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How to get the perfect shave? serious shaving advice only
10-14-2014, 04:34 PM
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How to get the perfect shave? serious shaving advice only
Considering the good advice on shaving from this forum, can I ask you all how to get the perfect shave? I am talking of wet shaving. Facial hair razor shaving. If you need specifics, the kind that will get you compliments on how close and epic it looks. That's the smooth perfect shave I am asking about. Every time I try to convince myself I am one of those dudes in the Gillette commercials, I always end up slicing my face. So much for sliding the razor wide and fast like they do in the commercial lol

I am asking this for the sake of the wellbeing of all men worldwide. I think I speak on behalf of all men worldwide when I say we are all tired of Mens health and Gq rats. No miracle snake oil solutions for 'that' smooth perfect shave. Screw those commercials with the guy getting the perfect razor slide with one single stroke and not even following the grain of the hair, no less. Then the hot woman approaches him from behind for some raw sexy time right before he leaves for work on his Maserati. We all know that whole commercial circus stuff to try to sell us some overpriced razors that cost cents to make.

Come on guys we trust this forum as the last place on the internet to deliver some manly goodness and 'rats free' wholesome shaving advice. Any takers?

I just noticed the word filter with the word 'hit' starting with the 's' swapped with 'chit' Big Grin
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10-15-2014, 07:10 AM
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I agree with you if you browse online or magazines there is a lot of bad advice on shaving. That's the best thing of a forum like this one where you have barbers and other shaving specialists to share the knowledge! Smile

I dunno if you check the step by step wet shaving guide which is the shaving resource for the method of wet shaving. It's a sticky thread in this forum and I started it as more of a general resource page on wet shaving.

FYI Once upon a time, shaving was an art handed down from father to son. This was necessary, as the implements used to shave, the straight razor and later the safety razor, could injure a person fairly severely if they weren't used properly. With two innovations all that changed. Cartridge and disposable razors and canned shaving cream pretty much killed the necessity to teach anyone how to shave. These days many guys shave with sloppy form and cut themselves trying to achieve a close shave. It's not that you can't get a perfect shave, it's just that it takes some skill and method to do so. That's what I will try to explain below.

Two types of mens shaving

In my case I have sensitive skin so I have to be careful when shaving so I don't get skin irritation. Now everyone is different, everyone has different skin, different hair, different expectations for a shave. There are basically 2 methods of shaving, dry and wet.

Dry shaving generally involves using an electric razor. There are a few non-electric mechanical razors. There are also a few electric razors that can be used wet or dry. My experience with dry shaving is good and I have posted some electric razor reviews in the shavers and trimmers section. The shaving results provided by the electric razors when it came to getting a good shave have ranged from really good to poor, and you will have to pay a good amount of bucks if you want a high quality shave.

Wet shaving however, is more of an art like I explained in the wet shaving guide. Wet shaving involves water, preferably lots of it. Now remember, everyone is different, so everyone needs to experiment to find what does and does not work for him or her. The following should be looked upon as tips or guidelines, not the end all of shaving.

Wet shaving style

Give yourself plenty of time. One of the reasons we get bad shaves is that we think of shaving as a necessary chore rather than a pleasant part of starting our day. A quick shave is a bad shave.

Wash with soap and hot water. Shower before shaving if possible. This softens the hair, gets rid of the oil coating it, lubricates the skin somewhat and opens the pores. If you can shave in the shower great if not, then wet the area to shave down again with hot water before lathering up. You want to keep it as wet as possible.

Use a good shaving cream or gel. Have a look at this shaving gels post for some good shaving gels. Some people will claim that the best stuff to use is European shaving cream that comes in tins and that it must be applied with a badger hair shaving brush. I think that's a bit over-rated but it is true that the brush helps to apply a good amount of foam, exfoliates the skin, makes the hairs stand up as well as lubricates and moisturizes the skin. Some people recommend exfoliating before shaving. Everyone has their own opinion about the best stuff to use to shave. Some people like to use shaving oils, which can be hard to find. Others use baby oil. Still others prefer a particular gel or cream or soap.

The purpose of whatever you use as shaving gel, cream or soap is to soften the whiskers or hair, lubricate the skin to protect against nicks and irritation, and hold the cut whiskers. The advantage to using a brush would be that the whiskers and hairs would stand up and be separated. You might not do that as well applying the foam by hand. I personally like the gels. I use one of the Nivea for Men shaving gels and you also have some good shaving gels with Neutrogena and Edge especially for sensitive skin (my specialty so to speak Big Grin). You want a product that produces foam so that it lubricates, protects, and hangs around until you are finished through, but you also want a foam that washes off you and the razor easily, too. A gunked up razor doesn't work very well.

Type of shaving razor

Next, lets talk about razors a little. The type of razor you use is partly dependent on personal preference, but partly on hair and skin type. Now, many people will tell you to avoid disposable razors and go with either cartridge or safety razors. In the end it's all about the type of razor that you are most comfortable with. I use either a cartridge or a disposable, usually double bladed but also single blade and I will also use a safety razor stick when I feel like going for that old style of shaving. Once again experimentation will be your best guide and there is no truly unique best shaving razor for men.

If you have curly hair, coarse hair, or have sensitive skin, you might want to stick with a single blade razor. The theory behind the double-bladed and triple-blade razors is that you get a closer shave because the first blade bends the hair and pulls it out a little so the following blades get a lower cut. This system does work and I get a closer shave with a double blade and more blades, but it can result in the hair being cut below the skin level and growing the wrong direction resulting in a painful, red bump that can easily get infected. This is called a shaving bump or razor bump. They can happen to anyone, but people with coarse or curly hair and certain skin types are more prone to them. This is why black guys tend to be prone to razor bumps. Also anything more than a single blade will irritate the skin if you have sensitive skin. If you have curly facial hair or have sensitive facial skin, you might want to avoid the multi-blade razors.

Shaving tips

When you actually shave your face, here are a few tips. The longer shaving foam stays on your face, the softer it makes the whiskers, so save your problems areas to last. The hairs on your chin and upper lip tend to be thicker and more numerous, so save them to the end of the shave.

Start out and work towards the center. Don't change direction in the middle of a stroke as this can cause nicks. This is what you mentioned is done in the commercials but which any regular guy will cut his face left and right with it lol

Now some places recommend long strokes, while others recommend short. I personally like long strokes if I can do them. The general recommendation is to use downward strokes on the cheeks and jaw, upward on the throat. I usually do my throat twice, once each direction.

It's also a good idea to stretch the skin taunt before shaving it. I usually don't stretch the skin unless it is hard to do like the upper lip, or the crease on the back of my head, and then I still try to be careful, as stretching the skin increases your chances for the ingrown hair shaving bumps.

Rinse the razor after each stroke. Most places recommend hot water for this, however some guys find that hot water increases their likelihood for razor burns, so it's bets you use warm water or even cool water if you are getting irritation or razor burns.

If you use a multi-blade cartridge or disposable razor, you might want to keep a toothpick or small square of cardboard around. The space between the blades will get clogged with dead skin, hair and shaving goop and it may not rinse cleanly. Hit the side of the sink a couple of times to automatically remove any of the clogged hairs and dead skin from the blades so that you can continue shaving.

Use sharp blades, if you feel it pull the whiskers, stop and get a new cartridge or razors. Dull blades increase the chances of accidents and definitely won't give you a clean shave. Also, no pressure should be used. Let the razor do the work.

Shaving with the grain means shaving in the direction the hair grows. Shaving against the grain means going the other way. You get a closer shave going against the grain, but you irritate the skin more. If you are shaving your face for the first time using the method and tips I am posting, stick with with the grain on your first go. I usually shave twice, once with the grain, then once against it. I do the same with my throat. However I will quickly re-apply some shaving gel to the areas I'm about to shave against the grain and this is a tip I recommend you to also follow, as it lubricates the skin prior to shaving against the grain. When you are finished, feel for any missed areas. If it is a small area, wet the razor well and go back over it carefully. If it is larger, re-lather the area and shave.

After shaving, I usually wash with warm water and soap, then rinse in cold water. If there are any nicks, treat with a septic pen. Afterwards I use a moisturizing aftershave and you can check some good aftershaves in this aftershaves thread for some of the aftershaves I recommend. Whatever you choose I would recommend avoiding any alcohol-based aftershaves as it will clean any cuts or irritation, but it will also dry out the skin.

The cool water rinse will close your pores and just plain feels good. Pat rather than rub when you towel after the rinse. Done!
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10-21-2014, 08:41 AM (This post was last modified: 10-21-2014 08:42 AM by mantic59.)
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RE: How to get the perfect shave? serious shaving advice only
(10-14-2014 04:34 PM)Zorba Wrote:  Considering the good advice on shaving from this forum, can I ask you all how to get the perfect shave? I am talking of wet shaving. Facial hair razor shaving. If you need specifics, the kind that will get you compliments on how close and epic it looks. That's the smooth perfect shave I am asking about. Every time I try to convince myself I am one of those dudes in the Gillette commercials, I always end up slicing my face. So much for sliding the razor wide and fast like they do in the commercial lol...
Here is a video that might help: youtu.be/zzCZTVSacgU (sorry I can't give you a clickable link, I don't have enough posts yet. Sad
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