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Why should women get all the beauty tips? These Howcast videos help men look their best, with advice on dealing with baldness; using aftershave; grooming a beard, mustache, and sideburns; getting a great haircut; choosing the best hair products; and much more.
You Will Need
- Sharp razor
- 2 washcloths
- Shaving brush
- Shaving cream or gel
- Styptic pencil
- Soft, clean towel
- Light moisturizer
- Badger-hair brush (optional)
Start with a good razor
Start with a sharp razor; dull ones can cause nicks. Unless you're a pro, stay away from straight razors; a safety razor is a good compromise between a no-holds-barred blade and a disposable razor.
Have him take a shower
Have him take a shower. The heat will soften bristles, priming his skin for a smoother shave. Or, rinse a clean washcloth in very hot water, wring it out, and set it on his face for a few minutes.
Massage in the shaving cream
Rinse his face in warm water. Then, dip the shaving brush in hot water, shake off the excess, and use it to apply the shaving cream up and down his face and neck, creating a thick lather while gently exfoliating the skin.
Hold the skin taut
Shave in this order: Sideburns, cheeks, neck, mouth area, and chin. Use the fingers on your non-shaving hand to pull each patch of skin taut -- the direction doesn't matter -- before you apply the razor. This is especially important along the jaw line.
Use a light touch
Start shaving downward. To avoid razor burn, use long, light strokes, rather than pressing down into the skin. Always shave downward, except for below the bottom lip, and try not to shave over the same area more than three times. Rinse the blade with warm water between strokes.
Rinse with cold water
Rinse his face with cold water, then dip a washcloth in ice cold water, wring it out, and apply it to his face; it helps reduce the risk of irritation. Pat dry with a soft, clean towel.
Finish up by applying a light moisturizer to his newly shaven face. Now let him give you a treat. Massage, anyone?