Preparing for Shaving
Achieve a Good Shave by Studying Your Face
The direction of the faces hair growth is different for everybody and for most people different in difference parts of the face or neck, your face may or may not be similar to the diagram but to achieve a good shave it is important to observe how your whiskers grow and to shave accordingly.
Observe the contours of your face divide it into sections so you can shave with the ideal razor angle and the minimum amount of strokes.
Shaving Prep / Pre Shave
The ideal preparation for a shave must take in 3 things;
1) First it must clean the skin removing any dirt, dead skin cells, oil or other debris that could be blocking the pores and may obstruct your razor, any good face wash or cleanser will do this, also cleaning your face will lift and separate your stubble.
2) The second essential element is to warm your skin opening the pores relaxing your facial muscles, and slightly swelling the hairs. Traditional barbers use a hot towel which they wrap around the face. There is also a few products which offer this treatment these work by reacting with water to warm the skin and soften the hairs.
3) This brings us on to the last and most essential element to a shave prep, to soften the whiskers so your razor can slice easily through the stubble. There is a number of products that do this by penetrating the hair follicle and moisturising it, another method is simply soaking your face with hot water. However the most highly recommended advice we can give is a hot shower, this can combines all the essential elements of a good shave prep.
Also don't shave immediately after getting out of bed as your face will be a little puffy.
Some people use hair conditioner as a shave prep to soften the whiskers, however most conditioners sit on the hair as appose to sinking into the follicles so it is debatable whether they would provide any help in regards to shaving.