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giraffeski Wed 01-Jun-05 11:27:15

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WigWamBam Wed 01-Jun-05 11:28:07

Upwards. Why do you want to know?

giraffeski Wed 01-Jun-05 11:30:07

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kama Wed 01-Jun-05 11:30:35

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charleepeters Wed 01-Jun-05 11:31:08

upward why??? i am however thinking of being brave and waxing becasue i get shaving rash all the time!

lou33 Wed 01-Jun-05 11:31:32

upwards

WigWamBam Wed 01-Jun-05 11:31:55

I would have thought that if you shaved downwards, you wouldn't be shaving closely enough.

Perhaps someone who does have a weird leg-shaving fetish could tell you more about it though

gingernut Wed 01-Jun-05 11:34:47

IIRC, you are supposed to shave in the direction of hair growth but I never find it works, so I shave against the direction i.e. upwards on my legs.

giraffeski Wed 01-Jun-05 11:41:34

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pixiefish Wed 01-Jun-05 11:42:18

upwards. BUT if you notice how blokes shave- they go down with the direction of the hair. An ex- flatmate (male) of mine told me that the reason I got a rash was because I went against the growth

ghosty Wed 01-Jun-05 11:45:42

Do you use soap or foam? What moisturiser do you use afterwards? What kind of razor do you use? You may be reacting to the soap or to the moisturiser or maybe the razor is too harsh.
I use the Gillette Venus and use a very gentle shower to get all soapy ... then a good but gentle moisturiser ... but not straight after. I put on the moisturiser a good few hours later ...

pixiefish Wed 01-Jun-05 11:46:33

I've also read somewhere that hair conditioner should be used instead of shaving foam- for a lovely smooth shave

Enid Wed 01-Jun-05 11:48:22

hair conditioner

I read that on here and it was the best advice I have ever got, on anything, ever.

I shave my legs every other day in the summer and only use conditioner now. It is absolutely brill.

You must must must use a sharp mans razor, I use one Gillette mach 3 for both lower legs and then throw it away.

motherinferior Wed 01-Jun-05 11:49:27

Cariad shaving oil (it's in Tesco's) is even better than conditioner, I think (but then I shave in the shower).

Do you only use one blade per shave, then, Enid?

giraffeski Wed 01-Jun-05 11:52:36

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Enid Wed 01-Jun-05 11:57:25

Yes I do

its expensive but I have ridiculously sensitive skin and its the only way I completely avoid a rash

Oh, I do my armpits with it as well. TMI?

and, if i absolutely have to shave my bikini line, I (very naughtily) use hydrocortisone cream on it the next day to stop redness/itching.

Bugsy2 Wed 01-Jun-05 12:10:34

I shave some bit of me every day & I am also a great believer in conditioner. I would also advocate using your blade a very few times - the blunter it is, the more resistance on your skin & the greater the liklihood of shaving rash.
Afterwards you want to use a good moisturiser - I use a really heavy, oily one for v dry skin by Nivea - but go with whatever works best for you.

Branster Wed 01-Jun-05 12:16:53

Enid is absolutely right. I only use conditioner and Gillete Mach 3 when I shave. I do it against teh hairgrowth but use the same blade about 3 times. Still expensive though, but at least no grazes or rash etc. I found the men's shaver to be much better than Venus.

I usually do it in the shopwer, then apply aloe vera gel on the skin after drying.

motherinferior Wed 01-Jun-05 12:25:21

I shave my legs and armpits every day. But not my bikini line.

I shall change blades on my own Mach 3 Turbo more frequently . But I really do recommend the Cariad oil, it's wonderful.

pinkroses Wed 01-Jun-05 13:02:55

You are meant to shave downwards as it stops any rashes because it doesn't irritate the skin, apparently!! I saw it on a show about porn stars shaving their pubic hair.

I have always shaved upwards-on my legs, as it just seems right, but I seem to get a rash now...don't have a clue why, but my dh has a new rasor that vibrates as you shave and I used this the last time I shaved my legs, and I didn't get a rash.

SaintGeorge Wed 01-Jun-05 13:32:19

Another vote for conditioner and Gillette Mach 3, although I go down the leg with the hair growth or I still get a rash.

giraffeski Wed 01-Jun-05 21:01:08

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giraffeski Wed 01-Jun-05 21:01:32

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ambrosia Wed 01-Jun-05 21:03:23

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