Does Having A Boyfriend Affect How Often You Shave Your Legs?

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We conducted a survey asking readers whether their dating life affects their shaving habits.

Recently, I've been thinking about how the changing seasons affect my beauty habits. A few examples: I wax my bikini line during bathing suit season, I don't exfoliate as much in the winter and I wear a gel moisturizer instead of a cream one in the summer to avoid oiliness. But one that I've noticed myself and many others tend to do is shaving less during the colder seasons, when we can cover up our stubble (or forest) with long pants or tights.

At YourTango, we're always looking to find out what you, our wonderful readers, are most interested in. So we conducted an informal survey asking 70 women around the country, ages 20-30, about their seasonal hair removal habits, and the results were certainly interesting.

While I expected that many people don't shave at all during the colder months, 88 percent of respondents said they remove hair from their legs year-round. The frequency of shaving varies: 44 percent of people said they shave 2-3 times a week no matter what. Others said that in the spring and summer, they shave every day, while in the fall and winter, they do it significantly less. Many simply said "as needed," regardless of the season.

"As needed" definitely applies to my own habits: I don't tend to shave my legs unless I'm planning on wearing something that really shows them off, I'm having photos taken or I'm going to wear tights — I get itchy in tights if I don't shave.

But seasons aren't the only factor that played a role in shaving routines. Many respondents also said their shaving habits depend on their relationship status. In fact, 12 percent stated they typically only remove leg hair for special occasions and another 10 percent said that they would likely never shave if it wasn't for their significant other. Forty percent of respondents, however, informed us that a significant other played no part in their shaving routine; they simply did it because they wanted to — while 36 percent said they did shave, but their significant other wouldn't mind either way (lucky).


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