Growing up we're told that you should always shave with the grain, as opposed to against it. We're told that shaving against the grain will cause irritation, ingrown hairs, bumps, redness, small cuts, and more. However, these unwanted afflictions are usually just the cause of not being careful or experienced enough to shave against the grain properly. Here are some tips for how and why you should try shaving against the grain.
Experience a Closer Shave
Have you ever wondered how some people are able to get a shave so perfectly smooth? Well, the secret could be that they simply shave against the grain. Shaving against the grain will almost always result in a much closer shave than shaving with the grain. The trick to successfully shaving against the grain without any of the irritation and pain is to be careful. You cannot just slap on some shaving cream and go to town like you might be used to.
How To Shave Against The Grain
Now, you might be wondering exactly what you can do to be careful enough. First, you should prep your skin. Take a hot shower before your shave (or apply a hot towel), which will soften your beard hair and make it easier to cut. Next, apply some shave gels like our Rosemary & Tea Shave Gel. The shave gels work to moisturize and create a protective layer over your skin. For people with sensitive skin, shave gel is an absolute necessity when shaving against the grain. Choosing the right razor can make or break a shave regardless of which direction you choose to shave in. Safety razors are often recommended for men who want a close shave with less irritation. Finding the right razor for you may take some time with experimenting, as it can be different from everyone. Finally, you can start shaving.
Learning to shave against the grain takes practice, especially if it is also your first time using a safety razor. The most common method for shaving against the grain is called the "three-pass method". The three-pass method is really just a hybrid approach to shaving. After applying your initial amount of shaving cream, you can execute your first pass which is a standard shave with the grain. After the first pass, reapply your shaving cream and shave across the growth patterns of your hair as a second pass. For the third and final pass, you want to again reapply the shaving cream and shave against the grain. This method will result in a close shave every time. It may take some time to master the three-pass method, but when you get it down, it becomes second nature.
Be Nice To Your Face
After you complete your shave and are marveled at how smooth you face is, don't forget the aftercare. To best take care of your face, apply an aftershave like our Triple Tea After Shave Toner Pads. This will help reduce blemishes and moisturize your face as it recovers from the shave. Applying aftershave is an important step that should not be ignored. Without using an aftershave you may experience increased skin irritation, skin infection, and even acne. In addition to providing care and protection to your face, aftershave smells great and keeps your skin smooth.
With these tips and tricks you can experience the closest shave you've ever had, while ensuring your face is free of irritation, blemishes, dry skin, ingrown hairs, and more. If you'd like to learn more about how you can provide the best care for your face and beard, check out our blog. Looking for more shave care and beard care products? Contact us today.