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View Poll Results: Shaving
With the grain (downwards) 13 32.50%
Against the grain (upwards) 27 67.50%
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:37 PM   #1
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Shaving techniques



Are you supposed to shave with the grain (downwards), or against the grain (upwards)??

I shave with the grain because I saw on TV that it reduces irritation, itchyness, prevents ingrown hairs and cuts.

More than one of my friends say this is the wrong way, the only way to get a close shave is to go against the grain...also all professional barbers will go against the grain- althrough they never have gotten a barber shop shave. (I personally do not believe that pros will go against the grain- but then again, I never paid to get a shave either)

But it is true that with the grain is not as close as against. An electric will shave closer than a razor going with the grain, just that the electric will miss a few hairs and it's a bitch to get at them.
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:42 PM   #2
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when im goin out i go against, it does a closer job. on a normal day its with just cause i hear all bad shit about it
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:49 PM   #3
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IN the neck area, it's against, otherwise with to prevent irritation.
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:52 PM   #4
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I go WITH, going against it WILL get you a better shave, but i'm not worried about having a model face. Downwards is good enough for me!
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:57 PM   #5
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I don't get why you dont' just try it? Instead of going by what you heard this way you'll know for sure, becuase some people have sensitive skin and some don't.

I know if I shave against the grain on the first try I will get ingrown hairs for sure. If I decide to shave against the grain I'll first shave with the grain, re apply shaving cream and then shave against the grain. But even doing this I get some irritation so I don't usually do it, plus it takes too much time.

Going against the grain WILL get you a much closer shave. Like you know how even if you JUST shaved, if you rub your face against the grain it's still rough... well if you shave against the grain it will be compeltely smooth.
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Old 01-16-2006, 02:05 PM   #6
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shave one half of your face one way and the other half the other way.
see which give you the best result.
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Old 01-16-2006, 02:16 PM   #7
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It should be noted that you should only shave against on a new blade, otherwise you'll get ingrown hairs and irritation
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Old 01-16-2006, 02:22 PM   #8
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Face - with the grain (downwards)
Neck - against the grain (upwards)

Tip #1 - after rinsing the excess shaving cream off your face with hot water, splash your face with cold water. You'll notice a huge reduction in razor burn and the number of ingrown hairs!

Tip #1 - invest in a badger (or boar) hair shaving brush and shaving soap/cream. You'll find that the shaving cream lasts at least 10 times longer than the foam stuff.
A good badger hair brush'll run you about $80 (boar hair's alot cheaper, but much coarser) and you can get tubs of the shaving cream from the Body Shop for about $15.
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Old 01-16-2006, 04:03 PM   #9
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I usually just lather up my balls completely, then just go whichever way feels best. Then I get the hair off my shaft, which isn't alot. Then I brush over the rest of the hair, giving me a short cut, this takes practice, you'll end up with a patchy bush.. looks gay.. very rookie... but dont worry, eventually you'll learn.
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Old 01-16-2006, 04:25 PM   #10
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Then I brush over the rest of the hair, giving me a short cut, this takes practice, you'll end up with a patchy bush.. looks gay.. very rookie... but dont worry, eventually you'll learn.
That's why god invented trimmers

Just don't use it on your balls, trust me
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Old 01-16-2006, 04:27 PM   #11
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i'm like edward scissorhands, i can do designs.... i prefer the old handheld razor to trimmer..
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Old 01-16-2006, 05:04 PM   #12
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Whats the best way to rid of hair on your balls????
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Old 01-16-2006, 05:36 PM   #13
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Whats the best way to rid of hair on your balls????
Wax.. But if your on a budget use sissors or a rusty box cutter
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Old 01-16-2006, 05:48 PM   #14
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Old 01-16-2006, 05:49 PM   #15
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dont wax your balls! just shave it.
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