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Have I been shaving wrong my whole life??

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WashingMatilda Mon 25-Sep-17 18:30:28

I am having an existential crisis.
I have just seen a Dove advert and she is shaving her armpits DOWNWARDS.
I have always shaved them upwards, as in from the bottom of the armpit towards my shoulder.
Google has been no help at all.
I'm just staring at the ceiling wondering what else I could have been doing wrong MY WHOLE LIFE.

Mari50 Mon 25-Sep-17 18:31:39

I do mine up and down- direction of hair growth is variable.

Snap8TheCat Mon 25-Sep-17 18:31:50

I do mine downwards. Not sure it makes a difference tbh.

UserThenLotsOfNumbers Mon 25-Sep-17 18:32:56

I shave my armpits starting from the top, as that's against the direction the hair grows in.
Does it remove the hair doing it your way? If so then it doesn't matter.

Myfanwyprice Mon 25-Sep-17 18:33:04

I do mine up, then down, then side to side - obviously some weird hair growth going on for me grin

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Mon 25-Sep-17 18:33:14

If you're doing it wrong, so am I <joins OP in staring at the ceiling>

WashingMatilda Mon 25-Sep-17 18:33:59

Why do bad things happen to good people.

Binglesplodge Mon 25-Sep-17 18:34:12

Ok but what about legs?!

ButchyRestingFace Mon 25-Sep-17 18:34:17

If we're wrong OP, then I don't want to be right.

sad and confused

ijustwannadance Mon 25-Sep-17 18:34:49

Upwards for the last 30 years!

WashingMatilda Mon 25-Sep-17 18:35:03

UserThen it removes it, but I have always seemed to have a darker 'shadow' of hair there than I've noticed on other people IYKWIM.

dementedpixie Mon 25-Sep-17 18:35:16

I do my pits in all directions as there are different patterns of hair growth. I shave up towards my knees for my legs

WashingMatilda Mon 25-Sep-17 18:35:42

I do legs from the my ankle upwards. That's definitely right.


Niamhisnotarealname Mon 25-Sep-17 18:35:57

You should shave WITH the direction of hair growth, not against. Wether that's up or down doesn't matter. Shaving against is how you get on growing hairs and nicked skin.

Niamhisnotarealname Mon 25-Sep-17 18:37:52

*in growing hairs. obviously. Waxing is superior however to shaving and removes the underarm shadow.

KweenOfFarts Mon 25-Sep-17 18:38:38

Downwards then sometimes side to side.

But then sometimes upwards, it depends if I have kids shouting mum outside the bathroom door, one thing for sure is I can shave in record time!

The80sweregreat Mon 25-Sep-17 18:39:55

I shave upwards on pits and legs.

WashingMatilda Mon 25-Sep-17 18:40:04

But how do you know what direction the hair is growing in??

ThinkOfAWittyNameLater Mon 25-Sep-17 18:40:57

Up. Down. Side to side (both ways). It's the only way I can effectively get rid of all the hair - it grows in a sort of crop circle pattern!

FannyWisdom Mon 25-Sep-17 18:42:04

Just me that does the Union flag then?

RhodaBorrocks Mon 25-Sep-17 18:45:17

Don't worry Myfanwy I shave sideways too.

And to get the best possible shave on my legs I go up then down. Gets it really close and no ingrown hairs.

And I always use conditioner or oil. Much better than any shaving foam.

WashingMatilda Mon 25-Sep-17 18:48:49

Well colour me educated.

Fanny I'm going to start doing that now.

UserThenLotsOfNumbers Mon 25-Sep-17 18:48:51

Shave it all around

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Mon 25-Sep-17 18:57:40

You're going to have to stop shaving your arm pits for a month to assess the direction of growth I'm afraid Matilda. grin

plantsitter Mon 25-Sep-17 19:00:07

DH shaves my legs for me and he does it downwards. They are much smoother and less chicken-skinny since he started doing it. Partly because he can be arsed to do a good job, I suspect.

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