Tired of razor bumps under your jawline and the five o’clock shadow on your neck?
Shaving your neck might be, well, a pain in the neck.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Your face shaving technique might be perfect, but that doesn’t mean you should use the same shaving technique for your neck.
Your Neck is Important, Too!
Firstly, the hair on your neck usually grows in a different direction than facial hair. Secondly, the skin on your neck is just as sensitive as it is on your face. Therefore, it deserves its own shaving technique and care.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to get a closer, smoother, comfortable, and better-looking shave on your neck—without the irritation.
1. Find the Grain
Shaving with or against the grain on your face is easy for most men. This is because facial hair typically grows in the same direction. This isn’t necessarily the case with your neck. In fact, neck hair on some men even grows in a circular pattern. If you tried to shave and follow that hair pattern the same way you shave your face, then you would be in for a hard time—and a not-so-great shave.
So how do you find the grain on your neck? Here are some tips and tricks to start with:
- Find a printable or interactive face map. (You can find plenty of face map examples online.)
- Shave your neck, then allow the stubble to grow out for approximately one day.
- Stand in front of a mirror and use your fingers to manipulate your hair growth in each portion of the face map.
- On the face map, record the direction your hair grows in on each spot. Now you have a handy and completely personalized reference guide.
A face map is made up with many little boxes. Using a face map might seem overwhelming the first time you look at or try to use one. However, if you take your time, and fill in each box as you go, you can ensure that every inch of your neck will be super smooth after your next shave.
2. Ease Into Shaving Against the Grain
You might be tempted to start immediately shaving against the grain in order to get a closer shave, but don’t. Once you’ve completed your face map, spend the next few days shaving with the grain. map out your facial hair growth patternsIn order to understand the your own grain, it is first advised that you.
Chances are that your neck skin is irritated from your previous less-than-optimal shaving technique. Therefore, it’s important to allow your face a little time to heal before you go for a super-close shave. Shaving with the grain leaves some stubble behind, but near-invisible stubble is always better than painful razor bumps and embarrassing redness.
After approximately four or five days of shaving with the grain, assess the response from your skin. If there isn’t any redness or irritation after shaving, then it is likely safe to begin shaving against the grain for a closer neck shave.
3. Get the Right Razor
You simply can’t get a great neck shave with a cheap cartridge razor, so don’t even try. If you’re reading this article, you have probably figured that out already—the hard way.
Cartridge razors have too many blades and parts that pivot, which can increase pressure and friction, leaving irritated and painful razor burn bumps and ingrown hairs behind. Remember, every extra blade on your razor is another sharp edge that can catch on the skin of your neck as you move around the curves of your face and your Adam’s apple.
Instead, consider using a single-blade safety razor. A classic double-edge is usually easy for beginners to get accustomed to, and it is also forgiving enough to minimize irritation around your jawline and other sensitive areas of the neck.
Shaving the Right Way Means One Less Pain in the Neck
A smooth shave on your neck is entirely possible, no matter how irritated your skin is today. Take some time to give the skin on your neck a break and time to heal before switching up your shaving technique and the direction in which you shave.
You’ll be back to clear, smooth, healthy skin in no time!