Some men need to shave twice a day just to keep their facial hair under control. Others might be pushing out the boat if they shave twice a week.
Whatever routine works for you it’s important to make sure shaving isn’t just an ordinary part of your routine. If you don’t take care of your equipment and technique, it’s a recipe for cuts, abrasions and an uneven shave. There’s nothing more frustrating that reaching 11am, being firmly stuck in the office with no way to fix it and suddenly finding a patch of facial hair you’ve missed. It’ll annoy you for the rest of the day, even if no one else can see it. If they can see it, you’ll be cutting a rather ill-groomed figure in the office for the day.
Today we’re giving you a short guide to shaving like a man, to avoid this mishaps and make shaving a valuable part of your daily routine, not an inconvenience.
If a job’s worth doing it’s worth doing well, and that hasn’t become a cliché for nothing. If you have to set your alarm ten minutes earlier to give yourself enough time for a proper shave, then so be it. If you don’t, you’ll be running a tattered, dry razer over your face while barely paying attention and arriving at work with a multitude of small cuts.
Make sure you have five or ten minutes set aside to really shave. This allows it to function not just as a part of your daily grooming but as a peaceful meditative ritual. It’s just you and the mirror, getting ready to face the day. A chance to calmly, smoothly exercise a practised skill that will leave you feeling like a real man, professional and expert.
To make a real success, you’ll need the right equipment. At the very least make sure you have a supply of fresh cartridges for your razor – when they get blunt they snag, they pull, and they cut your skin instead of gliding smoothly over it.
If you really want to get serious, there’s a whole world of shaving accessories open to you. A high quality shaving brush set will help to distribute your classic shaving soap over your bristles as well as lifting and separating them for a smoother shave.
Once you’ve mastered that, the path of double bladed safety razors leads ahead to a truly classic shave.