The Shaving Guide: How To Shave In 5 Steps
Shave Like A Man Should
So you read the other guide on what to buy. Now you need to learn how to shave. Shaving seems like a lengthy process, but it can be broken down into 5 very simple steps that can help you look your best with the least hassle.
1. Get A Good Cream and A Brush
You’re going to want a good cream or fluid for your face when you shave. If you are using electric this isn’t necessary but it can still help. This makes the shaving smoother and less likely to irritate your skin. I recommend one that is fragrance free so that it won’t irritate it that way either. Also get a shaving brush to apply the cream easier. These are all great brands below. Feel free to click on the image to check them out.
2. Warm Your Face First.
Whether by the shower or sink, use warm water on your face. This gets your hair nice and soft so that it’s easy to shave. Don’t use cold water as it will close up your pores and hot water will burn your skin. Just run the water a bit and put it on your face or wherever else you need to shave.
3. Lather Up.
Using whatever shaving cream or soap you have lather your face in a nice circular motion to ensure you’re getting a good lather on your face. Be sure to use your brush to make sure you get a good lather. Rinse the brush first with warm water to soften the bristles.
4. Shaving Technique.
You can shave 3 ways. With the grain, across the grain, or against the grain. The “grain” is where your hair goes on your face or body. The pros and cons of each are as follows:
- With the grain is the smoothest and least likely to irritate but doesn’t cut as close.
- Across the grain cuts closer but is a little more likely to irritate or cause ingrown hairs.
- Against the grain is the closest but has a high chance of irritating your skin and causing ingrown hairs.
I don’t recommend against the grain as much, particularly for black people. I stay with t he grain and then across from it on the second shave to pick up any leftover hairs. Shaving more than once gives a good shave, but don’t overdo it. Try to get it on the first two times. Personally I go with the grain and then across the grain.
When finished, rinse your face and then put everything away. You can put aftershave or aftershave on yourself after that. Most recommend aftershave but I use an odd thing when I cut or shave and I use skin sanitizer. It’s alcohol but it also pumps and applies better on your face. You can get a non alcohol kind. I shower and use moisturizer afterwards.
I also use clipper disinfectant (like 5-in-1 or Cool Care) on the blade I reuse (double edge) before I put it away. If it’s dull I throw it away.
1. If you are using double edge or cartridge, dispose of them when dull. Dull blades hurt and aggravate the skin.
2. If you are using a single edge, be sure to sharpen it on a regular basis by stropping it.
3. With electric you don’t need to dispose or strop but you should clean the hairs out from it when you are finished.
These are simple shaving techniques and lessons. Keep it simple. Do it well.
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