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[edit] Facial Shaving

  • Comprehensive introduction to wet shaving with a safety razor
  • Starting kit for wetshaving beginners
  • Book: Beginner's guide to safety-razor shaving
  • Razor shave: wet/hot skin. Electric shave: dry skin.
  • Most men look in the mirror while shaving, but this is an activity that can be done by most by feel. If you're like me, you're going to linger uselessly in the shower, just standing there, no matter what. Knock out your shaving during your daily standing time. Shaving while in or after your shower makes shaving easier, because the hot water and steam open up your pores. --Yesno
    • You can also buy a fog-free mirror to hang in the shower and enjoy the best of both worlds. --k.ODOMA
    • You can also use a product such as Rain-X to keep the mirror fog-free.
  • Even when I have a mirror, I shave (with a razor) by feel: something that looks smooth probably isn't. Also: shave against the grain except above the lip. Above the lip, try to shave down (with the "grain") as much as possible first, then and only then against the grain. In trouble spots (that don't want to cut close enough), shave in multiple directions.
    • If you have problems with in-grown hairs, do not shave against the grain. This is especially true for men who have coarse facial hair (especially black men). Only shave with the grain. Your shave won't be as close, but you avoid in-grown hairs that can result in painful razor bumps.
  • Avoid razors with "lubricating strips" - they ruin the ability to shave by feel (which is the closest). If you are stuck, wipe your face after just about every swipe with the razor.
  • Shave after Shower. Remember the old-school barbers who put a hot towel on the face? Same theory. Makes the shaving process much easier on your skin. --RobertDaeley 15:10, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • If you're trying to even up your sideburns, stop using the guestimate method: look straight in the mirror and put the tips of your index fingers at the bottom of both burns -- an instant level. --RobertDaeley 15:10, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • use warm water to soften your hair/beard, then use cold water to shave and rinse. it helps keep the blood out of your pores, and the swelling down. i learned this from a plastic surgeon who used it on pre-surgery shaves. --bp
    • I've always done hot water pre-rinse and shave, cold water rinse. Keeps the pores open and hair soft during shaving, closes them up afterwards to minimize bleeding. Heydanno 14:34, 4 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • The cold water wash work well whenever you've been handling anything that has a strong smell. Warm water will keep the smell on your hands. --RB 03:47, 27 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • Actually, I used hot/cold method for some time, but find it much better to use hot watter for a pre-rinse, shave, and after-shave rinse .. then to use cold water for another rinse. Skin get's much less irritated.
  • Avoid using an aftershave with alcohol. The alcohol causes in-grown hairs, which both hurt and make you look like a shlub. --Tyler 10:58, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • The best shave cream/lotion is Jack Black Beard Lube. They say it's a "revolutionary three-in-one pre-shave oil, shave cream and skin conditioner" and it definitely costs about the same as buying three products, but can you put a price on the smoothest, easiest shave of your life? Tip: stop by Nordstrom (which carries Jack Black, at least here in Los Angeles) and ask for free samplers to try it out. --pnoeric 21:41, 26 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • If you can't shave after a shower or your skin is really sensitive, use shaving oil, let it sit for a few minutes, then apply your regular shaving product & shave as you would do normally. Shaving oil reduces friction, and softens hair almost as much as a shower does. ----Wafel 24 Mar 2005
    • Shaving oil can be useful all the time for some people. Some men (myself included) have forests for beards and whiskers like tree trunks. If you're one of us and you find that you can't get a smooth, irritation free shave even if you shave after a shower or use a hot towel or whatever, try using shaving oil too. It can make a big difference if you're one of the unlucky sods who has a tough beard. It can also be helpful if you have naturally dry skin (another problem of mine -- I hate shaving). --ThePolack 13:47, 3 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Sweet almond oil makes a perfectly servicable alternative to commercial shaving oil at a fraction of the cost. This is all the commercial versions are, with a few essential oils for smell, with menthol for the cooling effect. If you are ever stuck you can use olive oil from the kitchen (or any vegetable oil at a pinch). --Tallus 14:03, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • A good replacement for shaving oil is a non-oily lubricant like AVID Skin Glider
  • It takes as long as three minutes for shaving cream to really soften your beard. Assuming you wash from the top down, apply your shave cream right after washing your face. By the time you're done in the shower, and have dried off, your shaving cream should be at its most effective. --agw
  • Shower after. Skip commercial canned shave creams/foams (always too drying for me) and use face-friendly lotion and warm water instead, letting them do the whisker moistening. Then the shower itself is a great rinse of the face and helps any nicks heal so quickly most virtually disappear. And no need to defog the mirror. --Tim 13:03, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Get a good quality razor! Spend a coupla bucks. It's worth it, considering you do it nearly every day.
  • To make your safety razor last for a very long time store it in a small dish of cooking oil or wipe the blades with cooking oil after using it. It is the oxidation of the blade that makes the blade seem dull. The coating with oil will prevent oxidation by keeping out the oxygen.
    • Another alternative is Tilex or equivalent shower tile cleaner - it keeps the blade like new by getting rid of skin buildup, soap deposits and oxidation on the blades, and also does not hurt the lubricating strip in a Sensor blade the way alcohol does - lasts forever! -- kcowan 11:58, 26 Dec 2006 (PST)
  • Throw away your disposable/eletric/cartridge razor. Right now. Read this article, then buy yourself a quality double-edged safety razor, a good badger-hair shaving brush, and a tub of shaving cream. You'll get a far closer shave, and absolutely no razor burn. None. --dansays
  • if you shave with disposable razors, watch for tv commercials advertising NEW BRANDS!! Manufacturers produce a much better (sharper) product in the first several months that their new Super-Mega-Razor-6000 is in stores, hoping you'll try it and notice the better shave, and switch to their brand. If you find a new one you like, and maybe even get a coupon, stock up on a case or so of the "first run" razors, while they're still choice. (i learned this as a teen, working in my father's pharmacy) -- Ryan 11:15pm est, 9/12/2005

[edit] Non-facial Shaving

  • Decide which is your greater priority - close shave or less nicking? A razor with three or more blades provides a closer shave. A razor with wires running vertically over the blades provides a safer shave. Few products effectively combine both traits, and they are all outrageously expensive. --TresWife 22:18, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Take the safe and close shave further - don't use a dull blade! Many people say that a blade cartridge is good for up to ten shaves, but this varies according to the coarseness of the hair being shaved. Frequently they will start causing razor burn after 4 or 5 uses. --TresWife 22:18, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Prone to razor burn, ingrown hairs, and other irritations? Bikini Zone is your friend, and can be found rather inexpensively at many chain drug stores (notably Walgreen's). Be aware that it will sting for the first few moments after application if you have any minor nicks - then the lidocaine component kicks in. Alternately, Tend Skin works extremely well and is lauded by strippers and adult actresses alike. --TresWife 22:18, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Between shaves, moisturize, mosturize, MOISTURIZE! Want to extend the length of your shave? There are many name brand moisturizers available that include ingredients which slow stubble growth. Soft skin AND fewer shaves! --TresWife 22:18, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Awesome shave products? Kiss My Face Moisture Shave and Philosophy Razor Sharp. --TresWife 22:18, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • No shaving cream and need to improvise? Got any Paul Mitchell Conditioner or ID Millenium Lubelaying around? --TresWife 22:18, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Styptic pencils are not just for the men, ladies. Good if you happen to nick yourself anyway. Keep one in your purse as well, for those annoying hangnails, blisters, and occasional nasty paper cuts. --TresWife 22:18, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Exfoliate before shaving, not afterwards, so that you do not aggravate freshly irritated skin. --TresWife 22:18, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • And in the "good to know" category, fine grain sandpaper can be used to buff away both body hair and dead skin cells. Just remember to use a very mild, fragrance-free moisturizer afterwards to soothe. --TresWife 22:18, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • After comparing several of the major brand name varieties of razors, I have concluded that the "male versions" work at least as well as the "female version" of the same razor, if not better, and for less money. Save the extra cash and use it for something like some new iTunes or whatever. --TresWife 22:18, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Dry the blade of your razor when you're finished shaving. It will stay sharper much longer, give you better shaves, reduce nicks and cuts, and save money on expensive replacement cartridges. --ScottHar
    • If your razor has a lubricant strip, obviously try to avoid drying that, they can get quite rough once the lube's gone. Use a firm downward circular flick of the wrist to shake the water from the razor then leave it out to dry completely.
  • For those who do shave in the shower and use a shower mirror, you can get a clearer view in the mirror by wiping just a little soap over it. --Beskelton 14:49, 31 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Baby wipes are a great stand-in for shaving cream or soap & water for shaving legs and armpits. My sister got a call at work from her podiatrist telling her that she had indeed fractured her foot and needed a cast. Knowing she'd have to go a while without shaving that leg, she stopped at a drug store and bought some shavers and in a lightbulb moment, a box of babywipes, went back to her office and shaved that leg from the knee down. Worked like a charm. I can imagine other life situations when a quick leg shave would come in handy (nudge nudge wink wink) so why not stash a travel pack of baby wipes and a disposable razor in your purse?Caffeinated

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