Getting The Greatest Shave Ever
A STEP-BY-STEP FORMULA FOR FANTASTIC SHAVES
Every morning, millions of men approach the bathroom mirror dreading the ordeal to come – the morning shave. It’s an unfortunate fear, one that can be quickly overcome with some pointed pointers and the proper tools. At Grooming Lounge, we’ve worked closely with our own faces and Grooming Experts in our barbershops to outline the steps to achieving “The Greatest Shave Ever” at home. It’s about a 10-minute experience, one that can be mastered quickly and leaves faces feeling smooth and refreshed.
Tools Of The Trade
Just as a golfer needs the right clubs and an artist needs a proper canvas, a well-groomed man needs the right shaving tools to achieve a nick, burn and bump-free ritual. Here they are:
- Hot Water From Sink Or Shower
- Targeted Facial Cleanser or Exfoliator
- Shave Oil
- Shave Cream
- Razor Of Choice
- Post Shave Balm
Cleansing or exfoliating the face is the initial action in any great shave. Applying and rinsing off a targeted facial cleansing product before blade touch-down will eradicate excess grit, grime and waste. While a quality facial cleanser should be used most days, a facial scrub should be substituted 2-3 times per week. Such scrubs will help remove dead skin cells and will also uproot stubborn ingrown hairs.
Immediately after cleansing or exfoliating the face (ideally after a shower), a high-quality shave oil should be massaged into a wet beard. Most shave oils require about 15 seconds to sink in, after which some warm water should be spritzed onto the face to activate the oil. What’s the oil do? What doesn’t it do is a better question. It’ll lift hairs away from the face, provide a slick and slippery surface for the razor and will put up a valiant fight against razor rash.
Over top of the shave oil, apply a detergent-free shave cream. Work into the beard aggressively using either fingers or a badger hair brush. Spend extra time working the cream into the more sensitive areas (usually the neck region) and don’t waste time worrying about excessive foam. Truth is, most of that foam isn’t touching the face… so it can’t be doing much of anything.
Using a clean razor (this article is slanted toward a triple-blade version), begin shaving with the grain of hair growth, which is usually downward. Use short strokes, rinsing the blade often. Shave the "easy areas" first (cheeks), while leaving the neck, chin and upper lip for last. Only go against or across the grain at the end to get stubborn hairs. And before getting too giddy, take a quick rub around tough-to-reach areas, making certain no big spots were missed. If there are some hair islands out there, dab some oil or shave cream on top and say “sayonara.”
Wrap things up by splashing the coldest water available over freshly shaved skin. Such chilly H20 will wash off excess residue and help tighten up pores. From there, liberally apply an alcohol-free, soothing and moisturizing post-shave product. Rub on a little extra product to sensitive areas and let it soak in over time.
Even when following these steps, some men are simply prone to experiencing razor bumps, burn or ingrown hairs. Everyone gets some irritation, but how you tackle it is what matters. Applying a small dab of the Shavior to problem areas allows for the miracle product to go to work immediately, alleviating sensitive skin for a clear complexion and complete irritation relief.