Shaving Tips For Men
Shaving Tips For Men
Danielle Malka (Shaving Expert ) gives expert video advice on: How is male hair different from female hair?; What is razor burn?; Why do so many men cut themselves shaving? and more...
How is male hair different from female hair?
The male hormones will grow a hair faster and stronger than the female ones. And the same occurs to women who have more female hormone and less male hormone in their system. That's why you will notice for example a woman that goes through menopause that the hormones are disappearing and the hair is going with it.
What is razor burn?
Razor burn is over exfoliating. What I mean by that, not using exfolient, is it's over exfoliating by shaving against the hair. When you shave against the hair, you are also shaving against the skin. The skin is like when you take a fish - if you run your finger on the fish skin in one direction it feels like silk, and in the other direction there's all the scales. Your skin is exactly the same way. When you're shaving with the grain, you're following the pattern of you skin so you're getting the hair, but you're not scraping too much of your skin. When you're shaving against the hair you're cutting the hair, but you're also scraping too much of the hair because you're going against the scale of the skin. In that respect, you're scraping too much. That's over exfoliating, in my view.
Why do so many men cut themselves shaving?
Two reasons: first, they're going too fast, secondly, if you're using a bad razor or a dull razor, you'll tend to put more pressure on your razor, so you'll tend to cut yourself more. Also, they're using, in most cases, no protection. Talk to most guys, they'll tell you they use the can. The foam, and then they just go at it. So, you have no protection on the skin, you have a guy who's in a hurry who probably forgot to change his blade, and even worse is when they change the blade, they've been going so long on the bad blade they use the pressure they've been using on a new blade and they cut themselves even more.
Should I put a piece of toilet paper on my face after I cut myself shaving?
You don't want to walk around with all those little pieces of toilet paper or tissue paper on your face when you walk out of your bathroom, unless you're looking to have everybody feel sorry for you. Therefore, they're going to be extra nice to you because you're feeling really bad. But if you want to make your life easy, just like use an alum block. Run it under water and apply it on the cut. It will stop the bleeding instantly. Take a minute and learn how to shave, and don't cut yourself! Just don't cut yourself!
What parts of the body and face do men generally shave?
The most common, obviously, is to shave the face and the neck. I will say the second most common place to shave, for men, is the chest. We've been going through stages of fashion, if you look, for example, in a magazine. A couple of years ago it was very much in style for guys to shave their chest. Now it's not in style, but that's like that was a stage .You will also have, for example, men that will shave their legs. That's usually in certain sports, like cyclists, and swimmers. That's the second most common part of the body that the men will shave. I will say the face still comes in at number one.
What is an electric shaver and how does it compare to a razor?
An electric shaver is a little machine that either operates by battery or by being plugged to an electric outlet, that will rotate with little blades. In today's razors, they don't rotate; they just simulate the effect of a razor to shave you. They will never give you a really close shave. That's one of the biggest complaints I have heard from men about electric shavers. However, it's very convenient. They can do it while they are driving, and they can do it three times a day going from one appointment to the next. The reason they have to do it three times a day is because it's never close. The razor with a blade still dominates on the market and has the biggest share of the market, because that is the most effective way to get a close shave.
Has shaving the bikini area become popular among men?
I will say that shaving the bikini area became more popular among men. But it's not something that's widely spread or commonly done.
What are the popular facial hair styles?
The most popular facial hair style right now is goatee. It still has a strong hold. The other one would be like the two to three days kind of shave. But it's still very groomed. You have the two three day shave, but it's not all over the face and the neck. It's very controlled. And then you also have this kind of like look that young guys have also, the one or two days and with very, very defined lines. The razor find little things going along the jaw. And it's kind of almost like little designs that young guys like to have to know how to style.
Should I shave my forearms?
Having like hairy legs, hairy chest, or hairy arms is for some people considered to be very manly. To others it is not. So, it becomes very personal. Now, is it a bad thing to shave your arm? No, it's not bad. So, basically if you want to shave your arms, you can shave them in a case of a man. Or you may consider waxing it also.
Should I shave the hair off my hands and toes?
Well, if you're going to be shaving your arm, obviously, you don't want to stop at the hand, particularly if you are very hairy. As for the toes, I think it's really good to shave your toes if you're going to shave your legs.
Should I shave the hair from my ears?
The hair from your ear is usually on the outside of the ear, and it's more like a duvet, so I suggest you use little clippers. Just have your barber, when you go to get a haircut, just trim that for you and clean it up. It's better than shaving it, because you don't need to do that everyday.