For the Men Friday: Tips on a Clean Shave

I like my men clean shaven. I can't help it, but I never got into the 90's grunge/facial hair look and the goatee of recent years has not done anything for me either. And I always thought Don Johnson needed a shave in Miami Vice.

So, in the spirit of my campaign to end the scruffy face look, I have a few tips for shaving from Diane Wood, a Master Barber for King of Shaves. Long live the clean shaven face!

Be patient! Nicks are never in style.
Shave at least an hour before planning to get dressed for an event. If a nick happens, apply pressure until bleeding has stopped.

Red is not the new black.
Wait until bleeding has stopped entirely before putting on a fresh shirt.

Size Matters.
Shave in the direction of hair growth around the neck. It is important that one is wearing the correct collar size, as a too-tight collar will irritate freshly shaved skin.

All about Adam.
Pay special attention to the Adams Apple area. Shave diagonally from below the Adams Apple to the middle of the neck, as most hairs in this area grow sideways and occasionally grow upward.

Different strokes.
Shave in smooth, even strokes and take care not to apply too much pressure.


mantic59 said...

You also might be interested in my youtube channel, all about traditional shaving:

February 27, 2009 at 1:32 PM

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