Taking a stroll around a majority of men beard forums paints a bleak picture of how much trouble men go through in getting a close enough shave. When it comes to shaving, the neck is one of the most problematic areas. Common problems associated with neck shaving include cuts, ingrown hairs, nicks and painful redness on the skin. In today’s article, we take a look at some tips on the best way to shave your neck and get a closer shave.
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THE BEST WAY TO SHAVE YOUR NECK IN SIX SIMPLE STEPS
STEP 1: A DETAILED PREPARATION
The key before you begin any shave is ensuring a clean area of operation. Throwing warm water and a face towel over your face rarely gives the neck the required level of cleanliness for a safe and trouble-free shave. Pay full attention when cleaning the area before a shave, as poorly cleaned skin exposes you to painful redness and pimples after shaving. For best results, give your neck a good scrubbing before shaving to remove sweat, dirt, and oils found on the skin.
STEP 2: KNOW THE GRADIENT OF YOUR HAIR
Shaving with the grain is shaving 101 but can you tell which way that is on your neck? A keen understanding of the growth direction of your neck hair is key in reducing shaving problems. Many men make the assumption that the direction of beard growth on your face is the same as that of the neck. In reality, neck hair can grow in a different and sometimes circular direction. You can easily map your beard by feeling the direction of the stubble after a day-old shave. This will enable you to get into sync with the grain of your hair, further helping you avoid bumps and cuts on your skin.
Step 3: Lather on the Shaving Cream or Gel
Shaving your neck with only water or soap can cause razor burn that both hurts and looks funny. Shaving cream and shaving gel allow your razor to glide across your skin to give you a smooth shave and avoid razor burn. Every Man Jack's has both shave cream and shave gel that come in a variety of scents and can really save your neck!
To take your shave to the next level, use a shaving brush like 99 Cent Razor's Burma-Shave Brush. The brush gently massages and exfoliates while creating a richer and fuller lather for a smooth, comfortable shave.
STEP 4: GRAB A HIGH-QUALITY RAZOR
The use of gentle razors has continuously grown, thanks to the engineering that enables less exposure when shaving. You can also use adjustable razors that give you the ability to determine what kind of shave you need.
Another way to achieve a clean shave on the neck is by combining a high-performance close shave razor with a gentle razor. That way, you can focus on the susceptible areas with the gentle razor and use the high-performance razor for a close cut. A razor like our Champion Razor is the ideal shaving tool. With 5 blades, it’s sure to give you the perfect shave on your neck. Get your own Champion Razor today
STEP 5: USE COLD WATER
Think about it… How do soldiers in the military maintain such a close shave, even in the absence of hot water in war zones? Although it might seem counteractive to what you’ve known all your life, there are some unrealized positive effects to shaving with cold water. A major advantage is a reduced irritation after shaving. Using cold water will also save you a couple of minutes and help preserve the beauty and smoothness of the skin.
STEP 6: DO NOT OVERSTRETCH THE SKIN
In an attempt to use longer shaving strokes, we try to tilt our heads far back to achieve a flatter shaving surface on the neck. However, this has been known to increase the number of cuts by exposing delicate areas of the skin. For a good and close shave, consider shorter strokes with your head only slightly tilted.
STEP 7: A THOROUGH CLEANING AFTER THE SHAVE
The common standard is a bowl of warm water and a face towel to wash away the lather and ingrown hairs. Use face lotion to keep your skin smooth and irritation free.
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This post was contributed by a guest writer.