A clean shaven face tells others about you before a single word is spoken. It means you likely have a job. It means you care about how you look. It means you’re diligent. A closer look, however, can give lie to those assumptions. Missed spots can betray a rushed, neglectful nature. The 5 o’clock shadow is laziness before noon. Ingrown hairs imply a lack of thoroughness. All of these are merely assumptions people will make about you and not necessarily accurate. It is important to understand the art of shaving to maintain that executive look that is often critical in today’s economy. Looking like a stud also has social advantages, naturally.
Determining the equipment that is right for you is the most essential step. Everyone’s face and hair are different. Simply changing from an electric razor to a manual one or changing from a gel to a foam can have striking results. The best way to determine what is right for you is through trial and error. If you are delighted with your current technique, then stick with it. However, most people could use an upgrade. Allow your face a week or so to acclimate to the new habit. The first few days are not indicative of the ultimate quality.
Check the mirror closely for errant hairs in trouble spots. Most men miss a few hairs just below the nose, below the ear, and low on the neck. Make note of your personal trouble spots and make it a point to ensure they are hair free.
Consider switching to a blade if you find your face scratchy before the end of the workday. Manual razors cut closer, and will give you a few extra hours of smoothness. If you work lots of overtime, a better option might be to keep an electric in your desk or car for quick touch-ups.
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs for some people are inevitable, no matter the care. In those cases, a short, well-maintained beard may be a better option than a shave. For most men, there are an abundance of options to sort out this problem. Switching to an electric razor is an easy solution. The shave will not be as short, but for that same reason you will be less likely to develop an ingrown hair. Avoiding all facial products with alcohol is important as well. Alcohol will dry out your face, leading to dead surface skin than hinders healthy growth. Clean your face well and often to remove the dead skin cells that often clog follicles. Aftershaves and lotions help many men, but it takes some experimenting to find one that works well for you.
These are some of the more common mistakes and solutions. After you get this down, shaving will again become a quick morning routine. Mastering the art of shaving will only ensure a good first impression. The rest is up to you.