2: Soften your hair before you shave.
Now that you have the right razor, here's how you begin shaving your coarse, curly hair.
Start by wetting your face with cold water then patting it dry with a towel, this ensures you have a clean surface to shave while opening your pores.
Next dab pre shave oil into your hands and rub it into the areas of your face you're about to shave.
Pre-shave oil softens skin and hair, ensuring the razor doesn't tug and pull once it touches the skin.
3: Create The Perfect Surface For The Blade.
Now that your skin and hair is soft, the next step for getting a close shave with coarse, curly hair is applying lather to your face. Lather further softens the hair, makes it stand up and creates the ideal surface for the blade to glide through easily.
In recent years gel's and foams have become more popular than traditional lathers and though they work, there's 1 major drawback. The new gels and foams are filled with toxins so they don't expire on store shelves thus posing two problems:
- We don't know the long term effects of putting these toxins on our skin
- The toxins often lead to skin irritation themselves.
Rather than take the risk, I'd recommend you use a lather that's all natural and organic.
4: Shave Along The Grain.
Once you've created the perfect surface with a lather you must shave along the grain.
Your shave grain is the direction your facial hair naturally grows. Your cheeks, jawline, neck and chin all have different shave grains and if you want to avoid irritation you must shave in the right direction for each of them.
To find your shave grain run your open palm along each section of your face, noting the direction in which the hair naturally grows.
5: Moisturize Your Skin After You Shave.
The final step in getting a close shave for men with coarse, curly hair is the aftershave.
In the past men used alcohol based aftershaves to close their pores and guard against infection and though they're effective, alcohol wreaks havoc on your skin.
A better alternative is an aftershave made with ingredients proven to heal damaged skin such as witch hazel and aloe vera. To apply an aftershave balm simply rub it into your freshly shaved face as you would any other moisturizer.
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