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My Hairs Won't Behave - Even After A Shave

My Hairs Won't Behave - Even After A Shave

Dear Sugar
This is kind of an embarrassing problem, but I need help with my underarms. No matter how careful and close I try and shave them, I always still have little black hairs and bumps.

It's pretty gross, and makes this tank top/bikini season difficult. Do you have any advice? Stubble Trouble

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Dear Stubble Trouble
Razor bumps occur when growing hairs exit the skin, curl over and burrow in the adjacent skin - so don't even think about plucking them. It will take too long, cut your skin and will grow back just as thick.

You can try shaving with a woman's razor; try Schick's Quattro For Women. It's got Aloe and Vitamin E in it, two conditioning strips, a swivel head for the contours of our fabulous, feminine frames - and it's updated with 4 blades.


When you've finished shaving, immediately apply Tend Skin to the shaven area. It will prevent bumps, ingrowns, razor burn and hopefully lessen the stubble. This product has been around for some time now and it's constantly getting attention for it's amazing results. They also make a deoderant.

Topical depilatories could burn and scar in that area - or imagine if you had a reaction to a product in your armpit? YIKES!

Laser hair removal is probably the best option if all the above don't work. It may be painful, (thank heavens for extra strength numbing cream) but it will definitely work.

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Underdog Underdog 9 years
Do gently and it won't hurt You.
imalifeguard imalifeguard 10 years
i love the mens mach3 razor. it works better than any female razor i've ever used (including the mach3 counterpart..venus) it gives a smoother shave and stays sharp longer.
kylake kylake 10 years
I have a high pain threshold so I am able to wax my underarms. It leaves me hair-free for weeks and it's great. I use Veet wax strips. The pain gets less and less each time you do it.
fallenmistake030 fallenmistake030 10 years
would waxing help?
georgie2 georgie2 10 years
What's with plucking? I pluck mine all the time... does that irritate the skin more?
alsie alsie 10 years
I get the same reaction, I can only shave under my arms once a week or twice if I am lucky. I think that I will try Veet.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
I found veet does best on underarms. I have to shave everyday with a razor but veet gives me a days le-way
GypsysJewels GypsysJewels 10 years
Yikes... Yeah the Quattro isn’t all that great; I used it twice and went back to my Venus. I used to get bumps but only when I need to change blades.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
LoverBeau LoverBeau 10 years
If you can handle some pain, try using an epilator. It pulls the hair out at the roots so there's no razor stubble. The hairs also grow back thinner and not as often. Check out the various models at: I have the Panasonic 3-in-1 model which works well and comes with other attachments.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
tend skin is awesome, but it won't make your underarms lighter or more hair free. i've used quattro. not that impressed
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