How To Get A Fresh Haircut Using One Tool You Already Own
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Our face, chest, and even our balls... Razors play a pivotal role in how men choose to shave their bodies. But what about haircutting and styling? As bugged out as it sounds, razors are now doubling as hairstyling tools, though very few of us carry know enough to how to accomplish the right do with just a blade and some other grooming essentials. If adventure is your middle name, we highly recommend gaining some experience using one razor to cut hair before making any attempts. Remember you can always put your trust in a trained and certified professional stylist.
Shaving a hairstyle requires a man to take many things into consideration. His hair type, equipment, and skill level for instance. You’ll also want to know what benefits come with using a razor on your mane rather than say a set of clippers. Look below for answers.
Adds movement: Cutting ends can help bring out curves and waves.
Creative freedom: You’re given more flexibility to shape hairdos how you want.
Hybrid cutting: With some hairstyles requiring multiple tools, razors work to give hair more interest and texture.
Length control: Guards can aid in directing how much hair to take off.
Multi-purpose use: Of course, it proves to be an effective body hair-cutting tool.
Sounds like your razor is an overachiever after all. But in settling on a bladed tool for the hair on your head, cram to understand that not any basic one will earn you these benefits. Deciding on the right razor type will dictate more or less what hairstyle you want to achieve.
Choose Your Hairstyling Weapon
Know that this isn’t anything like choosing a pair of hair clippers or trimmers. You’re given way more options to work with on that end. Razors are limited in selection since not every type is designed to double as a hairstyling tool. Your options: the cartridge, straight or feather styling razor. Each promotes their special features and work best on specific hairstyles.
Cartridge Razors: Developed in the 1950s, this modern-day essential has become the king in the chess game of grooming, primarily on the shaving tip. They normally carry between two and five blades and are set at a pre-determined angle. Because of the ergonomic shape of the head and handle, it’s positioned perfectly for the blade to cut in the motion of a double-edge razor. There is never a need to sharpen the blades because they are disposable, making it the most convenient of the trio.
Straight Razors: Most known to many as the “cut-throat razor,” this shaving tool is normally made from stainless steel or high carbon steel and consists of a blade sharpened on one edge. The blade sits on a pin, which is attached between two scales and can be made from mother-of-pearl, celluloid, bone, plastic or wood. The scales protect the blade from getting damaged or the user from hacking themselves accidentally.
Styling Razors: These modern marvels have emerged out of nowhere and have become the world's #1 haircutting razor. Some styling razors have been designed to fit a standard or texturizing blade. For your safety, a patented blade guard covers the blade with a snug fit leaving no room for chatter or any accidental mishaps that can occur when razor shaving your mane. It also prevents the user from being too creative and chopping off more than needed.
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Give or take your option, you’ll want to keep these away from thin hair since the lack of depth and texture can further damage those weakened strands. Same for permed dos since the blades can interfere when rolling hair around the perm rods. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Understanding how these tools work, let’s look at what hairstyles we feel would be easy money in the comfort of your own home with or without an extra hand.
The bald-head look remains a two-age old misconception. It’s either viewed as the old man’s way of bowing out of the hair game gracefully or a hairstyling technique for the lazy. But it’s grown to become one of the more popular looks amongst mature, young, and popular men. Thank Michael Jordan or your girl’s current Blockbuster movie heartthrob (Dwayne “The Rock” John, Vin Diesel, you pick).
All cool factors aside, sporting the baldie can come with few disadvantages. Sunburn or sunstroke being the most popular, which forces guys to lather up on sunscreen or wear a nice fitted cap. That’s all common skincare protocol either way. Not anything that’ll discourage you from owning the bad boy profile associated with going bald.
Step 1: Select the best razor that not only offers comfortable grip, but also delivers the smoothest glide across your dome.
Step 2: Trim down overgrown hair to stubble because anything longer will be too difficult and unpleasant to shave down. A good pair of hair clippers will work best.
Step 3: Wet your hair by jumping into hot shower, so to make which hair softer to cut through.
Step 4: Apply shaving lather everywhere on your head. Skin tends to be different in certain section, so you’ll want something along the lines of an oil, gel or a traditional cream.
Harry’s Shave Cream
Not all shaving creams are made equal. It always comes down to fine ingredients. And Harry’s has your mane’s best interest at heart with a strong blend of 12 natural oils and extracts for smooth shaving. Bless your blade with effortlessly glide across skin, plus enjoy the refreshing feeling it leaves on the scalp that keeps you confident when finishing off the job. The trio of licorice, cucumber, and peppermint do great with moisturizing skin, along with the aid of fresh eucalyptus that feeds your ego with an attention-grabbing scent.
Harry’s Truman Razor
The myth of cartridge razors not providing enough of a close shave is just that. A myth. Harry’s puts this illusion to rest with a quality shaver that contours smoothly across the head, reaching difficult spots normally impossible to cut with your pharmacy disposable. The zinc alloy five-German blade cuts close and precise with a Gothic Arch design that’s helps you master shaving in angles. A lubricated strip loaded with aloe vera and Vitamin E keeps skin moist to give the razor some extra glide without stripping skin of its natural oils. You’ll also find the rubberized hand keeps your grip slip-free. Choose from three different colors to compliment your own personal style or bathroom décor.
Harry’s Post Shave Balm
Complete the grooming ritual with a soothing salve that saves the scalp from nasty razor burn. Harry’s blends marula oil, aloe, cucumber, and licorice root into a formula that provides you with a cool and refreshed sensation, which leaves a nice fragrance that lingers throughout your day. Just apply a dab or two immediately after shaving and take in the coolness. Keep the scalp irritation to a minimal, while reliving it from that embarrassing clean-shaved tomato head look.
The Classic Undercut
A trending haircut that’s been around since the 1940s, the classic undercut has undergone different looks and lengths over the decades, yet tends to generally be the same cut. It’s similar looking to the razor fade, but without the fade. If that makes sense. Looking at familiar wearers like Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake gives you a better idea. These guys have taken the most advantage of the many different undercut varieties. The greatest benefits of this hairdo are the low maintenance and easy styling that come with it. All that’s needed is some good pomade or hairspray depending on length, texture or hairstyle.
Step 1: Wet hair until its entirely moist. Then use a comb as a guide to section hair from the temple, making a V-shape down to the crown area. Try to keep sectioning along the natural part line of your head and don’t go further than the parietal ridgeline of the head.
Step 2: Clip the top hair section up when done, which will be your top section of the hairstyle.
Step 3: Keep a tight wrist when holding the razor, working from the center down at an angle for easier movement. Cut hair using the traditional razor over a comb in a downward motion, which is a better layering technique.
Step 4: Lift hair from the scalp and blow dry, giving it natural volume. To hold its shape we suggest using a volumizing hair spray for additional volume.
Baxter of California Large Comb
Handcrafted in Switzerland, Baxter’s comb offers true hairstyling comfort at its highest quality. The Large Comb remains a hot seller for many reasons. One being its rounded tips, which protect you from scalp damage due normally experienced during aggressive combing. It feels great in the hand with a sturdy weight to give just the right amount of control. Parting hair and even combing your beard (yep, works for that as well) becomes a breeze with smoothly tapered teeth. The tortoiseshell finish is a classy finish that makes it easily identifiable and not to be confused for her comb.
Feather Styling Razor with Standard Kit
The Feather Styling Razor has become one of the most practical shaving products on the market. Its cutting performance makes it a grooming essential for those looking to be creative with a bit of cutting control. The blade guard protects you from accidental mishaps that can occur when razor shaving your mane. Gain versatility with the handle fitting nicely in either hand and reaching snug spots. The model can fit either standard or texturizing blades.
Big Sex Hair Firm Volumizing Hair Spray
Holding those strands in place with little flexibility and super-shine takes the right hair spray. And with a brand like Big Sex Hair, results are guaranteed. Recreate hairstyles at any given moment without icky buildup or that chalky white film. Its lightweight solution keeps hair looking natural after styling multiple do-overs. No overpowering fragrances to manage here as the scent lingers just enough to keep you feeling masculine and fresh. The company recommends spraying it 8-10 inches away for the best results.
The Straight Razor Fade
It’s the most common haircut amongst barbers and hairstylists alike. While they make it look effortless to perform, it’s difficult without the proper skill set, but doable. Many believe the best way to a achieve a bald taper is with the use of a pair of hair clippers that's because of the clipper guards in place. But with the use of a comb to grab the hair at the roots and a good straight razor, you would be surprised with the results.
Now we don’t recommend you doing the fade with a straight razor at home. Then again, that’s your call. What’s awesome about this style is it can be combined with any hairstyle. Just depends on where you choose to begin the taper. This provides endless options. You may have seen this haircut on Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward, who after recognizing its popularity has switched up from the messy mushroom cut to rocking the straight razor fade since his season 2015.
Step 1: Dampen hair entirely throughout the scalp. Then along the right side of your head make a horizontal part from the temple to the back of the head in a V shape to meet at a point in the center of your head.
Step 2: Create a baseline with the razor over comb at the front of the end, beginning at the temple and ending at the center back of the head.
Step 3: Starting blending all the way around to you reach the center back.
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Step 4: Repeat the process on the left side of the head.
Step 5: Create an edge along the baseline, add shave gel, and then straight razor cut from the baseline down to the hairline, which gives you a clean fade-out appearance from the baseline.
Harry’s Shave Gel
Keeping your head super smooth and hydrated is vital for any shaving done on the head. Harry’s looks out for you with its well-recognized formula including aloe and cucumber, which keeps skin nourished and refreshed. The lathering system creates an opaque effect, letting you accomplish a close-to-perfect enough shave without affecting other spots. Notes of amber and lavender are left behind when you’re done. Not many shaving products give you this premium performance at such a low cost.
Kent The Hand Made Comb
Purchasing a Kent comb is one of the finest investments a man can make. Its lineup of durable combs differs due to the use of cellulose acetate, a plant-based plastic making it not only amazingly flexible, but almost indestructible. Cheaper combs normally snag because of poor machining during production. Kent’s hand-polished, buffed out teeth keep the comb feeling good on your scalp, helping to avoid damages from sharp-spike teeth found in cheaply competitors. Works great on dry, wet, long, short, young, and old hair.
The Art of Shaving Shavette Straight Razor
The perfect shave is all dependent on the right straight razor. Enter the Shavette from Art of Shaving. With a stainless-steel body and blade hold, the razor wears well in wet environments. A red plastic sleeve secures the double-edge blade to keep beginners from breaking a sweat. Tapper the sides as short as possible with the assist from a solid comb.
Pacific Shaving Nick Stick
Sometimes shaving incorrectly or in a rush can leaves your bathroom looking like a crime scene, with your head body-bagged as the victim. So having some form of antiseptic available aids in the healing process. The Nick Stick is a genius product with a liquid roll system that dries on clearly, saving you the embarrassment of placing toilet tissue squares across your skull. It contains aloe and Vitamin, two ingredients best known for repairing and soothing skin after shaves. We also like how picket-friendly it is so to shave on the go or at work.