DAY 9: “You clean up well.” — that’s what she said
We have a reputation to maintain here, gentlemen.
Sure, we could roll out of bed and continue to rock the, “I haven’t shaved in a week because, 1) I want to look older, 2) maybe ladies will think I’m a rebel/douche-bag, which has to boost my street credit, or 3) I’m so good at being a lazy, no-talented a**-clown.”
News flash: I would argue only 20% of guys in college can actually grow a respectable beard. Everyone else, and you know who you are, should not try to fit in by growing a small rodent on your face.
Don’t be that guy.[Takes sip of espresso, puts on iconic game face] We’re better than that… let’s learn how to shave like men, keep it clean and classy, and get the best kind of street credit… Boss Status:
Proper Shaving Routine
If you do this right, shaving becomes a very therapeutic and relaxing experience. Feeling great, refreshed, and just thankful for being such a badass.
Are you ready for the secret Legendary Shaving Ritual? Your welcome.
- Exfoliate (30–60 seconds)- look into face washes with exfoliating beads for this, helps clear away the dead skin and “wake’s up” your whiskers, so you can get a closer shave. Be easy with it, let the micro-beads do the work, don’t try to grind them into your face.
- Pre-shave Oil (15 seconds)- softens up your face and adds some weight to your scruff, reducing irritation and making it easier for your blade to “pick up” the stubble. I recommend either going with an unscented variety, or something that compliments your shaving cream’s aroma.
- Lather Up (45–60 seconds)- we’re going to need you to throw out the crap you got from the convenience store. When we say lather up, we mean brushing ACTUAL shaving cream on your face, barbershop style. Recommended products are below. Start by soaking the brush in warm to hot water for 20–30 seconds. Let the brush drip out a bit to avoid a mess, and then dip it in your shaving cream,you won’t need more than a nickel-sized glob. Start brushing onto your face in a circular motion, building up a nice lather in the process.
- Shave (2–3 minutes)- remember this: the goal is beard reduction with your strokes, not instant removal. Let the blade do the work, don’t press it into your face to try and take it out in one swipe. Also, short strokes to reduce irritation. Work the angles of your face, and DO NOT go against the grain. Some sources will say you can after you have gone over it once or twice, but seriously at your own risk. Chances are, you’ll get a lot of unwanted in-grown hairs.
- Shave Again (1–2 minutes)- remember when I just said beard reduction? Brush up again and go over everything again to get the last bit of stubble.
- After Shave Time (20–30 seconds)- apply a healthy portion of after shave, and go with the non-alcoholic variety so it doesn’t dry out your face. Much like the pre-shave oil, either go with unscented or something that compliments your shaving cream.
There you have it, folks — in less than 10 minutes, your face will be silky smooth and ready to show off that impressive jaw line of yours.
For added effect, the Art of Manliness has a great instructional video:
On to Building Your Shaving Arsenal
Razors and Blades — we recommend using a safety razor, which gives you the single blade you’re looking for. If you want, you can try your hand at a straight razor (barborshop blade style), but at your own risk.
The Legendary Collegian’s Blade of Choice: Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor
Blade Refills: Merkur-Razor Double Edge Razor Blades
Shaving Brush — you’ll find two different kinds of shaving brushes out there, boar or badger hair. Boar hair is significantly cheaper, but you get what you pay for. The Legendary Collegian uses a badger hair brush.
The Legendary Collegian’s Brush of Choice: Omega 13109 Creamy Curved Handle Pure Badger Shaving Brush
Shaving Cream — chances are, you’ve been using shaving cream from a pressurized can for a while now. Time to step up to the big leagues. And instead of smelling like a bathroom cleaner, you’ll be left feeling and smelling all burly and legendary.
The Legendary Collegian’s Shaving Cream of Choice: Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce
Exfoliating, Moisturizing, and Post-Shave - these are going to help you stay fresh, reduce cuts, soreness, and/or redness, and give you almost a glowing effect to your face, which is awesome.
The Legendary Collegian’s Exfoliating Face Wash of Choice: Nivea for Men Energy Face Scrub, 4.4 Ounce Tube
The Legendary Collegian’s Pre-Shave Oil of Choice: The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Pre-Shave Oil
The Legendary Collegian’s After Shave of Choice: Art of Shaving After Shave Balm Sandalwood for All Skin Types
And for those of you that can grow a respectable beard — keep it trimmed and clean!
Enjoy the compliments, gents.
Over the next month, be on the lookout for your new challenge every day — you can also follow the updated series of posts here.
Also, be sure to print out and hang up your Challenge Checklist so you can keep track. You’ll get a sneak peak at what’s to come, but can get further details with the post associated with each day.
Remember, legends are constantly improving themselves, so it’s up to you to work hard in accomplishing each daily task to help you become the legend on your campus.
How was your first wet shave experience? Have any other shaving tips? We want to hear about them. Please keep us updated on your efforts in the comments below!