Why Women Shave Underarms

The armpit is an area to embrace individuality. Understand best practices for underarm grooming and safe shaving approaches.

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The societal expectations surrounding women’s underarm grooming have sparked discussions and led to diverse perspectives. A growing number of women are embracing the bush below their arms. We will delve into the experiences and viewpoints of three different women. Also under discussion are safe methods of shaving underarms, both at home and by professionals.

Disadvantages of Shaving Underarms

Sally’s Story

Sally has struggled with shaving her underarms due to sensitive skin. She often experiences redness, itching, and razor burn after shaving. “I’ve tried different razors, shaving creams, and techniques, but the irritation persists,” Sally explains. “It has become a frustrating and uncomfortable experience for me.”

Advantages of Shaving Underarms

Debra’s Perspective

Debra firmly believes in the advantages of shaving her underarms. “For me, it’s about personal preference and feeling clean,” she shares. “Smooth underarms make me feel confident and conform to societal beauty standards.” Debra also highlights the perceived reduction in body odor that comes with shaving, as underarm hair can trap sweat and create a conducive environment for bacteria growth.

Why Some Choose to Let it Grow

Lucy’s Thoughts

Lucy has been shaving her underarms for years but recently began letting her hair grow. “I’ve been reflecting on societal expectations and the pressure to conform,” Lucy explains. “I want to promote body positivity and self-acceptance, and embracing my natural appearance, including underarm hair, seems like a way to do that.”

Lucy recognizes that growing out her underarm hair may require a mindset shift and a break from societal norms. “It’s about reducing the pressure and time spent on grooming while embracing my authentic self,” she adds. She is also motivated by environmental considerations, as shaving often involves disposable razors and other products that contribute to waste.

Shaving at Home

Prepare the Skin

Before shaving, ensure your underarms are clean and wet. You can take a warm shower or apply a warm compress to help soften the hair follicles.

Use a Sharp Razor

Choose a high-quality razor with multiple blades for a closer and smoother shave. Replace the blade regularly to prevent dullness and minimize the risk of irritation.

Apply shaving cream or gel: Use a lubricating product to create a barrier between the razor and your skin, reducing friction and allowing for a smoother glide.

Shave in Direction of Hair Growth

Start by shaving in the direction of hair growth to minimize the chances of ingrown hairs and irritation. Rinse the razor frequently during the process.

Rinse and Moisturize

After shaving, rinse the underarm area thoroughly with water to remove any residue. Pat dry gently and apply a moisturizer to soothe the skin.

Professional Options

If you prefer a professional approach to underarm grooming, consider the following options:


A skilled esthetician can perform underarm waxing, which involves applying warm wax to the area and swiftly removing it, along with the hair, using cloth strips. Waxing provides longer-lasting results compared to shaving.

Laser Hair Removal

This method involves using laser technology to target and damage hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. Laser hair removal typically requires multiple sessions for optimal results and should be performed by a trained professional.


Another professional option uses an epilator device to remove underarm hair. The device grasps multiple hairs simultaneously and pulls them out from the root. It provides longer-lasting results compared to shaving but may cause temporary discomfort during the process.

Should You Let it Grow?

The experiences and perspectives of Sally, Debra, and Lucy provide insight into the ongoing debate surrounding women’s underarm grooming. Sally’s struggles with shaving due to sensitive skin highlight the potential disadvantages, including irritation and discomfort. On the other hand, Debra emphasizes the advantages of shaving, such as personal preference, perceived cleanliness, and reduced body odor.

Meanwhile, Lucy’s transition into letting her underarm hair grow showcases a desire for body positivity, self-acceptance, and a reduced environmental footprint. Each woman’s viewpoint is valid and demonstrates the importance of personal choice in underarm grooming.

What About Men’s Armpits?

The same general advice for underarm grooming can apply to men as well. Both men and women can follow similar methods for shaving their underarms, such as preparing the skin, using a sharp razor, applying shaving cream or gel, shaving in the direction of hair growth, and rinsing and moisturizing afterward.

However, it’s worth noting that men’s underarm hair may be thicker and coarser compared to women's, which could affect the choice of razor or the need for additional care in preventing irritation. Men may also have different preferences or cultural norms regarding underarm grooming, so personal choices can vary.

Underarm grooming has geographical variance. Popular Italian actress, Sophia Loren has been photographed many times with visible armpit hair. Ultimately, the decision on underarm grooming practices should be based on individual preferences, comfort, and cultural factors for both men and women. By embracing diversity and individuality, we can create a more inclusive society that celebrates and supports women’s choices regarding their own bodies.

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Updated: Sep 15, 2023

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