DOES your morning shave seem more like a chore than a pleasure? For many men, staving off stubble is just another step in a.m. drudgery, not to mention a source of skin irritation and razor burn.
Once upon a time, though, shaving was an art form, and barbers were the purveyors of the perfect shave. With the right tools, tips, and techniques, that perfect shave can be yours every morning.
- Use a gel.
You can use fancier, more expensive products, but the shaving gels sold in the supermarket will give you just what you need.
- Pick a razor with multiple blades and some heft.
A straight razor works best, but there’s a trial-and-error learning curve involved that could lead to nicks and cuts. For the next best thing, try a razor with at least two parallel blades in a disposable head.
- Shave in the direction of your natural growth.
Never shave against the hair, especially in the neck area – it’s a big no-no to go against the hair. Always shave with the hair.
- Shave more than once.
The first time is to get rid of the hair. The second time is to get a closer cut, and the third time is to give a light exfoliation over the skin.
5. Consider electric for sensitive skin.
If skin irritation and razor burn are consistent problems, an electric razor might be a good choice. If you want to stay with traditional wet shaving, consider shaving on alternate days and be sure to shave only with the grain of the hair.