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Shave Those Legs

| Aug 15, 2016
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smooth_legsWhen I first started crossdressing I did not shave my legs. No, I didn’t look like an eastern European girl with hirsute legs proudly on display. i wore a pair of opaque tights with a pair of nude pantyhose over them. Then if I was wearing an outfit that needed patterned or dark hose I would put those on over top of the other leg wear. This effectively hid my dark leg hair and had the unintended benefit of all that Spandex® pulling my waist in a size or so.

This method of disguising hairy legs as smooth legs worked pretty well in the winter months. Summer was a different story. For one thing heat and humidity made the multi-hose method very uncomfortable. While fine in most air-conditioned buildings, getting to and from those buildings could make you sweat. A lot. And, since the majority of women don’t wear hose is the summer (hell, some are not even wearing them in the winter. What’s up with that?) a woman in hose tends to draw attention. Attention that could lead to being discovered as a male in women’s clothing.

Certainly there is always the white pantyhose look which goes with some summer outfits but then you have to wear closed shoes. Never commit the sacrilege of wearing hose with open toed shoes or sandals. We’re meant to see your pedicured toenails, not the reinforced toe of your Legg’s. Sandal foot hose are barely acceptable —  and only for evening wear.

The crossdresser of today is a lucky girl. There are many men these days who get waxed regularly. Body hair is not popular. Just 20 years ago it was not common for men to remove body hair but now it has become a lot more acceptable. There are even men’s salons that do waxing. (Which is a whole other subject in the hair removal world.)

Men also can explain why their legs are smooth by claiming to be cyclists or swimmers. Having smooth skin is popular in those sports. Of course, if you don’t have the muscular legs of a distance bike rider it will be hard to use that excuse. So maybe you should just dispense with an excuse and if anyone asks just tell them you shave your legs. They don’t need to know why.

Leg_ShavingWhen I first gave in and decided it was  time to get rid of the leg fur I knew nothing about shaving legs so I picked up my trusty Good News razor and set to work. Things went well until after completing one stroke over my left shin I asked myself, What’s that pink ribbon? It was a three inch long slice of my epidermis. Ouch! It didn’t hurt at first but after a few moments it grew somewhat painful, and bloody. There I was with smooth, awesome feeling legs (the first time you shave your legs they feel amazing) but there was this large bleeding wound on my shin. That night I think I either canceled my plans or went out with a bandaid under my hose.

It’s important to know how to  shave your legs properly. Go with a razor designed to shave legs. My first mistake was using the Gillette Good News razor which I used on my face successfully for years before moving up to multiple blade models. The Good News had no bend or give to it. When you hit a section of leg that is sticking up higher than the bit you’ve just shaved the blades do not change attitude. That’s how I shaved off some skin. The modern razors designed for leg shaving have flexibility built in and that means when they come to a bump they go over it smoothly instead of bulling on through your epidermis.


Venus Swirl

At the moment my razor of choice for superior leg shaving is the Venus Swirl from Gillette. They say the “advanced contour blades adjust to every curve.” And they do. All you need is to guide the razor over your skin with a light touch and the five blades take every hair away. Gillette makes several different Venus razors to handle a variety of legs and different types of hair. Experiment with the different kinds to find the one that is right for you.

Gillette also has a variety of foams and gels to use for your leg shave. You don’t necessarily need to use expensive foam to get a close shave. Drugstore brands may work just as well to condition your leg hair for eradication. Again, experiment.

Now go on and banish that leg fur so you can lotion up your smooth sexy legs and show them off in a short skirt or a pair of the ever popular short shorts. Final note: A bit of tan also helps your legs to look fabulous. But watch out for UV radiation. A self tanner could be a better idea.

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Angela Gardner is a founding member of The Renaissance Transgender Assoc., Inc., former editor of its newsletter and magazine, Transgender Community News. She was the Diva of Dish for TGF in the late 1990s and Editor of LadyLike magazine until its untimely demise. She has appeared in film and television shows portraying TG characters, as well as representing Renaissance on numerous talk shows.

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  1. Kathy Van Riper says:

    The first time removing my leg hair I used Nair. It’s way easier to apply the Nair to your legs, and wait 3 minutes. Then take a wash cloth and wipe the hair off your legs. It is way easier to shave your legs after hair regrowth. I must say there is no better feeling than putting pantyhose on,having smooth hairless legs.

  2. kimberly ann kimberly ann says:

    As far as legs, chest and backs are concerned a ladies razor is a must. Never use the men’s razor that you use on your face. Now that being said, I’ve been using an epilator for years now for everything below the neck. It’s a little painful at first, long hairs have to be cut back to about 1/8th of an inch,but regrowth is much easier. Also all you girls on HRT, it’s even better. Some get a full body waxing first then epilate, little pricey.

    • angela_g angela_g says:

      Thanks for your tips Kimberly Ann. I get many, many ingrowns on my legs if I use an epilator or wax. So it’s shaving with the Venus for me.

  3. FAM FAM says:

    What are your thoughts or experience with electric razors? Although I shave with a blade, I know more men who use pretty suficticated electrics on their faces. Would they be a safer, easier, and effective alternative? Women used to use electrics in my Mother’s Day.

    • angela_g angela_g says:

      I have found that electric razors are helpful for touch ups. If you have shaved earlier in the day and stubble is starting to peep out a bit you can use some types of electric razors to cut it back, right through your makeup. I had a Braun battery powered razor at one time that was perfect for that. Electrics on legs are also good to go over your legs quickly but for a good smooth shave you need the blade razor. These are my opinions and other people with different types of hair may have different preferences.

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