I just watched your video “Advice From A Master Barber” parts one and two, and it left me with a few questions.
First, about the shaving itself, I noticed around your chin and under your nose the barber went sideways but he also says he shaved only with the grain both passes. Does your hair grow sideways in those areas or is this a shaving technique I should adapt? My hair around the chin grows diagonally from the direction of my nose to the ends of my shoulders (sorry for the poor “illustration”). Actually, all the hair on my face grows in that direction and even on my neck from the chin down to my Adam’s apple. From my Adam’s apple down, my hair grows up.
Now about the aftershave procedure. The barber cooled your face down and then combined an alcohol-based aftershave with an aftershave balm (in my case as you know it would be the AOS lavander aftershave balm). He stated this helps disinfect, close the pores, and you get the additional benefit of having a nice scent. You responded that you advocate using Witch Hazel. I definitely want to add a disinfecting aspect to my aftershave procedure. Last night one of the irritated puss follicles “popped” so I put Neosporin on it and to my amazement, the redness and severity was greatly reduced. I do not want to rely on such a powerful antibacterial agent daily, but it got me thinking I probably need to disinfect after my shave better. What I’ve been doing is rinsing off with a luke-warm splash of water for about 30 second to a minute and then splashing my face with cold water for about a minute. At that point, I pat my face “dry” (it’s still damp) and apply the AOS aftershave mask (great product — definitely helps sooth my skin), leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes, rinse it off, and finish with my aftershave balm. What is an aftershave regimen you can recommend that would add that antiseptic aspect I believe I need?
Yes, the hair on my chin grows sideways! Generally my grain goes from my left ear toward my chin, sideways across the chin/neck, and up towards my right ear. Weird. For some gentle disinfecting I advocate rinsing with warm water (paying particular attention to the neck), soaking a cotton pad with witch hazel and gently wiping the area, then a final rinse with cold water and on to whatever aftershave you’re going to use.