Man’s Guide: 7 Simple Steps on How to Shave Your Face

By John Cruz

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If you want to learn how to shave your face, these seven simple steps are all you need.

I’ve been shaving my face since I joined the military, and I haven’t stopped shaving since.

That’s about 20+ years of shaving, so I guess it’s safe to say I know a thing or two about how to shave your face.

If you want to learn how to shave your face correctly, this short and simple guide will help you accomplish that.

5 Steps on How to Shave Your Face

Shaving your face doesn’t require much thought, but your first time will always be different.

Once you get the hang of things, it will be like clockwork.

Like everything in life, learning is a must.

Shaving is no different, and I didn’t know that when I was eight years old and accidentally cut my lip.

Bad experience, but it wasn’t my first real attempt at shaving.

I’m sure you weren’t as dumb as I was, and that’s good for you.

Now, you can do things properly.

Here are the steps needed to shave your pretty face.

Step 1 – Wet Your face

Wetting your face is a must if you want to shave your face without any suffering.

Try to dry shave, and I feel sorry for you.

Use warm water and let it soak for a few minutes, or shave right when you get out of the shower.

Personally, I will not shave unless I shower, as it’s not worth the pain.

Once you wet your face, you’re ready for the next step.

Step 2 – Apply Shaving Solution

You want to use shaving cream to shave your face, but a regular old bar of soap will work just fine.

I personally use soap, as it’s easier, and I’ve been doing it without shaving cream for decades.

Not to say you shouldn’t use shaving cream, but use whatever works best for you.

Water alone will not suffice.

Step 3 – Wet Your Razor

Soaking things is a key factor in shaving; the same applies to your razor.

You not only want to wet your razor, but it would work best if you used hot water.

Not scalding hot, but hot enough to help those blades cut through your facial hair.

Step 4 – Shave With the Grain

The first stroke of your razor should always go with the grain.

You can stay that way until you finish but go with the grain until you have covered all areas with hair.

Rinse your razor regularly, and repeat the process until you have shaved everything down.

Step 5 – Shave Against the Grain

Some men say that you should only shave with the grain, but that will only do so much.

If you want the closest shave possible, you will need to shave against the grain.

Like step 4, you want to shave and rinse your blade regularly.

Step 6 – Rinse Your Face

Rinsing off shaving cream is not the easiest thing to do, so I’m cool with just using soap.

After shaving your face the way you want it, you want to rinse your face and maybe even soap it.

Step 7 – Rinse and Dry Your Razor

Rinsing your razor is important.

You will use it the following day or every other day, so ensure it is ready for battle.

After you rinse it, you can dry it off with a cloth or towel and stow it away in a dry area that your kids won’t reach.

Frequently Asked Questions

You have now shaved your face, and I’m so proud of you.

Shaving is a must, especially if you want to practice better hygiene.

But, with everything we do as men, some questions need answers.

Here are some common questions that men have when it comes to shaving.

Should You Bang Your Razor to Get the Hair Out

Not really. If you do decide to give it a bang or two, ensure your blades aren’t getting bent. If it’s good to go, then bang away.

How Often Should You Change Your Razor?

After 5-10 shaves. That’s the recommended number but I don’t ever follow that rule. With the price of razors being ridiculously high, a razor blade can last for a few months. Go with what works for you, as long as it’s safe and effective.

Are Women’s Razors Okay to Use?

Yes. You can use women’s razors to shave your face, but remember that they come with a lot more gel than men’s razors.

Do I Need to Use Shaving Cream?

No. I use bar soap to shave, and I prefer it over shaving cream.

How Often Should I Shave?

Depending on your desired facial hair needs will determine how often you shave.

How Will I Know When My Razor Needs to Be Replaced?

Some razors come with a little gel thing on them, and it’s usually recommended to change them when that gel runs out. Most often, though, your razor will tell you it needs to be changed. You’ll have a harder time shaving, you’ll get razor bumps, and it won’t feel as smooth from the firs time you shaved with that blade.

Conclusion – Shave Your Face With Confidence

Now that you know how to shave your face, get to your bathroom and give it a try.

It’s not the most enjoyable thing to do, but as a man, it’s something you need to make a decision on.

Should you grow facial hair or deal with shaving your face regularly?

At the very least, you know how to shave your face.

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