The 6 Steps to a Perfect Shave
Imperfect shaving routines and techniques can leave you with rashes, razor bumps, nicks, missed hairs, and of course, embarrassment. On the other hand, the perfect shaving routine will leave you feeling baby-smooth, fresh, and mentally ready to take on the world. We're here to show you what your shaving routine should look like to get that desirable smooth finish every single time. Keep in mind that we're talking about THE. PERFECT. SHAVE, so be sure to not miss any of the below steps!
Before you get started, make sure you have all of the following items ready.
- Razor of choice (We talk more about this in the next section)
- Access to hot and cold water, (PS: Not burn your face hot) and a mirror
- A towel
- Pre-shave oil (We recommend this brand), substitute: Olive or Coconut oil.
- Shaving cream/gel (We recommend this brand), avoid aerosol cans.
- Shaving brush
- A bowl, you can use running tap water, but why waste water?
- After-shave balm (We recommend this brand).
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Which razor do I use?
When it comes to razors, you have five options to choose from:
Pros: They're cheap.
Cons: They feel cheap (other than a few premium ones). Avoid them unless necessary.
Our recommendation: Schick Hydro 5 Disposable Razors
Pros: They're convenient, give you a clean shave without cuts, and do not require you to master the perfect techniques. They're widely used and readily available.
Cons: They can sometimes lead to ingrown hairs and irritate sensitive skin. Another thing you need to keep in mind is that their replacement blades are expensive. They're not easy on your wallet in the long run.
Our recommendation: Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Power
Pros: They're convenient, do a good job, and do not require you to use water and shaving gel (but they're recommended if you want the best results). If convenience and cost-effectiveness are what you're looking for, look no further because they're your best bet. Some electric razors come with trimmer attachments, and you can use them to maintain your hair in between your barber visits too. To know how you trim your own hair, check this guide out.
Cons: They can't give you super close shaves as the razor blades do. Additionally, electric trimmers are an investment, so be prepared to fork out a decent sum.
Our recommendation: Braun Series 7 790CC
Pros: Because they're heavyweight, they require you to use a very light touch. This method reduces the risks of cuts and razor bumps. Since their replacement blades are cheap, they're inexpensive in the long run.
Cons: Safety razors require you to be skillful and precise with your techniques. You'll need a lot of practice to attain those. If you're looking for a razor that's quick and easy to use, these aren't for you.
Our recommendation: Merkur Straight Cut Chrome Black Handle Double Edge Razor
Pros: They provide the closest shave. Since they need no replacement blades and can last a lifetime, they're the most cost-effective option in the long run.
Cons: It requires a lot of practice to gain the necessary skills needed to use a straight razor masterfully. Straight razors can cause severe cuts if misused.
Our recommendation: Go through Amazon and find a one you like based on looks.
Functionality wise, there isn't much of a difference between these. You can go for any style you may like, though keep in mind the material of the handle as that affects grip and feel.
The size doesn't matter, it's all about the motion of the ocean. Hmm.
It's really a matter of personal preference, but we can be sure that the mass majority will appreciate the versatility and performance that cartridge-based razors provide. However, in some cases, the Safety & Straight razors take the crown due to their inexpensive upkeep and the fact that single blades work really well for people with sensitive skin.
1. Take a hot shower
The first step to having the perfect shave is a hot shower. The heat will open up your pores and soften your whiskers. This step will make the whole process easier, quicker, and safer. You can also apply a hot wet towel over your face if you want to.
2. Dab some pre-shave oil
Then dab 3-5 drops of a pre-shave oil (or off the shelf coconut, almond, or castor oil) onto your palms, rub them over your hands and apply it over the area you plan on shaving. The oil will lessen the friction between the blade and your skin, reducing the chances of your skin getting irritated and developing bumps, rashes, and cuts.
3. Apply your shaving cream or gel
Now, you'll want to apply a high-quality shaving cream or. Avoid using shaving gels and foams from aerosol cans as they contain harsh chemicals that will dry out your skin. Use shaving creams and gels from tubes instead.
Shaving creams are generally colored, while gels are usually transparent. Shaving creams will give you a better lather, but gels are transparent and allow you to see your beard line, making your work with the razor a lot easier.
You can apply the gel on your face and lather it up using your hand or a shaving brush. If you have a shaving brush, use that. Move the brush in circular motions to lift your hairs and get the lather under your whiskers. You do not want a thick layer of gel on your face, as this will not let the razor come into full contact with your skin. So, apply a thin and even layer of gel on your face instead.
Now, wait a minute or two before working the razor on your face. You can take this time to plan out your workout routine for the upcoming week and naturally forget about it after the shave.
4. Use the right shaving techniques
You can get away with shaving however you want if you're using an electric razor. However, if you're using a manual razor, you'll need to adopt a technique. It might seem a little complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's like riding a bike.
Regardless of which type of manual razor you opt for; you need to first shave with the grain.
Here's an illustration to help you see which way you should be gliding your blade when you're shaving with the grain:
Keep rinsing your blade under the tap or in a dipping bowl in between strokes. A clogged razor is ineffective and will result in you making many more strokes over your face, resulting in irritated skin.
Your first shave must always be with the grain. If you need a closer shave, you can always shave across or against the grain in the next iteration. You'll get a much closer finish, but this process can lead to skin irritation and ingrown hairs if done improperly or if you have sensitive skin.
5. End by splashing some cold water
Your skin will be quite sensitive by the time you're done shaving. So, splash some cold water on your face to close your pores and soothe your skin. Make sure you get all the product off your face and then pat your face dry.
Cold water will calm your skin, but going the extra mile by using an aftershave balm afterward will leave your skin feeling smoother, fresher, and healthier!
6. Apply some aftershave balm
Shaving strips all the moisture out of your skin, so you need to end your shave with a product that restores all the lost moisture. An aftershave balm will do this job perfectly. Stay away from alcohol-based aftershaves and aftershave lotions as they dry out your skin instead of hydrating it.
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