Ultimate Shaving Guide For Men
In this guide, you will learn all about shaving. The how to’s, about the tools you have available to you to sculpt whatever masterpiece you want and how to treat those annoying after burns or cuts you might get. We will break it down every step of the way in hopes of covering everything you might want to know while still providing entertaining and high-quality content. By the end of this guide, you will walk away understanding every razor. Understanding which one is better than the other for a certain situation and being able to decide which one you want to try first.
What You will Learn In Our Guide
- How To Shave
- What Options Are Available To You
- Replaceable Cartridge Razor
- Straight Edge Razor
- Safety Razor
- Electric Shaver
- How To Treat Cuts And Burns
How To Shave
A good shave is an art. Whether this is your first time or if you’ve been shaving for years we are going to tell you how to get it done. Knowing how to prepare your face, shave properly, and take care of your skin will help you get a great, clean, and close shave.
Make sure you clean your face before doing anything else!
Let’s get started.
- We begin by gathering all of the proper utensils you will need to make your shaving process as easiest as possible.
- New razor.
- Things like shaving cream, a nice hot/warm towel, and an aftershave moisturizer will be perfect for taking care of your face.
- Other things like scissors, light soap, and brush aren’t necessary but will make the process easier and stress-free.
- This side step may be optional for some of you and mainly targets individuals with longer hair of their face. Sometimes when your hair is too long, your shaving utensils will have a hard time cutting. To avoid this, make sure to take your hair and cut it to a reasonable length so that when you take the razor blade against your skin, it does its job. Do this by taking your scissors and gently, pull the hair off and away from your skin and clip away.
- Now that you have gathered your materials. Take the hand towel and soak it in warm water. After soaked, rinse it and wrap it around your face. This will prepare your hair for the shave. It’s fine if you leave some water in the towel but make sure it’s not too much you don’t want to have water dripping everywhere. Waiting for aleast five tо ten minutеѕ will do the trick.
Never shave cold or apply products to a dry face. It increases your chances of getting hurt.
- Almost ready to shave don’t worry. This is the last step before it, and some will argue the most important. Remove the towel, and apply your choice of shaving cream to the area you will be shaving.
- If you have one, this is where your shaving brush will come in handy. It helps in prepping your hair follicles and skin while as the same time spreading the cream over your facial hair in an evenly and organized manner.
- There is nothing wrong with applying a generous amount. In this case more is good, but if you are on a budget, a small amount is just fine.
- Finally, what we have all been waiting for! Take your razor and gently press it against your skin. As you move your hand you will start shave off your facial hair.
- Control is super important so make sure you take your time. You do not want to risk cutting yourself in an area that is highly delicate and sensitive.
- If at any point you feel your skin becoming irritated, apply more shaving cream.
- Oh yeah, baby face time. Ok, this is the second most important part on shaving your face. Aftercare.
- After shaving the skin is most vulnerable. This is because shaving peels off a tiny layer or two of your skin. (Does not happen with an electric shaver).
- Make sure to rinse your face with warm water and use a facial wash that is antiseptic. If it has healing properties as well, that is a bonus. A good choice is witch hazel. Make sure to pat your face down. DO NOT RUB!
- The last and final step is to moisturize your face. An after-shave lotion is an ideal way to replace any lost moisture and soothe the skin. Make sure to use a man’s aftershave and not a women’s. A man’s aftershave is formulated to have no grease, be absorbed quickly, and dry with a matte finish. This means your face will not look shiny, which is a plus.
Now that you know how to shave let’s look at some options that are available to you to get the job down. Interesting enough, there are quite a few ways to cut your facial hair. Each man has their preference, and through time you will come to figure out your favorite way.
I recommend you get a taste of each method when you first start out because only then you will learn.
Replaceable Cartridge Razor
Let’s take a look at several key factors for replaceable cartridge razors.
Look for a stainless-steel blade. They are best for hygienic purposes and premium sharpness. Single or multi-blade is fine. But paying attention to quality and sharpness in the blade is important, as the quality goes down, skin irritation will become more and more prominent.
Look for one that will lock the blade firmly in place. As well as is being able to be angled across the face. This will allow for high precision.
A quick rinse and wiping off blades every few shaves suffices for cartridge razors. However, if you shave often, make sure to replace your cartridge at least once a week to avoid clogging the blades with oil and skin. This will especially help those who are acne prone.
Length And Weight
Smaller grips are better for balance and picking a razor with some weight will allow for the razor to assist/do the shaving for you without having to press as hard.
The initial price of using a replaceable razor is relatively cheap compared to the other options. However, keep in mind, when it comes to shaving it’s a time game, and with this case, you will lose. Over time your wallet starts to feel it.
Extremely beginner-friendly and it is almost impossible to cut yourself with these. They are also accessible in virtually every store you go too. Also good for traveling.
Expensive over time! Let’s assume the average man replaces their cartridge once a week for the entire year, and a four-count box of razor blade refills cost 15$. With 52 weeks in a year. That means you spend 180$ a year on razor blade refills. Just the refills!
Replaceable cartridge razors have their place. They are ideal for beginners and are convenient and quick. Even though they don’t offer the closest shave, they get the job done. Plus, they can pretty much fit into any bag, so they are perfect for on the go trips.
Straight Edge Razor
Let’s take a look at several key factors for a straight edge razor.
Quality! With buying a piece of steel that’s supposed to last a very long time (hopefully a lifetime), this is the most important thing. For beginners look for a 5/8 size built from carbon. It’s easy to control and follows your faces contours more closely than other blades.
This is where the blade is stored when not in use. Here the blade is protected from accidental damage and comes mainly in three different types. Wood/Resin handles bear a hard-wooden finish, whereas Celluloid/Bone/Horn models are the most durable. Polymer ones come in a plastic-type form.
The straight edge is easy to clean. However, because of the nature of a straight edge, it has to stay extremely sharp. Make sure to have a good strop to keep the blade as sharp as possible. Before using the straight edge, make sure to sharpen it too. An alternative option to the strop is a sharpening stone.They both get the job done.
Length And Weight
The length and weight of the blade and handle and their relationship to each other determines the balance of the straight razor. Over time you will learn where you want the weight to be placed but normally the blade will be the heaviest part.
These are not cheap. With a high-quality straight edge and strop, you are looking at least 100$ (lower side). But don’t let the price stop you. They are well worth it in the long run.
Compared to replaceable razors the upfront costs to get started are expensive. However, after you buy all of the gear, you’re set for life. Just give your straight razor a nice stropping, and you’re ready to go. The only thing you will have to buy occasionally is shaving cream.
Takes some serious skill to use but you will be having the time of your life when you start to become an expert. Not for the faint of heart, a lot of people are intimidated by it as it has potential to cause serious harm if used incorrectly.
These will give you the closest and smoothest shave possible. Even with the high initial cost to start up, these babies will last you a lifetime if properly maintained and handled. Plus, they make you feel like an ultimate bad ass when you are putting such a deadly weapon next to your throat!
Safety Razor Blade
Let’s take into account several key factors to check out when purchasing a straight edge.
Because of the design of the safety razor picking your blade is practically the only thing to do. Ranging from mild to sharp, it honestly depends on how sensitive your skin is as well as how coarse your hair is and the length.
Due to the way, the safety razor is built, there is nothing you can do about the razor head.
The typical rinse and dry is good enough for the safety razor. Make sure to keep a good inventory of blades if you shave often. Dispose of the used razor blades in a secure and safe way.
Length And Weight
As far as the length is concerned the bigger your hands are, the more convenient a longer handle will be for you. The weight of the handle is a crucial factor that defines a safety razor. Usually, the best safety razors are the ones that are a bit heavy with equal weight distribution across the handle that allows for a perfect balance.
If you are running on a budget, these are the best bang for your buck. Granted you have to get used to handling a safety razor and using one blade at a time. But once you do, at 13cents a blade, this can’t be beaten.
More than 20x cheaper per blade. Greater precision because a single blade does all the cutting. It’s totally awesome.
It takes a bit of getting used to, so you might cut yourself, but after the first few times, you’ll develop your rhythm. Takes longer to shave because you have to take shorter strokes.
Compared to a replaceable cartridge razor, it takes a little more skill to handle these bad boys. Using a safety razor is old-fashioned, but there’s a reason these are still going strong. They offer a clean and smooth shave without the danger of using a straight edge.
Let’s take into account several key factors to check out when purchasing a electric shaver.
Foil blade razors are best suited for people who shave every day and have sensitive skin. It comes with a thin metal foil which prevents the razor from coming in direct contact with your skin. Rotary shavers have spinning discs with floating heads which are designed to adjust to the facial contours. Trimmers are for just that, they trim your hair. Think of them has regular razors but can not get as close of a shave.
Trimmers can come with different attachments sorted for every style or length you want.
Most kits come with a small brush made for your razor to help clean any additional hair left over from shaving. Other razors have built in catchers, which catch the falling hair. Depending on the kind of razor, make sure to keep it lubricated so the razor will continue to perform optimally.
Length And Weight
Electric shavers come in different sizes, but overall, they all will do the same thing, over time you will figure out what kind of style fits your comfort.
These guys are priced from 20$ to over 100$. The more luxurious the razor, the more expensive it will be and sometimes the “extra perks” are not that great. Depending on your budget and what you are looking for, you can get a good electric razor for a good price.
No blades to buy, easy, quick, can be done dry. Some razors catch the trimmed hair.
Does not give a close shave. If you are not careful it can easily cause irritation and ingrown hairs (razor burn). Needs batteries/time to charge and are often hard to use in tight spots.
The electric razor is best for the quick and easy shave at any time you want. Just charge it up, put it against your face, and move it around. The machine will do the rest. Trimmers are the best. They offer a wide variety of attachments that lets you style your hair any way you want.
You have now learned how to properly shave your face, and looked at a wide range of products available to you to do just that.
During the shaving process, if you are not careful, you might get some razor burns, or even worse cut your face. Now don’t panic this is normal and over time you will learn how to shave without this happening. Let’s talk really quick about how to take care of after shave problems.
Cuts And Burns
Before we go into treating, it’s best to start out with prevention. Why? Because if it were prevented in the first place, you wouldn’t have to treat it and then you would save yourself so much trouble. The best way to prevent cuts on the face is not to shave at all! But for some of us with the 9-5 job in the office cubicle, we can not do this.
The next best way to prevent cuts it to take the proper precautions when it comes to shaving. I advise you to go to the beginning of this article and read how to get the best optimal shave. With following this advice, you will better prevent yourself any issues from arising. But hey no one is perfect, and even after reading a bunch of guides and following every step to the T you still might cut yourself. And that’s ok.
When it comes to small cuts, there are some easy things you can do to help fix the situation.
Stick Toilet Paper Onto The Nick or Cut
One of the traditional methods to treat a nick or cut is to apply a small piece of toilet paper to the area and wait for it to clot over. This will stop the bleeding after a certain amount of time has passed. But don’t forget there is a piece of toilet paper on your face. You don’t want to end up leaving the house with it still on.
Apply An Ice Cube To The Affected Area
This is my favorite method but may be uncomfortable to others. As the ice melts the cold water constricts the blood vessels, which slows blood flow to the area and helps stop the bleeding. You can also try to run the affected area under cold water if you have the space to do so. I know others like to prepare beforehand by using a wet hand towel and then leaving in the freezer just in case they get cut.
Rub Lip Balm Or Vaseline On The Nick Or Cut
Another method that is popular if you cut yourself after shaving is to use a lib balm or Vaseline. Because of the waxy texture, it will seal the skin and allow for the blood to clot. Just make sure to not apply the lip balm or Vaseline straight from the tube. You don’t want to accidently contaminate the product.
For bigger cuts, respond quickly and appropriately. Call for medical assistance if needed.
Do Not Panic
As best as you can rinse the wound under cold water. This will help stop the bleeding and give you a better idea of how severe the injury is.
Clean The Wound
After the bleeding stops find an antibiotic cream or more commonly used, hydrogen peroxide and use it on the affected area. This will aid in the prevention of infection and will help and soothe the healing process.
Bandage The Wound
Place a sterile bandage on the wound to keep dirt and bacteria out and prevent the bleeding from starting again. If the bandage becomes soiled or gets wet, replace the bandage as soon as you get the chance.
So, what is a razor bump or burn? A razor bump is when hair that has been shaved grows back underneath the skin. This is mostly common with curly hair. While a razor burn is when skin is displaced, and the hair follicle is twisted and pulled by the scraping action of the razor blade. To help get rid of these, follow these directions.
- Applying Aloe Vera Gel helps protect the skin from the environment, while soothing and healing the skin. It also helps with preventing infection. If you don’t have aloe vera that is ok, you can also use lotion that contains glycolic acid.
- Applying Lotion Containing Glycolic Acid has been proven to reduce the size of the burn and swelling. Try to avoid shaving again but if you need to, using this lotion will help while keeping the irritation to a minimum.
- Make sure to Avoid Products Containing Alcohol. This will severely dry our your skin and make the razor burns and bumps extremely worse and irritated. Do not do this!
- Just like treating a razor cut. Applying A Cool Water Or An Ice Pack will significantly reduce any swelling or inflammation that may have been caused by the razor irritation. Make sure to wrap the ice pack in a clean towel; you don’t want to dirty your skin.
- Last but certainly not least. Avoid Shaving That Area for a while. This is the best way to get rid of razor bumps and burns. This is because the hair will get a chance to grow out. During this process keep the skin clean and well exfoliated.
That was it!
I hope you’ve got a good idea on how to shave and good knowledge on selecting your next shaving tools, no matter the occasion. And with these tips on treating razor cuts and burns, you can handle any problem that gets thrown your way.
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