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5 How To Shave Tips To Copy-and-Paste Elsewhere

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Have you ever been in an email or forum conversation that turned to shaving and you wanted to give everyone some good tips?  Here are 5 easy “how to shave” tips you can copy-and-paste right into a reply.

Shave Tips

  1. Prepare the area properly: clean with a glycerin-based facial soap (NOT a deodorant or body bar!), use lots of warm water, rinse thoroughly. Doctors say it can take up to 3 minute to fully hydrate the skin for shaving. Don’t towel off–leave the skin wet for shaving.

  2. For cryin’ out loud, use a decent shave product. Nothing out of a pressurized can: the propellants can dry out the skin, so they have to add all sorts of artificial lubricants and other junk to make up for it. Use something out of a squeeze tube. Better yet, use a lathering shaving soap or cream that you apply with a shave brush.

  3. Use a razor with as few blades as necessary to get the job done. More blades may not equal a better shave. And use as little pressure as possible on the razor (modern pivoted cartridge razors can help compensate a little for this, but only up to a point). Tilt your head to one side and rest the razor on your cheek. Feel the weight? That’s how little pressure you should use.

  4. Shave in stages or passes. The idea is to reduce the beard not try to get rid of it all at once. That way it is as comfortable and “safe” as possible. Your first pass should be with the grain of the beard (the direction the hair grows in. Use your hand to stroke an area from different directions–one direction will feel smoother than the others. That’s the grain). Don’t try to get every little spot or shave the same spot over and over again–your first pass should almost feel leisurely.  If you want a closer shave after that first pass, briefly rinse (just to keep the skin wet), relather, and shave “across” the grain (the direction 90 degrees away from the grain).  Still not close enough? Rinse, relather, and shave across the grain from the opposite direction.  STILL not close enough (geeze, you want that “baby’s butt smooth” look, eh)? Rinse, relather, and shave against the grain–careful though, some people can’t pull that off.

  5. After the shave rinse very well with warm water to remove any residual lather (otherwise you might clog up some pores and end up with little pimple-looking things, or worse yet, an ingrown hair). You might even go so far as to soak a cotton pad with witch hazel and wipe down the area. Then rinse really well with cool water and apply an aftershave balm that doesn’t have alcohol as a main ingredient.

Of course, if you want to link to the “Shave Tutor” videos and Sharpologist that would be great too!  🙂


Shave tutor and co-founder of sharpologist. I have been advocating old-school shaving for over 20 years and have been featured in major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Lifehacker. Also check out my content on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!View Author posts

3 thoughts on “5 How To Shave Tips To Copy-and-Paste Elsewhere”

  1. My experience tells me to wash the face with warm water but not with cold water. Cold water makes your skin feel good if you have some skin irritation, but if the environment temperature is not cold then your pores will open again, but if you last wash your face with warm water then the environment temperature would be colder for your skin and your pores will be closed. It just like the mistake most of the people will do taking cold shower when it is hot: for a short while you would feel good, but the environment temperature would be felt much hotter by your skin. You should better take a hot shower in hot weather.

  2. I never get tired of reading about proper technique. It is great advice for newbies and serves as a reminder for veterans, such as myself, who sometimes forgets about proper technique.

  3. All tips are great , but i disagree with one. For a very long time i was suffering with razor bumps and irritation on skin after shaving. All stopped , when after morning shave i started to apply alcohol base after shave , and then some balm. Alcohol is not so bad for u skin after all.

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