While a bride
can enlist the support of makeup and hairstyles, not to mention ornaments
to see her through the big day, the only option for guys is to try out some
variation of their facial hair.
A beard, a moustache or a clean shaven look, whatever is your look, read
on for tips on how to look great.
You have to decide on whether to opt for a blade razor or electric razor.
The blade razor cuts hair closer to the surface and leaves your stubble
of more uniform length for that smoother, closer shave. While with an electric
razor, the cut ends are more likely to be ragged and split.
Types of blade razors
Straight edge: Primarily used by barbers since
serious injury can result from improper usage.
Loose double edge razors: Traditionally used for home shaving.
Single and twin blade injectable cartridge razors: These are also adjustable
for lighter or closer shaves.
Disposable razors: Convenient, easy to carry around and cheap.
Life of a blade
Most blades will provide around 10 shaves, depending upon the thickness
of the beard.
Types of electric razors:
The foil head: This has a thin flexible screen over the cutting head which
moves back and forth.
The rotary head: This has spring mounted guards over the cutters. Both types
have adjustable settings to regulate the closeness of the shave. So if you
want to maintain that 2 day stubble look, you just could. Although we don't
recommend this as a look for the wedding reception.
Soften the beard properly before shaving. Water is the most effective beard
softener and once beard hair absorbs water it becomes softer and more easier
to cut. Hot water speeds this task and makes shaving smoother. Shaving cream
will keep your beard softened. After applying shaving cream wait for two
or three minutes for the hair to get totally softened, this will make shaving
easier, faster and less painful a procedure
Choose your kind of shaving cream
Oily skin: Use a lather type shaving cream or an aerosol foam. These contain
soap or surfactants so they remove oil better. Also use an after shave lotion
Dry skin: Brushless creams are good if your skin is dry or sensitive. They
are similar to moisturisers made of oil in water emulsions and do not dry
out the skin. Do not use an after shave lotion as it will dry the skin.
Instead use a cream or moisturising lotion.
Choose your style - Your face shape
Round: Keeping your sideburns long or your hair slight longer than your
ear might add some length to your face .
Square: These shapes carry off a moustache the best. No beard for this head
shape, and the hairstyle should be close to the head .
Broad: Use a flick of hair or a side part to break the breadth of the face.
What is your beard problem?
Heavy, Dark beard:
Shaving frequently and using after shave powder will aid in lightening the
bearded area. If your skin around the bearded area is pigmented, you may
be suffering a reaction due to the use of a fragrance product which reacts
in the sun to produce pigmentation. Do use a sunblock in the sun and avoid
the use of fragrance products in that area. Using a gentle bleach will also
hasten the fading of the pigmentation. Lastly, do consult a doctor about
steroid based fading creams.
Do trim your beard weekly. Comb through and shampoo your beard as you would
your hair on your scalp. Check daily for infestations, dandruff, lice or
This is a bacterial infection of the beard area. This occurs from using
contaminated shaving instruments. Treat such an infection early with oral
antibiotics, and always use clean shaving instruments and regular use of
Ingrown beard hairs
Don't shave against the grain, don't shave too closely (especially in the
neck area) and use a sharp blade. Shave more often but not as closely.