We know that a shiny, flowing beard looks great, but it wouldn’t hurt to opt for a sharper style once in a while. Whether it’s a clean-shaven chocolate boy look or even a short stubble, there’s more to shaving than just running that razor over your face. But fret not, from choosing the best razor to applying aftershave lotion, this grooming guide on how to shave has you covered. If you want the perfect shave, here’s how to prepare:
Step 1: Choose a razor that suits your skin
Disposable razors: The two main advantages of disposable razors are that they are inexpensive and require you to change razors every four or five shaves. A disposable razor blade isn’t sharp enough to last too long, which is a good thing since most dermatologists suggest replacing your razor blade every five to seven shaves.
Multi-blade razors: These razors are designed to give you increased efficiency with interchangeable and disposable blade cartridges. Often more durable than disposable razors, multi-blade razors will allow you to shave much faster.
Double-edged blades: Razors that use double-edged blades are also called “safety razors.” They provide a very close shave and are the most effective. However, they only last about five shaves. The blade is extremely sharp and therefore tends to leave nicks and cuts, especially on the inexperienced user. It is therefore strongly recommended to shave in the direction of the hair, that is to say, to shave in the direction of your hair growth.
Electric razor for dry skin: Designed for use on dry skin, the advantage of the electric razor is that you do not need water or even shaving foam, unless you use a cordless razor.
Step 2: Wash your face before you start
The more you prepare for your shave, the better it will be. Your pre-shave routine should include washing your face to remove dead skin cells that might otherwise interfere with the blade. It also moistens your facial hair and makes it easier to pass your blade. Using hot water for your shave encourages follicles to soften and pores to open, and promises a smoother shave.
Step 3: Trim your beard
If you’re thinking of diving straight into actual shaving without trimming first, you’re wrong. Trimming your beard as close as possible will make the shaving process easier. You can use a side hair trimmer, an electric razor, or just a pair of scissors. There’s no particular way to cut, just make sure you get rid of as much hair as possible before shaving.
Prepare your beard for shaving
Softening your stubble instantly translates to an easier shave. There are a variety of grooming products you can use for this, such as beard oil or moisturizer. Along with minimizing any known cuts or nicks, it also helps soften your pores. You can also steam your face with a hot towel. Either way, you are better prepared for the test ahead.
Apply shaving cream
To protect your skin from irritation, apply the shaving cream evenly to your facial hair with a high quality shaving brush and massage until it lathers and your hair feels soft. Let the shaving cream sit on your face for a few minutes before attacking it with your razor blade. You will feel the difference in your skin afterwards.
Wet shave with a razor
After prepping your skin with all the pre-shave care products, you can finally shave that bushy beard by gently treating it. You may need to do multiple passes depending on the length and thickness of your beard. The best way to start is to go with the grain, holding a sharp razor blade and ensuring your skin is held in place with your free hand to reduce irritation. If there are remnants in the form of uneven stubble even afterwards, you can try shaving in the direction of the hair or even against it in certain areas. But rinse your face with lukewarm water and apply some of the pre-shave products if you need to before taking the final swipe.