Good morning men! Unless you sport a full beard, your grooming ritual cannot complete without shaving. Even though men have been trimming and shaving their facial hair for centuries, it’s probably the toughest part of their daily life.
Shaving Is a Challenge, Especially for a Newbie
A person begins to shave in his early teens (between 14-16 years of age) and spends 10-30 hours per month shaving. It is estimated that an average man spends 3,300 hours of his lifetime shaving his facial hair. Meaning, shaving everyday takes four to five months of our lives.
Even today many of us face this challenge on a daily basis. We can see people go to work with razor buns and cuts, patchy & uneven shaving and untrimmed mustaches.
While there are varieties of latest electric shavers that make shaving a breeze and safe, many of us are still too bad at it.
So what is the solution?
Shaving is not a rocket science. Neither is it a neuroscience. However, for smooth and hassle free shaving, we need to understand and practice certain basics and shaving techniques.
How to Get Close Shave: A Step by Step Guide
Our experts have prepared a step-by-step shaving guide which will help you get the best shave possible. The experts’ shaving tips include everything you need to know to get the best and smoothest shave.
Basically there are three stages: Pre-shave, Shave, and Post-shave. Now it’s time to shave. Here we go:
Step #1– Prepare Your Face for Shaving
Before you use your latest shaving razor or an electric shaver, prepare your face for shaving. Only then you can expect perfect shave and baby-smooth face. Below are the pre-shaving steps:
a) Wet Your Beard Thoroughly
Whenever you prepare to shave make sure your beard is wet and moistened. The ideal way is to take a shower before you shave. However, taking a bath is not always possible. In that case, you can wash and rinse your face thoroughly.
In order to have great shaving, it’s important that your facial hair is wet and the skin is soft. Moisture will open skin pores, soften your facial hair, and make them easier to cut.
It’s not easy to shave a dry beard. And you should never try to shave without getting it wet. Else, there are chances of irritation, shaving rash, or razor burn. Likewise, don’t use shaving creams on a dry or cold face.
In case you want an extremely soft shaving, apply some shave oil over the wet face and gently massage it for about a minute.
If your beard is too hard, rinse your face with lukewarm water and hold a warm moistened towel to your face for at least a couple of minutes.
b) Apply Shaving Cream or Soap
Once your face (and beard) is sufficiently wet and soft, it’s time to apply shaving cream into it. Apply your shaving cream on the top of the shave oil.
Use a hair brush for this. A quality shaving brush helps raise the hair. It also makes easier to create a rich creamy lather.
Massage the cream gently in a circular motion until there is enough lather on the beard. This will further soften your face hair making it easier to cut.
If you use soap, wet it in the hot water first. Hot water will soften it and then rub into your beard. Rub it until it creates a thin layer then message your beard to create lather or foam.
Don’t let your beard or the face get dry. Use hot water (not too hot) to keep it wet and moistened. Always follow the instructions on the shaving cream or soap.
Shaving Soap vs. Cream
What to use—shaving cream or soap? It depends on you. While some people like soap, others prefer a shaving cream. In my opinion both are perfect if used properly.
Whatever you use, make sure it’s a quality product. If you choose a cream, go for the detergent-free shave cream.
Another thing to care is to ensure your beard is wet and there is sufficient lather on your beard.
Step #2– Shave
a) Use a Quality Razor
Now you are ready for shaving. Use a quality razor. Different types of shaving razors are available to choose from.
There are straight razors, double edge safety razors, cartridge razors, and electric razors aka electric shavers. Make sure whatever razor you use, always use a good quality one.
Razor blade should be sharp. Don’t use a dull blade as it may not provide a clean and smooth shave.
Moreover, if the edge is blunt, it’ll harm your face skin which causes razor burn, irritation, scares, and shaving rash on your face.
Believe me (you might be aware of), it’s really painful to shave with a dull edge blade.
b) How Often Should I Change My Razor Blade?
It depends on the toughness of your beard and how frequently you shave. Usually we can use a blade 3-5 times. If you shave every day, it can last for 8-10 times as well. Whatever the case is, never use a dull blade for shaving your face.
c) How to Use Razor: Shaving Tips for Men
For desired result, it’s important that you use your shaving razor properly. While there is no specific technique, there are a few things to consider:
1) Use a sharp blade. A sharp blade will cut off your beard hairs with one stroke. The best blade should be so sharp that you don’t have to press too hard. Pushing it against your skin will result in shave bumps and razor burn.
2) Shave with gentle, short strokes. It’ll help you reduce chances of cuts and rash.
3) Start with the sides (from ear side) then shave the cheeks. Next, shave the moustache area, and finally shave the chin area.
4) Slightly stretch your skin when you shave slack or uneven areas. It’ll give a closer shave.
5) Always shave in the direction your beard grows, which is usually downward.
6) If you want a closer shave, shave in the opposite direction. But that might result in cuts and inflammation.
7) Want even closer shave? Repeat the process. Re-apply some cream/lather to those areas and shave it again.
8) Don’t over-shave. Use as few strokes as possible. Repetitive strokes can harm your skin and cause skin irritation, razor burn, and shaving rash.
9) Rinse the blade after every stroke.
10) Finally, rinse your face with cool water to close your pores.
11) Are you prone to developing shave bumps or barber’s itch? Then how to avoid ingrown hairs from shaving? In that case, shave after shower.
Hot shower helps open pores and soften the hair. It can help reduce the chances of getting shave bumps.
There are just some guidelines that one can follow while shaving. In fact, everyone has his individual shaving style and technique.
And, what works for you is usually the best shaving style for you. Alternatively, you can use an electric shaver which is safer than a straight razor or a DE razor.
Step #3—After-Shave Care
After you are done with the razor, cleanse and soothe your skin. Rinse freshly shaved skin with the cold (and comfortable) water. Cold water tightens up pores. Pat dry with a soft and clean towel, don’t rub.
Now, apply some moisturizer. Always use an alcohol-free, soothing after-shave lotion or balm and rub it on your face gently.
A natural antiseptic such as tea tree oil is the best. It helps replace the lost moisture, heal cuts & shaving rash, and soothe the skin.
Make sure your after-shave moisturizer is not too oily and greasy; else you will end up with an oily face.
Selecting the Right Shaving Products
How do you know which products to use?
Markets are flooded with a variety of shaving products. From single-blade and safety razors to latest electric shavers, shaving creams, and aftershave lotions and creams, you have plenty of options to choose from.
Choice of shaving product depends on your skin type, thickness of beard, and your shaving skills among others.
Shaving Products You Will Need
Every well-groomed man needs a set of right shaving products. These include:
1) Pre-Shaving Oil: Don’t confuse it with a shaving cream. Pre-shaving oil is used to provide additional lubrication to your skin.
Plant-based pre-shaving oils are the best. So look for the plant-based oils such as olive oil. These don’t clog pores feel greasy.
2) Shaving Cream or Soap: Get the shaving cream or a soap that can create a rich creamy lather.
It should contain high concentration of lubricants and moisturizers.
Moreover, it must be safe. Choose a shaving cream or gel that’s thick and hydrating.
3) Shaving Brush: You need a soft yet strong enough shaving brush. For shaving, Badger hair brush works the best. A quality brush will give you the best lather.
4) Razor: Choose the razor with sharp blade(s). Fewer razor blades are better than the multi-blades.
Multiple blades will make more harm to your skin. So you need a quality razor with sharp blades.
5) After Shave Moisturizer: Aftershaves (balm or lotion) help close skin pores and moisturize the skin. Choose an aftershave that is alcohol-free.
Your aftershave should contain hydrating ingredients such as glycerin, jojoba, coconut oils etc.
Basically there is no right or wrong way to shave your face. But, there are smarter ways available for you.
It’s all about getting right shaving product and understating a few shaving guide such as how to use a razor or shaver.
Below are the shaving tips for your quick review:
1. Wash your face before you shave
2. Apply pre-shaving oil or moisturizer
3. Use shaving cream or soap and create rich lather with a brush
4. Shave – remember fewer razor blades are better
5. After shaving cleanse your face with cold water
6. Apply post-shave lotion or balm for moisturizing
7. Shave in the shower—hot shower will soften your beard
8. Use new and sharp blades only
9. Shave with short strokes
10. Rinse your blade/razor after every stroke
So these are the shaving tips for men. Hope this helps you achieve perfect shave — and, no cut marks, no irritation, no shaving rash, or razor burn.
So get painless, smoothest and the quickest shave with these tips.
Happy Shave Day!