If you shave every day, you want to know how to get a close shave without any irritation afterward.
Often, we see men with cuts and bumps on their faces caused by a lousy shave.
Most guys don’t understand is that there’s a straightforward and neat trick that will help you get the closest shave ever!
It doesn’t involve hundreds of dollars on safety razors, straight razors, badger hair brushes, or expensive shaving soaps.
It has to do with the direction of your facial hair growth.
Let’s start with the basics - we’ll show you how to analyze your beard growth to get a close shave without irritation!
What is beard grain?
Wet shaving enthusiasts and bearded gentlemen across the world know all about beard grain. To put it simply - it’s the direction of your beard growth. Being able to differentiate different directions of the hair on your face is the crucial, number one step in achieving a close shave without irritation.
If you don’t pin-point how your facial hair grows, you’re risking all of those ugly, red spots on your face that you can’t get rid of for weeks.
How to find your beard grain?
For most men, it’s not that difficult to figure out what their beard growth direction is.
There are several methods you can use to analyze how your beard grows.
Method 1: Take a photo of your face
It is effortless - let your beard grow out for a week (that’s a rough estimate, this part depends on how long it takes you to grow a beard) and take a photo.
By doing this, you’ll be able to zoom in on specific areas of your face and see in which direction your beard grows.
Another thing you can do, if you wish, is to print the photo out and create your shaving map - but we’ll get to that!
Method 2: Use a cotton ball
I bet you never thought something as simple as a cotton ball could help you determine your beard growth direction, right?
But the process couldn’t be any easier. Take a cotton ball, and run it across your face. If the cotton ball glides smoothly, you’re going with the grain. If hair catches on to the cotton ball, then you’re most likely going against the grain.
Method 3: Use your hands
This one is for men who have at least some knowledge of how their facial hair grows (and a good memory).
Run your hands through your face and feel out the direction of your facial hair. You’ll be able to feel and memorize in which way your beard grows, and from there, you’ll be able to know how to adjust your razor to shave with the grain, across the grain, and against the grain - for that close shave without irritation!
Why does facial hair grow in different directions?
Beard grows in different directions due to the direction of the hair follicles. It is different for each man, but a lot of them are very, very similar.
It is also pre-determined, and there’s not much you can do about it. There are some methods to adjust your beard growth direction, but that’s only applicable once you start growing your beard.
However, each time you shave, your beard will grow in the same direction, no matter what you do.
It is crucial to realize that, so you don’t keep making the same mistake time and time again. The sooner you understand, the sooner you’ll be able to shave without any irritation whatsoever!
Which direction do you shave your face?
With the grain. Across the grain. Against the grain.
Those are the directions that you need to shave to get the closest shave possible - in that order.
The best way for you to achieve a close shave without irritation is by creating your shave map.
Take a photo of your face, print it out, and create a map with your beard growth direction, like in the image above.
You need to understand this; otherwise, you’ll end up with half-assed shaves like before.
Summary - how to get the perfect shave
Analyzing how your facial hair grows is as important as the products you use. Daily shaving can be torture for guys with sensitive skin. It's time to make the switch from supermarket shaving creams and gave your face the TLC it needs.
You might have been using the same shaving cream for years. Perhaps it’s the alcohol-based devil that comes in a pressurized can. But if you’ve finally had enough of shave rash, in-grown hairs, nicks and cuts, and flaky skin, then you need VITAMAN Shave Crème.
VITAMAN Shave Crème acts as a natural moisturizing barrier between your skin and your razor. The result is a closer shave that leaves your skin feeling smooth, calm, and fresh.
Simply apply liberally to your skin, use a hot razor blade and like magic, irritation becomes a thing of the past!
It's loaded with moisturizing ingredients such as White Tea Leaf Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, and Vitamin E - along with other unique plant ingredients sourced from the Australian Outback.