What You Can Learn from My Experiences Trying to Get a Closer Shave Without Cuts, Nicks and Bleeding

Do you have trouble shaving without cutting or nicking yourself? Tough beard, perhaps? You’ve tried double-bladed razors and triple-blades and even those fancy new razors with the 17 blades. (They don’t actually have a razor with 37 blades…yet.) In the future, of course, everyone will be using sound waves to shave, but until then, here are some ways to find success with good old-fashioned sharp pieces of metal slicing across the surface of your face. All of them tried and true, if not necessarily totally successful for me personally.

Look Sharp

It may seem like a no-brainer that needs to be go unspoken, but clearly this is not the case. It does need to be spoken. A lot of times the reason that your attempts at a smooth shave leaves you a bloody mess is due to just one reason: your blade has become too dull. Multiply by that effect by as many as five different blades stuffed into one razor and you can clearly see the problem. Maybe all five blades are equally sharp and maybe each individual blade is on its own level of dullness. The point is, if you regularly encounter blood after shaving, you probably need to start changing razors at a more rapid pace.

Hair Conditioner

If shaving cream is just not cutting the mustard (by which I mean cutting the hair on your body), you might want to give hair conditioner a try. This is especially useful advice if you are one of those men (like me) who likes to shave while showering. The bottle of hair conditioner is right there and it’s not like you’re ever going to use it on your hair, right? For some reason, hair conditioner differs from shampoo in that it has a consistency not terribly dissimilar from some of those shaving creams you can buy in a tube. Personally, I found hair conditioner produced rather inconsistent results. One day it would produce a fairly smooth shave and the next it would leave way too much stubble. Still, no question that when hair conditioner works as shaving cream, it really works well. So try it, why not?

Baby Oil

If your problem with getting a close shave is the result of your skin being too dry to allow for the smooth, uninterrupted passage a sharp razor, consider applying baby oil instead of shaving cream. The baby oil will not only keep your skin moist, but reduce the effects of friction when you drag the razor across. If you are currently attempting to take advantage of the humidity inside a hot shower to help reduce cuts and nicks and therefore have been substituting soap for shaving cream, then you seriously need to give baby oil a shot. Most soaps are going to cancel out the effects of humidity by creating a dry landscape that is hardly suitable for shaving.

Treating the Injuries

Should none of these tips prove useful for improving the effects of shaving and you still exit the process with tiny little spots of blood where your razor nicked you a little too closely, forget all about walking around with tiny little pieces of toilet paper on your face. It looks ridiculous and, even worse, toilet paper is going to do as little as possible to actually stop the flow of blood. Instead, run a standard black teabag under cold water and press against the site of the cut. Not only will the teabag work much quicker to stem the tide of blood, it will also do something that no toilet paper has ever done: relieve the stinging sensation.

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