Facial hair or the lack of it dominates the world of men’s grooming. We are fascinated with men who sport fully-grown beards as we are watching razor transform a man’s face from bearded to clean-shaven.
If you’re tired of growing a beard and you’re looking for tips on how to shave a beard at home, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be sharing shaving tips on how to get that clean-shaven look with minimal skin irritation.
How to shave your beard without a trip to the barber
1. Prep Time
Skin preparation is crucial to successful shaving. This is because the skin underneath your beard isn’t as exposed like the rest of your face. It’s lighter, sensitive and more susceptible to irritation.
Start a week or so before the actual day of shaving and develop a grooming routine that involves hydrating your face and beard using the best facial moisturizer for men.
Here are the grooming tools you’ll need to achieve a clean shave:
- A beard trimmer
- Electric clippers/scissors if you have a long beard.
- Shaving cream.
- A wet flannel and a Ziploc bag.
- Sink full of cold water to rinse your razor
2. Wet Your Face
After a week of care, D-Day is here. Start by putting the wet flannel in the Ziploc bag and freezing it. Proceed to take a hot shower and exfoliate your face to remove dead skin off your face and lift the hairs in readiness for the cut.
A hot shower also softens the beard and makes it easy to trim.
3. Trim Your Beard
Brush your beard to detangle any knots which will otherwise make the grooming process harder.
Different beard styles call for different trimming methods. If you sport long facial hair, use an electric clipper or scissors to shorten it before attempting to shave. Using a razor to shave a full beard will not be effective as the shaver won’t reach the roots easily.
A beard trimmer has a thinner blade and works best on shorter beards or stubbles, but unlike a clipper, this tool can’t be used to cut other body hair. Trimmers cut close to the skin, and depending on what you’re aiming for, you may not need to use a razor.
Men with sensitive skin can stick to beard trimmers and avoid razor burns all together. Once you have trimmed your beard, it’s time to move to the next step.
Use a brush to apply shaving cream following your beard shape. If you see the facial hair poking through the cream, you have applied it correctly. The proper application reduces chances of the shaver catching the hairs and developing ingrown hairs.
If you’re a beginner learning how to shave a beard at home, use a good single blade and shave with the grain. Use your free hand to pull the skin taut as you shave, to reduce chances of nicking yourself.
Shave the areas around your mouth and below your lip last, to give the beard more time to soften and remember to rinse the blade severally as you go along.
Once you’re done, check for rough spots and if you find any, repeat the shaving process on those areas. When you achieve the level of smoothness you desire, rinse your face with cool water to close off the pores.
Avoid drying your face with a towel as this may cause blood to rush to your face which may cause blood spots and redness.
6. Soothing Sensitive Skin
It’s normal for your skin to feel uncomfortable after the shave, and this is where the chilled flannel comes in.
Start by applying natural aftershave on your skin. Some post-shave grooming products contain alcohol or menthol which may irritate your skin further. Such aftershaves aren’t good for a newly shaved face, so go natural. You can also combine a little shampoo and conditioner and apply it to your face to soothe your skin.
Follow this by placing the chilled flannel on your face. It will help soothe irritation and lock in moisture from the balm.
What you need to know before you shave your beard
You’re probably excited by the prospect of sporting anew clean-shaven look and we must admit it has its merits. Here are some grooming tips that should know before you put a razor to your beard:
- Single blades are recommended for beginners to reduce the likelihood of cutting yourself. Triple-blades are good, but you’ll be shaving your face three times with every stroke which increases the possibility of irritation.
- After shaving your beard, wear a loose shirt that won’t rub against your skin. It can be irritating and painful as well.
- If you want to trim your beard without fully shaving off all the facial hair, use a Styler. Its guide combs will help you achieve a great beard shape.
- Shave your beard on a Friday preferably on weekend with no social engagements. This will allow your newly shaved light skin the opportunity to ‘darken’ before it’s time to meet people.
Pros and cons of shaving your beards
Shaving your beard is a decision that may be taken out of obligation or out of a need for change. Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of shaving.
- It’s an inexpensive and quick way to reinvent yourself.
- Gives you a professional and presentable demeanour, preferred by many employers.
- You won’t feel too hot in summer.
- It’s low commitment time wise.
- You no longer worry about food or liquids dropping on your beard and getting stuck there.
- You may end up looking too young and possibly less masculine.
- Skin irritation issues may arise.
- You lose the barrier provided by facial hair against damaging UV rays.
Can you shave a beard with a razor?
Yes, you can. Razors offer a close shave and are ideal for defining the outline of your beard. Look at the coarseness of your beards, your skin texture and the beard style you’re aiming for before choosing a razor.
You may find that barbers and professional shavers use straight razors to get the job done. They are more experienced at handling such razors and will hardly leave cut marks on your skin. If you’re new to this, stick to single blade razors.
Should I trim my beard before shaving?
Longer hair tends to get tangled in the blade and reduce its effectiveness. You may end up pulling hairs which can result in painful ingrown hairs.
When should you shave your beard off?
If you have an important event coming up or a job interview, you want the first impression to be the best impression they have of you. Consider shaving off your facial hair out of respect or to simply make a good impression.
Additionally, if food particles keeping getting caught in your beard, you should consider trimming it or shaving it off completely. Food in your beard is unsightly and says that you’re not concerned about your grooming habits.
Other reasons include having a patchy beard, hot weather, or if your significant other doesn’t like the beard.
What stimulates beard growth?
Genes are primarily responsible for the growth or lack of facial hair and men with high testosterone levels tend to grow fuller and thicker beards. That having been said, three things can stimulate beard growth.
Practice proper skincare. Moisturise your face and beard, use hair grooming products and give your beard time to grow. Beards take at least four weeks to grow, so give your beard time to grow before trying to shape your beard.
Secondly, nourish yourself by eating healthy meals exercising, keeping stress at bay and getting enough sleep. Lastly, consider using beard oil and taking folic acid and Biotin supplements.