Tips for Getting a Great Shave!

April 8th, 2013 · 12:02 am @   -  5 Comments

Do you remember when you learned how to shave?  Think about how excited you were to finally feel like your ready to take that right of passage into manhood.  Arrgghh!,  you were finally growing enough facial hair that your mom thought you were looking scruffy enough that you needed to buy a razor and shave all that fuzzy hair right off.   Those were good times,  now many of you may not enjoy shaving as much.  Either you grow so much hair that shaving has become a daily chore, or you might be fighting the sensitive areas on your face finding bumps all over your lower neck.  Ouch!  No wonder you don’t enjoy shaving.  Well let me see if I can help you out with a few tips.

#1 Preparation

The very beginning of your shaving ritual you will need to make sure your facial hair is ready to shave which is best done by softening the hair follicle.  This can be done by applying  a steamed towel to your face ( just use a hand towel and run it under hot water) or taking a hot shower and shaving during or right after showering.

I am not really concerned about what type of product you use to lather your face with.  You may like using shaving oils, or creams, maybe even the old school shave soap and brush.  All of these items are fine to use just find one that allows you to have enough lubrication on your skin to let the razor glide smoothly.  It is best to apply these products in a circular motion on your face, so that the lather is able to build up around the hair follicle.  The main purpose of lathering your face is to allow proper lubrication but also to cause lift in the hair follicle so by applying the lather in a circular manner this allows the lather to build up around the follicles.

# 2  The shave

If you have read my previous blog titled “the best razor for the best shave”  you may recall that I am a huge advocate of the older style razor referred to as the double edge razor.  Yes they still make these types of razors and there is a number of quality brands.  The reason I prefer this razor is you will find much less irritation to your skin and it will allow those of you who get those nasty bumps all over the lower neck area to clear it up and rid yourself of this problem.  The other advantages to this type of razor are you will no longer be spending a fortune on blades and you can easily clean the blade off so that its not all clogged up with hair debris.

Now there is a technique to shaving.  Of course getting the right angles and finding the right amount of pressure is important but I want to make sure you are stretching the skin so its tight.  You don’t want to have your skin loose it gives the same effect as pushing a couch across loose carpet it will roll up and that is when you have a high probability of cutting yourself.   Another thing to pay attention to is the direction of your hair patterns.  You want to shave with the grain of your hair.

When it comes to the hair pattern you can get the closest shave by shaving against your hair pattern but this can be very irritating for most people as barbers we do not do this type of shave unless it is requested.  We will normally shave with the grain and across the grain to get just a little closer shave so that would be my recommendation.  Also be careful on the lower neck that is an area you tend to see your hair pattern go all different directions.  Do your best to follow the grain most importantly shave the direction it feels most comfortable.

Another problem I see is many people will over use their blades to the point they are shaving with a blade that does not have a good edge on it.  If you are shaving with a dull razor it will start to irritate your skin.  Another reason I recommend the double edge razor the blades are cheap so you wont hesitate to use a new blade regularly.

#3  After Shave

When you have finished your shave I recommend using a cool towel or cool water on your face, or use a menthol after shave cream such as disappearing cream or vanishing cream to close your pores and to soothe your skin.  When applying be sure to rub with the direction you used to shave as to not irritate the skin.

Try out these tips and I would love to hear feedback on how it works for you.

Good luck and stay Smooth!


5 Comments → “Tips for Getting a Great Shave!”

  1. Bob Cantonwine

    4 years ago

    Thanks for these valuable tips, Ray! I recently took your advice and paid two bucks and a half for 10 blades. I’m enjoying my shaves every bit as much as when I paid thirty bucks for the same number of blades. Who woulda thunk it!? One other tip I’ll share is this: just as a professional barber “leads with the point” of his straight-edge for a comfortable “slicing off” of the hard, keratin matter we call hair, a guy can simulate the motion with any safety-type razor. Simply move the blade diagonally while pulling it in the direction of the stroke. It’s much more comfortable especially on heavy beards. I’m in my 41st year as a barber and have shared this with many customers to rave reviews.

  2. Thanks for sharing these tips. Having to shave for the first time seems like a very exciting time for every man. Nice post.

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