Last updated on August 17th, 2018 by Garrick Dee
A woman’s need is a lot different from a man when it comes to hair removal. In most cases, there are three primary areas that women shave – legs, pubic area and underarms.
Out of the different methods of hair removal, shaving is the most cost effective, efficient and least painful.
Before buying anything at your local Walgreens, please spare a few minutes and read this guide on the best options out there.
A woman’s hair isn’t as wiry or as tough as a man so product selection will be different. If you’re looking for a razor for your man then check out this guide for your reference.
To help guide you in this review, please check the table of contents section below…
- Our picks for the best razor for women
- How to choose the best razor that’ll fit your needs?
- Our Pick: Gillette Venus Swirl
- Bikini Trimmer: Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor
- Fewer Blades: Gillette Venus Sensitive
- Great for Legs: Schick Intuition Sensitive Care
- Budget Option: BIC Soleil Twilight
- Facial Hair Remover: Tinkle Razor
- To wrap up
- Best Overall: (Gillette Venus Swirl)
- Bikini Trimmer: (Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor)
- Fewer Blades: (Gillette Venus Sensitive)
- Great for Legs: (Schick Intuition Sensitive Care)
- Budget Option: (BIC Soleil Twilight)
- Facial Hair Remover: (Tinkle Razor)
First let’s get this out of the way, there is no such thing as a best razor that’ll suite each and every woman.
Each individual has a unique preference and need which make it hard just to recommend one product.
Picking the right brand is important
Women’s personal care is one of the few areas where selecting a good brand is important.
You’ll be using this product on the most sensitive areas and using an inferior product isn’t a good idea.
Poor quality shavers often times use poor quality blades that dull fast and has a high risk of corrosion.
And if you’re planning on shaving areas like your underarms and pubic area, there’s a big risk of hurting yourself.
Since the blades dull faster, you’ll be spending more because of the faster turnover.
The two top brands when it comes to women’s shaving are Schick and Gillette.
Both of these brands are the first you should look at if you’re looking for a top quality razor.
Whether you’re shaving your legs, underarms or privates, these two brands got you covered.
Other things you’ll need
The success or failure of any shaving regiment all depends on what you do before and after the actually process.
It does not matter whether you shave the legs, armpits or the privates the shaving part is just part of the equation.
Here are some shaving tips for women to make this task more enjoyable.
These are just snippets, if you want to learn more please check out this article where I discuss it in detail.
This is probably the most important step in before any shaving process.
Doing so rids the surface of dead skin cells, excess oil and other contaminants that can get in the way. The best to exfoliate would be inside the shower since you’re already scrubbing yourself.
Take a exfoliating brush, sponge or glove and rub the areas that you’ll shave.
Take a hot shower
If you’re shaving areas that don’t get much daylight such as the underarms and private areas then taking a hot shower is a must.
Doing so helps you exfoliate and clean these areas thoroughly.
Pubic hair tends to be tougher than leg hair so hot water works great at softening hair follicles and make the razors job easier.
Try dry shaving first
In most cases if you don’t have sensitive skin, dry shaving works. Just make sure to clean the area first to rid of any excess oil and dirt.
Try a small area and see how your skin reacts. If there’s no irritation then dry shaving will work for you if not go to the next tip.
Use shaving cream or gel
Folks who’ve read my shaving tips for men article will know how I preach using shaving cream because it does add that extra layer of protection.
Experts recommend using it when shaving a really sensitive area such as the pubic region if you’re planning to shave it all off.
You could do the same for other areas like the armpits but in most cases using shaving cream isn’t a need.
Pull skin tout
Make sure to pull skin tough so the razor has a smooth surface to glide on. Razors won’t do well on uneven surfaces
The Venus Swirl is Gillette’s latest and most feature rich cartridge razor available. It has similar features as the Gillette Fusion ProGlide for men such as the FlexiBall technology to help the razor adapt to different contours.
I read in some blogs to not be afraid of trying men’s products but I must warn you that you may not get the best results. A man’s product is designed for men.
The skin and hair of a man is generally tougher so men’s razors tend to be more on the aggressive side.
A woman’s skin on the other hand isn’t as tough. This will require a product that’s not as aggressive and the Venus Swirl is a great option.
From the handle to the 5-blade design that cuts close, this product was put together with a woman in mind.
It features 5 of Venus’ most advanced blades that will shave close.
Around the blades are strips of lubrication that’s water-activated and help provide a layer of lubrication that protects the skin from razor burn.
The soft grip handle ensures that the razor won’t slip from your hands during shaving.
Bottom line: The Gillette Venus Swirl is a great option for shaving the underarms and legs thanks to the 5-blade design and FlexiHead feature that adapts to the different contours. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to consider looking at the Gillette Venus Embrace or the Gillette Venus Woman’s Sensitive.
Trimming or shaving your bikini area presents a whole lot of challenges. Unlike shaving the legs, this area is very sensitive. One wrong swipe can end up in a bloody mess.
Shaving long pubic hair will only clog up a regular razor. You’ll have to trim longer strands of hair with a pair of scissors or a trimmer. I wouldn’t even considering putting anything sharp on that area. And buying an electric razor is an added cost.
Trimmer and Razor
Fortunately, Schick knows this struggle and has come out with a hybrid product that combines trimmer and razor.
Schick calls this the Hydro Silk TrimStyle shaver that allows you to trim and shave using just one product.
The best part is that this only costs less than $10 which is a bargain if you’re looking for a tool that’ll keep your pubic area neat.
This product is fully waterproof which means you can use it inside the shower. The razor part has a water-activated Hyrdo-Boost serum that contains Shea butter that helps prevent irritation.
On the other end is a waterproof electric razor with an adjustable comb with 4 different settings. This gives you lots of flexibility on how you want the pubic area trimmed. It’s narrow and compact so it’ll work great on that area.
Bottom line: Kudos to Schick for thinking out of the box and coming up with this hybrid. If you’re looking for a product specifically for the pubic area, the Schile Hydro Silk TrimStyle is a no-brainer option. It costs less than $10 and it uses disposable cartridges so you don’t have to replace the whole think if the shaver part dulls.
The two shavers I talk about above this have 5 blades. And while a 5-blade shaver will cut close, more blades will potentially create more irritation.
Another issue with using with such would be maintenance.
Since it has more blades, there’s less space in between and cleaning it will be difficult.
If you’re constantly shaving your armpits or legs, you may need to replace it every few uses and the costs will add up.
Women concerned with irritation or have sensitive skin will like the Gillette Venus Sensitive because it has fewer blades.
This razor only uses 3 blades which mean less sharp metal raking on the skin.
It will translate to less irritation and lower risk of razor burn and ingrown hair.
To help with lubrication, this razor has moisture strips around the blade that contain more lubricants.
The round head eliminates sharp edges on the shaving head. And make this another great option for shaving the down under. It also pivots which helps in adapting to the different contours on your body.
Bottom line: The Gillette Venus Sensitive is a great alternative to the 5-blade razors that could potentially irritate skin. If you don’t need the electric razor functionality of the Silk TrimStyle then this is a good alternative.
Shaving sensitive legs can be tough. You’ll have to deal with constant irritation, goose bumps and ingrown hair. Not fun!
One way around it would be to use shaving cream but applying such can be a hassle and it takes time.
Would it be nice to have a product that applies shaving cream and shaves one go?
Fortunately, Schick has done it again with the Intuition Sensitive Care. This unique razor combines shaving soap and razor in one product.
It looks a bit odd with 5-blade Schick razor put inside a contraption that looks like an electric razor.
Schick says that this product puts the shaving cream right on the shaver. If you look closely, it actually isn’t shaving cream but shaving soap.
To see how this product works, please watch this video…
The object that wraps around the razor is actually soap that is activated by water. In theory, if you’re in a hurry, grab this product, wet it under running water then shave. It will save you time because you don’t need to apply any shaving cream or gel.
Does it really work?
At first glance, this product looks like a gimmick but reviews paint a different story.
Consumers love this product and say that it really saves them time. One potential issue would be technique. Since this razor is bulky, finding the right grip can take some time.
It isn’t as convenient as the ads say because you do have to rinse your legs.
Bottom line: The Schick Intuition Sensitive Care is a great option for women looking for convenience more than anything else. This razor is rather unique it that it put soap around the shaving head with soap that contains Aloe and Vitamin E that helps lubricate and protects skin from irritation and razor burn.
All of the razors above will cost upwards of $10. And the costs of cartridges do add up over time. If you want something cheap but still has decent quality then the BIC Soleil is a great option.
This razor does not have the bells and whistles found in the other brands, the price difference is huge.
A four pack costs just a little over $5 in Amazon so that’s about a dollar and a quarter per razor. That’s relatively cheap for a multi-blade disposable.
If you only want a no-nonsense product that will perform decently, give this a long look.
It has 3 blades and a rubber handle that gives decent grip even in moist conditions.
Bottom line: The BIC Soleil is the cheapest option in this list at just a little over a dollar per. It does not have the premium features found in other brands such as Gillette and Schick but it’s cheap. Get this if you want something that you can bring with you during business trips.
A woman shaving facial hair is a taboo subject but thanks to modern innovation that should not be the case.
Let me introduce to you the Tinkle Razor – a product designed for remove women’s facial hair.
The unique design of the Tinkle allows it to shave not just the area above the lip but also shape the eyebrows.
High quality blades ensure that this product will cut coarse and fine hair no problem. Schick also put on micro guards to protect skin from direct contact from the blade.
You can slip on the precision cover to shape the eyebrow easy.
This razor is cheap. A pack of 6 will cost less than $4.5 so that’s less than $1 per. With the right technique, this razor will be painless.
One disadvantage of a razor is it only cuts surface hair. Depending on your facial hair growth, you could be shaving once a week or more. If you want something longer lasting then why not take a look at an epilator.
Most of the products you see here are either Gillette or Schick because these brands make the best razors for women. I didn’t include more than one 5 blade Gillette because all of it will perform similarly.
The difference between the 5-blade Gillette women’s razors are what’s inside the lube strips. Performance should be the same with all of them.
Schick on the other hand is the more innovative of the two brands. Two of their shavers in this list are unique hybrid products that combine functionalities of two products.
Both are specialty products that work best on a single area. The Schick Intuition work best on the legs while the Schick Hydro Silk would be great on the pubic area. Being specialty products means both will be more expensive.
Choosing between these products would be a matter of preference and how much you’re willing to spend. If you’re looking for just a simple razor then any of the BIC, Schick or Gillette razors will work.
Garrick spends his days researching and writing about grooming. When he’s not in front of his computer, you can find him hanging around with his wife and son.