First Time Beard Growers, Tackle These 7 Key Phases For Bearded Greatness

To all of the first time beard growers, if you want to go from a bare face to having an awesome looking beard, it is likely that you’ll have to go through these 7 key phases to see if you truly are worthy of bearded greatness. We thought we’d share with you our wisdom. Check them out…

Phase 1: Desire – This is the start of an epic journey. You’ve probably been inspired by someone else’s beard, which has created a desire deep inside of you to add a positively unique and distinctive feature to your appearance.

Phase 2: Excitement – You’ve taken the first few steps of your journey, you can officially say that you are growing a beard. Stubble will show up and you can see the beginning of what you hope will be a piece of fashionable art. Excitement will re-occur throughout the growth process whenever you see something to admire in your facial hair.

Phase 3: Criticism – once you are a fair way in to your journey, it is likely that you will start to see flaws In your facial hair and growth. Areas that could be better, other people may pick up o. This and start to comment. Some will be positive and some will be negative, both of which can have a strong impact and be taken seriously. Stay strong, stay resilient, stay on your path.

Phase 4- Frustration – There may be a period where you start to get frustrated, your facial hair may be taking forever to grow to the length you want, the quality of your facial hair may be thinner than you expected it to be, the may be patchy/bald spots on your face. These issues will frustrate you, the key is to stay strong and persist, your facial hair coverage will improve over time.

Phase 5- Jealousy/Envy – Other guys your age with what you think to be better facial hair quality and beard coverage may make you green with envy and you notice other men’s mature beards. You’ll start saying to yourself: “why can’t my facial hair look like that? Will my beard ever look that good?”

Phase 6- Depression/Desire to shave – You’ve lost hope! Your beard hasn’t necessarily turned out to be be what you thought it would be, and now you are seriously considering on giving up and grabbing that razor…don’t!

Phase 7- Acceptance/Hope – You see the light! You finally realize that your beard is unique and would rather be with a less than perfect beard than bare faced. You will also begin to see that it IS getting better with time, albeit very slowly.

Once you have reached the final phase, start to play around with it, investigate different types of grooming and styling products, which can aid you in enhancing the way it looks.

Much of coming to the acceptance stage is in redefining your expectations and realizing that no beard is perfect. Keep growing right through the doubt, stay resilient and witness bearded awesomeness prevail.

Have you been through or are going through any of these 7 phases? Let us know, we always want to hear what you awesome people are thinking in the comments section or over on social media.

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The 4 Huge External Pressures You Must Overcome When Growing Facial Hair

You see yourself in the mirror and you say to yourself…”damn I’d look good with a beard”, knowing that there is real potential to spruce up your current look and style, taking your appearance and sex appeal to a new level…exciting times lie ahead, don’t they?

The actual act of growing facial hair is easy. Whether it be a epic beard, classy moustache or unique goatee, it’s up there with one of the simplest things a man can do… no work is involved, nature takes it’s course and it just grows!

But

Some men underestimate the pressures they will face when embarking on the journey towards awesome looking facial hair. Many face external pressures during the growth process, leaving them feeling discouraged and low in confidence, doubt creeps into the mind and has them believing that they just aren’t cut out to be part of the ‘awesome facial hair gang’.

There are external pressures and hurdles that have proven to be stumbling blocks for a many men. This article will give you the insight you need in order to get over the obstacles that you may face.

If you can get through the obstacles that we are about to disclose, (we’ll give you some guidance on how to do so of course) it will help to make the process of growing facial and the decisions you are about to face so much easier. Clearing the path for you to enhance your appearance and stand out from the clean shaven masses.

You will be required to look carefully within yourself and the world around you, a lot of self analysis lies ahead. Not all issues will affect you, but some might.

Your Place Of Work Has Strict Views On Beards & Moustaches!

An issue for so many men, it is likely that you may one day cross paths with someone in your workplace who has a firm opinion about what is and isn’t appropriate about facial hair, especially if you are growing a larger beard or outstanding moustache. The most common cause of this is the company’s corporate culture and the image they want to convey.

If your facial hair is unkempt and messy, there is a strong chance that you will be called up on it. Having a 2-3 day stubble is also frowned upon in a lot of workplaces. If you are to sport facial hair within the workplace, we suggest that you keep it well styled, groomed and maintained at all times, this will help you to give off the impression that you respect the company you work for, it’s corporate culture and most importantly, you respect yourself and the way you look. In general, you should be safe to parade your awesome looking facial hair in most places of work. If there is an issue, talk to your seniors privately, do research on the company you work for and their regulations and see if there is any way around it.

Your Wife/Girlfriend Hates The Prospect Of You Having Facial Hair

This is a big one. There are two common issues as to why your partner may dislike your facial hair.

1. The first one is that she hates the way your scruff feels when your face is rubbing up against her.

2. The second reason is that she hates change, the beardless guy she fell head over heels for is changing his appearance.

Don’t let this put you off, if she loves you for who you are, she’ll stick around (hopefully). Stay firm, keep growing and help her to understand why you’re doing what you are and just how important this is for you. She’ll soon come around and start to love the new you!

Your Friends & Family Are Showing Discouragement & Negativity

When you make the decision to grow facial hair, you may face adversity from your friends and family, they may think that you don’t fit in.

Some will admire you for what you are doing, while others may discourage you. People are familiar with who you were, new things and new ideas scare a lot people.

The people you care about will always have an opinion, it’s up to you on how you deal with it. If other people’s opinions matter to you, acknowledge what they have to say. Emphasize how important growing a beard or moustache is for you and how they should support you and not bring you down. Talk and act positively about what you’re doing.  Your family and friends will soon start to realize that they will get nowhere and will give up on their comments. In the end they’ll respect you for seeing it through.

Current Fashions & Trends Tell You What’s Hot & What’s Not!

We live in world where we are constant being overwhelmed and put under pressure by advertising and marketing material, telling us what we should do and how we should look. You see the latest looks and styles being modelled, fashion gurus saying “beards are out of fashion!” You start to question whether your current style is en vogue which casts doubt in your mind.

We say…don’t panic!

Undoubtedly trends and fashions will impact your mind. However, remember that style is personal, it’s comes from within, don’t feel pressured to follow the herd and choose a style that everyone is wearing but you know won’t look good on you. Choose a style that suits you and your lifestyle. Observe the trends, take on board what looks good and start experimenting with that style to see if it looks good on you and whether it accentuates your facial features. Whatever you choose the secret is keeping it tidy.

Everyone’s situation is different and unique, not all of these external pressures will apply to you, but some may. So, analyse yourself in accordance with this list In detail, see what issues relate to you and how/if you can overcome them.  This is where your own inner strength will take charge. A strong mind and perseverance is what’s needed.

Your facial hair is a form of expression that says “This is me, this is how i want to look, it is intentional. I am comfortable in my skin”. The day your facial hair causes you to dislike the man in the mirror is the day you should shave it. No external pressure should have this influence on you. Grow baby grow!

Are any of these an issue for you? Let us know, we always want to hear what you awesome people are thinking. Tell us if there are any that we haven’t included in the comments section.

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To Beard Or Not To Beard? Here’s What You Can Expect When Growing One!

 

We have come up with a list of  what you can expect when growing a PROPER beard. So if you’re serious about changing your appearance and coming over to the side of the bearded, you seriously need to check out the following…

WARNINGYou must be resilient!

If you haven’t come over to the bearded side, and have been thinking about whether to grow one, we hope this helps to make your decision easier.

If you’re already bearded or even if you’re not,  we’d love to know if you can relate to any of these! Let us know in the comments section below.

16 Common Misconceptions About Beards!

 

Over time we have come into contact with a huge number of people who are bearded and wanting to grow beards that have a lot of questions. We have found that there are a lot of misconceptions about growing a beard, so we decided to separate fact from fiction and reveal what the reality is when it comes to beards.

Bearded Myth or Reality?

1. Myth: A beard should look complete in 2 to 3 weeks.

Reality: Believe it or not, it actually takes up 2 to 3 MONTHS for the majority of men to have a complete, FULL beard!

2. Myth: If my beard has not filled in by the time I’m in my 2os, it never will.

Reality:The reality is that most beards IMPROVE throughout your 20s and 30s, sometimes even into your 40s and 50s. The majority of men do find however that their beards fill out into their late 20s.

3. Myth: Having a beard in the summertime will always make me feel hot.

Reality: Beards actually make you feel COOLER in the summer! The reason for this is because it shades your face and acts like an evaporative cooler when you sweat and get a little breeze. Some men do report that in humid climates having a beard makes them feel uncomfortable, but it is not entirely clear whether shaving it off will help.

4. Myth: If you have a job interview coming up, you should shave.

Reality: The everyday reality is that the majority of employers that are not anti-facial hair or anti-beard and in general will not discriminate against a someone wearing a nicely styled, well groomed and maintained beard. It may in fact help the employer remember the candidate even more, and it may also give the illusion of additional experience and confidence. In the cases where the company has a no-beard or facial hair policy, the interviewer will likely inform the candidate of this restriction, and this information should help the candidate decide if he wants to work for such a company.

5. Myth: My girlfriend thinks my beard makes me look like a homeless dude or a creepy perv.

Reality:  It is often the CHANGE that she objects to. It takes time to adjust to a new look and in most cases, she will come around. We think that the best approach is to discuss WHY you are growing your beard and how it feels to you, and ask for patience, understanding, and tolerance while you journey to epic beardedness.

6. Myth: A good looking and well styled beard requires you to have connectors between the mustache and goatee to look good/complete.

Reality: Look around you! You’ll see lots of guys with missing connectors between the beard and mustache. The truth is that when we observe other people’s appearance, we tend to see the beard as a whole and how it suits the man, not the missing parts. However, when looking at ourselves, we focus on what the imperfections are. We recommend that if you find one connector is weak or missing, shave the other to match. Symmetry is much more important that complete fullness.

7. Myth: Shaving will make your beard grow back faster/darker/thicker.

Reality: There is no real evidence that shaving does any of these things. It CAN give the illusion and make the stubble appear as if it is coming in thicker. This is because the blunt ends of the hairs when cut reflect light differently.

8. Myth: The darker the beard, the better it looks!

Reality: Guys with fair haired beards have the potential to grow awesome looking beards though it may not seem that way until the beard gains some decent length. This is the result of how the color of your facial hair reflects the sunlight. Multi-colored beards can sometimes make the beard look even fuller during a face-to-face encounter (bearding).

9. Myth: Beard inheritance (growth pattern, density, color) comes from your mother’s side.

Reality: Beard inheritance comes from both your mother and father. The myth comes from the belief that the “baldness gene” comes from the mother and therefore so do the beard genes. Experts have shown this to be false as well as lots of anecdotal evidence.

10. Myth: if you want your beard to always be well styled, groomed and maintained, a barber is the best place to get it done

Reality: Always make sure you have flawless communication between you and your barber to ensure you get the style you want!  If you go to your barber and you don’t exactly know how to describe what style you want, then it is up to the barber to interpret your needs – just like cutting the hair on your head.

In many cases, having your own beard trimmer is the best way to go. Over time you’ll soon become a pro. If you want easy and applicable advice on how to achieve unique styles why not check out our kindle book, New Facial Hair, New You!

 11. Myth: Having more than one color in your beard makes it look weird and out of place.

Reality: Having multiple colors in your beard or facial hair gives it a unique and distinguished look in the eyes of most people that appreciate beards. It is often only on ourselves we tend to find this some kind of deficiency.

 12. Myth: Products such as Minoxidil and others, will help to make your beard denser, give you full coverage, or even kick-start a beard growth on a teenager.

Reality: The reality is that only a few products have demonstrated any improvement to beard growth. Minoxidil has demonstrated some success, but most report that the gains are lost when the usage of the product stops.

13. Myth: If I grow an awesome beard, I will have problems when travelling due to my passport and other forms of ID show me as shaven.

Reality: Officials see hundreds of photos a day and are trained to look past as superficial as a new beard or different hairstyle.

 14. Myth: I can’t grow a full beard because I have patchy areas on my cheek(s).

Reality: In most cases we suggest that you give it 2-4 months of committed beard growth, the patchy spots will fill-in or fill-over completely due to slower growers emerging or sufficient length that some of the beard will lay down over the sparse area.

 15. Myth:  Having a “corporate” beard is less maintenance than shaving daily.

 Reality:  A decent looking “corporate” beard requires at least as much time in the morning as a regular shave due to regular trimming and grooming.

16. Myth:  My beard will go grey when the hair on my head does.

 Reality:  Beard hair and head hair are independent in just about every regard, including color and the rate they’ll go grey.  Some beards go grey many years before head hair, and vice versa.

Are any of these an issue for you? Let us know, we always want to hear what you awesome people are thinking. Tell us if there are any that we haven’t included in the comments section.

The 6 Most Important Reasons Why You Must Grow A Beard!

 

Beards have a special meaning, both for the men who wear them and for the women that adore them. Not only are beards the supreme sign of masculinity and strength, but they also indicate toughness and force. The beard is a classic alpha male trait.

It takes time, patience and genuine commitment to truly grow a flawless beard that will reflect your personality. While this can be very challenging at times, one thing is for sure: growing a beard will undoubtedly pay off in the long run, as it will boost your self-esteem and add so much to you and the world that you live in. Here are six strong reasons why you should start your journey into ‘beardedness’.

1. Your Inner Masculinity Comes Out To Play!

The ancient Greeks regarded a beard was a sign of manliness. A beard gives a man a desirable, dishevelled look, if you are looking for something that will validate your manhood, a beard is certainly what you need. If you take a moment to look around you, you will see that some of societies best and tough-looking men have beards, it has almost become a stereotype, it’s now back in fashion!

Recent studies have shown  that women are more attracted to a man with a sexy, well-defined, clean and properly maintained beard, as opposed to one who’s always perfectly shaven. There is just something dangerous about having a plush beard on your chin. Beards simply portray you as a rugged man with an edge that clean shaven guys don’t possess, the typical alpha male that the  ladies tend to drool over.

2. Shaving is No Longer A Chore

After a while shaving becomes an absolute chore!  Are you tired of waking up half an hour earlier in the morning, to cleanly shave your face before going to work? Does your skin often get irritated after shaving? Do you accidentally cut yourself while doing it? This is reason enough to consider growing a beard! Growing a beard will mean not having to shave everyday, for a little while at least, but do remember that having a beard requires a different sort of upkeep!

3. Give Your Face A More Defined Look

Any irregularities of your that you may not be too happy with are easily hidden under a beard. Beards conceal and they add sex-appeal to your overall look.

If have insecurities about certain aspects of your face such as  acne or scars, or perhaps a jaw that’s not as defined as you wanted it to be, it is nothing to be worried about…Beards make everything better! Your face will look manlier and you’ll find a jaw line that looks a lot more defined in no time! With a beard, your face is fuller and the blemishes take a back seat, it gives you a distinguished look that says this is a face that is well taken care of. The face of a tough, rugged, yet well groomed and styled man.

4. Having A Beard Signifies Physical and Emotional Maturity

Studies show  that men with beards look 8 years older than clean shaven men and the impression they give to others in society is that they certainly act like it at first glance.

Years and years ago, every single man had a beard. Any man without a beard was considered to be inferior and immature. They say there is nothing new under the sun and that people never really change. Do not let the new ‘metrosexual’ wave fool you, women still find themselves attracted to the bearded man. That is exactly what women crave, it’s hard wired into their DNA, they deeply desire a MAN, not a boy…someone who can take charge and lead just like he’s supposed to.

5. Radiate Sex Appeal

Women look for men who send them the right signals, those who are the most suitable to be both their husbands and the parents of their children. After all, what exudes more stability and responsibility than a man’s beard?! A recent study was conducted by researchers at the University of New South Wales, which found that women find men with beards more attractive than clean shaven men and rated them as being people with high parenting ability…HELL YEAH!

If you grow a beard that is well styled, groomed and considered to be ‘en vogue’ and you know that you look good, feel more confident and have an extra spring in your step,  you’ll start radiating sex appeal through every pore! you’ll come across as more attractive to women who you see checking you out whilst you’re on your way to work, if this isn’t a good enough reason to grow a beard, we don’t know what is.

6. Your Self Esteem Will Sky Rocket

Confidence arises from the meanings or associations that you may attach to a beard. You’ll begin to feel confidence within yourself if you see your beard as a visible sign of masculinity, virility, sex appeal or if it enhances your appearances in another way such as accentuating certain facial features. If you’re a young guy, people might take you more seriously or expect more from you if your beard makes you look older, more respectable or responsible), which in turn will affect your own perception of yourself (so you will probably start to act more confident and mature because that’s what other people are seeing in you now).

It takes courage to grow a beard in a society where shaving it off is the norm. If you can hold out long enough until a recognizable beard emerges, you will gain the confidence in knowing that you can  grow a beard and intentionally making yourself look different from other people and not die of embarrassment in the process, something that will help you come across as unique and appealing in the process.

Enjoy Being Bearded

It is clear that growing a beard has some serious advantages that come with the territory.  You might actually be amazed to see how much a good facial hairstyle can change you, both inside and out. No matter if you no longer want to cope with the burden of shaving on a regular basis or you simply want to make a change that will make you more likeable and more successful when it comes to dating, a beard is certainly a great choice. As much as you may want to look rugged and dishevelled, grooming is a big part of keeping your beard and overall appearance in good nick . So, keep your beard well kempt and before you know it, everyone will be looking to you for advice.

Tell us what you think of beards and why you may consider growing one, has it made an impact upon your life? We always want to hear what you awesome people are thinking!

New Facial Hair, New You!

Author: Tal Sam

Genre: Men’s Grooming

New Facial Hair, New You! A Revolutionary Styling & Grooming Guide That Shows The ‘Average Joe’ How To Drastically Increase Self Confidence, Radiate Sex Appeal & Look Your Best All The Time With Great Looking Facial Hair. Taking you through 5 of the crucial stages needed to achieve great looking facial hair that will completely reinvent your appearance and accentuate your facial features, resulting in a more attractive you. A selection of 19 stylish and very distinguished types of facial hair will help to create a new you!
Book Overview

Revolutionary Styling & Grooming Guide Shows ‘Average Joe’ How To Drastically Increase Self Confidence, Radiate Sex Appeal & Look Your Best All The Time With Great Looking Facial Hair.

Introducing New Facial Hair, New You! A short, practical guide that takes you through the necessary steps to reinventing and dramatically enhancing your appearance, resulting in a more attractive you!

Many men use the hair on their head to make a statement about their personality and style, New Facial Hair, New You! shows you how to do the same and more, with your facial hair. Your soon to be well groomed scruff will become your most fashionable asset. 

4 Amazing Things Your Well Groomed & Styled Facial Hair Will Do For You… 

  1. A Better appearance: Your facial hair will accentuate all of the favorable parts of your face, enhancing your entire appearance resulting in a more attractive you.
  2. Radiate Sex appeal: Your unique and stylish facial hair will become a magnet for attracting those super hot ladies!
  3. Increased self confidence: knowing you look good, you’ll start to feel great and radiate supreme confidence that the world around you will pick up on.
  4. stand out from the crowd: Start parading your facial hair like a peacock parades it’s feathers. Your facial hair will become you number one fashion asset that makes a lasting impression.

The 5 Stages To Great Looking Facial Hair 

Choosing The Right Tools 

Well styled facial hair isn’t as easy to achieve as to what some people make out. It’s all about doing the right prep work, using the right technique, but it all starts with picking the most adequate tools that deliver the most clinical & precise finish. Your face is your canvas and the tools are your ‘brushes’…you are the artist. This book shows you the tools that you MUST have so you can put your best face forward.

Staying Resilient During The Growth Stage

Some men have the ability to grow decent facial hair whereas others do not, impacting upon the choices of style you have at your disposal. Find out how to effectively and accurately gauge the quality of your facial hair during the growth stage (which will help you select a style in accordance with this) and how to make the growth process as smooth and comfortable as possible by combating some of the most irritating problems men face when growing out their facial hair.

A Natural Way To Stimulating Facial Hair Growth & Get More Coverage

If you’ve always wanted to grow out your beard, but genetics are not on your side and your follicles are not as forthcoming as you would like them to be, resulting in poor coverage and quality, which in turn limits your options and choice of style, causing you to reach for the razor…FEAR NOT!

New Facial Hair, New You! shows you ways in which you can stimulate healthier looking, better quality facial hair in a completely safe, 100% natural and cheap way! Helping you to maximise the potential of your beard and look your absolute best. 

Your Face Shape & Facial Hair 

There are certain facial hair styles that look best on certain face shapes. By choosing the right style of facial hair for your face shape, you can positively play up and add a new dimension to the features of your face. The right style on the ideal face shape…a match made in heaven. Pick the wrong style, you will end up de-emphasising and highlighting features you may not be too fond of. New facial hair new you! Delves into the 7 different face shapes, what styles of facial hair are more suited to face structures, how to easily determine your face shape and how to pick a style of facial hair that is in perfect harmony with it, accentuating all of your favorable facial attributes as a result. 

Find Your Unique, Signature Style Of Facial Hair 

There’s a veritable feast of of facial hair styles out there. new facial hair new you! Will show you 19 unique, detailed yet easy to follow, step by step tutorials on  how to incorporate different types of stylish and very distinguished selection of mustaches, beards and goatees.

  • 6 classy, timeless yet very stylish mustaches that say “I’m a supremely confident and stylish guy”
  • 13 uber attractive styles of beard that that will look great on you by accentuating your facial features, convey your unique style, personality and have the women going crazy for. Giving you the flexibility to reinvent yourself and enhance your appearance at a moments notice.

When worn in a particular way, Sideburns have the power to balance out your facial features, give your cheekbones and jawline masculine definition (remember that women go weak at the knees for a man with a square jaw and prolifically defined cheekbones) and complement your hair style. Our easy to follow and applicable ten step guide shows you how to do just that.

Keep Your Facial Hair Looking Good All The Time, For All Occasions!

We finish off by showing you how to stay looking your best all the time with easy to follow and easy to apply, grooming and maintenance advice. This will help to keep your new found, stylish facial hair stay in pristine condition and allow you to always looking at your sharp best.

No other grooming guide shows more of an efficient, effective and practical way to give you and your facial hair so much power and verve.

You get all of this incredible value for ONLY 2.99! Delivered effortlessly to your Kindle at the click of a button, ready for you to get styling and reinventing your appearance immediately!

How To Shave: 6 Things A Beginner Needs To Know!

 

Shaving for the first time is a huge step towards becoming a man! It is important that you how to shave properly and  know what the key fundamental elements and techniques are. We’ll run through a few vital principals you need to know before you put a blade near your face, we’ll talk about preparation, lathering your skin, and give you a few vital tips with regards to your technique so that you can avoid any mishaps and ensure that the shaving process is safe and smooth, helping you to look your fine best when you have finished shaving. By the end of this article, all of you first time shavers will have a strong and firm foundation to start shaving confidently with ease.

What If I Cut My Throat & Bleed To Death?

First of all, don’t worry…you WON’T bleed to death! Shaving can be a daunting thing at first, getting the best results demands preparation, care and attention. A lack can result in cuts, nicks, razor burn and so on. It’s unlikely to happen all of the time, but it happens! If you do cut yourself, it is good to know how to deal with the mishap. Follow these two simple steps below:

  1. Clean the area with a cloth or tissue and apply pressure to stop the bleed
  2. Rinse the cut with cold water

If you’ve got a pimple in an area you’re going to shave, we suggest that you use an electrical razor to go over the area to avoid cutting yourself and avoid infection or give yourself a break from shaving altogether for a few days.

Now let’s get into the easy steps you need to follow if you are to become a pro at shaving.

1. Get Hot & Steamy!

Nothing softens your facial hair like hot water! It  will open up your pores, moisturise your skin and soften your beard,  allowing the hair on your face to become looser and easier to manage when shaving. This will mean that the razor you use will be more able to catch the hair without catching the skin. The smoother your razor cuts through your stubble, the less irritation you are likely to suffer also meaning less stress on your skin.

2. Massage Your Facial Hair!

Before applying a shaving foam to your face, clean your face with a good face wash and massage the soap through your facial hair as this will remove grease from your skin. This will help to make a massive difference to your shave as it will also help to loosen the hairs in your facial hair, ensuring that that shave is as smooth as possible.

3. Lather Up Lads!

 Rub some shaving gel into your hands and apply it to your cheeks, upper lip, chin and throat.  A good cream will make the shaving process a whole lot more comfortable. When applying the lather, a brisk rubbing motion over your facial hair will help to ex foliate your skin, open up your pores. saturate your whiskers, raising them, meaning an easier shave.

4. The All Important Technique

When you take the razor to your face, ensure that the pressure you apply to your razor is just right. Modern razors are designed to work with little pressure, the key is not to excessively push the razor onto your skin, you must let it glide smoothly, but firmly in the direction of your hair growth, always go with the grain! If you find that your having to apply more pressure and using more strokes than you need to, it normally means that its time for you to replace the blade.

Shave in short, slow and downward strokes, after every stroke, rinse the razor blade thoroughly. Once you’ve finished shaving, check your face by looking closely in a mirror and have a good feel of your face. If you can still see unshaven facial hair, re-lather up and apply to areas you’re unhappy with and shave against the grain to ensure that you get rid of the hair. When you are shaving against the grain, do be sure to use less pressure than before. Start at the bottom of the neck and work your way upwards, using small strokes.  For more tricky areas like your upper lip, bottom lip/chin area, you’ll have to work a little. Try to stretch your skin a bit to make a flat surface, and glide the razor over those tricky areas. When you’re finished,  rinse your clean, smooth face with cold water.

5. Keep Your Skin Moist

When you shave, you remove a layer of your skin and when left exposed, it is sensitive and prone to dryness ! After rinsing your freshly shaved face with cold water,  make life easy for yourself and your appearance by using a post shaving balm or cream that is dermatologically approved, alcohol free product that reduces irritation caused by shaving which will soothe your skin instantly. Most good balms will Absorb quickly into the skin, helping you to feel instantly relieved and comfortable, keep your skin healthy, promote cell regeneration and will have you looking your best!

6. Protect Your Assets

To avoid damage and prolong razor blade life, we suggest that you rinse the razor under warm water during and after the shave and once you are done, you should store your razor in an upright position.

The blade life of your razor will normally depend on the density of your stubble and how often you shave. There are a couple of things to avoid that will impact on the life of your razor such as tapping your razor on the sink or cleaning it with a toothbrush which will damage the edges of the blades and impact on any specific coatings the manufacturer uses.

There you have it, six easy to follow steps that will ensure a safe, smooth and close shave.

If you found this article helpful, take a look at some of our other useful tips on shaving and product reviews which will help you to ensure a close shave all the time and help you look your best.