To Shave or Not To Shave, That is the Quandary!
Many men switch between being clean shaven and then growing a beard once more, not being able to make up their minds about which they prefer!
It does not really matter because both styles are popular today.
If you decide on being clean shaven, we share some tips on how to help you have a clean shave.
How to have a clean shave
1. Making sure the skin is wet. Shaving on dry skin can easily lead to razor burn. Wetting the skin helps to soften the hair and the easiest way to wet the skin is to have a shower or bathtub. In fact if you shave in the shower or tub, it is easy to rinse the razor and your skin too.
2. Preparing the skin. If you can use a good moisturizing shaving cream, lotion or oil, this will improve the shave. It is even possible to use coconut oil or olive oil. Find out more about our products for men and their skin.
3. Making sure you shave in the right direction. If you shave against the direction of hair growth, you will get a closer shave but you could also end up with several nicks. If you are shaving a beard, it is best to shave in the direction of hair growth.
4. Changing the razor blades. Change the blades or disposable razors after 5 to 7 shaves, helping to minimize any skin irritation and reducing the risk of bacterial infection.
5. Being careful of acne when shaving. Shaving can easily irritate the skin making acne worse. Try to avoid acne by shaving around it. If shaving a beard when you have acne, soften it first with soap and water before putting on any shaving creams etc. Shave lightly and as little as possible.
6. Dealing with ingrown hairs. They can be treated with a hot compress by soaking a cotton wool cloth in hot water and pressing it gently against your skin, opening up the pores. This in turn allows the trapped hair to become free so that it grows out in the right direction.
7. Razor nicks can keep on bleeding. The area around the lips is especially vulnerable so extra care is needed. Cuts can even leave permanent scars.
How to grow and look after your beard
- When starting to let your beard grow, just stop shaving – completely – for at least the first 4 weeks before making any attempt to shape or sculpt. During this crucial growing period and beyond, keep the skin beneath free of dead cells and any grime with a decent face scrub. This is a good way to prevent ingrown hairs forming while the beard develops.
- After four weeks, you can start shaping the beard. First, define a “neck line” along the bottom of your beard around the neck. This is probably best done by a professional barber or stylist. Try to find one who has a lot of experience in beard styling. Once in a while, go back to your barber for a “spruce up” as they can often see bits you can’t and give it a nice symmetrical shaping.
- Second is the “cheek line”, the upper limit of the beard on the cheeks. This is best left natural. Unless your beard appears to commence just below your eyes, you will probably find you are better off not shaving or sculpting the beard on your cheeks.
- If you find the whole “beard growing thing” a bit tough, give yourself a minimum of six weeks’ growth before making a decision to give up.
- Invest in a beard trimmer and learn how to use it. Not difficult and it will help give even, uniform results. Choose a beard trimmer with a pop-up trimming attachment so you can keep the whiskers away from the edge of your top lip. The edges can be tidied up with a regular razor or a special beard razor.
- If you experience any itching, keep your skin and your beard clean by daily care with a gentle shampoo. Add a little conditioner if necessary.
- Pat your beard gently dry with a towel.
- Finally treat with H-Beard Oil. Twice a day, place several drops in the palm of your hand and massage gently into your beard before running your fingers through the hair to coat it evenly. This allows the oil to be absorbed quickly, delivering deep hydration and moisturizing your facial hair while leaving the hair soft and nourished without feeling oily or greasy. Facial hair can cause skin dryness so it is essential to add a safe skin treatment to counteract this.
Some men think that growing a beard is much less work than being clean shaven. As you can see from above, to look your best either choice takes dedication and care for the best results.