Late Fall through Winter is a great time for a man to grow a beard for the first time. Beginning in November, with No Shave November, many men stop shaving and grow out their beards to support cancer patients who lose their hair due to treatment for their cancer, and to raise awareness of cancer.
Traditionally, men donate the money they would normally spend on shaving supplies to cancer organizations that educate, raise awareness, and support cancer patients. Other men compete for growing the best beard, much like running a relay, with proceeds going to support cancer patients.
Whether you participate or not, beard season begins in November. For some of us it doesn’t end until Spring, when the temperatures get warmer and the wind doesn’t make your face go numb the moment you step foot outside. When the Spring comes, it is time to shave off your Winter beard.
If this is your first time growing a beard, welcome to the club! You are sure to have learned a lot about beard maintenance and the joy of growing and styling a beard. If you are looking at this post, chances are that you are ready to cut your beard off and enjoy the sun.
Where To Begin
If you have grown a beard, you already know How to Shave. That doesn’t mean you know how to shave off a full beard. This is where it gets interesting for seasonal beard growers. There are several things to consider before you begin shaving.
Beard Shaving Is Tricky
If your whiskers have ever grown too long, you know that your razor will pull the hair, which is unpleasant and painful at time. If it is your first time shaving off a full beard, you are in luck, my friend. This is your guide on how to do it right, with as little irritation as possible, for a smooth finish.
Prep Work Is Important
Why Prep For Your Shave?
The most important part of shaving your beard is the prep work you put into it. If you don’t prep your beard and the skin beneath it, you will have some serious irritation. Your skin is going to be sensitive if you haven’t shaved in a while, so extra precautions will go a long way to preventing additional, unnecessary irritation.
What You Need
First, gather your arsenal. Most of what you will need should already be in your shaving kit. You will need a trimmer or pair of scissors to trim your beard back, some shaving cream, and a shaving brush if you want to really experience the art of shaving. A fresh razor with multiple blades and a trimmer, such as The Great Dane from 99centrazor.com, will also be necessary.
Let The Shaving Begin!
Step 1: Trim Your Beard
It seems like a waste of time and effort to trim a beard you are going to cut off, but it’s necessary, unless you like your whiskers pulled out and clogging up your razor. If you have a trimmer, trim your beard back as close as you can using the shortest trim guide. If you don’t have a razor, scissors will work, though they can’t cut as close.
Step 2: Lather Up
Soak your brush, if you’re using one, in warm water for several minutes. Use warm water to saturate your beard. Apply the amount of cream you think you will need to the brush and whip your cream into a lather using a shaving mug. Use the brush to apply the lathered cream to your face, liberally. The cream will lubricate the razor, preventing tugging on your hair and your skin and will moisturize your skin.
Step 3: Shave
It will take you longer than normal to shave off your beard. You’re dealing with a lot more hair than normal stubble from daily shaving. Just hold your skin taut with your free hand and take your time. Reapply lather in areas that you need to shave over more than once to prevent irritation.
Once you rinse off, check to make sure you’re smooth. If you’re still not as smooth as you would like or missed a spot or two, lather up and shave again. You may need to shave against the grain to get a closer shave. If your razor has a trimmer on the end of it, use it to trim up your sideburns and rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
Post Shaving Advice
Once your shave is complete, use an aftershave lotion or balm to moisturize and protect your skin from irritation resulting from the shave. If you choose to not shave off all of your facial hair and go with a goatee or mustache, apply beard conditioner to it in order to keep it soft and the skin beneath in good condition.
Welcome back to feeling the wind and sun on your skin! You have just accomplished the task of shaving off a beard, and if you followed the suggestions in this post, your skin should be soft and not irritated. You will miss your beard, but it won’t be long until November when you can start the process over again.