For every aspect of appearance, advice for women abounds, but where does the man with a perpetual neck grizzle turn for help?
Why, The Art of Manliness, of course, and this guest post from Mark “Mantic59” Herro.
Feeling the burn is all well and good at the gym, but there’s no need to get hot under the collar as well.
1. Detailed Grain Mapping
The “grain” of the beard–the direction(s) the hairs grow in–can be completely counter-intuitive when it comes to the neck. They can even sometimes grow in a circular pattern. Understanding how the hair grows on your neck is the first step in overcoming shaving problems there. To accomplish this, create a map of your beard with a mapping aid like this one. Using a mirror and gentle circular motions of the fingers, determine the direction(s) your beard is growing in and sketch that onto the face map. Writing arrows in the direction of growth in each box will help you understand how to best shave those areas.
Shaving with the grain initially is one of the basic concepts in shaving, particularly important if you are using a multi-blade cartridge razor. It’s a bit less important with a double-edged razor (you can “cheat” a little and follow the predominant direction without worrying about every twist and turn), but still necessary to keep in mind. Reducing the beard in stages is the key take-away here.
2. Careful Preparation
Properly preparing the skin of the neck is often overlooked: copious amounts of hot water or gently cleaning the skin on the face doesn’t get to the neck. Pay attention and be sure that warm towel or “barbershop prep” lather covers the neck! Some shavers troubled by ingrown hairs on the neck should try a good, thorough scrubbing of the area before putting razor to skin.
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