In the successful Netflix series Bodyguard Richard Madden's heroic character Sergeant David Budd spends most of his time on the screen, full of blood, sweat, and various explosion debris. Thwarting terrorist attacks and exposing top-level conspiracies is a messy and time-critical task, so removing crispy blood from your beard is not practical.
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Maybe that's why Madden's character appears To have the best shave we've ever seen.
Even if you see Bodyguard in HD, it's almost impossible to spot a single hair on Madden's gallant chin. Every man knows that shaving up close is extremely difficult, no matter how many products you try, what razors you buy, and how long you spend in front of the mirror. So we called Laura Maciejczyk, Senior Barber at Truman's Gentlemen's Groomers in New York City, to find out what we could do to get an incredibly close shave like David Budd (but without the bombing).
Of course, you can not feel like a barber who has been trained for years and sits behind the chair for hundreds of hours. However, Maciejczyk has some insider tips that each of us can comfortably do in our own bathroom.
Tip # 1
: Do It in the Shower
Tip # 3: Stop for a cocktail
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Maciejczyk recommends using an oil as a pre-shave treatment, but instead of putting it on the skin before shaving cream, mix it directly. (This is a process that professionals call "cocktailing.") "Mixing the oil and shaving cream gives your face a beautiful, silky texture that makes the face supple. "Put a little oil in your hand, add a little cream and mix it with your hands." Not only does it feel great in the steam of the shower, but it will help to hydrate the skin and reduce irritation.
Tip 4: Keep sharp
There are many debates among shavers about how many blades sound the most shave: some say more, some more say less: According to Maciejczyk, the number of blades is not the problem, but the sharpness. "When I do my shaves, I use one blade per client," she says. "Most guys at home do not change their blades enough. After about six shaves the blades dull and the shaving is not so close.
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You also get more ingrown hairs and irritations like razor burn Try them Changing the blade is not essential after each use, but if you want a close shave as much as possible, make sure you use a new one.
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Tip 5: Follow the map
"The direction you shave depends on your hair pattern," says Maciejczyk. This does not mean, however, that the advice "never shave against the grain" is absolutely correct. "If you really want a close shave, going with the grain and against the grain will give you that silky smooth skin," she says.
However, it does offer a disclaimer: "Some people are very sensitive when they go against the grain and get more ingrown and irritated. Everyone knows their own skin better than anyone else. Go with the river and at the lower neck, start with the direction in which the hair grows.