a close shave
Sure, a stubble is a good look, but not if you have a patchy beard. So, the best look you can go for is a smooth look. And here’s how you go about it.
THINGS YOU’LL NEED
Running water, both hot and cold
Clean drying cloth
Start by stroking your beard. Give it a nice massage. Before you part ways, give it a hug. Say your goodbyes. This is not the time for tears.
Splash some warm water on your face. This will cleanse your skin and soften your facial hair follicles. Having a clean skin is equally as important as soft hair to avoid infection and loosen the pores up.
Moisten your brush with some warm water and put a small dollop of foam on it. Lather it up across your beard line in circular motions. You want a small portion as it will go a long way. If you have too much, you’ll have a thick layer of lather and make it harder to shave. Foam is just a lubricant so you don’t really need much.
Wet your razor with warm water and go with the grain of your beard. It’s usually downward so limit yourself to down strokes only. Go over a section, rinse, and go over another section. Don’t run your blade over the same section more than thrice. If you see some left over hair, do go over it again, but it also means that your blade is a bit dull, which it should not be.
Rinse your face for the remaining foam with warm water. Then go at again with cold water to close up the pores. If you don’t, you may risk ingrown hair, and nobody wants to go through that. Pat yourself dry with a clean cloth. Clean your tools while you’re at it too.
Apply some moisturizer to keep you skin hydrated, fresh, and avoid redness. You can use aftershaves too, but they have are generally alcohol based which will disinfect the skin, but take away the moisture in exchange. So it may not be for you if you have sensitive skin.
DON’T RUN YOUR BLADE OVER THE SAME SECTION MORE THAN THRICE. IF YOU SEE SOME LEFT OVER HAIR, DO GO OVER IT AGAIN, BUT IT ALSO MEANS THAT YOUR BLADE IS A BIT DULL, WHICH IT SHOULD NOT BE.
Get dressed and go about to have a smooth day.
Words: Nirveek PPJ Shah | Photos: Siddhant Rajbhandari