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 Shaving a beard has been a daily routine for most men since ancient times. Preparation and skincare are essential to avoid irritation. However, the choice is mainly between the classic manual shaver, the cabbage cutter, or the electric shaver. 

 The steps to a successful beard shave

 There are specific rules to follow for a successful shave:

 – Prepare the skin by performing a facial cleansing to remove excess sebum and impurities.

 – Apply a foam, gel, or soap by hand or with a shaving brush and leave it on for two or three minutes to soften the hair, protect the skin and make it easier for the blade to glide over.

 – Check that the razor blade is not dull.

 – Shave in the direction of the hair, taking care to stretch the skin. You may want to shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth after applying the second layer of soap for a cleaner result.

 – Rinse with cold water to tighten the pores and apply an after-shave solution.

 Shaving products to use

 Beard shaving products are used in wet shaving techniques, and they soften the hair to make it easier for the razor blade to glide over it and protect the skin from irritation. The choice of a shaving product is mainly a matter of personal taste, and all products are generally available for all skin types, even sensitive ones.

 Shaving soap

 Shaving soaps have the same composition as a classic soap: a base of soda or potash with animal or vegetable fat. They come in soap bars or, more often in boxes, made of plastic, metal, porcelain, or decorated wood for the most upscale models. The need to apply it with a shaving brush has led many users to prefer shaving foam.

 Shaving soap is used correctly when:

 – the face is moistened with warm water;

 – Moisten the shaving brush with warm water and lather the soap in a few circular motions right in the jar;

 – Apply the lather to the skin with the shaving brush, making sure to cover all the hairs;

 – Turn the jar of soap upside down to allow it to drain and dry before closing it.

 Boxes of shaving soap start at about $4, and high-end soaps are available at $45 per 100g jar.

 Shaving cream for beards

 The shaving cream is composed of about 50% soap, to which is added glycerin as a moisturizing agent and possibly allantoin as an anti-irritant. It comes in a jar or tube and is applied with a shaving brush in the same way as shaving soap.

 Beard shaving creams are available from $6 per 150g jar. There is a wide range of tubes and jars for around $15, and the higher-end products are about $30 a jar.

 Shaving oil

 Shaving oil is generally composed of a mixture of vegetable oils (castor, almond, wheat germ, olive) to which essential oils are often added according to their soothing, moisturizing, etc. virtues. Shaving oils are ideal for dry skin, sensitive skin, and rugged beards. They prepare for shaving and act as a skincare product, nourishing the skin.

 Shaving oil is often packaged in 50 ml bottles, with entry-level products at $5 and higher-end products at $30.

 Shaving Foam

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 Shaving foam is made from a mixture of water, glycerin, fatty acids, and a butane-type propellant. Invented after the Second World War, shaving foam is now the most widely used product for shaving because it is easy to use and does not require a shaving brush. Brands are constantly developing their range to adapt to all skin types and problems: sensitive skin, anti-irritation, anti-imperfections, black or mixed-race skin, etc.

 The shaving foams are sold in 200 ml dispensers. There is a wide choice of foam starting at $1.50 in supermarkets and up to $25 in perfumeries or on specialized websites.

 Shaving gel

 Shaving gel is very similar to shaving foam. It is in contact with air and under the effect of massage on wet skin that the gel turns into foam. As with shaving foam, manufacturers are constantly innovating to offer products for all skin types.

 Shaving gels are sold in 200 ml dispensers, with an entry-level price starting at $1.50 in supermarkets and up to $20 in perfumeries or specialized websites.

Shaving: maintaining your mustache and beard

 The fashion for beards and mustaches continues to evolve with the cinema stars, catwalks, and television. So much so that the profession of barbering is also becoming fashionable again.

 Shaving: beard maintenance

 Because not every man can wear a lumberjack beard with Brad Pitt’s class, it’s best to maintain it, so you don’t look scruffy. For this purpose, there are

 – beard combs: prefer horn models to plastic ones that create static electricity and make combing more difficult; count between $8 and $15;

 – Wooden and natural bristle brushes; count about ten dollars for a basic model;

 – Precision scissors, between $10 and $20;

 – beard shampoos, specifically designed not to irritate the skin of the face; count between $12 and $25 on the Internet;

 – beard oils to nourish and soften the hair and moisturize the skin underneath; count about $30 for a 60 ml bottle on the Internet.

 Shaving: maintaining your mustache

 Whether it’s Second Empire, Hungarian, or Brassens style, the mustache is undeniably a sign of elegance. But for optimal results, the mustache requires patience, maintenance, and regular trimming. For shaping, it is advisable to be equipped with:

 – precision scissors, which cost between $10 and $20;

 – mustache wax, to discipline unruly hairs: in a jar, tube, or stick, it costs between $7.50 and $25 on the Internet;

 – a mustache fix to maintain the shape of your mustache even at night. It will cost about 20 dollars on the Internet.

 Choose a professional barber

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 You can also choose to have your hair shaved by a professional barber.

 Traditionally, men’s barbers were also barbers and did shaving and haircuts for men. Long abandoned, the profession of barber is again in vogue. It is now a prevalent specialization, but it remains almost exclusively male.

 Barber: a vintage profession

 After being considered obsolete for a long time, the barber profession is now in vogue. With the vintage fashion, the beard has returned. This new trend has been widely spread by the “hipsters”, this category of trendy young men who wear a retro look, but also by the stars of television, cinema, and the catwalk.

 Barbering is a specialization present in more and more hairdressing schools and has become very much in demand. However, this discipline remains almost exclusively male. Still, very few women, probably because of tradition, practice shaving and trimming the beard.

 The role of the barber

 The barber usually works in a barbershop, and their missions are multiple.

 – He cuts and maintains the hair.

 – He shaves traditionally with a razor and a shaving brush.

 – He is a master in the art of trimming and shaping beards and mustaches.

 – He adapts the beard, the goatee, or the mustache according to the morphology of the customer.

 – He offers care for men: exfoliation, mask, application of care cream…

 – He advises the customer in products to maintain the beard, the mustache, and the skin.

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Summary

– Trim a 3-day beard

– Trim your goatee

– Trim your beard

– Maintain your beard

Trimming your beard is not very complicated if you know how to do it. The goal is to be efficient and quick while keeping a neat style. Whether you want a well-trimmed three-day beard or a clean-cut goatee, this step-by-step guide explains how to trim your beard.

Trim a beard to a 3-day beard

When we talk about a three-day beard, we’re talking about hair that’s about 4 mm in size. You can opt for this type of beard for a slightly “unkempt” but classy look.

– Start by trimming your beard one size above what you want to achieve:

◦ Take the 5 or 6 mm shoe of your trimmer (or beard trimmer, which is easier to handle than a regular trimmer).

◦ To be sure to trim your hair to the same height, use your clippers in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

– Then, reduce the size of the shoe to shave your beard to the desired final height (between 3 and 5 mm).

– Refine the contours without the shoe. Shave well:

◦ the contours of the mouth;

◦ the lower part of the mustache;

◦ the scattered hair on the cheekbones.

– Finish by closely shaving the hairs located:

◦ either below the junction area between the neck and chin and delineate the boundary line well with a close shave;

◦ or below Adam’s apple in a slightly curved line from the ear to Adam’s apple.

Trim your goatee

There are different kinds of goatees, each determined by its shape.

To properly shape your goatee, it is best to shave as close as possible and use a beard trimmer with a more refined head.

Thus:

– Use a manual razor to remove the hair around the goatee as closely as possible.

– Use a trimmer with a shoe depending on the size of the hairs you want to keep to trim the goatee.

– Use the clippers without a boot to define the contours of your goatee. Above the upper lip, in particular, the goatee should follow their design by being very slightly spaced.

You can make sure to leave the hairs under the lower lip. They should be centered and trimmed about half a centimeter on either side of the midline defined by your nose and the V of your upper lip.

Trim your beard

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When your beard is uneven with long hairs here, holes there, etc., it is time to trim it evenly.

Here again, the clippers are essential:

– Even out your hair and give your beard a proper shape.

– It is necessary to use it about once a week, as not all hairs grow at the same speed.

As for the holes, there are a few tricks:

– Let the hair grow on top and comb it well over it to hide the hole.

– Use a makeup pencil to mark the area with a few black dots, and rub them in briskly with small strokes to fade the dots.

– If you plan to keep your beard for life, get implants, and you will solve the problem for good.

Maintain your beard

Once your beard is trimmed the way you want it, you need to maintain it regularly.

Make a first delicate pass and a second more lively one:

– Comb it every morning in the direction of the hair, avoiding plastic combs, which generate static electricity.

– Shampoo your beard at the same rate as your hair (about twice a week). Use mild shampoos or those specially designed for beards or thickening shampoos that give a fuller beard.

– Pat dry rather than rub dry.

Note: On and off, you will also need some beard oil to keep your beard silky and smooth.

And that’s it, gentleman… Please, remember to share and comment below.

 

Summary

 – Step 1: Clean your beard with shampoo

 – Step 2: Scrub your face

 – Step 3: Brush or comb your beard

 – Step 4: Nourish your beard and moisturize your skin

 – Step 5: Trim your beard

 

Wearing a beard is back in style, especially with the hipster movement. You’ve got an overloaded schedule and no time to go to the barber, but a shaggy beard is out of the question. To keep it clean and soft, it needs regular maintenance. Discover all the steps to take good care of your beard like a gentleman!

 1. Clean your beard with shampoo

 The first step in caring for your beard is to shampoo it. To do this, use a mild shampoo or a special beard shampoo.

 – On wet skin, under the shower, apply a dab of shampoo on the beard.

 – Massage with your fingertips to lather and reach the skin under the beard.

 – Rinse the beard thoroughly with the shower to remove all traces of shampoo.

 – Pat the beard dry with a clean, dry towel.

 Good to know: it is recommended to shampoo your beard 2 to 3 times a week.

 2. Scrub your face

 It is recommended to exfoliate your face once a week. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and prevent ingrown hairs on shaved areas of the face.

 – Warm a little scrub in your hands.

 – Spread the product over the entire face, including the beard.

 – Use circular motions with your fingertips. Press firmly against the beard to reach the skin underneath.

 – Rinse thoroughly with clean water. You can use the shower’s jet to remove grains stuck in the beard’s hairs.

 – Dry your skin and beard thoroughly with a dry towel.

 3. Brush or comb your beard

It’s essential to brush your beard every morning to keep it tidy. 

 – It is best to use a horn comb, which has keratin-like hair. Plastic combs tend to create static electricity, and the hairs can become unstable. You can also use a boar bristle brush.

 – Comb your beard every morning, at least in the direction of the hair.

 Necessary: never brush wet hairs. They may break because they are more fragile.

 

 Good to know: when the beard hairs are long enough, brushing them helps hide any holes thanks to the hairs on top.

 4. Nourish your beard and moisturize your skin

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 Taking care of your beard also means taking care of your skin. After cleaning and possibly exfoliating, apply a moisturizing product to protect your skin and nourish your beard.

 For short beards (three-day beards)

 – Apply a moisturizing balm all over the face.

 – Massage the beard well to avoid cream residue.

 For long beards

 – Apply a moisturizing balm to the skin: forehead, nose, cheekbones, neck.

 – Apply beard oil to the beard. Massage thoroughly to coat all hairs and reach the skin underneath.

 5. Even out your beard

 Not all hairs grow at the same rate. It is therefore essential to trim your beard once a week.

 It is best to use a trimmer to maintain your beard. You can also use scissors, but they are more challenging to handle.

The subsequent publication will cover:

  • Beard care
  • Maintaining your beard
  • Beard oil
  • Beard trimming
  • Trimming your beard
  • Trimming a mustache
  • Beard Dye
  • Beard Dye
  • Dyeing your beard

Unless you want somebody else to do it for you, you will have to go to a pro barber. Have a nice day, gentleman, and remember to share your comments below.

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