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Men, we are all going to be shaving frequently throughout our long lives, and whether you like it or not, it is best to know a proper technique to get the cleanest, closest, and bloodless shave possible.

I do not know how women shave, so I left that for the women of Instructables!

Shaving makes you look clean and nicer looking all around. For men. Sure, you can go all natural, but personally, I like to keep a clean shaven face.

You want to look good for the ladies dont you?

 
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Step 1: Clean Your Face

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It is important to maintain a clean working area. This being, your face. This will get rid of dirt, bacteria, or anything else that can cause infections, or zits on your face. Shaving zits isnt a good sight.

If you already have a beard, or you just want to get rid of your stubbles, you can use a tiny bit of shampoo to clean it to ensure a clean shaving experience.

Step 2: Applying the Shaving Cream

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Now to apply your shaving cream. It doesn't really matter what type of shaving cream you use, as long as you use it. Any product with salicylic acid, which is in acne products, will get rid of razor bumps. Neutrogena has a ton of products with salicylic acid. I would try to get something with a lower percentage of the acid like, .5% to 1%.

Squirt the shaving cream into your hand so that you have enough to cover your face. Make sure you apply it evenly among your face so that some spots dont get more than others.

Make sure that you apply it in circular motions, this ensures equal application of the cream.

As for the razor, make sure it is clean, and relatively new. Old razor usage is a no-no.
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atejer3 years ago
Excellent guide on shaving, people often underestimate the use of shampoo on a beard, but I can tell you first hand that it really helps. I would also recommend using an electric razor, despite what everyone says, if you pick one that is of high quality, it can make your life a whole lot easier.
I would suggest using an authentic rating site like http://www.topratedelectricrazors.com to find one that suits your needs.
Esmagamus3 years ago
Seeing the gilette bottle there reminded me of how we can be deceived by a brand.

I had always been advised a certain foam from Nivea. I did get reasonable results, for a price. One day I tried the supermarket brand and not only was it a lot cheaper, it also makes my skin a lot smoother and the blade glides like it's not cutting at all.
JakeTobak7 years ago
Shaving is for women. Real men wear beards.
Married men do. But single?
Yeah.
 Real OLD men wear beards.
Damn straight!
i hated beards, but then they grew on me
Beards RULE! But unfortunately my jobs says I have to shave.... I can't even have a neatly trimmed beard. *cries*
If you sit still for that, then you don't deserve any better treatment than that. Try standing up on your hind legs once. You might find you like it.
I would quit that job or tell your boss it's your face not his
Well, when your job is an apprentice jeweler, you have to be clean. I get away with a goatee and mustache though. I'm lucky to have that.
cool job
Hey, thanks.
Many establishments have the same rule. Customers tend to think you're cleaner when cleanly shaven.
LOL
JakeTobaksays:
"Shaving is for women. Real men wear beards." I agree with the second part of that, and I know I am in the minority in these oh-so-enlightened days, but I would simply delete the first sentence of Jake's post and modify the second to say, 'Real people don't shave anything, nor cut their hair either.' (I look just like my avatar, and you can bet your *** I am not about to change that.)
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WTF? LOL
lol
lewisz3 years ago
im a teen whos never shaved before and school starts in a few weeks. truthfuly, i don't know the rules to shaving. how long will can a disposable razor be used for? how frequently should i shave? can i use someone elses razors? and how much presaure should i put on the razor? the subject makes me very nervos because my younger brother has started shaveing and everyone expects me to know how to do itand i don't. and i don't know what to do if i cut my self. please help
I got a shaving instructable too:
http://www.instructables.com/id/So-you-want-an-old-fashioned-double-edged-safety-r/
zamirii4 years ago
i find that shaving against the grain gives a closer shave. It doesn't matter all that much which razor you get, the fusion or whatever you like. What I will recommend is the ones that vibrate. the vibes give a closer shave and i get a decent one whether I take my time or even just use water like i tend to do when i'm running late for work.
jakee1176 years ago
im thirteen and 5 minuites ago I shaved for the first time ... then I found this would have been helpful then... but I just used a razor, nothing else, and it turned out fine thank you for the help for an ignorant teenager !! lol
haha same situation here
BigD1457 years ago
I've heard that using warm water to rinse is a bad idea. Your blade swells and you lose the sharpest edge. I don't know any studies on this, it's just what I've heard.
I've found that if my rinse water is either too cold or too warm my blade just sort of rubs instead of cutting. I usually run both hot and cold water with more cold than hot.
it's true. and cold water closes pores, reducing ingrown hairs
bowman6 years ago
I didn't realize shaving was an issue that needed instruction. Especially when we consider the caliber of people here. Nice job anyway!
Tecno6 years ago
Man i followed the instructions perfectall but i cut myself!
lemonie7 years ago
Brenn, have you started shaving yet? Those pictures aren't you, but this is still a pretty good Instructable. I don't use shaving foam, strikes me as an unnecessary expense... L
Brennn10 (author)  lemonie7 years ago
Lol funny you asked this. I have started shaving my upper lip. It makes me look quite unattractive when I have hair on my upper lip. I learned alot from making this that I will use in future life. The main reason I made this Instructable was for the the learning experience. -Brennn10
Some people don't get the 'It makes me look quite unattractive when I have hair on my upper-lip" They go around with 'bum-fluff' looking silly but felling 'grown-up'. Credit to yourself for knowing when it's time to shave. L
i know. my brother has ridiculously bushy sideburns. i call him pube-face.
Sure...We all know you just want the shirt ;)
I was thinking the same thing..If we have to take the pictures, the contest is discriminatory, what about those of us with no facial hair, or dads/older brothers/friends to take pictures of? : P Although I think the picture on step four, is of him.
Yeah, I've tried using this "proper shaving technique" in the beginning of my shaving life. I've since found that that gives me a pretty piss poor shave seeing as all the hairs on the bottom of your face don't point in the same direction. I say for the best shave you gotta shave towards your chin at all points of your face. This works for me because it seems that all the hairs on my face point outward from that point.
wow, i just noticed that
chuckr446 years ago
You didn't mention that moist heat makes the hairs softer and more easily shaved, which is why some people shave in the shower, while their facial hairs (or other hairs) are soft from the hot water. Also, I did try that 5 blade Fusion razor, got a freebie in the mail. It really does work well, not that I would buy their overpriced blades. But, there you go, it works really well. You do not get more cuts the first few times you use the razor with 5 blades either. After how many shaves does one toss their old blad and get a new one? I use mine about 30 shaves, that's the max. When the razor starts to pull the hairs more than cut them, it's time for a new razor.
KentsOkay6 years ago
Hmm, any advice on shaving chest/body hair? I tried shaving it and got a bleeding nipple, OMS THAT HURT!!!
jakee1176 years ago
thank you westfw also for the help to a first time13 year old kid learning how to shave!!! ha ha
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