Men’s Shaving – Tools and Equipment

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Pirooz Sarshar, co-founder of the Grooming Lounge, demonstrates how to achieve the perfect shave including the tools you need for a great shave.

    Pirooz Sarshar: Hi! I am Pirooz, Co-founder of the Grooming Lounge. Today, I am going to show you how to achieve the perfect shave. In this segment, I am going to teach you about some tools and products that are going to help you achieve a great shave each and every morning.

    Now, you might say well you have already talked about the products, you have already talked about the solutions that you use in the beginning, but we are going to do a quick rewind. I am going to go through the first four products we use. Just give you a brief description of them one more time, and then I am going to show you some really cool tools and some other products that could be beneficial to you.

    We are going to start out with our face wash, okay? As I said in the beginning of the shave is the key to a great shave comes in preparation. Preparation comes in the form of washing and cleansing, and by washing and cleansing, remember what I said, you don't want to use the same drying soap that you use to wash other body parts. You don't want to use soap, you want to use a targeted cleanser. So this product which is a face wash, a targeted face wash could be used on any skin type. So it's a very good basic skin care product to get into.

    Next product we are going to talk about is a shave oil. Now, this is a dream product. This is the mack daddy of all products. Now, if you remember, the first thing I applied onto my beard was a shave oil. The shave oil as I said gives you perfect slip, it oxidizes, so it helps lift up the hairs and it gives me a smooth surface to shave with. So there is no razor drag and it prevents me from cutting myself. It lets you see what you're shaving clearly.

    Then, comes a shave cream. Now, this is a low foaming shave cream. What's with all the foam when it's not touching your face and it is not even allowing your razor to touch your skin. We recommend a low foaming moisturizing shave cream. So I highly recommend using non foaming shave cream.

    Then, last but not least, an after shave balm. Most after shave balms contain alcohol or extensions of fragrance lines. You want to after shave this moisturizing and soothing and helps you close down your pores.

    Now, I am going to talk to you about some of the other solutions that can help balance out the mug. You want to get yourself a basic face scrub. What this does, it helps rejuvenate the cells by removing all the dead skin, and it's also great for those of you who get ingrown hairs.

    Next, is a toner. The toner helps to protect you against cell damage. It helps eliminate dirt and grime while balancing out your mug. Next, I am going to talk to you about double wire stand. Now, you may ask what is a double wire stand. Well, double wire stand holds the brush, the shave brush, and the razor. Most guys when they're finished shaving, take their razor, throw it to the side of the sink. What that does, it basically exposes your blades to all sorts of dirt, grime, build up, cleaning products, old soap whatever. Then, the next day when you are using it on your face, it's definitely going to break you out or create some sort of irritation.

    The other neat part of the double wire stand is the fact that it holds a brush. Now, this is a badger hair-brush. This is a great brush to use. It will last forever. It could be handed down from generation to generation. The proper way of drying your brush is hanging it upside down. So the double wire stand allows you to do that.

    Back to the shave brush again. Next thing I have is a shave bowl which is what you use with the shave brush and a proper shave cream made for a shave brush. Not every shave cream is made to be used with a shave brush. So what you would do is you would basically put some of the shave cream in the bowl, then use the brush and then apply the shave cream onto your beard.

    For those of you who are a little bit more experienced with your shaving. This is a double edge razor. So it's basically like using a straight blade. It's very, very sharp. I recommend stick into your basic triple bladed or double bladed razors or something, you use four blades or Quattro Blade or whatever. But, this again is a timeless piece and it's a fun tool to use if you know what you are doing. So be careful using it.

    Somebody out there probably listening and saying well, you know, I don't use regular razor, I use an electric shaver. Well, believe it or not, some of the same science applies when you are using electric shaver. You should still wash and clean your face and you should still use after shave balm when using an electric shaver.

    Now, this is a more up-to-date modern version of an electric shaver that are lot lighter. The motor is easier to clean. The blades are a lot sharper and could be changed every six months or as needed, and it's very, very quiet. So it's not as loud. I am sure some of you have seen --- and the really, really loud ones. I don't recommend using this while you drive because a lot of guys tend to use electric shavers as they are driving. So they are not really paying attention to where they are going. They are focused more on their shave stuff. Using this at home, for some people, it does save time, and for some people, it doesn't because it doesn't get as close. Now, because as I said the same science applies, wash your face and use after shave.

    But, if you want to have an easier electric shave, there are what's called electric shaving solutions, and what these do is, basically create a smoother surface for the electric shaver to work on. And the last thing I am going to talk to you about is what's called the trimmer.

    Now, a trimmer is great if you have facial hair that's a little bit thicker, and you want to keep it trimmed or what not for those of you with a beard or a goatee that you want to trim down and for those of you who have beard goatee everyday. This is a great tool because you can attach guards to it, and it helps trim down the hair. The other thing that's great for is, as you can see it's very quiet, but you can also use it to line up side beards and get them evenly and perfectly match or give it to your significant other to help shave your neck and clean up your neckline. So it's a really, really great tool.

    So there you have it. You have some solutions, products, and some tools. I hope you learned a lot today. We have tried to simplify shaving and break it down into really basic steps while giving you tips and tools that can help make this dreaded everyday task into something fun, because believe it or not, every morning you have to walk up to that mirror and you have to stand there, and you have to shave. So why not have fun. You are going to be doing this the rest of your life unless you're stuck on an island somewhere. So you might as well enjoy it everyday. Until the next time, take care.