Guest Post – Top Shaving Tips For Teenage Boys

Guest Post – Top Shaving Tips For Teenage Boys

Watching my eldest get to grips with his personal grooming was interesting to say the least, particularly when it came to shaving - when to start, how often etc.  I have to admit to not being a great lover of facial hair so at the very first signs of the dreaded bum fluff I was keen for him to understand the importance of keeping on top of it but as a mother what on earth did I know about shaving? Well the truth is not a lot, but I knew it was something he had to learn to do properly from the outset and whether you are a fan of facial hair or not there is a world of difference between a good and bad shave.

Teaching your son to shave is generally considered to be a defining father-son moment on the path to preparing him for being a man.  But what about all those single mothers out there in need of some advice to pass on or who just want to know what their son should be doing?  Aron James is the editor of StubblePatrol and a father himself and here he shares his tips to help teenagers master the art of shaving, which I for one have found hugely valuable and have already thrust under the nose of my teenager to improve his technique!

ARON JAMES 

THE IMPORTANCE OF SHAVING

Like most teenage boys, my son's facial hair was relatively unnoticeable initially, but once he started high school he had to up his game considerably and shave more frequently, otherwise he would just look very unkempt.   He had to learn fast and although he made some mistakes as we all do when we start out, I gave him some pointers to put him on the right path. After all a young man wants to go into the world with style and be confident of how to look after himself, so here are my steps to help teenagers complete their look with a great shave.

THE ESSENTIALS OF A GREAT SHAVE

The essentials are a quality shaving cream that lathers and doesn’t foam; tea tree oil for its anti-microbial properties; a shaving brush that is not too hard or soft; a good quality razor; facial wash with tea tree oil and a clean towel.

TOP 3 TIPS FOR ACHIEVING THE BEST SHAVE  

1. The first thing to do is to wash the face with warm water to ensure the skin is moist. It is easy particularly in the early days to be too eager to just start and ignore this step but keeping the skin moist is the best way to ensure a close shave as it is widely reported that this reduces wear and tear on the skin that may cause inflammation afterwards.

2. He should apply the shaving cream on his face with his hands, then use the brush to lather it around in a circular fashion, ending with strokes in a direction opposite to the hair growth. This is really important because the cream not only provides a smooth surface for the blades to glide over the skin but it keeps the hair raised after stroking which helps to achieve a closer shave.

Thereafter he should use a razor and stroke gently in the direction of the hair growth, ensuring he uses nice even strokes until all the cream is gone.  If needs be, he can re-apply shaving cream once more and repeat the previous procedure to get an even closer and more even shave.

3. Rinse with warm water over the sensitive areas and use a facial wash high in tea tree oil to help kill inflammation-causing microbes after shaving. Rinse with cool water then pat dry with a clean towel and finish by applying regular tea tree oil to the skin to keep inflammation and possible ingrown hair from forming.

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER

These three top tips alone should be enough. However, if your son is anything like ours in the early days (a little arrogant) then he may not follow these tips exactly and end up suffering from a whole host of dermatological issues, so here are some other things for him to consider.

  • Do not rush a shave. That is because the more you rush the more likely it is that you will get nicks and cuts as you are applying more pressure.
  • Shaving against hair growth will lead to a closer shave but it may result in getting cut more as well as having ingrown hairs (my son learnt the hard way).
  • Instead of trying to get everything done all at once to safe time, you should shave twice so as not to damage the skin too much by trying to get the closest shave in one go.  This is particularly true if you do not want scrapes, cuts and in-grown hair.
  • Ensure that the shaving cream used is specifically for sensitive skin since teenager's facial skin is sensitive in the early years of shaving.

FINAL WORDS

Following the tips above teenage boys should be well set for following a path to shaving properly from the outset.  Once my son understood this he was able to get clean and consistent shaves without cuts, scrapping and in-grown hair. These tips kept him out of the dermatologist’s office and caused him to shave more; improving his looks and his self-esteem. Take it from me as a parent of a teenage son he will thank you for giving him this expert advice, if not immediately then definitely in the long run!

Author Bio:

Aron James is the founder of StubblePatrol.com a site on male grooming offering best practice advice on a wide range of grooming topics.

 

Editor's Note : This is not a sponsored post.  

 

 

 

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36 Comments

  1. September 11, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    I am pleased to say that we won’t (hopefully) be needing this jo!! However, it is firmly lodged in my mind should anyone need it in our peer group. It’s a brilliant idea for a post! #TweensTeensBeyond

    • September 11, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      Ha ha yes you and all the other mothers of girls out there! #TweensTeensBeyond

  2. September 11, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    With three girls I got asked a lot of questions about leg shaving and this is exactly the sort of down to earth post that I could have done with on that subject. Brilliant idea Jo, I know loads of people who will find this really useful. I’m off to share it! xx #TweensTeensBeyond

    • September 11, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      You are not the only mum to mention the leg shaving. There is definitely post there. Will leave it with you! #TweensTeensBeyond

  3. September 10, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Fab tips I might need them myself hate shaving thanks for hosting #tweensteensandbeyond

    • September 11, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      Thanks Nigel. My husband was taking a look yesterday too. #TweensTeensBeyond

  4. September 8, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Both our teenage boys use electric razors. I think this will remain the case until they have to move from shaving the bumfluff on their upper lip to shaving actual growth on their chin. They also use their razors to keep on top of their mono-brow. First time eldest did this he got a bit too enthusiastic and shaved off a cm of eyebrow! When I asked him about it he denied he’d even picked the razor up – even though I was standing in front of him gaping at the evidence! Lol!
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      • September 8, 2017 / 1:30 pm

        No problem.

    • September 8, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      Oh the dreaded bum fluff stage. I couldn’t wait for that bit to be over! Hilarious about the eyebrows! I feel your pain. My son lost half an eyebrow last year due to a friend’s drunken antics and spent the best part of a two months drawing it on. It was agony to watch. Now it is back he is quick adept with a pair of tweezers. Thanks for making me smile as usual. x

    • September 8, 2017 / 10:16 am

      Sounds like a barber shop! Thanks for your comment, hope you are well. #TweensTeensBeyond

    • September 7, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Oh isn’t it just? Approaching it is a real minefield too. Glad it’s of use to you. #TweensTeensBeyond

    • September 7, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Good glad it’s of use to someone with boys of course! Yes it has been too long and I still need to do my blogger award – it is on list. #TweensTeensBeyond

    • September 7, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Oh but girls come with so many ones of their own too Mary as I am just finding out.

      • September 8, 2017 / 12:26 am

        It’s so lovely at times to not have teenagers anymore …

        • September 8, 2017 / 10:17 am

          Yes as one prepares to leave that moment is getting closer for me too. x

  5. September 5, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Bookmarking for when my 14yo actually hits puberty and needs this, LOL. Does Aron also offer consults to midlife women who still slash an artery every time they shave their legs?!

    #tweensteensbeyond

    • September 5, 2017 / 10:54 pm

      Good plan. Wish I had read something similar before mine started to be honest. You are the second person to mention the leg shaving! There’s a follow-up article in there somewhere. Welcome back. #TweensTeensBeyond

    • September 5, 2017 / 10:55 pm

      Glad you found it useful Sadie. I passed the tea tree oil tip onto my eldest too! Thanks for joining us. #TweensTeensBeyond

    • September 5, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      I will leave you to put them to the test and let me know! #TweensTeensBeyond

  6. September 5, 2017 / 1:41 am

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I am a mom of three and my oldest is a boy, can’t wait for him to be a teen and suggest all these to him. As a mom you want the best for your kids, so do I.

    • September 5, 2017 / 10:57 pm

      Hi Jenny thanks for your comment and glad you have found something useful in the piece for the future. You can never be too prepared after all!

  7. September 4, 2017 / 6:31 am

    Thanks for having this article. Little things count. These are good tips. We all know how teen boys are in regards to their personal hygiene. My son is 16. My husband travels a lot so it’s unavoidable that he runs to me for almost everything, including shaving and choice of deodorant. I give him advice the best I could but during busy days, I just tell him to google it. This is what I absolutely love about parenting blogs, real experiences from moms and blogs who talk about anything and everything.

    I have related articles that you may be interested in reading. These are the links:
    https://www.parentingmonkey.com/5-stages-of-puberty
    https://www.parentingmonkey.com/teen-hygiene

    • September 5, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      Oh Nena I know exactly what you mean. My husband is always away for business and frequently find myself not knowing about some things but at least now I feel I can offer proper advice on shaving and actually sound knowledgeable! Thank you so much for your lovely comment too. I will definitely check out your links. Like you I love finding real life tips and experiences from other parents.

  8. September 3, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    This is a great set of tips. I grew up watching my dad shave every day whereas Chris only shaves once or twice and week and has a completely different way of doing it! #ablogginggoodtime

    • September 5, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      There is something quite mesmerising about watching a man shave. Weird isn’t it? You are right though everyone has a different technique. I am not sure my teen has quite developed his yet, it’s all a bit haphazard still but he is well on his way. Thanks for your comment. #ablogginggoodtime

  9. August 31, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    welp here is at least one thing I will never have to deal with…

    #ablogginggoodtime

    • September 1, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Ha ha yes but girls do come with their fair share of shaving issues too!

  10. August 31, 2017 / 4:02 am

    This is a wonderful read. I had a friend who is a single parent asking me about how she should approach teaching these things to his son. Will definitely share this with her.

    • August 31, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      Hi Ella that is great to hear and thank you for flagging that as when Aron for submitted it I did think it would be more pertinent perhaps for single mums too needing advice to pass on. I hope she finds it useful. Would love to hear back from her. Jo x

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