better to discuss shaving than a man, right?

Gillette Venus shaving kits

As you can see, men’s shaving kits are a bit different from women’s due to the difference in hair and skin textures. But men need similar tools– lathering foam and a razor with blades.

The husband on shaving

When I shaved for the first time couple weeks ago (read my blog post on my first shaving experience) and informed the husband, his immediate reaction was, “Did you cut yourself???”

I laughed and replied “NO!”

“So did it hurt or poke you?”

“What?! Nooooo!”


“It was quite a pleasant experience actually,” I continued. “I didn’t feel a thing, because of the soft protective cushions around the blades.”

Anyways, later that day, the husband and I compared notes on our shaving experiences. Here’s what’s similar and what’s different between shaving for men and women.

Comparing shaving experiences

Nicks and cuts: Ladies, this one is entirely for men. Yay! From teen boys to grown men, several men often cutting themselves while shaving. Thanks to the cushioning, chances of us girls getting cut while shaving are near zero.

Gillette Venus shaving kit for women

Hair change after shaving: S confirmed his hair thickness or growth never changed and I confirmed that too! My regrown hair is exactly the same as it was pre-shaving.

Itch or No Itch?: Can you imagine men walking around with itchy faces every day? Me neither. Ditto with shaving for women- I didn’t get any itching. I did feel a slight discomfort when I wore a very skinny pair of jeans the day after I shaved my legs, but that was mostly because of the humidity and the thick fabric. And the discomfort lasted all of two minutes with no urge to itch.

Bad skin: Nope, shaving didn’t affect his skin or mine (and mine is sensitive). Men love a good aftershave lotion (and so do women, wink wink), but women’s “aftershave” is nothing but a good moisturiser suited for their skin type and perhaps a soothing lotion like aloe vera or calamine lotion.

Gillette shaving kits for men and women

Shaving vs waxing vs hair removal creams

Men don’t have other options to get rid of facial hair, like us women. I’ve tried waxing regularly and depilatory (or hair removal) creams for emergencies. Even after all these years, waxing is painful. And I’m still not comfortable going to local parlours or high-end salons alike (for hygiene reasons).

As for depilatory creams, I’ve been careful with them but I have felt a slight burn when I kept it on for a few seconds longer than mentioned on the packaging. That’s the chemicals at work. 🙁 And the looooooong list of precautions that are printed on a cream’s packaging is quite unnerving. Seems like anything could cause a reaction!?

I’ve shaved a few times already and I’m going to continue- it’s quick, comfy and painless. Time to #Subscribe to Smooth everyday!

You can buy the complete shaving kit on Flipkart, or buy the razor and cartridges separately.

This blog post is part of the #SubscribeToSmooth series in collaboration with Gillette India. Check out their Facebook app and follow Gillette Venus India on Twitter.

Note: Chic Promotion

9 things to know about shaving for girls

I have a confession: I have never shaved my body hair before. I’ve mostly waxed and used a depilatory creams for emergencies. The women in my life (mom, cousins, friends) don’t really shave and I’ve never really considered it an option.

But then I attended an eye-opening session on shaving with actor Kriti Sanon, dermatologist Dr Rashmi Shetty and makeup and hair expert Namrata Soni last week. During their candid discussion, I learnt that Kriti and Namrata have been shaving for years and swear by the technique. Both these women knew a lot about shaving and shared their personal experiences with hair removal, especially shaving.

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9 things about shaving I learnt from the experts

1) All three experts said that shaving is completely safe.

2) Namrata and Dr Shetty mentioned that dermatologists advise patients to shave instead of wax for patients afflicted with certain skin conditions or undergoing certain treatments.

Shaving for women Gillette Venus

3) Shaving does NOT make hair grow back thicker or darker.

4) Shaving is less painful than waxing, if you’re careful.

5) Shaving is super quick- you can do it in the shower or just before a party.

Shaving for women Gillette Venus

6) As long you calm your skin post-shaving (with calamine, aloe vera or a soothing moisturizer), you don’t need to worry about itches or rashes.

7) Since shaving doesn’t involve chemicals like depilatory/ hair removal creams, it won’t harm your skin.

Kriti Sanon panel Shaving for women Gillette Venus

8) No ingrowths if you shave correctly! (This often happens when I wax.)

9) You can shave your bikini area if you really want to and you’re comfortable with it.

Now that I’m hearing some positive (read non-scary) things about shaving, I’ve decided to give it a shot over the next few weeks. I will be taking up the Subscribe To Smooth Challenge and try shaving! Stay tuned for my experiences with shaving.