For those of you who always end up on the wrong side of the blade after shaving (you know with razor bumps and irritations) here’s a few steps and tips on how to shave without those side effects. And for the beardgang faithful, trust me there will come a day in a man’s life where you have to pick up the razor and go bare… you definitely would want to do it write when that day eventually comes. Before we teach you how to shave like a real badass there are few things you would need to successfully complete this feat which are;
- Badger Brush and bowl: That little brush you kinda never needed at the barber shop.. It’s actually quite important as it is used to apply shaving foam/cream.. yup it’s called a badger brush who knew?!
- Shaving Foam/Cream: Shaving foam acts as a lubricant for the cutting process and desensitizes skin. There are various brands of shaving cream no particular brand is above the other but I’m quite partial to Gillette.
- Shaving Stick: Well there are different types of shaving sticks.. There’s the straight razor, the double-edged shaving stick, the electric shaver, the multiple blade shaving stick with removable blades and then there’s the disposable shaving stick. Depending on your budget and shaving style options could vary.
- Aftershave: These are products that are applied immediately after shaving to provide some combination of irritation relief, skin moisturizing, and protection from the elements. Select an aftershave based on how that combination addresses the needs of your skin. Avoid all alcohol-based aftershaves as they tend to damage your skin.
With all these things in hand you’re well on your way to having an epic shave
Here are the steps to shave like a real badass;
Choose the shaver that best fits your needs
Consult a grooming specialist, like a barber who specializes in facial shaves, to understand how your facial hair grows and the correct technique to approach the contours of your face. Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate and has a different texture so be aware of what features benefit you most.
Wash your face with warm water
Washing removes excess oil and dead skin cells, which can interfere with the razor or irritate your gently-scraped skin while simultaneously reducing bacteria that could cause infection. Washing also moisturizes the hair about to be shaved, softening it and making the shave easier. Warm water is the best option when washing your hair pre-shave as it helps soften your follicles and encourage your pores to open, making for a closer shave. Dry-shaving is a sure-fire way to incur razor burn and skin irritation. Always make sure there's at least some lubrication between your skin and razor, even if it's just a splash of water.
Apply the shaving cream to your wet face
Apply the shaving cream liberally over your entire face. Shaving cream softens the hair and moisturizes the skin, but if you're in a pinch, you can also shave with conditioner or even with soap (only if you're really in a pinch). If you are able to buy the mixing bowl, you first wet your badger brush with cold water. Whip the shaving brush around your bowl in a circular motion, agitating the shaving cream. Adding more cool water as much as necessary, whip the shaving cream into a light lather with soft peaks. This should take around 2-3 minutes. Use the shaving brush to work the cream onto your face in a circular motion, going over your entire face multiple times. Let the shaving cream set on your face for 2 minutes as the longer it stands the more moisturised you skin gets.
Hold the razor correctly
If you're using a multi-blade razor, which seems to be the most popular kind, hold the razor with your index finger extended near the top of the shaft, resting the head flat of the razor against the skin. The handle should be raised at an angle of 30 degrees or so.
- If the cartridge is assisted by a spring to hold flat against skin curves, start shaving with the handle raised enough to compress this spring just a little into its range.
- Drag the razor handle-first across the skin to shave. Applying pressure is not necessary; pressure or sideways movement can cause cuts. Try to bring the razor as lightly as possible across the surface of your skin.
- As you practice, you'll be able to set down the razor, pull it across the skin, and raise it up at the end of a stroke in a smooth motion. A rolling razor like a "Headblade" can maintain the proper angle in hard-to-reach areas.
Shave in the proper direction and taut your skin where possible
On the first pass, always shave with the grain. This usually means shaving downward, but not always. Going against the grain (shaving the opposite direction that the hair grows) makes for a closer shave, but it also produces the most irritation and cuts. If you have a tendency to get bumps or rashes, or if you often get ingrown hairs, or if you simply consider your face too pretty to abuse, start shaving with the grain. If your skin is loose in any way, it helps to create a flat, firm surface for the razor to cut across. Right beneath the jawline is a problem-area for many men because it is contoured. When you shave this area, lift the skin on your cheek up so that the skin that was right below your jawline is now right above it. Shave with the grain.
Periodically dip your razor in warm water to free any hairs that have stuck between the blades
You want your blades as clean and uncluttered as possible. Whenever you think there's possible buildup between or underneath your blades, dip and swirl your blades under water. It's usually a good idea to soften the water by adding soap (this will make the water go scummy, but will help protect the blade from the scratchy minerals that tend to dry on after use).
Rinse off the shaving cream with cold water
After you’re done shaving rinse off your face with cold water as cold water closes your pores and makes it more difficult for bacteria to get inside thereby reducing the possibility of irritation. You can also press a cold, wet cloth against your face for five minutes to really seal the deal. Really, the more time you take the better.
Pat dry and moisturize
Don't rub with a towel, as that can irritate the freshly shaved skin. Use a generous amount of moisturizer that is free of perfumes and other potential irritants. Shaving balms based in aloe and tea tree oil can help prevent dry skin and razor burn. Use all-natural products to keep your skin moisturized and healthy, applying a small amount and working it thoroughly around your beard area.
Clean your shaving supplies
Rinse and dry your equipment thoroughly, and store in a dry place. Clean equipment is less likely to introduce bacteria and infection to your open, freshly shaved pores. Change the blades as needed. A dull blade will leave your face feeling raw and sore, and is much more likely to cause razor burn.
So those are the steps needed to be taken if you want to shave like a badass unless you’re a legend like Chuck Norris who tells his beard to fall off.. its advised you follow these few steps.