A few months back, we discussed if and why redheads could be allergic to nickel in razors. Do you have problems with bumps on your legs from shaving? Do the bumps resemble bug bites and begin to itch and sometimes hurt? Do the bumps spread to your underarms? If you stop shaving, do they go away?
If you’ve answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, you might be allergic to nickel in your razor. Or, you might not be shaving properly.
We talked more in depth with Venus Dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine. “Some redheads tend to have very sensitive skin that gets red and irritated easily. Irritation from shaving can be prevented by using high-quality tools and by using proper shaving techniques,” she says.
These are her top tips for how redheads should shave this summer:
1. Does the type of razor really matter?
“I recommend the Venus Swirl Razor because it has five independently-mounted blades that individually adjust to your skin and a multidimensional movement that will give you a close shave in one stroke, so you don’t have to go over the same area again and again. Fewer strokes means less interaction with skin and less chance of irritation.”
2. How often should a redhead shave?
“This is up to their personal preference. It may also depend on how quickly your hair grows back. As long as you are using a high quality razor, there is no limit on how often you should shave. With the proper razor you can refresh your shave every time you shower, even if it’s twice a day.”
3. Does it make a difference if the razor is doubled?
“Absolutely. There is definitely a difference between a 5-bladed razor and a single-bladed razor – and this difference contributes to your overall shaving experience. Venus Swirl features Gillette’s most advanced blade technology with five, thin, spring-mounted blades that are spaced closely together for reduced and more uniform pressure, so there is less skin that bulges between each blade while shaving. This helps to minimize the chances of nicks and cuts. The 5- bladed Venus Swirl razor gives a closer shave than most 3-bladed or 2-bladed razors.”
4. Do you have a favorite DIY tip for shaving?
” I have two great tips. 1) To help prevent ingrown hairs on the bikini area, use an exfoliating toner twice daily. You can use the same toner you use on your face to clean the area. If you have ingrowns already, follow the toner with the same acne cream or liquid that you use on your face. 2) If you are getting a spray tan or using self-tanner, shave first to exfoliate and get a smoother surface and a more uniform color.”
5. What is the best way redheads should shave?
“Here are my key steps to avoid irritation:
1. Prep your skin and hydrate your hair with warm water before shaving. Hydrating your hair is important as it helps make hairs softer and easier to cut.
2. Next, use ample amounts of moisture rich-shave gel like the new Venus with a Touch of Olay shave gel. Some people forego shave gel, but it’s actually another important step in your shaving process as it allows your razor to glide more easily over your skin. Shave gel helps you track where you’ve shaved so you don’t need to go over the same area twice – another big source of irritation.
3. Always moisturize after shaving and make it a part of your daily routine. Ingrown hairs occur when dead or dry skin covers hair. Moisturizer is much more effective on properly exfoliated skin and shaving is actually a gentle form of exfoliation.”
Rock it like a Redhead!