Beards have always been a crucial part of men’s masculinity and sense of style. This explains why our forefathers grew them in different shapes and sizes. Fast forward today, things haven’t changed much. Men still value their beards although most prefer short and neat beards for various reasons, including maintaining a formal look in the workplace.
In a nutshell, most men today care more about shaving than growing their beards. With that said, it’s important to look at a rather obvious but commonly misunderstood subject which is: how to shave a beard.
Shaving a beard isn’t about grabbing any cutting tool within your reach and cutting off hair on your chin and cheeks. This shouldn’t be the case especially if you want to look presentable, avoid irritation and bumps. There’s more to shaving a beard than most people think and the truth of the matter is, most men don’t know how to do it properly. If you’re keen on finding out exactly how you should shave your beard, look no further. Let’s however start by taking a brief look at the different types of razors/shavers used for this purpose.
Beard Shaving: Equipment Options
You can shave your beard using a safety razor, straight razor or electric shaver. These are the three most common options for persons looking for the best and most popular beard shaving equipment. Let’s take a brief look at each of these options. More in-depth information on the actual shaving steps is discussed below.
1. Shaving your beard with a safety razor
This option is very popular because safety razors are safer to use than other options such as straight razors. In fact, a safety razor is the best option for you if you want a safe but cheap and effective equipment for shaving your beard. Unlike straight razors, safety razors are designed with safety in mind. Safety razors are also cheaper than straight razors and electric shavers despite being equally effective.
Main pros: Cheap, effective and safe
Main cons: You have to change the blade regularly.
2. Shaving your beard with a straight razor
A straight razor resembles a metal knife with foldable handle. This option is suitable for someone looking for an effective, cheap and want to experience a traditional beard shave. Straight razors have been in use for over a century. Their effectiveness can’t therefore be overlooked. They however require a reasonable degree of expertise/skill when using them to avoid cuts.
Main pros: Cheaper than electric shavers, effective and long lasting; High quality straight razors can last for decades.
Main cons: Require certain skills/techniques to use safely; high quality straight razors are relatively expensive.
3. Shaving your beard with an electric shaver
Electric beard shavers resemble typical hair shaving machines. There are many types of them in the market today featuring different designs and shaving mechanisms. However, as the name implies, all electric shavers are electrically powered. They are perfect for individuals who want a fast, safe and effective shave, capable of shaving without water and gel/cream. Electric shavers are however more expensive than straight and safety razors.
Main pros: Fast, effective and safe. You also don’t need water and shaving cream/gel.
Main cons: Expensive.
Important Steps On How To Shave A Beard
Although the process of shaving a beard may vary depending on the type of equipment you use, the process is more or less the same for razor shaving. Below are 3 important steps to consider when you want to shave your beard perfectly.
Step 1: Trim it down
Before you actually shave your beard, it’s best to trim it down with a set of clippers or a beard trimmer. It’s a daunting task trying to shave a full beard using a razor so trim your beard first. The main importance of this step is to make shaving easier. It’s less tedious shaving a short beard. You also get a better view while shaving if you trim everything first which results in a better outcome.
Step 2: Shave
Shaving begins with preparing your beard. Once you have trimmed down everything, you need to cleanse and soften your skin to have a smooth shave. To do this, wash your face and lather your cheeks and chin region using a high quality shaving cream. You may be asking the question: how important is it to have such a high quality shaving cream? The answer is: such shaving creams are specifically made to offer a smooth shave without causing skin irritation and razor burns. High quality shaving cream also opens up skin pores and soften the beard perfectly offering a smooth and comfortable shave.
Once your face is perfectly lathered, you are ready to shave your beard. It’s important to have a sharp shaving blade or razor to get the best outcome. Shave carefully following the grain (the direction of beard growth). It’s important to shave this way to avoid creating a lot of friction which usually results in cuts and irritation. You should be mindful when shaving around bumps i.e. the Adams apple to avoid cuts.
Once you have cleared all the shaving cream on your cheeks, chin and neck region, rinse your face and check for rough spots and smooth them out. Apply a second round of lather and shave to get a perfect clean look. Once you’re done, rinse your face with splashes of cool water to close your pores.
Shaving with an electric shaver is very easy and you don’t need to do any prep work. You also don’t need any water and shaving cream with most electric shavers. You however need to follow the directions of the electric shaver you buy since different shavers may have different user instructions. Following the instructions carefully is important for you to get the best possible outcome.
Step 3: Moisturize
Finish shaving your beard by moisturizing. This step is very important but commonly overlooked by many men. If you want to promote healing and avoid getting white silhouettes, you must moisturize your skin after shaving. Like in the case of shaving creams, it’s important to get a high quality moisturizer preferably one with a built-in Sun Protection Factor (SPF). Moisturizing also prevents skin irritation, protects your skin from sunburns and gives you a perfect fresh look.
The above information summaries everything you need to know about shaving your beard properly at home. To get the best outcome, it’s advisable to follow the above steps to the letter. Although there may be other steps/info to consider for an even better outcome, the above information is adequate enough to give you the best clean shaven beard look ever. Try it!