4 Best Tried and True Japanese Razors for Women in 2022 (Shiseido, Kai Group, and More)

Here we have razors women can use at home to get rid of that unwanted hair. Since it's so quick and easy, compared to removing hair permanently through laser hair removal, we recommend these for when you want to feel all nice and smooth right away! Yet, there are so many out there on the market, we're sure you need help deciding which one is right for you. 


Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (Amazon, Rakuten, etc.) for the best razors for women. We then picked out the 4 most popular products and tested them for the following points:


1. Closeness

2. Gentleness

3. Ease of Use

4. Ease of Maintenance


Then we compiled out results into a final ranking and buying guide of how to choose the best razor for you.

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  • Last updated: 08-23-2022
Table of Contents

How to Choose a Disposable Razor - Buying Guide

Let's take a look at the four points you should take into consideration when choosing your razor. 

① Choose Based on the Closeness of Shave You Get

① Choose Based on the Closeness of Shave You Get

The most important thing about deciding whether a razor is good or bad is whether it gives you a close shave or not. Generally, the more blades a razor has, the better the shave will be.


Also, if your razor has a lot of blades, it's much easier to get a smooth shave if you happen to have thick hair. For those of you out there suffering from hard, bristle-like hairs, we recommend going with 4 or more blades. For those with thinner hair, 3 or less is sufficient. 

② Gauge How Gentle it is on the Skin

② Gauge How Gentle it is on the Skin

It's also very important to choose a razor that won't harm your skin. After going through all that work to get a nice shave, it would be hard for you to continue using your razor if it constantly gives you razor burn or makes you bleed. 


If you'd like to get a nice shave without irritating your skin, we recommend buying a razor that comes with its own soap. Since you can use it directly on moistened skin without the trouble of shaving cream, it even cuts down on time spent on your routine. 


Also, the more blades your razor has, the closer you can get using fewer stokes, thus curbing any unnecessary friction or irritation to the skin. 

③ Pick a Razor That's Easy to Use

③ Pick a Razor That's Easy to Use

When deciding on a razor based on how easy the shave will be, you need to think of the mobility of the head. When shaving around joints like your knees or elbows, have you ever experienced a razor that just wouldn't hit the skin right and that left you with just a bit of stubble?


If you're using a razor with a neck that swings, you'll be able to get a smooth shave around those curvy areas with no problem. The razors with this sort of neck will come with a ball situated between the head and the handle, a small plastic fixture used for cushioning, or a flexible rubber component. 

④ Buy a Razor That's Easy to Clean

④ Buy a Razor That's Easy to Clean

It's rather unsanitary if, after having used your razor, the hair caught between the blades is difficult to clean out. Having hair clogged in your razor can affect the quality of your next shave so make sure you choose a razor that's easy to clean. 


If you purchase a razor with a wide space in between blades or with not a lot of unevenness on the surface of each blade, you'll be able to clean your razor easily with just running water.


If you have a razor with tight spaces in between blades, one with perpendicular wires, or with an uneven surface on the smoother, the leftover shaven hair on the head tends to be difficult to get out. 


You might even have to use a brush to make sure you get it all. For those of you out there who hate cleaning, you could always just change the head when it gets too bad


When purchasing a razor, think about the cost of using disposable blades instead as well as the cost of continuously buying new heads for your reusable razor. 

⑤ Decide Where and How You'll Use Your Razor

⑤ Decide Where and How You'll Use Your Razor

There's one more point to consider when buying a razor for use on the body, and that is, "Which body part are you going to be using it on?" Nowadays, razors aren't just for legs, arms and armpits but are also created for use in the more intimate areas


Some razors now come with trimmer attachments so you can choose the length of the hair of those certain hard to reach areas. We recommend these razors for those of you wishing to be able to take care of the whole body with just one product. 


For those of you who focus mainly on those intimate areas, we recommend trying a shaver specifically designed for that purpose.

4 Best Japanese Razors for Women

We picked out 4 of the most popular products and tested them for the following: how close of a shave they gave us, how gentle they felt on our skin, how easy they were to use, and how easy they were to maintain.


Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 4 Japanese razors for women available online.


※Japanese prices for the some of the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.

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Kai Group KAI AQUAFIT for Women 1

Kai Group

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Kai Group Pretty Face T 1

Kai Group

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Shiseido Prepare Finish 1

Shiseido

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Feather Piany Mini-T 1

Feather

Name

KAI AQUAFIT for Women

Pretty Face T

Prepare Finish

Piany Mini-T

Features

The Very Best Japanese Razor for Women

The Best Japanese Razor on a Budget

A Razor for on the Go

An Emergency Razor

Price$5.52$4.24$1.97$1.82
Blades5111
TypeDisposableDisposableDisposableDisposable
ClosenessADDD
GentlenessACDD
Ease of UseBDCD
Ease of MaintenanceABBB
Overall RatingACCC
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Kai GroupKAI AQUAFIT for Women

$5.52

Blades5
TypeDisposable
ClosenessA
GentlenessA
Ease of UseB
Ease of MaintenanceA
Overall RatingA
2

Kai GroupPretty Face T

$4.24

Blades1
TypeDisposable
ClosenessD
GentlenessC
Ease of UseD
Ease of MaintenanceB
Overall RatingC
3
Blades1
TypeDisposable
ClosenessD
GentlenessD
Ease of UseC
Ease of MaintenanceB
Overall RatingC
4
Blades1
TypeDisposable
ClosenessD
GentlenessD
Ease of UseD
Ease of MaintenanceB
Overall RatingC

How We Tested the Razors

We put each of the razors through a series of four tests. Two measured the closeness and gentleness of its shave while the other two focused on how easy it was to use and maintain.

Test ① Closeness

Test ① Closeness

First, we examined how close of a shave we got from each razor. 


We used them on our arms and legs and checked just how smooth our skin became from just a single stroke. 

We looked to see their shaving strengths, whether or not there was any tingling or hair left afterwards, as well as the color of our skin afterwards and ranked all products with scores from A+ to D.

Test ① Closeness

In terms of getting a better shave we found that, compared to razors with fewer blades, razors with 5-6 blades gave us the best shave. With just one stroke from these razors, not a single hair was left on the target area. And since we couldn't even see the roots of the hairs when we were done and there was no trace of us even shaving, we were astonished that there had been hair there to begin with. 


Everything was smooth after shaving with no rough patches. We had the feeling of our skin shining and being one tone without any redness


Conversely, we noticed that there were rough patches on the skin when using the one-blade disposable razors. The plastic guard just got in the way and since the blade couldn't reach the skin effectively, we felt like we hadn't shaved at all

Test ② Gentleness

Test ② Gentleness

Next, we examined how good each razor felt on our skin. 


We were testing to see which ones left us with razor burn or if any made us bleed after use and we ranked each product with a score from A+ to D. 

Test ② Gentleness

In the "Gentleness" category, all of the razors that came with their own smoothers with beautifying ingredients ranked extremely high. The effects of the vegetable oils and Vitamin-E on the skin along with the incredible sensation we felt while shaving really left us with a good impression. 


Just like with the "Closeness" category, the ones that ranked the lowest were the disposable razors. The plastic guard on them was irritating to the skin and made us feel like we weren't actually shaving off our hair but rather shaving off our skin entirely

Also, since they weren't so effective at shaving off the hair, we had to go over the same spot over and over resulting in more friction on the skin

Test ③ Ease of Use

Test ③ Ease of Use

For the "Ease of Use" test, we shaved around all of those curvy areas, like our knees, elbows, ankles, and wrists. We tested to see how much hair was left unshaven and ranked each product with scores from A+ to D. 

Test ③ Ease of Use

Razors with a support ball such as this can move front to back, side to side with extreme flexibility, which makes them perfect for getting around those elbows and ankles.


The blade doesn't get caught while traversing the uneven area above and below the knee, which makes for a smooth shave all around. 


Since you're able to get the beautiful shave you want with no extra effort, these kinds of products are perfect for even total beginners. 


Conversely, we noticed that shaving with stiff razors, the ones without such a mechanism, leaves you vulnerable to nicks and cuts around curvy areas. And this, of course, results in a more difficult shave. 

Test ④ Ease of Maintenance

Test ④ Ease of Maintenance

Our last examination involving these products had to do with how easy they were to clean. 


We tested to see how easily hair was removed by cleaning the razor under running water or by shaking it underwater. We also tested to see if hair remained stuck between the blades even after using brushes and the like. After that, we ranked each product with scores from A+ to D. 

Test ④ Ease of Maintenance

Razors with wider gaps and more diagonal blades were the easiest to clean using running water from the faucet or by swishing it underwater. Because of the width between the blades, both water and hair could easily pass through and because the blades are set diagonally, the hair slides off the razor more smoothly


Those razors with closely-set blades or with blades set at almost no angle at all experienced more buildup of hair and even if one used a brush to get it out, it only resulted in pushing it further inside. 


Also, with razors that have large soap-like smoothers on them, even though it adds to the ease of cleaning out between the blades, the soap-covered hair tended to be more difficult to get out

How to Use Women's Razors Proficiently

How to Use Women's Razors Proficiently

There are a few points to consider in order to use your razor proficiently. 


Be sure to apply shaving cream or shaving gel to the area you wish to shave. You'll find it much easier to shave by laying all your hairs flat against your skin first. 


Next, take up your razor and start shaving from the base of the hair to the tips. Be careful not to go against the grain of the hairs as you might end up damaging the skin.


When shaving curvy areas like the armpits, raise your arm up high to make the skin taut in order to get the best shave possible.

Maintain Your Skin with These Other Products

Didn't find what you're looking for? Need some extra skin care? Here are some other products you might be interested in.

Author: Sayako Suzuki/Translation: Andrew Tinkler/Photos: Yuuki Kawashima, Koichi Miura

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