Shaving Tips For Men

May 25, 2015 - Posted by Mickey Tortorelli

Men, whether they have a lot of facial hair or not, have all shaved at one point in their lives. It's just a matter of how often they do it! However, even the most seasoned shavers may not have the perfect technique down, which can lead to razor burns, ingrown hairs and irritated skin. If you have customers coming to the counter with skin concerns related to shaving, here are a few tips that you can give to them:

  1. Use an exfoliator
    An exfoliator will help remove dead skin cells under the hairs, as well as buff away dirt and oils. This will help prevent hairs from being matted down and allow for a smoother shave.
  2. Soften the hairs before shaving
    Prep the hairs before the shave by wetting the beard with warm water for at least 3-minutes (shaving after a hot shower would be ideal). This will allow the razor to cut the hairs more easily.
  3. Use a quality shaving cream
    Pick a shaving cream that produces a rich and creamy lather. This will keep the surface well lubricated and protect the skin from any nicks and cuts. The shaving cream will also help further soften the hairs so that there is less resistance for the razor.
  4. Use quality blades
    Check the blades before each shave to see if it tugs on the hairs. If it does, the blades should be changed as the dull blades can irritate the skin and lead to razor burns and shaving rashes. Blades should generally be changed every 3 to 10 shaves, depending on the coarseness of the customer's facial hair.
  5. Use a light gentle strokes, shaving with the grain
    Don't press the razor down too hard, as this leads to razor burns. The strokes should also be in the direction of hair growth to prevent cuts and ingrown hairs (razor bumps) and minimize skin irritation.
  6. Short stroke, short stroke, rinse and repeat
    Using short strokes and rinsing between every other stroke will help give a closer shave and prevent the razor from being clogged. This will minimize irritation as the facial hair will not get tugged  on.
  7. Cleanse and soothe after shaving
    Use a face wash with antiseptic properties (e.g. contains tea tree oil and witch hazel), rinse with cool water and pat dry. This will help protect the skin from shaving rashes and spots.

Post-shave procedures
Since shaving can remove up to two layers of skin, the skin can feel tight and irritated. Recommend the customer to use a good quality aftershave moisturizer, specially formulated for men, to help re-moisturize and soothe the skin. These specialized products will also help cool and freshen up the skin.

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