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How to Shave Your Armpits

How to Get Taylor Swift's Perfect Armpits

Taylor Swift has garnered millions of followers for her catchy musical hits, retro beauty look, and . . . her armpits. Yes, there is an entire Subreddit devoted to the singer's underarms. Why have fanatics honed in on such a small part of her anatomy? Well, they do look pretty soft and smooth. Taylor obviously doesn't have any issues with dark spots or shaving scars. Grooming your underarms is a tedious task that must be done, but using better techniques for more effective results can make it a little more bearable.

  • Hold it: Shave your armpits as late into your shower as possible. The warm water helps soften the coarse hair in this area, so shaving will be a little easier.
  • Scrub-a-dub: Make sure you remove all traces of your deodorant with a thorough washing. You might also want to consider exfoliating with a body scrub like The Body Shop Mango Scrub ($20) for a more even shave. (Do this before flicking the Gillette, of course.)
  • Up, down, and all around: I prefer using a razor with multiple blades, because with more blades working, it gets the job done a lot faster. That and you don't have to shave an already-sensitive area over and over. After lathering up with a great shaving cream, lift the arm high and start shaving. Shave up, down, and side to side. Keeping the skin taut will result in a closer shave, so pull your skin however it needs to go to create an even surface. Rinsing the blade off after every other stroke or so will also keep the razor nice and unclogged.
  • Minirazor: If you encounter an area that's difficult to maneuver around or if you discover you've missed a few hairs, a minirazor should do the trick. Try Noxzema Razors For Women ($3).
  • Don't be dull: It should go without saying, but make sure your razor isn't dull. Check out these tips for extending the life of your razor, and happy — or at least less tedious — shaving!
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sham28 sham28 7 years
One thing that I've found helpful is rubbing baby oil on my underarms after shaving and not applying deoderant until I get to work an hour or so later. The oil soaks in a little bit to moisturize and creates a light barrier against the deoderant (a lot of people are allergic to the aluminum in it). And I don't shave every single day (this will be more difficult to get away with during the summer).
blondie829 blondie829 7 years
i have so much irritation from shaving my underarms...i should get it lasered or something. nothing seems to help!
blondie829 blondie829 7 years
i have so much irritation from shaving my underarms...i should get it lasered or something.nothing seems to help!
witchbaby witchbaby 7 years
I wish I could wax there but seriously only like 2 hairs come out!! the lady at the salon said its because i have more than one hair in each follicle. :( Waxing my legs is way more easier and I prefer it to shaving because I won't have any stubble the next day. When I shave my underarms I sometimes use that st. ives apricot scrub there and it really help irritation and ingrown hairs.
witchbaby witchbaby 7 years
I wish I could wax there but seriously only like 2 hairs come out!! the lady at the salon said its because i have more than one hair in each follicle. :( Waxing my legs is way more easier and I prefer it to shaving because I won't have any stubble the next day. When I shave my underarms I sometimes use that st. ives apricot scrub there and it really help irritation and ingrown hairs.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
*discolored
soapbox soapbox 7 years
*discolored
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I inherited disclored underarms (thanks mom) but I found shaving relatively easily. I don't get much hair in that area so shaving takes like 2 seconds.
opisnowpro opisnowpro 7 years
wax its better.....and you dont have to worry in about 2 weeks.....
juliarose23 juliarose23 7 years
seeing as i was just at the beach for week, this would have been good to know, but its also helpful for the future!
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
can we please all refrain from using the term "pits?" am I the only person who thinks it is so crass and gross? what's wrong with "underarms?"
bluebird bluebird 7 years
I'm with dragonlady920. The Intuition razor makes it so easy to shave every day, so I don't get itchy legs or underarms when the hair grows in.
besi0004 besi0004 7 years
i just wax my armpits myself and it's honestly the best. The hairs grow back so light and baby thin. I only need to do it every 3 to 4 weeks.
goddessru goddessru 7 years
hmm i do all these things but i stay away from shaving everyday. That area is too sensitive for that
goddessru goddessru 7 years
hmm i do all these thingsbut i stay away from shaving everyday. That area is too sensitive for that
tropicalsiren tropicalsiren 7 years
I can't imagine shaving everyday or even every other day, that would be way to irratating for me. I let my skin rest by shaving every 3 or 4 days(specially since i live in NYC i mostly wear lots of clothes). Besides, doesnt shaving your armpits so often causes the skin to darken and get pigmented? I always see that in women that shave often in there. I always exfoliate before shaving and one time tried plucking but it hurt to much.
simplegirl simplegirl 7 years
thanks for the tips =)
simplegirl simplegirl 7 years
thanks for the tips =)
Mariannie Mariannie 7 years
Wow, tatsauce...I find it very interesting that you pluck your armpit hair. Is it really any better?
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
All pretty self explanatory to me...
dragonlady920 dragonlady920 7 years
I shave that every day, so the skin is pretty tough and used to it. And my lovely Intuition razor makes quick work of it.
erinmarie erinmarie 7 years
i hate shaving anywhere cuz my skin is so sensetive so i got lasered and it was the best money i have spent in a long time. i don't have to worry about it anymore!
tatsauce tatsauce 7 years
My mom is Filipina and in Tagalog, we call the armpit, kili kili. As a kid, I got the task of plucking the kili kili hairs, which were sparse, thank god. Since then, I've always plucked the hairs right out. Plus my skin is verrry sensitive (curses to my Keratosis Pilaris), so shaving there is too irritating.
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