With many businesses throughout the nation closed due to COVID-19 it can be hard to find places that cater to your needs, especially when it comes to barbering. Although many barber shops are now open for haircuts, many are still not offering shaving services.

But that doesn't mean you have to grow out an unruly beard. With a few materials and a can-do attitude, you can accomplish a barbershop shave at home with ease. The only thing you'll be missing in the barber chair chit-chat.

Don't forget the pre-shave routine

A great shave doesn't just involve the act of shaving. There are several steps to be taken before you bust out the razor to insure your skin and your beard are healthy.

Get steamy

One of the best parts of a barbershop shave is the hot towel treatment. Simply soak a towel in hot water, wring it out and place it over your beard. The hot water helps to soften your hair and open your pores for a smoother shave.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

After your pores are open, it's important to remove any toxins or dead skin cells that may get in the way of your shave. Try using a natural exfoliant to remove impurities and renourish your skin.

Simply take a small dab of your chosen exfoliant and apply it in small circles throughout your beard. Let it soak for a couple of minutes and then wash it away with warm water. Avoid cold water at all costs as it will cause your pores to close back up.

Soften up your hair

Just like a stylist might scrub in conditioner before a haircut, it is important to soften up your stubble before you shave. Incorporate a few drops of a pre-shave oil into your beard to help lubricate your hair. This not only helps provide a nick-free shave, but it also will give your razor an easier job when it comes time to shave. This step also helps prevent razor rashes.

Lather up

After you've applied all your pre-shave oils, it is time to lather up. Gather your shaving bowl and shaving brush, as well as your favorite shaving cream. We recommend a Green Tea and vitamin C shaving cream that is chock-full of antioxidants to help protect your skin from inflammation and irritation. Not to mention it smells amazing.

Add your cream to your shave bowl and mix it with a few drops of water at a time until your cream makes small peaks. When you've reached the desired consistency, it's time to apply.

Use your shaving brush — not your hands — to apply the cream in small circular motions. It is best to run your brush under warm water before applying cream. The bristles of the brush help lift your beard hairs up, making them easier to cut.

When your beard is sufficiently covered and your appearance mimics that of Santa Claus, it's time to break out the razor.

Prepare to shave

Shaving with a cut-throat razor can be intimidating, but with a little practice and patience, you can achieve a close shave from home.

Maximize the angle

To maximize the cut and minimize irritation, it is important to hold your blade at a 30-degree angle. If you are feeling anxious about cutting yourself, try practicing first with a balloon. If you master the 30-degree angle, your balloon won't pop. If you're still nervous, start by using the cut-throat razor on your cheeks and a safety razor on your neck.

Pull your skin

After you've mastered the angle, slowly work your way through your shave by using your spare hand to pull your skin tight. This increases the tension between your skin and the razor, which allows you to get a close shave. Be sure to shave with the grain in short strokes to avoid razor burn.

Mind your details

Although you should take your time to avoid nicks, you also should set aside time to make sure the details are right. Pay extra attention to your sideburns and your neck. Check trouble areas such as under the nose and behind your ears, too.

Finish up

Now that you're baby smooth, be sure to apply post-shave products to help quell irritation. Try an aftershave toner to rejuvenate and reduce blemishes. Then throughout the week, be sure to apply a moisturizer to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.

With a few simple products and a little patience, you can achieve a barbershop look from the comfort of your own home. If you're in need of any more products to spruce up your routine, contact us today.