Shaving is the fastest, easiest, least expensive way to remove body hair -- and except for the occasional minor accident, it's painless. The downside, of course, is that hair grows back quickly, so the bare feeling that shaving provides is only temporary. Shaving cuts only the hair above the surface of the skin, so you need to shave regularly to maintain a smooth surface. And underarm hair grows twice as fast as leg hair; you might need to shave there more often, depending on your rate of growth.
Because hair develops deep inside the follicles, shaving does not alter its size or color (though women often claim it looks and feels thicker after shaving). However, since you cut hair perpendicular to the skin when shaving, the shape of the tip is altered, giving you a feeling of coarse stubble. If the hair is allowed to grow back, it will return to its previous silky state.
Reviewed: July 27, 2001