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How to Shave Properly

Learn proper face shaving techniques in this Howcast video.


I'm going to give you some hints on proper face shaving techniques. Very important, make sure your face is moisturized. I always recommend shaving after you shower. Use a preshave oil, a nice shave cream. It's very, very important to have a sharp blade. Do not overuse a blade and have it dull, because that's going to cause little nicks and irritation, which you're trying to avoid with the proper shave. While shaving, make sure that you pull your skin so it's tight, so that you can get a close shave.

Some of the problem areas that we have, would be under the nose where the mustache is or under the chin, where we sometimes nick ourselves. You definitely have to make sure the skin is tight. I definitely recommend pulling the skin, stretching it and then shaving. One of the things that's very, very important about proper techniques of shaving, definitely shave with the grain. Usually the grain of the face grows this way. If you look under here, under the neck area it'll grow up. So you want to shave up to the area.

Once you start feeling the razor pull, that means you're going against the grain. When the razors pulling, that's telling you that it's pulling the hair out of the follicle. And then what happens is the hair is going to go back into the skin and create ingrown hairs and that's what you're trying to avoid. Anytime you feel the razor pulling, then that means you need to stop what you're doing, and go the opposite direction, so that you can shave with the grain. Those are proper techniques on face shaving.

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