TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE A GREAT SHAVE AT HOME – Barber Quality Shave At Home (5-Minute Guide)
How to Shave – How to Perform a Barber Quality Shave At Home
Step 1: Preparation
Make sure you are well prepared to begin the shave by having everything you need.
Step 2: Consultation
Ask your client if they have any issues when shaving themselves i.e. any sensitive areas, do they suffer from ingrowing hairs, razor burns, or shaving rashes.
Step 3: Pre-Shave
Apply Pall Mall Barbers Pre-Shave Scrub to the shaving area and massage it thoroughly into the chin and upper lip and then into the cheeks and throat, all the while feeling for any moles, spots, dry or rough patches. Remove any excess product with a damp towel.
Step 4: Hot Towel
There are a number of ways to heat your towels i.e., towel steamers, in a microwave, or with a kettle. Fold the towel in half and wet thoroughly in very hot water then wring out any excess water. Check the temperature of the towel on your wrist. Place the towel over the chin and mouth then bring the ends of the towel up over the eyes leaving a gap for the nose. Make sure the towel is removed before it cools.
Step 5: Applying Pall Mall Shaving Oil/Pall Mall Barbers Shave Cream
Make sure your cut-throat razor has a fresh blade then wet your Pall Mall Barbers Shaving Brush in warm water. Put a small amount of Pall Mall Barbers Shaving Cream in a bowl and lather till you get a smooth consistency. Once you have removed the towel apply a small amount of Pall Mall Barbers Shaving Oil as this will help the blade glide smoothly over the skin and lock in moisture. Apply Pall Mall Barbers Shaving Cream using the Pall Mall Barbers Shaving Brush over the area you want to shave.
Step 6: Initial Shave
Starting on the right-hand side of the face, with your thumb raise the skin to get the maximum amount of tension in the skin, and with your blade flat against the skin begin by making a stroke of approximately 1 inch. Move your thumb down to keep the tension in the skin continuing to the jawline. Repeat along the cheeks working towards the mouth (always shave with the grain of the hair for the first shave). Then move on to the throat area. Take tension at the jawline and shave down till you reach the bottom of the neck keeping an even amount of tension as you go. Moving on to the chin place your index and middle fingers just above the jawline and gently stretch the skin back towards the ear and shave to the centre of the chin. Move your tension up and shave from the corner of the mouth to the centre of the chin. Moving on to the top lip take your tension above the lip to the side of the nose and shave down to the corner of the mouth. Gently lift the nose to clean any hair away. Repeat the process on the other side of the face.
Step 7: Secondary Shave
As done in the Initial Shave, place your hand just below the area you are going to shave and gently stretch the skin downwards and shave up again moving your tension as you go shaving up to the jawline. Follow the same procedure as the Initial Shave, but make sure you go against the grain on the Secondary Shave. Finally, when you have removed Pall Mall Barbers Shave Cream, apply a small amount of Pall Mall Barbers Shaving Oil and feel for any rough patches on the skin. Remove any remaining hair.
Step 8: Cold Towel and Pall Mall Barbers Cooling Gel
Cold towels should always be stored in a refrigerator. Apply a small amount of Pall Mall Barbers Cooling Gel to the freshly shaved face then place the cold towel over the chin and mouth. This will sooth the skin while closing the pours. The cold towel should remain on for approximately 30 seconds. Using the cold towel remove any excess product.
Step 9: Post Shave
Lastly, apply a small amount of Pall Mall Barbers Post Shave Balm to the fresh face and massage gently until its absorbed into the skin. Apply a small amount of Pall Mall Barbers Cologne just to the neck and you have got the perfect shave.
COMMON SHAVING PROBLEMS AND HOW TO SOLVE THEM
For some men, shaving can be easy or for some, it can be a painful and torturous experience. All men at some point in their lives have either had shaving rashes or cuts. Here are some common shaving issues that can occur and solutions to help avoid them.
Shaving rash is a type of skin irritation that occurs on the skin after shaving. It usually appears a few minutes after shaving but can also develop later in the day if you are wearing a tight collar top. Shaving rashes are not the same as razor bumps which are caused by a lot of little in-grown hairs.
Causes: Poor preparation, blunt blade and going over the same area repeatedly.
Solution: Like any rash, the first thing you should do when you get a shaving rash is to cool the area down. You can apply a cold damp towel to the area or whole face and then you can use Pall Mall Barber’s Cooling Gel which has witch-hazel ingredients to calm the skin down.
Razor burn is a skin irritation that can be caused by dry shaving; shaving too aggressively, or shaving with blunt blades. Typically, it starts to appear a few minutes after shaving and often takes the form of a rash. Razor burns and shaving rashes are not the same as razor bumps, a condition caused by ingrown hairs.
Causes: Blunt razor, applying too much pressure when shaving and skin reacting to a certain product.
Solution: Like a shaving rash, there is a burning sensation that needs to be cooled down. As mentioned, in the Shaving Rash Solutions section you can apply a cold damp towel to the area or your whole face and then apply some Pall Mall Barber’s Cooling Gel to help the skin cool down completely.
Nicks and Cuts
Shaving in a hurry or using a rough blade is the most common cause of nicks. Every man cuts themselves while shaving and ask why.
Causes: Poor preparation, applying too much pressure with the razor, not stretching the skin enough and using the wrong razor.
Solution: Nicks and cuts are the most common shaving issues that men experience. It is painful and at the same time irritable to the skin. Pall Mall Barber’s offers Styptic Matches which can be used to stop the bleeding. All you have to do is tear one match and wet the tip of it and apply it to the area that has been cut and leave it there for one minute. The bleeding should stop instantly.
Finding the right razor can be daunting because there are so many in the market and obtaining the perfect shave can only be obtained by using the correct razor. This section will help you understand the different types of razors that are available and what their pros and cons are.
1) What exactly is razor burn?
- A razor burn is a red rash that can appear after shaving over the same area more than once.
2) What causes a razor burn?
- A razor burn is caused when shaving with a dull or not clean razor.
3) How do I treat a razor burn?
- A razor burn can be treated by using Pall Mall Barber’s Cooling Gel.
4) How can I prevent a razor burn?
- A razor burn can be prevented by avoiding shaving the same area repeatedly.
5) What are the best product/s for razor burn?
- The best product for razor burns is Pall Mall Barbers Cooling Gel Sandalwood & Clove, which is proven to reduce the impact of razor burns.
6) Is razor burn the same thing as razor bumps?
- A razor burn is caused after you do a shave, and razor bumps appear when shaved hairs start growing back and becoming ingrown hairs.
7) What is a shaving rash?
- A shaving rash is a rash that appears after you have shaved. It can also appear if you have sensitive skin and have used a product that has reacted to your skin.
8) What causes a shaving rash?
- A shaving rash is caused by not preparing the skin before shaving. It can also be caused by using a dull razor and also certain products on sensitive skin.
9) How do I treat a shaving rash?
- A shaving rash can be treated by using the Pall Mall Barbers Post-Shave Balm.
10) How can I prevent a shaving rash?
- A shaving rash can be prevented by using the Pall Mall Barbers Pre-Shave Scrub, a clean razor and applying the Pall Mall Barbers Shave Cream.
11) What are the best products for a shaving rash?
- The best products for a shaving rash are the Pall Mall Barbers Pre-Shave Scrub and the Pall Mall Barbers Shave Cream.
12) Is a shaving rash the same as a razor burn?
- Even though they are both similar, they are caused by different things. A shaving rash is caused by not preparing the skin properly before a shave and a razor burn is caused by using a dull or unclean razor.
Pall Mall Barbers Professional Shaving Products
Pall Mall Barbers offers a wide range of multi-awards professional shaving products such as:
The first step of our unique shaving system is a pre-shave scrub. Using a pre-shave scrub is great for preparing the skin for shaving. Developed with prickly pear seed oil and Amazonian guarana seeds, our sandalwood and clove scrub help remove any dead skin cells and open pores. Packed with cocoa butter and shea butter, it helps to lubricate and soothe the skin, whilst leaving a soft and supple finish on the skin. Ideal for sensitive skin, our pre-shave scrub will help you get a smoother and closer shave.
Perfect for softening stubble whilst protecting sensitive skin, our soothing shave oil adds an additional protective layer prior to a shave as the second step of the 5-Step Pro Shaving System. Pall Mall Barbers bespoke shave oil contains sweet almond and jojoba oils – each renowned for their skin-smoothing properties. Application of the shave oil forms a protective barrier between your delicate skin and the razor blade, enabling a smoother glide, a closer shave, and a more precise finish, how to shave.
Containing our signature ingredient, prickly pear seed oil, combined with jojoba oil to deliver a comfortable shave. The lathering action visibly lifts the hair from the skin, allowing you to see the direction of the grain for the closest possible shave. With its soothing elements, our shaving cream can be used on all skin types, even sensitive. The soft fragrance of sandalwood and clove leaves a luxurious added scent on the skin that will last all day.
Perfect for softening stubble whilst protecting sensitive skin, our soothing shave oil adds an additional protective layer prior to a shave as the second step of the 5-Step Pro Shaving System. Pall Mall Barbers bespoke shave oil contains sweet almond and jojoba oils – each renowned for their skin-smoothing properties. Application of the shave oil forms a protective barrier between your delicate skin and the razor blade, enabling a smoother glide, a closer shave, and a more precise finish.
Post Shave Balm
Combining intense hydration and soothing elements with prickly pear seed oil and glycerin to absorb deep into the skin, reducing redness and irritation and leaving skin soft and supple. With its antiseptic properties, our post-shave balm helps to cool the skin after shaving. Blended with the fragrance of sandalwood and clove, the skin is enriched with an energizing and masculine fragrance.
Sandalwood & Clove Cologne for Men
Luxury classic signature Sandalwood & Clove Cologne for men that has been developed by our barbers themselves. Sandalwood & Clove Cologne for Men – our classic signature cologne is specially designed for men. A perfect finishing touch for your skin after grooming, ideal for wear both during the day or evening.
Our sandalwood and clove cologne compliment our popular three-step shaving system, which was also specially designed to make the classic shaving experience simple and exceptionally smooth on the skin.
Developed and designed by our PMB London barbers, our classic fragrance has a subtle hit of spicy cloves and rose spiced with lively, woody hints of cardamom and almond. This clean, energising scent is further enriched with sandalwood tones and base notes of sweet vanilla and tobacco.
About Pall Mall Barbers
On the mission to make other people as passionate about great hair as we are…
Pall Mall Barbers London can be found in some of the most iconic locations in London, and across the pond in New York. Our barber shops bring out the best of our classic style with their wood-panelling, traditional white tiles, and luxurious chairs. Each store has its own little twist of personality too.
Having been established in 1896, Pall Mall Barbers London is one of the oldest and most respected barbering brands in the world. We have set the benchmark for the style-conscious gentleman, giving the perfect grooming treatment to any gent who walks through our doors.
Pall Mall Barbers History
The Pall Mall Barbers Story has started in 1896, Pall Mall Barbers have been at the forefront of men’s haircuts and male grooming and have set the agenda for style-conscious gentlemen for over 122 years in London. To this day, we are driven by our dedication to giving the highest quality experience for our clientele, for each of the over 70,000 men’s haircuts we delivered last year.
Our relentless dedication to deepening our knowledge of men’s styling techniques and traditions across the globe has given birth to a world-class suite of products and services that combine cutting-edge London barber styling with the very best global male grooming techniques. This focused approach has led to us becoming the largest and most awarded independent barber business in London with over 52 haircutting seats and 23 award-winning men’s grooming products.