One thing men must cope with that very few women have is facial hair. In some cultures, men's facial
hair is a badge of maturity and is expected, particularly among the married men. In other cultures, whether or not a man grows his facial hair
is entirely a matter of personal preference. Beards, mustaches, sideburns: there are as many variations and combinations of facial hair styles
as one could possibly imagine.
The appearance of a man's facial hair is determined by genetics. Some men can grow only sparse patchy
facial hair while others grow thick pelts. Some facial hair is silky, some coarse. Some facial hair is curly, while others have straighter
facial hair. The colors of facial hair can be as varied as that found on any other place on the body (including the head). The density, texture
and growth pattern of the facial hair determines what styles look best on the individual.
We've discussed the various styles of facial hair men have worn, so now let's
talk about removing the facial hair. The most common method used for removing the facial hair is shaving, and shaving can be accomplished in one
of two ways - either by performing a "wet shave" through the use of a manual razor or by performing a 'dry shave' using an electric razor.
The electric razor is a small motor-driven device that contains one or more rotating blades under some
form of guard. The blades spin very fast and clip off the hair at the skin's surface. They are safe, and easy to use, but usually need to be
used for a period of time before they become fully effective. They work especially well on coarse hair. Because shaving with an electric razor
doesn't generally require the use of any product to soften the whiskers, shaving in this manner is often called a "dry shave".
The electric razor must be cleaned regularly to remove the particles of hair and dead skin that get
trapped in the blades. The blades themselves can eventually grow dull and must be replaced as well. However, such blades last much longer than those found in manual razors.
A wet shave is called such because it involves the use of a cream or lotion to soften the whiskers
and lubricate the skin during the shaving process. A manual razor is used to scrape the skin, cutting off the hairs at the skin's surface.
Manual razors available today have multiple blades and offer a much smoother shave than old-fashioned razors provided.
The manual razor is generally rinsed after every pass to remove the lotion or cream and the cut hairs
from between the blades. The blades also grow dull after a few uses and must be replaced. In most cases, this involves simply disposing of the
bladed 'head' of the razor and replacing it with a new one, or with completely disposable razors, you simply toss the entire razor and use a fresh one from the package.
Getting a good, close shave from a manual razor requires knowing how to shave properly. Oddly enough,
very few men seem to know even the basic tricks to shaving, so here's how it should be done:
The Proper Shave:
You will need:
Shaving cream or gel
A small towel
A disposable razor of your choice
Access to running water and a sink (or bathtub/shower)