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Shaving Hacks for a Barbershop Experience at Home

Shaving can be a pain (and painful) but short of embracing our hairy side, most of us are still stuck doing it daily. To make everyone's shaving experience more pleasant, we surveyed men on their best shaving hacks.  

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Use Your Girlfriend's Razor

Shaving Hacks for a Barbershop Experience at Home

When I'm interviewing and I need the smoothest face possible, I default to my girlfriends razor. I've tried so many different brands for men's razors, but I nothing has ever beaten my girlfriend's razor!

- Devon Ryan / Model and Actor / Instagram

Expensive Isn't Always Better

Shaving Hacks for a Barbershop Experience at Home

Instead of branded pre-shave oils which can be expensive, I use generic grapeseed oil. I apply grapeseed oil 5-10 mins before shaving, then hold a hot washcloth to my face for 30 seconds before applying shaving cream. Make a world of difference no matter what razor and shave cream I use.

- Zach Ager / Paniolo Ventures

Prepare Your Skin

Shaving Hacks for a Barbershop Experience at Home

When shaving in the morning men are always in a rush and neglect the most important part in a shave: the preparation of the skin. First, always use an exfoliant and gently scrub the beard area (specially the lower part of the neck where the skin is very sensitive and can have the most ingrown hair), then wash the face and apply shaving product.

- Jerome Obry / Martial Vivot Salon Pour Hommes / Instagram

Soften Stubble

Shaving Hacks for a Barbershop Experience at Home

When you shave, your razor cuts a sharp edge on each hair and these hairs curve back into your skin causing irritation. Products like beard softeners are specifically designed to soften your beard and stubble to minimize that dreaded "beard itch."

- Matt Biggins / Cremo Company

Use a Clean, Sharp Razor

Shaving Hacks for a Barbershop Experience at Home

We can speak about what product to use and how to prepare your face before a shave but  forget the essential which is always use a clean and sharp razor.

Never shave with a dull blade. When the blade is dull, you have to apply more pressure and can give yourself razor burn.

Always clean the razor after each use, especially the multi blade one because those tend to catch more foam and hair residue.

- Martial Vivot / Martial Vivot Salon Pour Hommes / Instagram

Shave One Direction

Shaving Hacks for a Barbershop Experience at Home

Always shave in one direction - from top to bottom. Shaving in two directions goes against the grain of the beard, and doing that can cause the tips of the hairs to penetrate and wound the skin.

Whenever you shave, always use a shave gel. The best shave gels are those made specifically for sensitive skin - check the labels when you're shopping for one marked for sensitive skin.

- Yoram Harth / MD, Board certified Dermatologist / Chief medical officer at MDacne

Multi-Task Like a Pro

Shaving Hacks for a Barbershop Experience at Home

Do two things at once. Treat your skin, while you shave it. Most shaving creams, gels, foams, butter, etc. just facilitate the removal of facial hair, but using a combination product can improve skin health, while removing hair. No need to take extra steps and time to improve the health of your skin.

- Dann Farris / ModrnMan

Thanks everyone who contributed. Hopefully these simple shaving hacks put you on the road to more pleasant and enjoyable shaving experiences. Finish your shave with a good-smelling after shave splash or aftershave balm if you have sensitive skin - you're set for the day.

David Schwartz

Born and raised in Austin, David is a dedicated writer and avid fragrance lover. When he's not trying out perfumes, he enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants.