On most days you’d go to a trusty barber’s to get a quick tidy up, but on occasions when there is just no time – how can you achieve a clean shave at home?
We share some tips from a pro barber Samantha Lloyd over Chaps & Co, a vintage barbershop offering you treatments fit for a gentleman.
The best razor advice is a cut throat (single blade razor) if you can use it because it is the cleanest shave you can possibly get. If you cannot use a clean single blade then another suggestion is the Gillette Fusion Proglide Flexball. This really shaves closer, with less irritation than other razors. There are five blades, a lubricating strip and built-in trimming blade.
What if you cut yourself?
To prevent this from ever happening do not let your face become cold whilst shaving. Make sure your skin is warm for the hair to become moist and easy to remove in one swipe with the blade.
It’s important to shave slowly and gently and don’t push down too hard with the razor. If you rush, you’re likely to cut your skin.
Remedy for nicks?
If you get razor cuts at home, the immediate remedy is to splash cold water on your face, the colder the water, the better. It will cause your blood vessels to constrict, causing the flow of blood to slow down and eventually clot. For faster and more effective results, try rubbing an ice cube on the cut.
You can also use a bit of your antiperspirant deodorant on your wound. The aluminum chloride in them not only prevents sweating but also acts as an antibacterial, great for all cuts.
How to prevent skin rashes and other problems?
Change your razors regularly. An overused blade can cause a rash by irritating your skin. To prevent ingrown hairs rub your face in a circular motion using a wet washcloth or an exfoliating scrub to tease out any stubborn ingrown hairs.
Always have with a sharp razor. Wet your skin with warm water before shaving and apply a shave gel or cream. Shave in the same direction your hair is growing and make sure you have warm water open your pores.
Visit Chaps & Co Barbershop in their new D3, building 6 location. For online bookings http://www.chapsandco.ae/online-booking