A man’s battle with facial hair has been around since the beginning of time and the art of shaving has evolved in many ways. From the wet shaving techniques passed down from father to son, to the modern razors and shaving cream, facial care keeps on changing.
Men used to shave by using organic soaps and creams along with lather brushes to help the cream spread evenly under each whisker. They then shaved using the double-edged safety razor.
These types of razors are made of metal with replaceable blades. Not only do they look better than the normal disposable razors, but they are also heavier allowing for a finer grip. Safety razors are heavy enough to trim the facial hair so it is not necessary to put much pressure on them while shaving.
Shaving insists that you shave with the grain. Though shaving against it may prove to give a smoother shave, you are leaving yourself at risk for cuts and ingrown hair. Applying aftershave or simply cold water after shaving is a tradition that will never go out of style, since it helps to close up the pours and minimize infection.
Manual shaving with a disposable razor has a slightly different feel than shaving with a safety razor. Still in line with the traditional art of shaving, you must shave downward or with the grain. After a few strokes, clean the shaving cream off the razor with flowing water to avoid clogging. After shaving, wash off excess shaving cream and go back to the areas you might have missed. Rinse with cold water and apply aftershave as usual.
After disposable razors, came electric shavers. Electric shavers are small hand held devices that either run on batteries or electricity. They have differentiated shaving because a lot of them do not need the use of creams or soaps to give a smooth shave.
Like any product you buy, you have to pick the right type for you. Some razors are better with short fine hair while some work better with long thick facial hair. Whichever way you want to shave your beard or any type of facial hair, remember that this practice has long been passed down for generation to generation. The history of shaving is shared by others who continue the routine every morning and greet the world with a clean and smooth face.