How to Use an Electric Razor: Get the Most Out of Your Expensive Shaver.
Shaving with an electric razor can be daunting if you have never done it before and many people do not like the thought of having an electric blade near their faces. Many people, on the other hand, use electric shavers every day to trim and maintain their beards and once you start using them, you will find out just how much more efficient they are compared to the manual razor.
Sometimes you might be on the clock or in a hurry, and the only option for looking professional might be the electric shaver. The electric shaver is much faster than a manual razor, and it also makes life possible on the go if yours can be charged or powered by removable and replaceable batteries.
We have consulted with some of the top barbers to find out the right way of shaving and how to get the best value out of your electric shaver. Let’s look at their advice for those new to electric shavers.
Advice for beginners
Choose the right electric shaver
Everyone is different, and our hair also does not grow at the same rate. People also have different skin types and will need to look for shavers that are suitable to the level of sensitivity of their skin. The textures on shavers vary from brand to brand, and having the right texture will ensure that you do have the opportunity of shaving in comfort.
When you think of electric shavers, you think of a dry shave, but with technology advancing, there are new shavers available on the market for people fond of having their faces wet before they shave. Choosing the right shaver can save you a lot of hardship and make shaving a pleasure.
Preparation is key
Developing a rash from your shaver can be due to dirt on the face, and washing your face before removing the hair and opening up the pore will be vital to keeping dirt from getting inside. We recommend using a decent face wash before shaving, and if you have a dry electric shaver, you can simply dry your face with a clean towel, or wait for it to dry naturally.
Another key aspect of preparation is using a shaving cream that does not react to your skin. Normal shaving cream might work, but it is not ideal for an electric shaver, and you should consult your barber about the ideal shaving cream for your electric shaver. We highly recommend an alcohol-based shaving cream to help remove dirt and bacteria, but many barbers have specialized creams to help preserve and protect the skin.
Shave with the grain
Understanding the direction in which your facial hair grows is fundamentally important, and once you have a general understanding, you will be able to have a better shave without ingrown hairs. Shaving with the grain will also be less painful, and it will result in fewer problems and bad reactions from your skin. This is vitally important for both wet and dry shavers.
To find the direction of the grain, simply rub your hand over your facial hair and find the direction that gives you some resistance. Once you have found this, you should shave in the opposite direction, or with the grain. Our hair grows in a certain direction, and this is true for curly and straight facial hair.
Shave more often
The longer you wait before you shave, the longer your hair will have grown, and this could be really irritating and also cause more ingrown hairs. Longer hair can pull much easier, and this will be painful, but if you increase the number of times you shave per week, you will have a faster and smoother shave. You will also be ready for business and look more professional most of the time. We cannot give you a shaving timeline due to the fact that everybody does not grow hair at the same rate.
Rotary shaver vs. Foil shaver
Rotary and foil shavers are the most common electric shavers you will find, and they both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing between these shavers can be daunting if you don’t understand their differences, but we will explain these differences to you.
The rotary shaver is constructed from blades going in a circular motion and rotating around; these blades are usually constructed from titanium. Rotary shavers are ideal for people with sensitive skin, and since the blades are cutting in a circular motion, there will be no pulling effect that could be painful. Since the blades are also open, you will have fewer problems reaching those hard-to-reach spots, and a more consistent shaving experience.
The only downside to these shavers is the price, and they can be relatively expensive if you look at top-of-the-range models.
The foil shaver is a little more basic and it features blades behind steel foils. These steel foils will pick the hair up, and the oscillating blades on the inside will cut the hair shorter. Many people enjoy the feeling of shaving, and they like these shavers, but people with sensitive skin might not enjoy them as much.
These shavers are ideal for people on the go, and they will ensure that you have a decent and clean look. Foil shavers are also less expensive and easier to understand. We also believe they are a little safer.
Electric shavers are great, and they certainly make life easier for you. We hope that you are now able to fully use your electric shaver without any hassle and that you can safely shave your facial hair on the go. We would like to encourage you to share your thoughts on how to use an electric shaver and let us know of any additional steps that you include in your shaving process.