How to Shave




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

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

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.

Step 3: Shaving the Top Part of the Beard

To shave the top section of your beard, you must shave from the top of the beard to the edge of your jaw-line in long, even strokes.

For this, you must shave downward, the way your whiskers grow. From your sideburns toward your jaw using long, even strokes.

For proper razor technique, you should apply light but firm pressure, pulling your skin taut before each stroke.

Step 4: Shaving Your Neck and Chin

To shave under your chin and your nick, shave from the bottom of your neck upwards. This will help prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs.

When shaving under your chin, pull the razor from your throat area toward your chin.

Remember, as you are shaving be sure to rinse your razor with warm water after every stroke or two to keep it from getting clogged with hair.

Step 5: The Upper Lip

To shave your upper lip, stretch it over your front teeth to tighten the skin, and shave downwards.

Make your mouth look like you have taken your dentures out. By Curling your lip down over your front teeth as stated above.

Step 6: Touch Ups/Moisturize

Now you are almost finished men! Using warm water, wash off excess hairs that are still on your face. All the while, make sure you look at your face to see if you have missed any sections. Just wet your razor to shave these sections.

After shaving, use a toner (preferably containing vitamins, aloe extract etc). rather than an alcohol-based aftershave. Alcohol will dry out your skin, and possibly cause damage. It is the dreaded word, "after shave."

Apply moisturiser after toning to complete your shave.

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    47 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I shave downward all over my face and neck. Wjen i am done, i wipe my face then i rinse it with very cold water. I wipe my face and then i apply mennen skin bracer.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    It all depends on shaving system you are using - there are HUGE differences!

    tried a few of them, some are terrible, some are quite good - but the
    best one for me is Bevel system, no razor bumps, no skin irritation!

    Read about it here


    4 years ago on Step 4

    I HATE SHAVING...Just did it yesterday and my neck is a mess with razor burn and ingrown hairs. I'm 20 so I'm relatively new to shaving, and don't shave regularly at all. At this point in my life my acne is gone so I don't mind having a clean-shaven face, but I hate how messed up my neck gets. I'll try this solution to see if it works.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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 to find one that suits your needs.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    "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.)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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:


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    12 years ago on Step 4

    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.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.