What To Expect When Shaving For The First Time
So, your voice has stopped cracking, it's dropped deeper and there's a little hair poking out of your face.
As you’re hitting puberty, you might notice that your facial hair is making its grand entrance.
Hair will also grow in places that you’ve never seen hair in before (don't worry about that). The hormones Androgens are the reason for it all.
When should one start shaving, you might be asking yourself. Unless you're planning on going for the ‘lost in the woods for a couple of hundred years’ look - it's best to start when there are dark patches along your face and chin.
1. Getting a razor
First, you need to get a razor. You can order one from The Bearded Colonel UK or go to your nearest drug store.
In most stores, you will find two types of razors: an electric and a manual one. The electric razor comes in a cord and wireless form.
A manual/disposable razor usually has several blades piled one on top of the other, which gives you a very clean shave.
Electric shavers don't get you as close a shave as a disposal razor - but with a disposal razor, you need a lubricant to help soften and protect your skin.
2. Prepping for the shave
Before heading into this battle, take some time to prepare your skin for this fight.
To soften your face, you must dab your face with warm water, then start to mix your cream or gel and let it set in for two to three minutes in its entirety.
The shaving cream/gel will help soften your hair and get them in the ideal condition so that they are easier to cut with the razor.
3. Should you go Against The Grain (ATG) or With The Grain (WTG)?
For a first time shaver, you are better off going with the Grain. To get an idea as to which direction your hair is growing, take a finger and lightly drag it across your face - mimicking the action of shaving.
If there is little to no resistance, you are going WTG. If it feels prickly, and a little awkward almost like running your finger across freshly cut grass, you are going ATG.
If you still can't figure it out, let your hair grow a little more and then try again. It should become much more apparent.
4. Steel To Skin
Once you start to shave, don’t rush. Shaving slowly and gently is necessary. The razor blade should do all the heavy lifting, and if you're doing it right, the blade will soon start to sing.
Try not to press the razor too hard on your skin with the razor. If you do that, you are likely to cut your face.
Tip - it is better to go over that patch twice than go down once hard - which could lead to cuts.
Be gentle above and below your lips, and around the chin. Applying as little pressure as you can is the way to go.
5. Post Shave
After the shave, wash your face with water and soap. Follow that up with an aftershave or face lotion. These will help prevent your skin from drying out.
Best practice would be to change razors or blades frequently. A dull blade can easily irritate your skin and result in rashes. There is also a higher chance of cutting your face with a dull blade.