Gilbert Henry Guide to the Perfect Shave

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Published on November 24, 2016

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1. 14 13 2 Select a high quality shaving cream or soap and an appropriately sized bowl. Avoid canned foams, which are mostly air and do not lubricate or protect your skin well. Our general rule is: don’t use any products that lather automatically! We recommend products that require a little water and elbow grease. Some key ingredients found in good soaps and creams are stearic acid, potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, and coconut acid. Switch to a safety razor. A smoother shave is the result of better technique, not multiple blades. With proper care a quality safety razor can last a lifetime, and razor blades are a fraction of the cost of cartridges. Gilbert Henry Find the right blade. This will take a little research and trial and error. There are many blade brands available with varying degrees of sharpness and durability. Fortunately they all tend to be very inexpensive, averaging less than $1.00 for a pack of 5. Your best bet is to buy a sample pack from an online retailer, and try each one to find the one that suits your beard and skin type. Choose an aftershave. Use balm for more soothing relief, or a splash to refresh and tone your skin. Look for ingredients such as aloe, witch hazel, coconut oil, vitamin E, sunflower oil, and provitamin B5. Use a shaving brush. Using a brush builds a substantial lather and lifts the beard hair for a clean cut. There are many options including boar’s hair, badger, synthetic, and even horse hair. Synthetics are the most humane option, and many offer the same performance as animal hair brushes. Complete Guide to the Perfect Shave 1 3 4 5 6 Note the grain. Closely examine each area of your face and neck, paying close attention to the direction of hair growth. This will be important to remember during your shave, and is a crucial step in avoiding razor burn, irritation, and nicks. Products Prep 7 Procedure 8 Load your brush. First, run the brush under hot water and shake out the excess. Swirl the brush around the surface of the soap, or apply a dime-sized portion of cream directly to the brush. As the lather starts to build in your bowl, scoop it up and work it back into the brush. Repeat these steps until you’ve got a brush loaded with dense, creamy lather. It’s likely that you’ll need to experiment with varying amounts of water until you find the right balance. Lather up! Work the lather into your beard using a circular motion to lift the hairs and continue building lather. Make sure that you’ve got coverage that is thick enough so that it lasts throughout the entire first pass of your razor. Work the angles. First place the head of the razor against your skin at a 90 degree angle, with the handle parallel to the floor. Then lower the handle until the edge of the blade is in contact with your beard (between 30 and 45 degrees, depending on the design of the razor and your personal preference). First pass. Recall the direction of your beard growth, also called the “grain”. For your first pass with the razor, shave only with the grain. Don’t apply pressure! Instead, let your blade and the weight of the razor head do all the work. Many guides recommend a long strokes in a single direction, but this only applies if the grain of your beard is consistent. If your beard growth has many growth directions, you will need to use shorter strokes that change direction accordingly. Second pass. Lather up again, and follow the same guidelines as the first pass. This time, however, you’ll shave across the grain. This should help to smooth out some of the rough spots without an increased risk of nicks or razor burn. Third pass. This step does carry with it some risk, so it is recommended only after you’ve developed a high level of comfort with double edge shaving. Lather up one last time, then shave against the grain. This can be tricky, particularly if you have sensitive skin or a very coarse beard. Alternatively, you may want to shave across the grain a second time, but while holding the razor at a more aggressive angle. Rinse. Splash cold water on your face again to remove excess soap. This step also helps to sooth your skin and begins tightening pores. Repair. Now it’s time to help your face heal and prevent infection. When using an aftershave splash, shake a few drops into the palm of your hands then gently pat your face and neck. If you’re using a balm, pump a dime-sized amount into your palm and apply it to shaved areas in a circular motion. 9 10 11 Apply warm water to your skin. Pat your face with a wet washcloth, or simply splash the water directly to your skin. It’s also helpful to shave immediately after you shower, rather than before. This step will help soften the hair and make your skin pliable, which reduces the likelihood of nicks.
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