The 10 Best Women's Shavers
What To Look For In An Electric Shaver
Electric shavers can be multi-purpose tools. If you like the thoroughness of waxing, but can't stand the pain that comes with it, get a shaver that also acts as an epilator. These pull the hair entirely out of the follicle, creating the smoothest skin possible, without pulling any cells off of the epidermis, so they're pain-free. In fact, when it comes to epilating versus waxing, the former leaves skin hair-free for much longer than the latter. Some even come with attachments for removing calluses, as well as clipping thicker hair before shaving it off.
The wider the head of your shaver, the more hair you can remove in one movement. But, for those times you want to remove a very small amount of hair, like around your eyebrows, get a shaver that comes with small, precision attachments. You should also look for heads with curved sides for better access to contoured areas. If you travel a lot, consider a battery-operated shaver for those times when you won't have an electrical outlet nearby. You'll also want a compact shaver then, too, so it can fit into your TSA-approved toiletry bag.
Since this is an electric device, safety is important, so look for an anti-slip, ergonomic grip that you won't lose control of when your shaver is rotating at full speed. Even though one of the perks of using an electric razor is that it doesn't require water, you might still want one that is safe for wet usage, in case you want to bring it in the shower or bath.
Why An Electric Shaver Is Better Than A Manual One
Some electric razors can deliver thousands of rotations per minute, which is much quicker than your hand can go back and forth over the same, stubborn patch of hair. So an electric razor can save you a lot of time. One may not think this saves that much time until they learn that the average woman spends 72 days in her lifetime manually shaving her legs.
Electric shavers can also be much safer than manual ones. To use a manual shaver, you need to press the blades against your skin, which often results in cuts. But you barely need to apply pressure to operate an electric shaver, and since the blades just glide over your skin, the chances of nicks are greatly reduced.
Electric shavers also offer more versatility in terms of trim styles. If you're one of the 85 percent of women who shaves their bikini area, then you know how sensitive the region is, and how difficult it can be to achieve a certain style down there. Since electric razors don't press down on the skin as much as manual ones do, and because they trim so quickly, they're much safer for precision jobs like bikini trimming.
These tools also offer a much closer shave. Electric shavers push the hair up before cutting it, allowing the blades to get as close to the root as possible. They will ultimately cut costs, too, since they don't require the use of additional items like shaving gel, or even water. Plus you don't need to replace your electric shaver weekly, as you do with manual ones.
The History Of The Electric Shaver
The first electric shaver to be patented was designed by Jacob Schick in 1928. This original model was built to be used without water or any sort of lather and consisted of a shear plate that sat on the face, and a cutter behind that. Schick's model sold millions of units. In 1937, Remington produced their first electric shaver. While today Remington is known for female beauty products, it used to make things like typewriters and firearms. Its electric shaver plunged Remington into the cosmetics industry. The company's version was called a foil shaver and included a small cover over the blades for a more comfortable shave.
By 1946, Philips had entered the electric shaver market with their Philishave. This was the first shaver to boast a rotary system in which, instead of having blades moving back and forth, the cutter rotated. This allowed for the up-to-the-skin shave we still see today. Philips made a lot of improvements to the product over the years. They designed a head that could access contoured regions, they introduced one of the first two rotator head shavers, and eventually they released the three-head model.
It wasn't until the 1960s that cordless electric shavers were invented. Before then, people were tied to an electric outlet if they wanted a close shave. But the first battery-charged models couldn't go long without needing to be recharged, so by the late 1990s and early 2000s, manufacturers were putting lithium ion batteries in their products. Only recently did electric shavers safe for wet and dry use become available. These are very useful since moisturizing before shaving is one of the ways to prevent skin irritation.