Yesterday, I woke up to a hilarious conversation on a WhatsApp group, where a friend was moaning about the pain of getting a Brazilian wax. I’d intended to write a post on body hairs so the conversation was perfect timing.
So, from the head to the legs, let’s talk about body hair removal, shall we?
For men, I think a clean-shaved head actually looks good on some guys, so if you’re getting bald at a young age, don’t worry! Please always ensure you have your own clipper or your barber uses a sterilised one. Some ladies also rock a low-cut really well though, and for me it’s whatever works for you! At some point, my mum got fed up of my tough hair and we headed for the barbers so I got a low cut! I also saw her do the same for two of my little sisters – thankfully they still looked cute.
This applies to many women, as these days, it’s all about the fleek eyebrow. I naturally had decent eyebrows so I never really bothered. I eventually had a friend put a razor to them when I turned 21 and right up till now I’ve probably only had it done 10 times. I wanted to get it threaded on my 26th birthday which didn’t happen. Now once in a blue moon, I get a wax. What’s your go-to method for eyebrow hair removal?
Not really common, but some ladies grow hair here. If it’s not so much, tweezers are really good for this region. There’s also lip waxing which I’ve never tried but I think works well. For the men, this is obviously when the beard gang folks stand tall and proud. It really has become such a thing
One of the first articles I wrote as a member of the Press
I once got into a pretty heated conversation with a friend on whether or not it was right to take off all the hair in your lady parts, such that it’s as smooth as a baby’s cheek. I didn’t think so, and at that time, there was a lot of support from female celebrities on my view. I know people plop on a
Secondary (High) school was when I learnt about shaving your legs. I told a friend that that my mum said if I shaved, it’ll just grow back thicker and longer. Without a flinch, she responded “Then you shave it again!”. I didn’t, and I’ve got really hairy legs. It was mostly out of defiance though because some people made it seem like you just had to or perhaps you might never find a husband. I finally got a wax when I turned 24, because at that point, I wanted to and not as a result of pressure. Nevertheless, I think it’s good practice.
Ultimately, hair grows out of our bodies and it sure has it’s function. Let’s not get too caught up in an idea of perfect bodies – as there’s no such thing.
Did I miss anything? What’s your experience on body hair removal – all the way from your head to your toes (yeah, I’ve got hair on my toes as well)! Any lessons or tips to share with us? What works for you when it comes to shaving, and what doesn’t work? Favourites products? Share!
Lohla's MelangeJuly 21, 2016 at 11:30
You missed the most needed part to be shaved at least once a week. The armpits. I really do not understand why some people do not shave their pits like seriously, why? I’ve seen hair so dense it was no longer black on someone’s pits, im still scarred from that visual experience. Also, I think it’s important to have a clean shaved pubs or if you feel some type of way about being clean shaved, then by all means trim really low especially in naija with our hot hot hot weather. Please shave for your own good and for the good of the person going there and also for the sake of national peace. Thank you.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 21, 2016 at 11:35
How could I miss that? I had it in my draft notes and i totally skipped it. Thank you! Clean shaved pubs are necessary. I just don’t know how I feel about hair removers down there. Trimming really low, yes! Lol @national peace!!
Lohla's MelangeJuly 21, 2016 at 11:41
I don’t use hair removers either, I form a lather with my bathing soap on the area, makes it easier to shave with a shaving stick without bruises and bumps.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 21, 2016 at 11:44
Oh great! Thanks for the tip Lohla. Really appreciate. Xx
AntonymousOctober 23, 2020 at 20:02
Hi, I can undestand underarm hair might really look ugly for some people and some woman also prefer men shaving theirs.
Btw instead which zone of the body would you leave to personal preference to shave or not even if you might prefer to shave everywhere which is also fine? 🙂
Paula Olaitan BenedictJuly 21, 2016 at 12:24
I completely agree… I also use the lather method for my pits during the week as well (every 3 days) as I am very hairy all over (face covered) except my head (smiles) and hair removals take a bit of my time while I’m trying to rush out to work…In this part of the world with the hot temp… we definitely need to keep it clean otherwise body odour which can be very disgusting.
PreciousJuly 21, 2016 at 15:31
Interesting post, Kachee!I shave my armpits, lady parts and shape my brows from time to time. I have never shaved my legs or whole body. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having hairs on my legs. Some people consider it a compulsory routine. Not me oo.And yes to coconut oil!PreciousCore.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 25, 2016 at 08:21
My mum will love you. Lol. She doesn’t get the fuss about shaving your legs.
Tunrayo A.July 21, 2016 at 17:22
I use shaving sticks only. I tried shaving cream when I was in secondary school but I wasn’t sure of the chemicals inside so I stopped using it. Waxing terrifies me; I’m not sure I would be able to stand the pain. For my eyebrows, I’ve tried threading, waxing and used blade. Now, I just leave my eyebrows and I don’t use any makeup to define my eyebrows.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 25, 2016 at 08:19
And your eyebrows are quite pretty! Waxing terrifies me as well… and yes, that shaving cream chemical makes me wary so I’m only comfortable using it on outer regions.
AbbyJuly 21, 2016 at 20:41
I use shaving sticks all through. the chemicals in hair removal creams scare me 🙁 oh and eyebrow threading is about the most painful thing ever, I really should brave the pain and try a brazilian one of these days. Oh and I’m team (properly groomed) beard gang o but the guy i’m ‘eyeing’ is not. Epppp :LOL. P.S Coconut oil is the truth! Its been my body lotion for about a year or more now.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 22, 2016 at 11:37
We should brave thepain and try a Brazilian wax! Looool. Lmao @ not beard gang. Does he not have beard or he’s not interested in keeping it. Lol. Let’s know how we can epp!. I haven’t fully jumped on that coconut oil bandwagon oh. But I’m getting there.
AbbyJuly 23, 2016 at 06:02
Loool. He is at ‘goatee’ level but I am believing God for a full beard.Pls join me in prayersssss 🙏🏾🙏🏾 and oh get on coconut oil and let your skin flourish!😌
SkyJuly 28, 2016 at 17:36
loooooooool @”believing God for a full beard”. so funny.YES TO COCONUT OIL OMG! I switched to that for moisturizing (except for my face during the day where i use some serum) and washing with raw natural black soap, let me tell you, my skin has never been better!For shaving Kachee, Veet for the pits and limbs, shaving sticks for the inner/under lady parts (to be done with extreme caution, as you DO NOT WANT to get a cut there). I threaded my brows once, it was nice and neat but i don’t think i’ll be doing it again because i don’t really like ‘precision’ brows..I don’t fuss about facial hair on men, just be groomed and reasonable.SkyNotFancy
Berry DakaraJuly 22, 2016 at 02:34
My friend takes off hairs all over her body, including arms and face every 3.5 weeks – full body wax. I’d never heard about it until last year and she threatened to kidnap me and make sure I got it done too. But nah mehn. Waxing is painful as heck!!! I wrote about my painful wax experience here On Hair Removal – Painful Waxing ExperienceMy eyebrows are threaded or tweezed. My legs are either shaved or I use a removal cream.Berry Dakara Blog
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 22, 2016 at 11:36
Arms and Face??! Say What! Lol I remember your painful wax experience. Lmao!! I’m with you for eyebrows and legs. Hair removal cream seems to take so long these days though. I think I’ll go back to shaving!
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 22, 2016 at 11:34
Thanks for the comment! I’m actually so curious about trying the wax. But the pain. Good grief. What sort of wax do you use?
PamelaJuly 22, 2016 at 11:53
Mine is quite a mixture. I thread my brows, tweeze my chin, get a stomach and brazilian wax, then use a ladies clipper for the rest… And a full leg wax. Took me a while to know which hair removal technique works for a specific part of my body.www.heelsandabout.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 25, 2016 at 08:17
You definitely have this all sorted! Lol.
TunrieJuly 22, 2016 at 13:08
I actually use a regular conditioner + shaving stick combo to shave. No itching after, no discomfort. Haha. I practically have no hairs on my legs but I like how shiny they get after shaving..
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 22, 2016 at 13:14
Lucky you! But please what kind of conditioner?
TunrieJuly 22, 2016 at 13:22
Now I use a Frank Provost rinse-out conditioner.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 22, 2016 at 13:24
I was going to see ‘But that’s for like Hair’. And then it occurred to me that body hair is hair! Lol. Thanks for sharing babes!!
TunrieJuly 22, 2016 at 13:26
Haha! Think of them as milder hair removal creams 😀 it conditions as you shave..
DamiJuly 23, 2016 at 07:26
I use veet anytime anyday, and Girl, I loooove your blog… Keep it up….
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 25, 2016 at 08:16
I’ve always been a Veet loyalist. But now it seems to take so much time! Phew… Thank you SO much Dami!!! I appreciate!
Tega EnaiJuly 23, 2016 at 07:47
I hate body hair.. luckily for me my hair takes forever to grow. I use veet – no itching and discomfort. For my brows I just use blades. I tried threading once but the pain – My God!!! never again.. I’d just stick to blades.www.tegaenai.comxoxo..
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 25, 2016 at 08:23
Lucky you really.. Veet is the only hair remover cream I’ve tried as well. Threading is painful, I agree but I can’t get the hang of using blades yet.
StephylatelyJuly 24, 2016 at 08:10
Unfortunately I am on the hairy side and I shave every week. I cant stand armpit hairs or hairy legs. Like why!!!!! I use hair remover and coconut oil to shave when I want a quick shave. It leaves my skin feeling nice and smooth. For my brows, I used to thread them but now that I have some sort of shape I just shave them into shape. I can’t tweez to save my life. As for Brazillian wax hell not, I tried a home kit braz wax and it was a waste of money because that sh* is painful.www.stephylately.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 25, 2016 at 08:17
Oh dear! Let’s see how that goes!
Tessy OnyiaJuly 25, 2016 at 17:12
Nice write up, am on the hairy side too. I use veet for my armpit and blades for my brows.www.tessyonyia.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 26, 2016 at 08:49
Thank you Tessy! A lot of people use Veet as well. It seems to work.
DamiLovesJuly 25, 2016 at 19:04
Threading for eyebrows, works great for me, I love the look of a face with well shaped brows. Veet followed by coconut oil for my legs, and everywhere else gets the epilator! When the devil whispered
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 26, 2016 at 08:49
I had to google what an Epilator is. Lol! Thanks a lot for sharing.
sandraAugust 2, 2016 at 12:21
Hehehe, hairy post… I’ve always had body hair and always hated it, but sometimes I get lazy about my legs and just wear pants until I’m ready. I shave my legs, armpits and down there. I used to use hair removers for my legs and pits but not for years since I went organic. I tried a home wax kit once. I used to tweeze my brows but I stopped when I read that repeated plucking can make them thin out all over. So now I leave my brows alone mostly and use a blade only for special occasions. A little nip hair never hurt anybody. Lol. Once in a while I see one or two and leave them alone or tweeze if I’m really bored. One time I shaved my arms. I was about 11 or 12 and had too much time on my hands. I plan to get lasered some day. Too lazy for all this regular hair removal. Or I’ll just be a big girl and have a wax lady that notifies me when it’s time.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comAugust 3, 2016 at 13:18
What do you use now that you’ve gone organic please? Lmfao @ wax lady!!!! Loool. I wear pants a lot of the time when I can’t be bothered with my legs to be honest. I dunno about laser though. Not scary? Indeed a little nip hair never hurts. Thanks for your comment Sandra – it made me laugh!
sandraAugust 3, 2016 at 13:36
😁I’m glad.Good ol’ shaving stick does it for me now. I use Gillette mach 3 (meant for guys but I read reviews by women) and it makes all the difference- I’m talking smooooooth. I’m never going back to disposable razors. When it loses its edge, I replace the cartridge. I use my hair conditioner as a shave gel. Believe me, conditioner is bomb for this. As for laser, not scared in the least if it means never shaving again. I even want LASIK surgery so I can ditch my glasses.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comAugust 3, 2016 at 13:43
I’m definitely buying the Gillette then. Last week I decided to try out one new Venus razor that said it has % blades. I thought it was 5 extra cartridges sort of. Only for me to get home and realise they meant 5 razors in one catridge. I was so pissed considering I bought it for £7! You’re the second person saying conditioner works! i’m so trying it out. Girl. I wish I could ditch my glasses, but I’m scared of surgery. Maybe after you try it! Lol.
Tuke MorganAugust 2, 2016 at 23:15
Interesting Post.I started shaving my legs either during A-levels or uni and that’s because my cousin made me realise that it wasn’t cute to have hairy legs when wearing shorts or a skirt (that isn’t knee length)I threaded my eyebrows for the first time and it was only because my uni graduation was in a couple of days and my friend’s kept on saying it will make a difference. I cried when they were threading it and held my friend’s hand, haven’t gotten my eyebrows threaded since then.I usually get a make up artist to clean it up with a razor which isn’t as painful as threading. It only stings a tiny bit.Funny story, I had a shoot just before I left london last week and I really wanted to get my brows done before it however most places only offered thread or wax.I found one place in Westfield that could shape it with a razor but they said £15 and it just didn’t make sense for me to pay over 6k when in Nigeria, you can get it done for N200, N500, N1k, Max N2k.www.tukesquest.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comAugust 3, 2016 at 13:20
£15 for what!? No way! Like your friends can even do it for free for you. In this exchange rate, do they have any idea what £15 is!
Enkay EdeAugust 28, 2016 at 17:08
I am not one to shave off everything when it comes to the pubic region because I have been to hospitals and medical seminars when they advice to not shave it all off because these hairs do prevent some certain infections from entering the body.I made the mistake of shaving my legs once and till now,i wish I hadn’t done that.It grew back in a very irregular and annoying way and it’s something I have to battle with these days as I don’t shave it anymore.As for my underarm…I shave at least a week and even though I am not a fan of sleevless clothes,i still love the confidence that comes with neat underarms.Lovely post..Stylebyenkay.blogspot.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 9, 2016 at 18:11
You know what Enkay, I believe this as well and I don’t think it’s necessary to take every single hair off. Re legs, I understand as that was my mums fear, that it’ll grow awkwardly and I’ll get tired of shaving. I agree, neat underarms are necessary!Thanks for reading! Xx
UdAugust 28, 2016 at 19:40
Shaving my legs is definitely what I’m learning to adopt as a lady care routine. I do it and then I forget that those hairs grow back😂😂… and for the privates my problem was the bumps till I figured how to shave them with coconut oil…. no more bumping…. so happy doing it every once in a monthwww.beautifullyjune.blogspo…
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 9, 2016 at 18:13
Ah those lady part bumps and itch. So annoying. I’ve recently discovered coconut oil too. And yes, leg shaving I’m still trying to be constant with that. Sometimes, trouser to the rescue ohh! Xx
Vivian AFAugust 30, 2016 at 18:17
I am so glad I discovered the coconut oil hack for my legs. I can’t wait to try it out on other parts of my body!My mum used to do my eyebrow shaping, but I was bold enough to go to a makeup shop and get it done for N500 last month. I will probably do this quarterly, henceforth.Cheers,Viv.www.thealaroro.com
MoyosolaoluwaSeptember 3, 2016 at 10:20
I’ve been planning to shave my legs, I just don’t like the hair but I will soon. Some people go as far as a laser treatment to permanently remove hair from the underarm and private regionshttps://thoughtsoffola.word…
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 3, 2016 at 10:24
Some people actually use laser that’s true. Getting into shaving your legs is a commitment. Lol! Sometimes I get so tired and wear only trousers! 🙈 Thanks for stopping by! Xx
LiaOctober 10, 2017 at 13:49
Hahahaha!!!! That’s me! When I’m so lazy to shave them, I wear trousers all week!
demiolowoSeptember 9, 2016 at 08:47
Hahaha,kachee!so u finally shaved your legs…I haven’t shaved mine and I don’t think i’m ever gonna shave them….comfortable with d hair and I can’t deal with d stress of having 2 shave now and then. As for my pits shaving stick and also my lady parts. Can’t stand waxing,threading….too painful
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 9, 2016 at 18:09
I did oh Demi! Hahahahaha. Gave in finally. To be honest, you doN’t have to, if you’re fine with it I don’t shave as often though. And yes, waxing and threading are way too painful.
Yummy Mum LifeSeptember 22, 2016 at 14:41
Yes coconut oil and a shaving razor is my ultimate.I use veet but I don’t have the patience to wait plus when I do sometimes all the hairs don’t come off so I still have to go in with a shaving stick.I’ve been shaving my legs since uni and I love how girly it makes me feel.www.CheecheeLIVE.com
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OjuolapeSeptember 10, 2017 at 21:01
For my eyebrows, threading is my preferred method but in Nigeria, it isn’t readily available so I go with waxing. For my underarms, I stick to a shaving razor which I toss after one use as I am prone to the dreaded carbuncles. I shave when legs usually I am going on a night out and wearing a skirt and I use a shaving razor as well. I don’t have the patience for hair removal creams.www.savingwithoj.wordpress.com
Mitch GrassiJanuary 6, 2018 at 02:24
Yes, coconut oil is the go to go solution it will help you to repair the damage on your skin.Thanks for sharing this. My friend is really looking for this gladly that i found it.
AntonymousFebruary 10, 2021 at 18:03
I think it’s enough to shave around underwear, the hair exposed on the top band when shaving the stomach and on the groin sides when doing the inner thigh, the rest is personal preference, well actually it is personal even to shave the legs or it should, but it’s just to drive the point :).