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From the Ladies: A Man’s Guide to Leg Shaving (and Why it’s Important)

by Joan Hanscom in Cyclocross, Road Cycling, Train With Grain

I’m not gonna lie here.  As a girl with a deathly aversion to leg hair I shave my legs every day whether they need it or not.  And generally speaking if you shave that often they don’t need it. It becomes routine.  And while I don’t understand why you boys have such a hard time with it I do know that there are loads-o-reasons why you SHOULD do it and some handy dandy tips to make it easier.

But first, why?  Why oh why hairy man, should you shave your legs?

Well, because it looks awesome.  Smooth sleek muscular powerful.  Whereas hairy legs in spandex just look wrong.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.  Hairy legs in spandex with embro?  That’s just scary looking.  Nothing says “I’m a gonna crash you” like hairy legs.

Okay, so I digress.  Looking good is an excellent side effect but not really the reason to do it.

So if not for the pure aesthetics, why go to all the effort?  Well there are a bunch of reasons:

  1. Crashing in bike racing is a when, not if type of deal.  And when you crash and after the nice people in the Emergency Room have given you your tetanus shot they’re gonna have to scrub that mess out.  It goes WAY better when it’s not hairy.  You can get it cleaner and have less debris.  And when they slap that Tegaterm patch on you, pulling it off is way better when you’re not ripping hair out too.
  2. Massage.  It’s a long season.  The occasional rub down can help the legs stay happy happy.  You’ll recover faster too.   So go hairless, get a massage and your legs will thank you.
  3. Embro!  Ah that happy magic elixer.  Rub in on your smooth, bare legs and feel the warming!  Application goes easier when you’re not trying to smear that Mad Alchemy goodness into leg hair.   And it will wash off more easily too.  But take heed… embro on freshly shaved legs NO BUENO!!!

Convinced?  Good!  So let’s hit the nuts and bolts.

  1. Shave regularly.  The more pelt you let grow in, the longer and harder your task becomes.   Twice a week is a good schedule.  Make a habit of it.
  2. Don’t use soap.  Use shaving cream.  Me?  I like DZ-Nuts Bald. It makes for super smooth legs and it’s good for your skin.  Nice!
  3. Good razors are key.  Cut yourself once with a dull one and you know why.  Change razors frequently. And dedicate your leg razor to your legs.  Your face will thank you.
  4. Be slow and thorough.  Please, so you don’t look like some weird Hobbit – don’t just shave the parts we can see.  Start with your feet and move on up.  Go slow, it’s not a race. And commit.  Do your whole upper leg too.  Don’t stop at the leg band of your bibs.  You don’t want to look like you’re wearing hair shorts.
  5. Moisturize.  Shaving is tough on the skin.  Slather some nice smoothing shea butter, cocoa butter, or vitamin e on those babies and keep ‘em nice and smooth.

And that is that.  EZPZ no stress guide to shaving.

 

DRAFT_Hanscom From the ladies: A man’s guide to leg shaving, and why it’s important.

 

I’m not gonna lie here.  As a girl with a deathly aversion to leg hair I shave my legs every day whether they need it or not.  And generally speaking if you shave that often they don’t need it. It becomes routine.  And while I don’t understand why you boys have such a hard time with it I do know that there are loads-o-reasons why you SHOULD do it and some handy dandy tips to make it easier. 

But first, why?  Why oh why hairy man, should you shave your legs?

Well, because it looks awesome.  Smooth sleek muscular powerful.  Whereas hairy legs in spandex just look wrong.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.  Hairy legs in spandex with embro?  That’s just scary looking.  Nothing says “I’m a gonna crash you “ like hairy legs.

Okay, so I digress.  Looking good is an excellent side effect but not really the reason to do it.

So if not for the pure aesthetics, why go to all the effort?  Well there are a bunch of reasons:

  1. Crashing in bike racing is a when not if type of deal.  And when you crash and after the nice people in the Emergency Room have given you your tetanus shot they’re gonna have to scrub that mess out.  It goes WAY better when it’s not hairy.  You can get it cleaner and have less debris.  And when they slap that Tegaterm patch on you, pulling it off is way better when you’re not ripping hair out too.
  1. Massage.  It’s a long season.  The occasional rub down can help the legs stay happy happy.  You’ll recover faster too.   So go hairless, get a massage and your legs will thank you.
  1. Embro!  Ah that happy magic elixer.  Rub in on your smooth, bare legs and feel the warming!  Application goes easier when you’re not trying to smear that Mad Alchemy goodness into leg hair.   And it will wash off more easily too.  But take heed… embro on freshly shaved legs NO BUENO!!! 

Convinced?  Good!  So let’s hit the nuts and bolts.

  1. Shave regularly.  The more pelt you let grow in, the longer and harder your task becomes.   Twice a week is a good schedule.  Make a habit of it. 
  2. Don’t use soap.  Use shaving cream.  Me?  I like DZ-Nuts Bald. (http://www.dz-nuts.com/products/bald)  it makes for super smooth legs and it’s good for your skin.  Nice!
  3. Good razors are key.  Cut yourself once with a dull one and you know why.  Change razors frequently. And dedicate your leg razor to your legs.  Your face will thank you.
  4. Be slow and thorough.  Please, so you don’t look like some weird Hobit – don’t just shave the parts we can see.  Start with your feet and move on up.  Go slow, it’s not a race. And commit.  Do your whole upper leg too.  Don’t stop at the leg band of your bibs.  You don’t want to look like you’re wearing hair shorts.
  5. Moisturize.  Shaving is tough on the skin.  Slather some nice smoothing shea butter or cocoa butter or vitamin e on those babies and keep ‘em nice and smooth. 

And that is that.  EZBZ no stress guide to shaving. 

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One Response to “From the Ladies: A Man’s Guide to Leg Shaving (and Why it’s Important)”

  1. I have found that olive oil is a lot cheaper and works great as a “shaving cream”. It’s natural too! I discovered this when I found out a older friend of mine puts olive oil all over his body every morning and his face at night. He has NO wrinkles on his face and he’s 68!

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