Beard Care


For black men, shaving can be an annoying experience because of the razor bumps that can develop. Ingrown hair, or razor bumps is the result of trapped hair under the skin that causes irritation and swelling. Whilst this is the most common grooming problem faced by black men, there are ways to avoid them.

We have put together a list of essential shaving tips to follow, which will help reduce the chances of getting razor bumps:

  1. Avoid shaving too close to the skin. The closer you shave to the skin, the higher the chances of hair getting trapped underneath the surface and causing irritation


  2. Always shave in the direction of the growth of the hair. going against the grain will pull on the skin and increase the chances of getting razor bumps


  3. Use warm water to wet the skin before shaving. This will soften the hair and open the pores


  4. Always moisturize after shaving to soothe the skin


  5. If at some point you do develop razor bumps you should stop shaving, as continued shaving can lead to painful irritation and scarring


  6. Replace your blades after 4-5 uses. Dull blades create a tendency to go over the same area of skin over and over again which will increase your chances of irritation. This applies to electric razors too, replace the blades every few months


  7. Reduce the amount of times you shave. For example, if you shave daily, switch to shaving every other day to allow the skin to heal and the hairs to grow through the surface. Frequent shaving will trap hairs inside the follicles and force short hairs back into the skin


  8. Exfoliate. Use a gentle scrub, this will remove the top layer of dead skin cells and allows the hair to grow more easily. In addition to this, it softens the skin, clears pores and evens out patchy skin tones


  9. Use a single blade razor to avoid shaving too close. The closer you shave the worse the ingrown hair/razor bumps will be


  10. Take your time. Shaving slowly and with care can dramatically reduce nicks, cuts and abrasions than can aggravate razor bumps