5. You’re using the wrong kind of razor
You don’t need a vibrating razor and you certainly don’t need to buy one of those expensive old-time razors they used back in the early 1900s. “Modern razors are made intentionally idiot-proof, because people who cut themselves make bad repeat customers,” says Jon, fully acknowledging his job is to sell razors. “They’re made to protect you from yourself, so let the razor do its goddamn job.”
Old razors are too heavy, not ergonomic, and frankly not fun to use.
6. You’re not mapping out your face
This is probably the biggest mistake men make when they’re shaving. “Here’s where it falls off the rails,” says Jon, “no one knows which way the grain grows.” Some people make the assumption that they know where the grain grows. Grain is very, very complicated—akin to those weather maps of wind patterns you see on TV.
There are multiple grains on your face, which can be easily mapped out by simply asking a barber or lightly running your fingers down your beard. If there’s little resistance against your fingers, you’re going with the grain, if it’s prickly and weird—like petting a cat the wrong way—you’re going against the grain. Map your face before you shave.