So you mean to tell me there is proper way to shave? I can't slap some shaving cream on my face and go to town? They make it look so cool in the commercial with the hot model running her fingers across your smooth clean shaven face. Of course, they are trying to sell you a product. And like most men, I've been buying into it for years! But recently I posted a grid like photo on my IG and my frat brother challenged me that a gentleman such as myself should do better than a shave foam and cartridge razor. So I accepted the challenge and found out I was doing it all wrong for years. I kept the cartridge razor and foam though, for head shaving purpose like my Bald Head post a while back. So let's go through the instruments I'll be using for this shaving process.
Tools Of Trade
These tools are courtesy of Bevel but aren't synonymous to them. You can get similar tools from different companies, using the same process, I just happen to have Bevel in my possession. The tools I use for the shaving process are as follows:
- Shaving cream
- Safety Razor
- Priming oil
- Restoring Balm
- Shave Brush
My NEW Shaving Process
Ok. We got our tools and we are ready to roll! I've created 3 phases and steps within these phases to guide me (and you) along this process to keep it simple.
Phase 1 Pre-shave
Step One: It's best to start this phase right after you've hopped out of the warm shower. That warm water opens up your pores and gets your hair soft and ready. However if you are shaving without taking a shower prior, just wet a small towel with some hot water and gently go over the areas you want to shave
Step Two: Priming oil. Pour about a dime size to a quarter size in your hand and rub it on the desired areas. This will give the blade a nice smooth glide. This is the first step to prevent irritation.
Step Three: Put a small amount of the shaving cream on the shaving brush and go in a circular motion on the desired areas until it is completely covered.
Phase 2 Shave
Step4: Shave!!! In case you didn't know, the rule of thumb is to shave with the grain not against it. Shaving against the grain will cause that irritation we are trying to avoid. SO pay close attention to how your hair grows
Phase 3 Post Shave
Step Five: Wash off the remaining shave cream with some warm water, then go over that area with cold water. I never knew about about the benefit of using cold water until I learned that the cold water closes your pores which then prevents bacteria from going in and cause problem
Step Six: After drying the shaven area, take about a quarter size of the restoring balm and gently massage it on to the newly shaven area. This post shave ritual is critical in preventing that dreadful itch and razor bumps.
It's been an interesting two month, trying out this better way to shave has been and eye opener and I will not go back to my old ways. As I continue to get more knowledge in the art of shaving, the products will change. I intend on trying out different brand safety razors, shaving cream and other versions of priming oil and restoring balm. This isn't the end all be all, the journey continues. Expect a revised A Better Way To Shave post in the future.