Shaving & Grooming Buying Guide
Shaving & Grooming 101
There's no one right way to get a close shave or maintain well-groomed facial hair. The key is to experiment with different shaving equipment and products and determine what works best for you. For removing stubble, your choice is between a razor and an electric shaver. If you grow a beard, moustache or sideburns, a trimmer will help you sculpt and personalize your appearance. For closely cropped hair on your face or head, an electric clipper is a popular choice. You also have to decide between dry shaving and wet shaving. If you opt for wet shaving, you'll need to choose a shaving cream, shaving foam, shaving gel or shaving soap that suits your skin type. It’s always the right time to improve your personal grooming routine. Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand.
Types of Shaving & Grooming Tools
If you prefer a quick shave with less fuss, you should consider an electric shaver. The two main types of electric shavers are foil shavers and rotary shavers. A foil shaver is so-called because of the micro-thin, perforated layer of curved metal that covers the cutting blades. When you roll the foil head over your face, it raises up the hairs so the blades can cut them close to the skin. Rotary electric shavers have multiple, small rotating heads that conform to the shape of your face and can make it easier to work around your mouth, nose and chin. If you use a traditional dry electric shaver, the shaving process is fast and lubricant free. However, many electric shavers today can be used wet or dry. Wet-shave capability gives you the option to use shaving cream or gel to help protect sensitive skin. A rechargeable, cordless electric shaver offers the best combination of convenience and performance.
Razors come in battery or non-battery styles. They are simple to use and can provide a closer shave than electric shavers. There are two main types: disposable razors and cartridge razors. Once you've used up the blade on a disposable razor, you throw the entire unit into the trash. With a cartridge razor, you keep the handle, throw away the used cartridge. Getting a close shave with a razor is easier than ever thanks to superfine blades and compact cartridges that hold multiple blades which tilt to hug the contours of your face. Most disposable razor packages come with two to five individual razors. Many cartridge razors have colour-coded strips that fade with use to alert you when it’s time to switch. Some also offer trimming and clipping capability via various heads. Whichever manual razor you choose, be sure to first prep your skin thoroughly with shaving cream, foam or gel.
Trimmers & Clippers
Some electric shavers are equipped with a pop-up hair trimmer for custom-styling your beard, moustache or sideburns. If your current electric shaver lacks this option, you might consider picking up a stand-alone beard trimmer or hair trimmer. Trimmers have smaller heads for getting at those delicate areas around your mouth and nose, as well as attachments for grooming nose and ear hair. If you shave your own head or trim your own hair, then a barber-style set of hair clippers with interchangeable blades and guide combs could be the perfect do-it-yourself solution.
Creams, Foams & Gels
Most shaving methods require a shaving cream/foam or shaving gel to protect your skin and soften your whiskers for quicker, closer removal. Aerosol varieties are classified by skin type and often include conditioners or emollients to reduce friction and minimize irritation. Application of a pre-shave product can even improve the closeness of an electric shave. If you maintain manicured facial hair such as a moustache, goatee or sideburns, you may prefer gel over a cream or foam. While cream / foam obscures the skin and hair below, gel is clear so you can shave and trim more precisely. If you appreciate the art of shaving, then you can whip your own shaving soap in a mug or bowl and apply with a shaving brush in the classic style.
Wet Shaving Tips:
- Clean your skin and soften your beard with warm water before shaving
- Gently apply a layer of shaving foam or gel and let it rest briefly
- Use a sharp, multi-blade razor
- Shave with light gentle strokes, occasionally rinsing the blade
- Rinse your face with cool water to close skin pores
- When finished use a moisturizer or after-shave
Shop Accessories & Related Products:
Electric Shaver Maintenance Tips:
- Clean blades after every shave
- Replace worn blades according to manufacturer’s directions
- Replace foil once a year as a general rule
- Use a recommended lubricant
- Periodically check the unit’s cord for wear
- Keep an extra set of batteries on hand
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.