I think you’ll agree when we say that grooming a beard or stubble every morning can be tricky business, especially shaving.
But does it have to be?
Turns out it doesn’t. There are a 8 fairly simple steps in the ‘Da-Ro Shaving Routine’ that you can follow, to get the quickest, cleanest, and most comfortable shave possible.
This article will benefit anybody who has had a bad experience while shaving – gotten nicks and cuts on their face, inflammation, pimples, or even ingrown hairs.
We’ve dug deep into the science of shaving and would love to share the results of our research with you. Here below is the complete ‘Dapper Shaving Routine’ that you can follow, to get the closest and most comfortable shave.
Know your razor
There are several types of razors that serve different purposes, so pick one that suits your needs best. Here’s what you can select from:
- Disposable Razors – Effective while travelling, mainly if you’ve forgotten to carry your own from home. We don’t advise using disposable razors daily.
- Electric Razors – Easy to carry around and shave on-the-go, but it’s not as effective as other razors in delivering a close a shave.
- Cartridge Razors – These are the latest trend in razors because they deliver the quickest possible shave with the least effort, and reduce your risk of getting cut. However, cartridge razors are the most expensive to maintain.
- Double Edge Safety Razors – These are our personal favourite, since they deliver the closest shave and are extremely inexpensive to maintain. Perfect for the classic shave.
- Straight Razors – You must have seen these in barber shops or professional grooming salons. Straight razor blades have to be sharpened, but they never need to be replaced.
Now that you’ve decided which razor suits you best, let’s get down to the:
8-step ‘Dapper Routine for Shaving’
Step 1: Wash your face
Use a mild cleansing face wash suitable for your skin type. Note that the best shaves happen right after a hot shower. Washing your face gets rid of the dry and dead skin that might get in the way of your razor while shaving. The steam from a hot shower ensures that the pores on your face open up, and the hair follicles soften up right before you shave.
Step 2: Get some moisture into your beard/stubble
If you’ve grown out your beard for a while, then you may need to use a trimmer and ensure that the hairs are small enough to shave. Beard hair can be extremely hard and stubborn while dry. Soak a towel in hot water, and dab it on your face to add moisture and open up the pores further.
Step 3: Apply Pre Shave Oil
This is a revolutionary product that we highly recommend using on your beard right before applying shaving cream, foam, or gel. Just a few small drops can go a long way in eliminating razor burns, cuts and nicks that you might get while shaving. The main job of a pre-shave oil is to eliminate friction by creating a thin film between the razor-blade and the beard. We strongly advocate the use of this product in your daily shaving regime. Take 3 to 4 drops in your palm, and massage it into your beard / stubble properly. You will notice that your beard is much softer and easier to shave. Any oil you may have left on your hands, you can safely rub into the hair on your head.
Step 4: Apply shaving cream, gel, or foam
We prefer using a shaving cream as it may well be the safest of the three choices, but it depends on your preference. Apply the shaving cream right after you have applied the pre-shave oil (without washing your face). Use a brush or your fingers and work up a nice lather over your beard.
Step 5: Dip your razor into a cup filled with hot water
Doing this will help to reduce friction. Remember – SHAVE AGAINST THE GRAIN. To find the correct angle, hold the razor in your hand such that the blade leans against your cheek while ensuring the blade will slide in the direction of your hair growth. Important: Do not apply too much pressure. For smaller stubbles make long strokes, but for thicker beards you will need to make shorter strokes. Don’t forget to dip your razor in the hot water cup every few strokes, to ensure no hair or oil gets caught in the blades.
Step 6: Shave twice with the grain, and once against the grain
To maintain the growth of your beard in the proper direction, it is essential to first shave in the direction of the grain. The direction might vary for different parts of your beard. For instance, you may have an upward growth on your neck but a downward growth on your cheeks.
Step 7: Splash cold water all over your face
Now that your shave is complete, get rid of any loose hairs from your face, by splashing it with cold water. Cold water also helps in closing up your pores. Look into the mirror and ensure you haven’t missed any small hairs around the face.
Step 8: Apply after-shave balm
After patting your face dry with a clean towel, apply a thin layer of your after-shave balm evenly on your face. This will help heal any micro-cuts you may have gotten while shaving. Further, using after-shave will prevent pollution and dust from clogging your pores.
We are certain that this grooming routine will add quality and comfort to your daily shave.
Further, we would love to answer any other questions you might have on this topic, feel free to drop your comments in the section below.