Smooth shave or a close shave.
Is there a difference?
Yes! If an irritation free shave is what your after, you’ll need change your actions, tools and time frames - just a bit.
Step away from the idea of getting the closest shave possible the first time out. Close is good for strait hair on smooth skin. But if you are dealing with rough (not stretched smooth) skin, any bumps (past shaving issues or high hair follicles) or have thick, curly hair; you’ll need to think of ‘close’ in another way.
You can condition the skin to ‘take the shave’- but it will take time, patience and a set of new tools & habits.
Start by stepping away from the 5+ blades!! That’s like taking 5 swipes at your sensitive skin. Three times over and you’ve multiplied the possibility for irritation and ingrown hair. Treat your sensitive skin with a bit more pause.
Plan ahead. You can get a closer shave than you might think with a a few simple changes. First among them is to lower your blade count.
Look at old strait razors. They are weighted, strong and sharp. They cut the hair at the surface of the skin. Multi-bladed razors pull hair up OUT of the follicle and cut it below the surface causing irritation, ingrowns and potential infection.
And if you’ve ever had a shave with a strait razor – you know it can be a good, clean, close shave. If you are at home and need the same results without the fear of an open razor on your sensitive bits – choose ‘sensitive skin razors’ – or single blades.
Don’t be fooled, these little razors are sharp! But they do lack the weight and heft of a ‘better’ razor. If you do use them – don’t be tempted to press too hard – don’t expect the first shave to get too close. Do stretch – but don’t pull the skin too tight.
To get the most from this type of tool – invest in a quality ‘safety razor’. Refill the blades often and keep it clean and dry! The weight from this type of razor will be perfect for getting a proper – close – but not too close shave. And over time (3-6 shaves down the road) and the right pre and post care – you’ll be amazed how great of a shave you’ll be getting. Close, irritation free, no bumps, everything you could ask for!
Prepare for your shave by giving your skin what it needs:
Hydration, exfoliation and time. Bikini Kitty & Dirty Dog shave kits put all of these items together for you along with the information and ‘Start-up Schedule’ you need to get any ‘feral’ bits back in perfectly groomed shape.
Stay Smooth! - BK