Top 7 tips you should know when shaving

Have you ever wondered how some people can achieve a smooth perfect shave? If so, this is the guide you are looking for. Shaving is most commonly practised by men to remove facial hair and for women to remove underarm or leg hair.  

Shaving does not only remove unwanted hair but also makes you feel confident about yourself. However, it is important to shave correctly to avoid rashes, dryness, and discomfort. To give you an idea, here are some of the tips you should know when shaving:  

Never shave dry 

Bear and Blade highly recommend you to avoid shaving dry because it increases the risk of cuts and irritation. Shaving dry also makes you unconsciously apply more pressure which might also result in razor burn. It is best to apply shaving cream first. 

Exfoliate

It is much easier to shave if you exfoliate first. It can be through using loofah and bath scrubs. Exfoliating helps the razor from getting overloaded with dead skin cells. With this, it will be easier for you to shave as well.

Use cooler water

If you are a person who likes hot showers, make sure to cool the temperature down a bit before you start shaving. This is because your skin might become too soft which means you are more prone to cuts. 

Use shaving cream

There is nothing wrong if you want to use soap. However, it is still best to use shaving cream to help the razor smoothly glide. Using soap will only result in dry and flaky skin after drying. Shaving cream creates a layer that protects your skin from the blade. With this, it lowers your risk of cuts and nicks. Using shaving cream also helps you get a closer shave.

Pay attention to the direction of hair growth

For a much closer shave, it is highly recommended to pay attention to the direction of your hair growth. Keep in mind that you should shave against the way the hair grows. For instance, leg hair grows downwards so you should shave upward to get smooth results.

Close your pores 

After you shave, make sure to rinse thoroughly with warm water to rinse all of the residues. To close your pores, rinse with cold water afterwards. Apply hydrating moisturizer after drying off to prevent flakiness and dryness.  

Replace razors regularly  

If you notice that there is a build-up of gunk or waste in your razor, it is best to replace them and don’t try to clean the razor with a brush or another cleaning tool. If the waste does not rinse out easily, you definitely need to replace your razor. 

Even though it still cuts well, the razor is now impacted with bacteria that can cause infection when in contact with open pores or cuts.

When it comes to shaving, you should also be aware of different types of shaving creams. This is also to find the one that suits your skin type and to also avoid allergies. 

If you want to learn more shaving tips and techniques, simply visit Beard and Blade. 

Beard and Blade: How to properly shave your beard

Shaving your beard should be carefully done to avoid irritation and to avoid getting nicks, cuts or ingrown hairs. Beard and Blade will teach you how to properly shave your beard by providing useful tips you can follow below:

Use a beard trimmer

Having a full beard can be difficult to shave just by using a razor so it is best to use a beard trimmer first. Doing so will trim your beard down to stubble so you can easily shave it off with a razor later. Beard trimmers can be bought at most retail stores and pharmacies and if you can’t find one, you can just let your barber trim it for you.

Exfoliate your face

To remove dead skin, oil and dirt, exfoliate your skin using a facial scrub or wash before shaving your beard. This will also help lift your hair so you can shave it easier. Make sure not to exfoliate your skin too hard and use a shaving cream if your skin is sensitive.

Wash your face with warm water

Before starting to shave, it is vital to wash your face with warm water to soften your beard and open your pores. Doing this will prevent your skin from any irritation, nicks or cuts. Damping a warm and wet towel over your face is another great way to open your pores if you don’t want to wash your face with warm water.

Use a shaving cream

To get the best results, try to apply some shaving cream on your face to get a smoother shave and help prevent ingrown hairs. Using a shaving cream can moisten your facial hair and improve razor glide.

Sharpen your razor

Make sure your razor is sharp especially when you have not shaved your beard for quite some time. Using a blunt razor can cause irritation and breakouts. Also, avoid using a razor that is kept for a long time since it can cause irritation caused by the bacteria on the blades.

Rinse the razor after each swipe

When shaving your beard, use short and slow strokes to prevent nicks. After each swipe, rinse the razor in warm water to prevent hair clogging on its surface. Rinsing the razor will also keep the blades warm which will allow you to have a smoother shave.

Rinse your face with cold water after shaving

After shaving, rinse your face with cold water to close your pores. Do not forget to rinse the area behind your ears since shaving cream can also end up in this area. Also, avoid scrubbing too hard when washing your face to avoid any irritation or redness.

Apply moisturizer

After shaving and washing your face, apply a moisturizer to help your skin ease any irritation. Lightly pat the lotion or gel on your skin and avoid rubbing them since this can irritate your skin. Also, you should apply a moisturizer with SPF so it can also protect your skin from the sun.

Beard and Blade: Skin-friendly aftershave brands

Beard and Blade: Skin-friendly aftershave brands

Disinfecting the little nicks and cuts from shaving a good beard can be very drying on the skin. It’s because regular aftershaves usually contain alcohol that kills bacteria. Alcohol does a good job at preventing infection but when it is splashed on freshly shaved skin, it can really burn.

Grooming experts here at Beard and Blade now have a list that covers a range of skin types. Whether your skin is prone to dryness, acne and ingrown hairs, razor burns or even if you just want to maintain a healthy glow.

Moisturising shave balm

Moisturizing after shaving is an important step to post-shave care. Because when you shave, the skin’s natural oils also come off. You need to add moisture back with a sensitive post-shave balm. This will soothe your skin and prevent ingrown hairs, dryness and razor burn.

The experts also recommend that you should avoid alcohol-based formulas especially if you have sensitive skin. Also, don’t use aftershaves with fragrances and flavours like menthol and lemon oil because they can cause breakouts and redness.

Refreshing and toning liquid lotion

Grooming experts also recommend using a liquid aftershave. It is gentle enough to use every day and great for closing the pores. It will definitely help your skin look tight and fresh.

You should avoid aftershaves with ingredients like coconut oil or cocoa butter because they clog the pores. Alcohol-based formulas can be drying for many skin types but they are good for oily skin to reduce shine and grease.

Post-shave cooling gel

Aftershaves with a blend of botanicals like bacteria-fighting lavender, aloe and chamomile are good for calming irritation. This is especially important to avoid aftershave burn because it is alcohol-free so it won’t dry or irritate your skin.

It also helps if you regularly wash with antibacterial soap and change your razor blades often. New blades can help you shave more cleanly and prevent bacteria buildup around hair follicles.

Aftershave balm

Beard and Blade recommends formulas that contain salicylic acid to provide gentle exfoliation to prevent ingrown hairs. This is especially for those who are prone to skin breakouts. Beard and Blade emphasises the importance of exfoliating regularly because ingrown hairs caused by dead skin trap hair beneath the skin causing clogged pores.

Aftershave tonic

Skin dries out as you get older and that dryness can worsen into inflammation after shaving. You need to use more than one product as layered protection. Search for a soothing anti-inflammatory tonic with cooling eucalyptus and skin-brightening vitamin C.

Organic shave lotion

Happy news for people who may have bad skin reactions to harsh or artificial ingredients. There are formulas now that are all-natural and made with organic ingredients like witch hazel to close pores and disinfect after shaving.

Growing a beard is always a good excuse not to use your razor blades but when an occasion calls for it, make sure you have the perfect aftershave to protect your skin.

Beard and Blade: Perfume collections you should try

Stay fresh, clean and attractive through these fragrant smells that last throughout the day. If you’re a fan of fashion perfumes, get your hands on these new releases at an affordable price!

The smell of stars: Guido Maria Series

Guido Maria Kretschmer has been making successful fashion designs for men and women for years. The fashion that people carry on them is a concept that is completely oriented to them but a fragrance of a flawless look highlights the personality.

Guido Maria Kretschmer – Eau de Parfum for Men

  • Price: $121.40
  • Net quantity: 50 ml
  • Product code: 30220
  • Fragrance family: Oriental, spicy, attractive
  • Top note: Bergamot, tangerine
  • Heart note: Black pepper, geranium, cashmere tree
  • Base note: Vanilla, vetiver, leather

Guido Maria Kretschmer – Perfume Set for couples

  • Price: $214.20
  • Net quantity: 1 piece Guido Maria Kretschmer Eau de Parfum for Women (50 ml) and 1 piece Guido Maria Kretschmer Eau de Parfum for Men (50 ml)
  • Product code: 30230

PURE by Guido Maria Kretschmer for Men

  • Price: $157.10
  • Product code: 30540
  • Fragrance family: Woody, spicy, charismatic
  • Top note: Angel grass, saffron, rose aroma
  • Heart note: Clove, Gaiac wood, cedarwood
  • Base note: Amber, musk, sandalwood

Around the world with LR Classics

Travel the globe with these fragrant perfumes formulated and bottled in the famous destinations of the world.

LR Classics Boston – Eau de Parfum

  • Price: $53.50
  • Product code: 3295-162
  • Fragrance family: aromatic, green, charismatic
  • Top note: Apple, lemon, orange
  • Heart note: Jasmine, rose, pearl flower
  • Base note: Musk, amber, cedarwood

LR Classics Monaco – Eau de Parfum

  • Price: $53.50
  • Product code: 3295-259
  • Fragrance family: Woody, green, elegant
  • Top note: Ginger, orange blossom, bergamot, pomelo
  • Heart note: Green, floral
  • Base note: Cedarwood, amber, tobacco, musk, patchouli

LR Classics Niagara – Eau de Parfum

  • Price: $53.50
  • Product code: 3295-261
  • Fragrance family: Fresh, aquatic, sporty
  • Top note: Tangerine, bergamot, lemon, mint, crunchy
  • Heart note: Geranium, jasmine, musk sage, lavender
  • Base note: Sandalwood and cedarwood, vetiver, musk

LR Classics Singapore – Eau de Parfum

  • Price: $53.50
  • Product code: 3295-151
  • Fragrance family: Oriental, spicy, attractive
  • Top note: Bergamot, tangerine, orange, lemon, cardamom, cinnamon
  • Heart note: Sandalwood, cedarwood, jasmine, nutmeg, lavender, sage
  • Base note: Musk, vanilla, benzoin

LR Classics Stockholm – Eau de Parfum

  • Price: $53.50
  • Product code: 3295-1260
  • Fragrance family: Woody, green, elegant
  • Top note: Lemon, bergamot, anise
  • Heart note: Gaya tree, bergamot, galbanum
  • Base note: Amber

Celebrity series

Get your hands on these limited edition fragrances designed by the celebrities themselves. With only 100 bottles available in the market, you’ll be walking the street with a unique and expensive smell.

Tom Hiddleston Eau de Parfum

  • Price: $121.40
  • Net quantity: 50 ml
  • Product code: 3505
  • Fragrance family: Woody, green chic
  • Top note: Grapefruit, orange
  • Heart note: Black pepper, geranium leaves
  • Base note: Cedarwood, vetiver, benzoin

Megan Fox Personal Edition Eau de Parfum

  • Price: $121.40
  • Net quantity: 50 ml
  • Product code: 2950
  • Fragrance Family: Oriental, spicy, attractive
  • Top note: Bergamot, cardamom
  • Heart note: Lavender, tobacco accords
  • Base note: Oak accords, oud, patchouli

Lucy Liu Eau de Parfum

  • Price: $82.80
  • Product code: 30027
  • Fragrance family: Oriental, spicy, enchanting
  • Top note: Citrus fruits, cardamom, basil, gypsophila, orange
  • Heart note: Lavender, cedarwood, jasmine
  • Base note: Musk, vanilla, amber

Beard and Blade: Hair care tips for dry hair

Do you have a bad hair day all the time? Check the condition of your hair and see if it’s drying out. There are a lot of signs of dry hair aside from the obvious lack of shine. Try pulling a strand and see if it breaks easily. If it does, then you need to establish a good moisturizing routine for your hair!

There is nothing more annoying than having dry hair. It makes your locks look unhealthy which isn’t the look you are going for. Most people cover up dry hair by styling it. However, hair experts say that it isn’t the best choice for your frizzy and dry hair. Frequent styling will only result in more damage. 

So, what can you do to make your hair bright and bouncy again? The answer is to moisturize and revitalize! Take a look at our care tips for dry hair and restore the natural beauty of your locks right here at Beard and Blade.

Make sure that you take care of your locks by following the tips below:

  • Choose an effective moisturizer

A lot of people come to us asking why their hair is still dry after moisturizing. The answer is because of the product. 

There are a lot of hair products that advertise themselves as moisturizing, but it only coats the outer layer of your hair to make it appear smooth and silky. The product does not penetrate through the hair thereby not changing anything for the long run.

Look for products that contain natural oils like argan oil, coconut oil, shea butter, sorbitol, or olive oil. These natural moisturizers deeply penetrate the hair and solve drying from within. 

  • Protect your hair from heat 

Heat is a popular choice for styling hair and giving it a nice sleek look. However, regularly using heat from blowers and irons can dry your hair quickly. For this reason, you need to apply a protective coat to your hair before styling it with heat. 

  • Mind the weather

Both cold air and blazing sun can potentially damage hair and make it dry. It is not advisable to go out during these kinds of weather. 

However, if you decide that you need to go out, you should apply moisturizer and cover your hair. Remember to not let your hair get too much exposure from the sun or the cool air. 

  • Trim

The ends of your hair are the most vulnerable part of your locks. It is the first part that will dry out and break, which causes split ends that can ruin your hair if you don’t fix it with a trim. 

Make sure that you visit a hairstylist and use the right equipment, otherwise, the dull scissors you use from home can fray your ends further. 

Beard and Blade: Hip hairstyles for men

Beard and Blade: Hip hairstyles for men

Up your game this year by getting a cool new look at Beard and Blade! With so many hairstyles available today, it can be hard to pick one that suits you. Fortunately for you, you can find the most popular new hairstyles you try this 2021 below. Rest assured that our experienced barbers will give you the best haircut possible. Check out all the hairstyles below.

Comb over haircut

The comb-over is a classic hairstyle that is popular among teens nowadays. This is perfect for men with short hair. With this hairstyle, you can enhance your look by having a fade from the sides while combing over your hair to one side. Compared to the elegant look before, the modern comb over is more textured and disconnected than it was in the ’60s.

Types of comb-over hairstyles:

  • High fade + hard part comb over
  • Low skin fade + comb-over + line up
  • Long hair comb-over
  • Shaved sides comb over
  • Mid fade + part + beard
  • Textured comb-over
  • Low fade comb over + full beard
  • Short comb-over

Textured haircut 

Textured haircuts are one of the most modern, current, and stylish cuts for 2021 due to its unique style. This cut usually consists of short and textured threads on the top and faded sides. Today, this remains a go-to hairstyle for men of all ages.

Types of textured hairstyles:

  • Short Textured Quiff
  • Short Back And Sides With Textured Top
  • Mod Haircut
  • Messy Fringe
  • Textured Curls
  • Textured Pompadour

Fade haircut

Fade haircuts are not only popular among teens but adults as well. This has become a thing because it can be partnered with any type of style. These haircuts are usually focused on a fade with long hair on top. It doesn’t matter whether you want a low, mid, high, taper, bald or skin fade haircut, faded hairstyles have something to offer for all races.

Types of faded hairstyles:

  • Low Fade Haircut
  • High Fade Haircut
  • Mid Fade Haircut
  • Taper Fade Haircut
  • Skin Fade Haircut
  • Bald Fade Haircut
  • Temp Fade Haircut
  • Faux Hawk Fade

Undercut 

Unlike other haircuts on this list, an undercut can be identified easily. With its classic short sides and long top, this makes it one of the most sophisticated looks that have been popular nowadays. It also works on various styles whether you have curly, wavy or straight hair.

Types of undercut hairstyles:

  • Undercut with beard + medium length hair + line up
  • Undercut for curly hair
  • Undercut short hair + shaved part
  • High fade undercut with thick waves
  • Undercut with long fringe
  • Hard part pompadour undercut
  • Spiky messy undercut hairstyle + low fade
  • Cool pompadour undercut
  • Classic undercut + slick back
  • Long hair undercut for men + bald fade + disconnected beard