Leg shaving is the practice of removing leg hair by shaving the hair off using a razor or electric shaver. In addition, some people remove leg hair using waxing, sugaring, depilatories, depilation devices, or lasers, but shaving remains the least expensive method.
It is a very common practice among women in Western countries, and is also done by some men, especially bodybuilders, cyclists and swimmers.
In Western countries, many women shave their legs for aesthetic reasons. This practice has developed especially since the early twentieth century, as hemlines on women's dresses have become shorter and women's swimsuits have become more revealing, displaying all of a woman's legs and more.
Some women may only shave the hair below the knee (depending, for example, on the fashionable length of dress styles) while others shave the entire leg. The frequency of shaving also varies, with some women shaving their legs every day, and others shaving only at the start of summer, in anticipation of the wearing of a swimsuit.
Some women, despite the social pressures that favor hairless legs in certain Western countries, never shave at all. While some refrain out of lack of concern, others consider leg and armpit shaving an unnatural and repressive societal double standard. Still others refrain in an effort to be less environmentally wasteful.
Special razors, somewhat different in shape from those used by men for face-shaving, are often marketed to women. Advertising campaigns also promote hair-removal products, such as depilatories and waxing kits, which, when used on women's legs, allegedly will render them "sexy" or "silky smooth".
Unusual in other parts of the world, the practice of leg shaving among women is most common in Brazil, North America, Australia, India, Middle East, and Europe.
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