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Question Posted Thursday July 7 2005, 7:42 pm

Does shaving your legs make your skin rough and make the hair grow darker? I've been using many other products like exfoliators that don't work, and my parents refuse to buy me a hair removal cream because of the excess of chemicals. I want to shave my legs, but I don't want the hair to be coarse and dark. Is this a myth? Should I shave? My hair is already really dark, because I have black hair...

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afbabiidoll05 answered Tuesday July 12 2005, 1:58 pm:
Shaving can make your hair grow back dark and make your skin rough. There is a product by Suave that is a moisturizing lotion that minimizes the hair growth from shaving and it also minimizes the amount of times you have to shave. This product is also made by Jergans.
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poetqueen answered Sunday July 10 2005, 6:52 pm:
it can get darker and thicker but if you shave often enough it wont matter just shave when ut starts to grow back and get darker . hope i helped!

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lyDia_LoU answered Saturday July 9 2005, 10:43 pm:
It's a myth, it only seems like it grows thicker and darker because it comes all at the same time. Use shaving gel, lotion, and i think there's even aftershave for legs now too! I also recommend using a venus shaver! good luck!

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SmileLikeYouMeanIt answered Saturday July 9 2005, 9:15 pm:
Whether you shave, wax, or use hair removal cream... most likely your hair will grow back the same way. It may not be dark and thick... it depends on the person. If you have dark hair and tend to be harier than others (I know, that sounded weird!) then it probably will grow back dark and thick, but it shouldn't be any darker or thicker than it was before you shaved it. Besides, you shave it off anyway, so who will know what your leg hair looks like. Shaving is a pain in the butt and is a lot of work... but we all do it and there really isn't an easier way... except like laser removal... but anyways, I hope that helped!

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fatalxheart answered Saturday July 9 2005, 1:36 am:
myth. just shave. you'll be fine. use hand/body lotion on your legs after you shave your legs (when they are dry), that should help them from becoming dry.

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***DORK*** answered Friday July 8 2005, 6:46 pm:
Hey, well I am not sure because I still have blonde hair and I have been shaving for 6 years. So I dont think so but it might be the person. I would just shave but thats just me!

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l3fty14 answered Friday July 8 2005, 3:44 pm:
just shave them... everyone has to do it, so you might as well get over it. if you REALLY have to be so picky then try the "veet rasera" thing, ya know the one on the commercial with the girl that draws zig-zags on her legs with the Well that will still make your hair grow back thicker and darker, but i think everything does. I think you should just shave, yes its a hassle but just get used to it, and shave your legs!!

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BuffaloGirl answered Friday July 8 2005, 3:39 am:
yes you should shave your legs it depends on your skin ... i think .. im kinda confused never thought about that .. but wut if it works 4 u & you dont do it that would suck lol so i say go 4 it
good luck
hope i helped ya

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sexyEuropeanchick answered Thursday July 7 2005, 11:59 pm:
Well it makes my hair grow darker but you should make sure you shave often then and your skin might get rough but after every single time you shave you have to put body lotion on your legs.

hope i helped!

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LoveNJstyle answered Thursday July 7 2005, 10:41 pm:
hey it wont change the color...i have darkk hair too. it does grow back a bit faster but that happens with whatever way you remove hair. i think you should shave if you are ready to do it frequently..its definatly not a one time thing! oh and no, its not much coarser. just be careful!<3

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FunnyCide answered Thursday July 7 2005, 10:10 pm:
I understand that you don't want the hair on your legs to be "coarse and dark," but that is not a <i> complete </i> myth. There is very little increse in the growth, color, and texture of the hair. Some girls may experience more rapid hair growth, or in a darker color, but this noramlly happens over a course of many years. In fact, because you have dark hair already, you wouldn't notice a difference. Though, if you have sensitive skin, I wouldn't suggest you using hair removal cream. It makes me break out... though I'm allergic to alot of stuff like that. And if it does make you break out, it is <i> extremely </i> painful (and itchy!). Keep that in mind. If your parents don't want to purcahse the hair removal cream because of the excess chemicals, good for them! Hair removal creams claim to work better than old-fashioned shaving with a blade and such, but your hair grows back faster, darker, and coarser when you use the removal cream because the hair is removed at the root and is treated with chemicals that mess with how the next hair will be formed in color and texture.

To prevent cuts and razor burn, always use plenty of shaving cream, and put lotion on your legs after you shave them. Some girls have to shave every day, but others don't. Some, like myself, don't really care. Once a week is good, thanks. If you use lotion or hair reducing lotion after you shave and every night before bed, you wont have as many new hairs. Hair reducing lotion is <b> not </b> a chemically inbalanced lotion. I'm not sure what's in it, but it's completely safe and natural. And it shouldn't bother even the most sensitive skin.

Waxing your legs is an alternitive, but that would get painful. You have a sticky solution applied to your skin, then 'paper' stuff put on top of the sticky solution. Once the "sticky stuff" has dried (which is wax), the 'paper' is ripped off. My grandmother gets her eyebrows waxed, and she sure looks good - but she says it's very painful... but it is an alternitive.

Shaving isa personal decision. If you're old enough, and want to, go for it! It can be embarassing to wear shorts or a skirt with hairy legs... though if it doesn't bother you, don't worry about it! It's all up to you.

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HyperactiveMiss answered Thursday July 7 2005, 9:16 pm:
Do yourself a favor and don't shave. It does make the hair rougher and darker. Maybe not for everyone, but it's true for most people. My cousin has it especially bad. She shaves everyday and her legs have gotten scarred, black dots, ingrown hair, etc. It's not too purdy. Plus, do you really want to shave each day? How annoying.

I recommend waxing. It doesn't leave your hair ugly and darker and coarse. Although you'll have to get waxed every 3 weeks or months or so (depends on your hair) it's a lot better than shaving everyday. And waxing may even give you less hair on your leg eventually. Oh yeah, about the pain? Nothing big. The first time will hurt (of course). But with everytime you wax it will hurt even less. Why? Because for one thing you get used to it and there is less hair anyway.

If you wan't wax, just don't do anything else. Chemicals...bleh...shaving...bleh. I think you're better off the way you are now than making your hair even worse. Good luck on whatever you decide!

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SoInToYoUx0x answered Thursday July 7 2005, 9:13 pm:
try waxing it. then it wouldnt be so bad and u wont have to do it often just once ever other week. but anyways yes it does grow fatser and thicker and darker.. hope this helps.

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Michelley answered Thursday July 7 2005, 9:03 pm:
are you a guy or a girl? i'm assuming girl bc why would a guy shave his legs. anyway, shaving your legs will make them legs smoother esp. if you use lotion afterwards. it shouldn't grow back darker...but maybe faster. then you'll just shave again! i usually shave my legs every day during the summer, and 2 or 3 times a week in the winter..i have blonde hair and u basically can't see it, so with darker hair u might want to shave more often. it really doesn't take that long maybe like 5 minutes.
=) HoPe I HeLpEd!

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SandraCarmen answered Thursday July 7 2005, 8:40 pm:
Hey my hair is really dark.

Your hair will grow back faster and it will seem kind of prickly.

You should use wax or products by veet, like bladeless razors. They work.

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magictoothbrush answered Thursday July 7 2005, 8:31 pm:
dont shave o^.^o

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Nice_Girl75 answered Thursday July 7 2005, 8:27 pm:
The answer is......Shave your legs. THen when the hair starts to grow back you simply shave them again! It's not that hard and if you shower often then you can shave too! hope it helps!


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Mackenzie answered Thursday July 7 2005, 8:03 pm:
Well I've neveR noticed it to have eveR gRown in DARKER, but yes.. it does get moRe coaRse. If you should decide to shave, I've taken the libeRty of listing a few tips foR you:
--- NEVER dRy shave.
--- Find a shaving cReam/gel you'Re happie with.
--- If you can't go out and puRchase shaving gel, use a baR of soap and latheR youR legs up REALLY good, but keep it moist and latheRy.. don't let it soRt of dRy out.
--- If you CAN puRchase shaving gel, I Recommend 'Skintimate's Shaving Gel' oR 'BaRbasol Shaving Cream".
--- Always, always, always shave upwaRds, peRiod.
--- Use a good RazoR, and change it often, if not EVERY time.
--- Yes, disposable RazoRs aRe fine.
--- AfteR shaving, apply lotion to help moistuRize, and help pRevent RazoR buRn.
--- DO NOT shave daily!! TRy eveRy otheR two days oR so.

Hopefully this is of some help to you!! :D

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orphans answered Thursday July 7 2005, 7:56 pm:
well it can make it rough but after shaving youu should apply skin lotion 2 make them softer. yeaah the hair will grow darker and longer.. but you have 2 keep shaving them. like at least shave once a week make it a routine. if you don't like shaving juss wear clothes that will cover it.. but i suggest you shave it. `&hearts;//

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tasuki answered Thursday July 7 2005, 7:49 pm:
Nope, that's true. The more you shave your legs, the darker and thicker the hair will be when it grows back. It will also grow back faster. Thankfully this is only true for your legs, nature is more merciful for those required to shave their faces. Try wearing long pants, or you could just shave them and get used to the whole faster/darker/thicker thing. For your skin, it doesn't make it rough if you use Skintimate brand shaving gel and some nice, soft Johnson's brand lotion, like the kind used on babies. As for the hair removal cream, don't bother with it. It smells really bad and I think it removes some of the skin on your hands because whenever I used to use it, my hands would always feel like they had a layer taken off. But if you do decide to atleast try it out, just tell your parents that 1)You'll pay for it yourself and 2)The world is already filled with dangerous chemicals. You can't eat, breath, drink, go swimming, or anything without taking in thousands of toxins and absorbing radioactivity. So how much is it gonna hurt if you use Nair?

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icey0990 answered Thursday July 7 2005, 7:44 pm:
yea its a good idea to shave if your a girl..the hair will grow in thicker and darker but it doesnt have to get that way if you just shave again when it starts to grow my opinion you shoulod start shaving.. shaving should make your skin smooth but if not there are creams out there and lotions to put on your legs for that ..i hope i helped out?


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