To Shave or Not to Shave?

Posted by Mrs Money on February 17th, 2010

facebooktwitterpinterestfacebooktwitterpinterest

Noticing the silliness
Creative Commons License photo credit: juhansonin

In the United States, most men and women shave various parts of their body. Men, of course, shave their faces. Women shave their legs, armpits, and any other areas they so desire.  While shaving, you not only spend time actually doing it, but you also spend money on razors and some type of shaving cream, and if you’re not using natural shaving cream, you could also be exposing yourself to toxins.  Think about all the time and money you could save if you didn’t shave as often or quit shaving altogether!

Warning: image below may be offensive to some, and not safe for work.

source

What do you think of this image? Does it turn your stomach? or do you think she looks happy, radiant, and healthy?

Space out your shaving by a day or so and see all of the resources you’d be saving.

1. Time.  I don’t know about you, but when I shave in the shower it adds on a good 5 minutes.  If I skip shaving one morning, that’s 5 more minutes I get to spend in my warm and toasty bed!

2. Water.  That extra 5 minutes of time in the shower equates to roughly 20 gallons of water.  Wow!  That’s a lot of water!

3. Money.  You’d have to replace your razors less, and you wouldn’t need to use as much shaving cream.  Score!

4. Exposure to toxins.  Less shaving=less shaving cream usage=less toxins going in your body and our water supply.  Awesome.

How often do you shave?  Could you space out your shaving?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...facebooktwitterrssfacebooktwitterrss

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you
Subscribe to my RSS feed!

33 Responses to “To Shave or Not to Shave?”


  1. Being single and not really giving a rip how I look anymore, I don’t use razors. Haven’t for a couple of years. I have a cheap buzzer that I got from Wal*Mart. I shave my mustache when it starts to itch. I shave my neck when it starts to itch. I shave my beard when I mess up shaving my neck, or am too lazy to make it even. I shave my head when I start to get bed head. It’s been working out pretty darn well so far. And if I mess up on my head or miss a spot… there are always hats.

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jake- Awesome! I am glad that you are confident enough to be like that. It took me awhile to get that way, and while I still try to look cute every day, I don’t bother with makeup or fooling with my hair. You are my kinda guy!

    [Reply]

  2. Shery says:

    I think shaving anything but the face is horrible (for men) or shaving of any kind is horrible (for women). Either let it grow or find another way to get it off (I personally favour my electrical machine… Like a lot of little tweasers put together, but it removes from the root), not only because of the green reasons behind it, but just because the thorns you get afterwards (regardless if whether it’s a few hours or days, depending on yuor growth speed) are HORRIBLE! :)

    [Reply]

    Shery Reply:

    Argh, I forgot this:

    This being said, I do shave my armpits about once a month during the winter and once a week during the summer. Most guys I know do it as well, though for practical reasons; deodorant sticks easier when there’s less hair, and the pungent stench of deodorant-less people on the buss is never a friendly good morning greeting.

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    Shery- I CRINGED when I read your description of your hair removal device. It sounds like it hurts!

    To be honest, I shave about as much as you do. If I shave more often, I get a bad rash no matter what I do! It hurts.

    Stinky people are definitely not good. ;)

    [Reply]

    ISA Reply:

    Hey! there’s a natural wax made out of mostly sugar that you can make yourself at home!! I haven’t tried it but plan on doing so! I found it on youtube

    Shery Reply:

    Nah, the machine doesn’t hurt. At least not me. But then again I don’t feel pain at hair removal at all, even by wax, so dunno, hehe.

    The reason I loath waxing is because it’s sticky and messy. But generally, yeah, that removes the best.Just remember to let it cool down enough if you make the sugar version because overly hot sugar can scarr the skin!

  3. Mrs. Money: you may have hit on a “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” zone :)

    I agree to do what I can to save money and water – if you’ll agree not to ask about my frequency of saving money and water.

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    ami- LOL I didn’t want to tell people either. I sometimes wish we could get away with not shaving! The picture doesn’t offend me but we all know I am semi hippie anyway. ;)

    [Reply]

  4. Little House says:

    I have to say that I’m not offended by the photo. However, I do shave regularly, but I am also fair haired and can get away with not shaving for a few days. Only my husband can tell! So, if I skip a few days, my stubbly legs go unnoticed unless someone rubs up against them.

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    Little House- I’m not offended either. You are lucky to be fair haired. I know many women with dark hair that have to shave every day or every other day!

    [Reply]

  5. Robert says:

    You could get an electric razor for $50 and you won’t need to use cream or razors. Plus, not shaving is gross and COULD lead to potential health problems (like depression for not having contact with the opposite sex!) if it gets extreme.

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    Robert- I have an electric razor I use but the regular razor works so much better.

    Your comment wins!! :)

    [Reply]

  6. Jenny says:

    With two little kids, I shave my legs once a week if I’m lucky. Sometimes my husband thinks it’s a special occasion! Underarms don’t take as long and I do them every other day or so. Shaving everyday gives me razor burn and irritation, and for a while I was getting my underarms waxed for this reason. The lady told me that if I’d never shaved them, they’d be hairless now. I wish I never had and when my girls get older, we’ll definitely be tweezing/waxing (if they elect to have hairless underarms, of course).

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jenny- That is so funny about your hubby. I wish that armpits were just naturally un-hairy. That would be fabulous! I get the razor burn and irritation too, and it’s awful!

    [Reply]

  7. H Lee D says:

    I shave my pits every couple of days, mainly because it is a challenge for me to be not smelly even without hair.

    Legs? If I’m shaving really often, it’ll be once every two weeks. Typically once a month. Sometimes less than that.

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    H Lee D- I’m all for waiting as long as you can to shave your legs. It’s funny because when I was single I was like OMG I CAN’T HAVE ANY HAIR ON MY LEGS! and now I really don’t care. ;)

    [Reply]

    H Lee D Reply:

    Well, my hairiness would go beyond what many would call “as long as you can,” but I don’t care. And I was hairy when my husband and I were dating. Part of the package ;)

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    H Lee D- Ok.. I think it was over two months since I had last shaved my legs. I just did it the other day! :)

  8. Becky R says:

    I so wanted to do a post on this but I have already freaked everyone I know out with my cloth toilet paper and cloth menstrual pads.
    I am a single mom to two boys. I may feel differently if I were married or dating?
    I don’t shave my legs. I try not and shave my armpits, but usually do it once a month. No matter what kind of razor (and I have tried electric) or shaving cream I always get a rash the day after. I hate it.
    I wish we were a society that didn’t mind hair.
    Plus razors, shaving cream, wax, etc. are expensive.
    Thanks for the post. I like to see how others feel about this.

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    Becky R- You can come be my neighbor. We will get along fabulously. :) Have you told people IRL about your cloth pads and toilet paper? I’ve only told one friend and she thought it was awesome!

    I’m on the same schedule as you for shaving. I get that same rash no matter what I do! It is so annoying. I agree- I think society needs to get over it. Let’s just start a rebellion! :)

    I thought it was interesting to see what other people thought too. I know some people are probably thinking I’m a little crazy. That’s okay! ;)

    [Reply]

    Becky R Reply:

    Any I tell about the cloth toilet paper thinks I need to be committed. The cloth pads usually the same, but I have converted two friends.
    It would be cool to be neighbors. I don’t think you are crazy, but lots of people think I am, especially my extended family.
    To each his own. I am about being frugal and being a good steward of God’s earth.

    [Reply]

  9. I love this post. I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while and might do a post at some point on the French perspective on this on my own blog.

    That said, I have traditionally shaved about as often as DH–every few days . . .once a week, whatever. DH has to shave his face once in a while or he gets itchy and irritated skin–but can’t shave too much or it hurts. I have more leeway.

    Since DH had a car accident in December and has been in the hospital and rehab, and since it’s been cold, no one can see my legs/armpits, and I must admit, I haven’t shaved in oh–a month, or two? I like the soft fuzzy hair. DH hasn’t seen it . . .I told him about it on my last visit and wanted to show him to see if he’d find it horrific. He declined to view–not a good sign! When he gets out of rehab, I may have to change my ways, but we’ll see. . .

    Regardless, in the summer, hair drives me nuts–too hot, too sticky. And that itchy bug bite under hair–oh, that’s the worst. I also tend to get a shorter haircut at that time as well.

    By the way, maybe because we’re in France, or maybe because DH’s family is a bunch of cyclists, apparently it is absolutely ok for men to shave their legs–they typically use one of those electric razors for cutting hair–this probably started for ‘racing’ but now the men in the family do it for comfort during hot days! I know that some of the men in my US family would rather die than shave their legs–it’s an insult to their manliness . . .but here, no one cares.

    And I have to throw in my two cents on those little hair removal machines that pull hair out by the root–I once allowed one to be tried on less than a centimeter of my leg–AHHHHHH. It hurts–maybe I’m just sensitive, but it was like torture.

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    simple in france- Thanks so much! You should totally do a post on the French perspective on your blog. I would LOVE to read that!

    My husband’s facial hair grows soo slow! It is funny. :)

    Honestly- the soft fuzzy hair doesn’t bother me. I like to see women confident enough to rock that out! :)

    That device does not sound like something I want to try!

    Now I can’t wait to see your post. :)

    [Reply]

  10. Mike Lutter says:

    Disposable razors are crazy expensive. The companies figured out the policy of getting you hooked by selling the handle cheap then making money on the refill cartridges. It’s the ink printer profit model.

    There are options, there is even a whole community http://badgerandblade.com/ (i’m not affiliated, just think it’s a cool site) people who reject the new-fangled disposable razors and go with the old-school fixed razors. It’s a little expensive to get the razors, but blades are wicked cheap. This kind of gear will never wear out, and once you’ve made the investment, will save you a ton of money over the years.

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mike-My husband uses that Mach 3 Turbo razor and the refills are super expensive!

    I will have to show my husband that site! Thanks so much for the info!

    [Reply]

    Mike Lutter Reply:

    Funny,
    Today, they posted this story on the consumerist website:
    http://consumerist.com/2010/02/gilette-raises-razor-blade-prices-then-deploys-shrink-ray.html

    Raised the price of blades, then reduced the number of blades per packs. TOTAL RIPOFF!

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mike- You know, I bought these recently for my hubby and I swear I thought there were less! I can’t believe that. I just emailed my hubby those links. I hope he can figure out he Badger Blade shaving!

  11. Sam says:

    Wow!
    I’m not alone!
    I was waxing for over 10yrs (since I was 19) until my son’s dog started to eat the wax (I hate that dog – first it was the homemade sugar wax stuff then when I switched to regular wax he went for that too.
    So I go the electric thingy – the first time really hurt – after that don’t even flinch.

    I do my legs twice a year – I wear knee high cotton socks & boots…. that helps wear the hair off with friction. And the underarms I do every other month unless I’m dating someone.
    I’m a single Mom so my kid & my menagerie of animals don’t care if I’m shaggy.
    And after all these years of not shaving there’s hardly any hair, it so fine no one notices but me – I’ve been debating getting it laser-ed off since the price of that has gone down a lot & there’s so little hair that one visit should do it.

    [Reply]

    Mrs Money Reply:

    Sam- That’s pretty cool the hair wears off itself! I would love to get it laser-ed off too. That would be awesome. Glad to see there’s another person in the not-shaving-everyday club!

    [Reply]


Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Sunday Money Roundup – Sell An Old iPhone Edition. | My Two Dollars 21 02 10
  2. Sunday Money Roundup – Sell An Old iPhone Edition. | Oh,Wiki Blog! 24 02 10
  3. Homemade Razor Burn Remedy | Ultimate Money Blog- Save Green and Live Green! 08 06 10

Leave a Reply


  • Archives

  • Find Us on Facebook!

  • Categories