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Black Men's Skin and Hair Care
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Black Skin Shaving Tips

Shaver's Choice
Q. How often should I shave?
A. Shave as often as needed to maintain a clean shaven look. If you suffer from razor bumps, it's best to shave daily. Regular use of our products can make this possible.

Q. Which direction should I shave, up or down?
A. You should shave in the direction of your hair growth.  Hair grows downward on most men. Do not shave "against the grain".

Q. What type of razor should I use?
A. While razor bumps are still a problem, you should use a fixed head, single blade razor initially. Once razor bumps are under control, you can switch to a twin blade for a closer shave.  Bump Fighter razors (avaialble here) are specifically designed to tackle the problem of razor bumps.

Q. Why use a single blade? Isn't a twin blade better?
A. A single blade should be used, initially, to avoid the pulling of hairs that occurs with a twin blade.

Q. Which is better for my skin- depilatories (chemical shaving) or using a razor? I've heard depilatories reduce irritation.
A. While most depilatories do avoid the nicks and scraping associated with razor shaving, the active ingredient in depilatories dissolve the hair follicle and often cause skin irritation. Over time, this actually irritates the skin more than shaving properly with a clean,sharp razor. Shaving with a clean, sharp razor is the healthier alternative for the best skin care.  With the introduction of Formula 103 though, this has changed.  Formula 103 is the first depilatory that we have found that is actually really good for your skin and provides a clean, close shave without long term irritation of the skin.

Q. Which system is better, Black Opal, Formula 103 or Shaver's Choice?
A. All three systems work very well.  Since each person's skin is unique, one may work better than the other for you.  But, all three work well with razor bump problems.

Chemical Shaving Tips (Depilatory)

Because of razor irritation, many black men have turned to chemical methods of shaving. However, this may not completely eliminate the problem of ingrown hairs. If problems already exist as the result of using chemicals to shave, apply Shaver's Choice After Shave Skin Therapy for two to three days prior to shaving. This allows you to shave with less irritation.
  1. Shave daily. Shave daily to avoid giving the hair a chance to re-curl.
  2. Do not wash or clean the face prior to using shaving chemicals. 
  3. Shave with depliatory as usual.  We strongly recommend Formula 103 (available here).
  4. Rinse off all remaining shaving chemicals with cool tap water.
  5. Blot the face dry with a towel.
  6. Apply Shaver's Choice After Shave Skin Therapy or Formula 103 Razor Bump Serum by massaging avery small amount into the skin with circular motions. Do not rinse the face after applying.

Razor Shaving Tips

  1. Shave daily. The Shaver's Choice system will help straighten the hair. Shave daily to avoid giving the hair a chance tore-curl.
  2. To fight common bacteria begin by carefully sterilizing your razor with alcohol or an antiseptic solution.
  3. Cleanse your face with Shaver's Choice Pre-Shave Facial Towelettes or Black Opal Pre-Shave Daily Cleanser
  4. Lather well all areas, which are to be shaved. Shaver's Choice Foaming Gel combines lanolin and oils with exclusive hair strengthening ingredients for a smooth shave with no rinsing.  Black Opal Desensitizing Clear Shave Gel provides a protective surface for shaving.
  5. To use, wet face or hands, squeeze dime size amount in palm of hand and work into desired lather. Apply to shaving area.
  6. Shave in long and steady strokes starting high by the ears and moving downward and inward toward the chin. This motion helps because the hairs are toughest at the front of the chin and it allows those to be exposed to the shaving cream longest and become softer. The blade must remain as clean as possible, so rinse it in hot water after each pass. Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to shave from the lower jaw or chin and move upward, which is typically called "against the grain". This may give a closer shave. But, can cause irritation.
  7. Wipe any excess lather off your face and make sure you haven't overlooked any unseen hairs. If you missed an area, simply wet the area to cause more lather and shave.
  8. Rinse your face with cool water and wipe dry. Rinsing is not required with Shaver's Choice, making it an excellent choice for use when water is not available. Rinsing with cool water, reduces the irritation of nicks and helps stop bleeding.
  9. Apply a very small amount of Shaver's Choice After Shave Skin Therapy or Black Opal After Shave Relief Lotion by massaging into the skin with circular motions. Do not rinse face after applying. For best results, use the After Shave twice per day.
  10. With the Black Opal System, treat irritated areas or razor bumps with the Razor Bump Recovery Solution.

Electric Razor or Clipper Shaving Tips

  1. Shave daily. The Shaver's Choice system will help straighten the hair. Shave daily to avoid giving the hair a chance to re-curl.
  2. To fight bacteria, sterilize razor heads with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or other antiseptic solution.
  3. Cleanse the skin in the shaving area with Shaver's Choice Pre-Shave Facial Cleanser to minimize bacteria on the skin.
  4. Lather well all areas, which are to be shaved. Shaver's Choice Foaming Gel combines lanolin and oils with an exclusive hair strengthening ingredients for a smooth shave with no rinsing. To use, wet face or hands, squeeze dime size amount in palm of hand and work into desired lather. Apply to shaving area and let set for 30 seconds.
  5. Wipe dry.
  6. Carefully Shave.
  7. Rinse with cool tap water. This helps to stop any bleeding and reduces the pain of small nicks and irritation.
  8. Apply Shaver's Choice After Shave Skin Therapy by massaging a very small amount into the skin in a circular motion. Do not rinse the face after applying. For added protection, use After Shave twice per day.
  9. Rinse the heads and blades of clippers or electric razor with warm water.