Shaving can be frustrating when you haven’t done it before, these are a few complications I know that some of you may have:
1. Choosing the right razor for the job.
2. Deciding between electric and manual.
3. How to manoeuvre the razor around the face.
4. Worries about cutting.
5. Shaving over spots.
6. What shaving foam to use.
7. Shaving where your hair ends ie. removing any sideboards.
To begin with I will outline my own opinions on the above to give you some ideas on how to get started with shaving. This guide assumes you are shaving your face.
There is no right or wrong razor to use, when starting to shave I think it is best to use a manual razor before making a more expensive purchase on an electric. Starting with a manual razor will allow you to get used to more natural shaving.
There are different razors out there for example Gillette Mach Series and BIC. The Gillette Series are more expensive and I find they do give the closest shave and the best results but with a little practice you can achieve the same with a pack of disposable razors.
Many teens will worry about cutting their face, it is bound to happen whilst shaving at some point to you, it doesnt hurt much at all and when it does happen to help prevent blood going all over your neck and face you can use small bits of paper tissue to soak it up. Keep some of this to hand for your first shave. If you cut yourself press some on and leave them there for about 30 minutes and remove.
When I first started shaving I was a little worried about shaving over spots because when spots are popped they can release blood and little puss. When shaving you may go over your spots with lighter pressure and they should not cut, if they do stick some tissue paper over them when finished.
When it comes to choosing what to use to soap up your face you may use anything from soap to proper shaving foam. Proper shaving foam does make shaving a little easier but a lather of soap around your face, cheeks and neck does work.
Some people worry about cutting off their sideboards and having their hair match on both sides. I find when doing this to look at the position of the corners of your eyes in the mirror and try to match them up checking in the mirror.
Lets get started with a shave
1. Take your razor and attach the blade if it has one that needs attaching and take off any wrappings.
2. Take your soap or shaving foam and lather your face up with it, not your whole ace of course but the lower half for example under the nose above your lips, below your lips, chin, cheeks and neck.
3. I personally dip my razor in some clean water before shaving.
4. Move the razor over your face where your facial hair is in a downwards motion or in the direction of the hair, you will understand what I mean by that as you do it.
5. Make sure you continue until your face feels smooth and you cant hear the razor cutting anymore, make sure you clean your razor every few strokes of using it in some water and shake it to free it of stuck hairs.
6. If your face still feels a little rough under the neck area try reversing the razors direction and move up your neck to catch those hairs. This technique works very well around the chin and neck areas with disposable razors.
7. When shaving your sideboards off line up the bottom of your hair with your eyes and keep checking in the mirror to make both sides match.
8. Clean your razor using water and shake it in the water to free stuck hairs.
9. Wash your face with fresh cold or warm water removing any soap, hair and shaving foam.
10. Dry your face with a towel, a warm one feels better.
11. If you notice hairs you have missed apply a little foam or soap to the area and shave again testing different directions till its removed. Again wash off any soap and clean your razor.
Common areas of cutting
The most common areas to accidentally cut yourself when shaving are your chin, neck and anywhere you may have spots. These areas you will learn how to shave correctly in time without any cuts at all.
10 Quick tips for those new to shaving
1. Keep your blade clean and shake it dry after use.
2. Shave in good light, never shave in the dark or a poorly lit room.
3. Shave in front of a mirror, never blind shave unless you need to.
4. If hairs are stuck in your shaver and water wont help them budge use a small brush with bristles to help free them and soak it in water again till clean.
5. Dont shave with a blunt razor, make sure it is sharp and change your blades every month or two. Using an old razor will result in plenty of cuts all over your face and your neck especially.
6. Dont apply aftershave after shaving, it does sting. Wait until your face has dried.
7. If you find your skin having rashes after shaving, change your razor and your foam/soap.
8. Alternate the direction of shaving when hairs wont shave.
9. Begin with a manual before spending money on a electric.
10. Dont shave your face where there is no hair, you may cause unwanted hair growth in unwanted areas of your face if you do so.
Teens and Shaving
For some shaving can be daunting when they first try it but dont fret because it is simple to do and you may even enjoy it. Shaving is normal and a part of every none-bearded males life
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