Shave tips from the pros

Here at Modena, we specialize in all things hair. From hair transplants to hair removal, we’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade along the way.
Of all the hair removal methods, shaving tends to cause the most headaches. From razor burn to nicks, shaving can prove to be tricky at times. Stress no more, we’ve compiled a list of the most helpful tips we’ve come across over the years.
Know the grain. You should always shave with the grain. In order to find the grain (aka angle in which your hair grows), run your fingers along the hairy area. If you feel prickles, you’re going against the grain. When you find a smooth feel, you’ve found the grain in which your hair grows in. Shaving with the grain minimizes pain and prevents irritation such as razor burn and ingrown hairs.
Wash first. Always wash the area you’re going to shave prior to shaving it. This helps remove bacteria and dead skin cells, preventing infection and clogging up your razor.
Steam is your best friend. Taking a hot shower or using a hot towel on the pre-shaved area helps relax and soften the hairs, while opening up the pores. This will make your shaving easy and pain-free.
Don’t skip the lather. There are many options for shaving products, such as cream, foam, and lotion. Whichever one you choose, don’t skip this important step. Shaving can sometimes be drying. Lather helps combat this by keeping the process moisturizing.
Rinse and repeat. Keep your shave effective by rinsing the blade, front and back, after every stroke with hot water. This will keep the strokes even and maintain the close shave you desire.
Stretch the skin. Thankfully, skin is flexible. Pulling it taught can help us get a closer shave, especially when it comes to maneuvering tricky spots.