“The Dorco Eve 6 razor has six blades split into a double three-blade bendable head which cuts through coarse hairs quicker and makes shaving areas like knees and ankles easier.”
“The blades are what make the Dorco Eve 6 truly special . With 6 blades, split into 2 groups of three on a hinged head the shave you get is amazing. The head is hinged and flexible. Making awkward areas like knees, ankles and underarms a doddle. Oh and there’s an Aloe and Lavender strip on them too to moisturise and protect.…These are super impressive and I think everyone needs to know about them.”
“On initial use of the Dorco, it felt smooth and glided along my leg giving me a close and impressive shave. The more I used the Dorco I felt that it gave me confidence plus a close shave upon use.. After using for a month, I engaged with my family upon they’re[sic] views of the Dorco, they both asked where they could purchase more blades or the razor itself. It gave them a close shave but without the rash after they’d normally experience. I definitely will be using Dorco from now on and also looking into the subscription service for the blades and replacement handles..”
Throughout history, sideburns have helped men to visually express their philosophies of life through the medium of facial hair. While the moustache has drifted in and out of fashion, sideburns have stayed, and the popularity of various sizes and shapes evolve with time. If you feel it’s time to try them out, the success of your sideburns will depend on a few important factors; the thickness of your facial hair, your skills with a good razor, and understanding what message you want to send to the world. So, get the razor primed, and have a look at the ideas for shaping and sculpting your sideburns into masterpieces below.
If sideburns are new for you, ease your way in with straight, moderate-length sideburns that end just above your earlobes. Before shaping the burns with a good sharp razor, comb the facial hair flat and apply beard oil or a moisturising product recommended as by your stylist. Pull the razor straight down, and make sure the length is equal on each side. Be wary, if you have one ear higher than the other (many people do!), then you’ll need to adjust the sideburn length accordingly. With perfectly trimmed edges, a standard sideburn will look great with a suit and collared shirt.
The Beatles sported sideburns in tribute to the historic romantic poets, who penned their love poems by lamplight. After growing out your facial hair for a few weeks, carve your sideburns thick and long, modeling them into a steampunk or ’70s style. John Lennon’s sideburns often ended at the jaw, whereas the Scottish writer Robert Burns angled his thick sideburns forward, scooping them just under the cheekbone. Dress up your retro look with a velvet blazer and faded jeans, and take your notebook to the park for a songwriting session.
Instead of long and thick, go thin and neat. Strappy sideburns follow the natural angles of the face, are usually tightly clipped, and sometimes end on a curve or sharp angle. As the most modern take on sideburns, strappy burns are the quickest style to achieve because they require only a few days of hair growth. Why not show them off at the weekend with a patterned shirt and denim jacket. If the look works, experiment further by blending them into a short beard. Add a little wax to keep every hair in place.
Make it a “Miami Vice” look with shaggy sideburns that are barely distinguishable from the rest of your facial hair. Although shaggy burns express a casual style, their subtlety might be a challenge to maintain. Use a good razor with loose, relaxed strokes on the surrounding hair to subtly shave the burns into the length and width you want, combing the hair in place and using wax or oil as needed. Shaggy sideburns can keep you warm in the winter and look good with a plaid flannel shirt.
If you’re bold and – more importantly – have the beard to carry it off, shape your sideburns into mutton chops and declare rebellion against the status quo! An effective mutton chop should cover a good portion of the cheek area, emphasise your jawbone, and end near the corners of your lips. Finish the look with a graphic T-shirt or vintage sweater. Your mutton chops will require daily maintenance — clipping, shaping and combing are necessary to keep them looking good.
Sideburns can be created with a sharp razor, an electric razor or a combination of both. Once you have some experience shaping and shaving them, experiment with more styles and try blending them into a beard or moustache. Soon enough, you’ll be identified as “that chap with sideburns,” and that’s nothing but cool.
JET OFF FOR A SMOOTH WEEKEND GETAWAY
Packing your overnight bag? Don’t forget your long weekend essentials
The Easter long weekend is just around the corner, and whether you’re taking a road trip, hopping on the Eurostar or catching a short flight to visit family or friends, you’ll need your trusty overnight bag filled with all your weekend essentials.
Last minute packer? Pull together your weather appropriate clothes (an umbrella is always handy!), those hotel minis you
stole saved, sunglasses (hopefully you’ll need these!), toothbrush and of course, your Dorcorazor. Dorco’sultra-sharp six-blade system razor will ensure you’re getaway is as smooth as it should be.
Don’t get caught out with a dull blade. Did you know Dorcohas a reliable and flexible subscription service where you can get fresh blades delivered right to your door every month? It’s convenient and better value than you’d expect.
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“I have to say I have really noticed a difference using these [Dorco Eve 6] razors compared to those that I would usually use. I feel as though I have had longer between when I need to shave my legs and they feel so much smoother compared to usual.”
While a good razor is important, when you’re looking to let your beard grow, there’s no better way to do that than with natural ingredients that won’t irritate your skin or introduce harmful chemicals into your body.
Here’s our list of the top four natural beard-boosting ingredients every man should try for the perfect facial hair.
1. Coconut Oil
You can use coconut oil for anything. Really, anything. However, it’s perfect for beards as it’s not as greasy as other oils and contains vitamins E and K, which can repair broken skin underneath your beard to help prevent flaking that turns into less than appealing beardruff.
Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which has conditioning properties that not only allow it to penetrate your skin more effectively but makes the roots of your facial hair healthier and softer.
For the application, it is important to use extra virgin coconut oil. Make sure your hands and beard are clean, warm the coconut oil in your hands for 10 seconds, and massage it into your beard starting from the tips and working your way towards the roots. Leave it in for 20-30 minutes or overnight if you’re looking for extra strength and shine.
Eucalyptus is known to reduce inflammation of capillaries in the skin and provide moisturisation to the skin, and encouraging hair growth. It has also been shown to have aromatherapy benefits that can lead to increased mental stimulation and a decrease in stress.
We suggest using a moisturiser with eucalyptus as the main ingredient. Massage it on your face to grow your beard faster, as clean, healthy skin is crucial in stimulating hair growth.
You can also purchase eucalyptus oil and apply a few drops of it directly to your beard twice a day. The great thing about eucalyptus oil is that you can mix it with carrier oils, like sesame or olive, to increase effectiveness in its absorption, or you can add it to your normal shampoo or conditioner.
For a luscious, full-grown beard, try taking 2.5 mg of biotin every day. If you’re already taking a men’s daily multivitamin, you can take a dose of biotin every morning with the vitamin, or you can simply add more biotin-rich foods to your diet.
Cauliflower, beans, fish, carrots, bananas and eggs all contain high levels of biotin. Try a breakfast of scrambled eggs with mushrooms, which are both high in biotin, or add more bananas and vegetables to your daily snacks.
How exactly does it work? A water-soluble B vitamin, biotin aids in the metabolic process by breaking down protein, fats and carbohydrates. It also helps cells proliferate, which in turn aids in healthy hair growth, including facial hair.
This one can get a little messy, but it’s well worth it. To restore balance to your skin and hair, mash an avocado and massage it into your beard. Sounds crazy, but this green superfood is packed with nutrients that work to reduce inflammation and dryness and also nourish the skin needed to grow hair.
Avocados are high in amino acids and proteins that help restore the natural pH levels of your skin, which is crucial in maintaining healthy hair follicles that promote beard growth. However, if you’re looking for a less messy daily routine, you can use avocado oil in a similar manner as eucalyptus oil.
Taking Care of Your Beard Means Taking Care of Yourself
Whether you’re trying to grow your beard, increase its natural shine or provide yourself with overall skin care, the four natural remedies listed above will make sure you and your facial hair are healthy.
And, when it’s time to shave the beard and expose that healthy skin to the world, we’ve got you covered.
Some things in life are just part and parcel of sharing your home with someone else. Someone always leaves the cap off the toothpaste; someone always leaves the toilet seat up; and someone always ‘borrows’ a razor when they’re out of options.
If you’re a man living with a woman, the chances are you’ve gone for a shave only to find your razor on the side of the bath. In an instant, you realise your razor has been used to shave legs!
As well as it being annoying, sharing razors has the potential to be dangerous.
There’s an important reason why men and women shouldn’t share razors
Men’s and women’s razors are designed in a slightly different way. In most cases, razors for women are designed to cover very large areas in big, sweeping strokes — perfect for shaving legs. Men’s razors, on the other hand, are designed to cover the smaller, more uneven surfaces of the face. A lot of modern women’s razors feature a soft, sculpted grip for comfort and a swiveling head to help negotiate ankles and knees; this makes them unsuitable for shaving faces.
Sharing razors can be unsanitary
Even the smoothest, pain-free shaves can result in tiny nicks — many of which are invisible to the naked eye. These microscopic openings in the skin can allow bacteria to enter, which can lead to potentially serious infections if not dealt with quickly. If bacteria lurk on a used blade after someone else has used it, infection, warts or various fungal conditions can be spread relatively easily.
Don’t get your razors confused
Fortunately, it’s actually very easy to ensure a man never uses a woman’s razor — and vice versa. Have you ever wondered why razors for women are usually brightly coloured? If you’re sharing a home with other male adults, however, you should take a few extra steps to make sure your razor never falls into the wrong hands. For instance, ask every male in your home to choose a colour. Some razors are available in black, blue, grey and various other colours, so this shouldn’t be difficult. If other colours aren’t available, try labelling each razor with some coloured tape.
Just like your toothbrush, your razor should be yours and yours alone.
If you’re someone who loves a wet shave, you probably fall into one of three categories: against the grain, with the grain, or a little of both. A lot of young boys are taught to shave with the grain. This means shaving in the direction of hair growth. But is this the right way to go?
Having the right tools for the job is every bit as important for personal hygiene and grooming as it is for doing construction work. They are just different tools!
Does the way you shave really make a difference?
A lot of men prefer to shave against the grain because it delivers a closer shave with fewer strokes — particularly on awkward areas of the face such as the neck and around the ears. There is also a school of thought that going against the grain is faster, so some men will do this if they’re late for work in the morning.
In most cases, shaving against the grain does, in fact, result in a closer shave with fewer strokes. While fewer strokes means less chance of razor burn, there is a downside. Shaving in the opposite direction of hair growth increases the risk of cuts and ingrown hairs. This method also pulls the hair away from the skin in a harsh manner, which can be very painful if the right preparations haven’t been taken.
Shaving with the grain may take a little longer, and it may prove very tricky on certain areas of the face — but it is usually more comfortable, and reduces the risk of causing nicks and cuts. Give yourself enough time, and you can make your daily wet shave an enjoyable, relaxing experience.
Of course, how often do you have the time in the morning to really enjoy a wet shave? When you’re in need of a close finish in a hurry, going against the grain is often the best option. And while it does pose a heightened risk of irritation, discomfort and cuts, it can be an effective method of shaving if you do it right.
How to shave against the grain safely
Before you do anything, find out the direction your facial hair grows. There is a chance that different areas of hair will grow in different directions, so take a few minutes to do this. Slowly rub your hand up and down your face. The direction that offers the highest level of resistance is referred to as “against the grain” or ATG.
Hydrate your skin and facial hair for at least three minutes before applying shaving foam. The best way to do this is to take a hot shower. According to some estimates, this can reduce the force needed to cut facial hair by up to 70 percent.
Whilst you’re still wet, liberally apply a shaving gel or foam. If you have particularly dry skin, you might want to apply a pre-shave oil or cream beforehand. Give the shaving foam a minute of contact time to make sure the hair is as soft and moisturised as it can be. This will help to prevent nicks and cuts.
Mentally divide your face into sections — based on the shapes and surfaces you discovered when you were examining it. Each section should be no more than two square inches. Starting at the bottom of the section, very slowly and smoothly shave up against the direction of growth. Don’t exert too much pressure here; luckily, you won’t need to, as shaving against the grain requires less force than shaving with it.
Although faster, this method can lead to irritation for several hours afterwards. You should therefore keep applying moisturising shaving gel after every few strokes. As long as you have a sharp, multi-blade razor made to a very high standard, you will never need more than two strokes on the same area of skin.
The chances are you use a combination of both shaving methods to get the closest finish possible. But whichever method you prefer, rushing the process will result in cuts, irritation and rashes. Try getting up a little earlier in the morning to give yourself the time a safe wet shave requires.
Watch any movie about pirates or American gangsters, and there’s a reasonable chance you will see a cut-throat shave at some point. Used to great cinematic effect to portray dominance, the threat of violence and fear, the classic cut-throat shave has almost completely vanished from everyday life in Britain. But this primitive form of grooming is making something of a comeback.
A growing number of specialist barber shops are offering a cut-throat shave at a premium price. But there’s no need to splash the cash to enjoy this dying art. With the right equipment and know-how, you can perform your own cut-throat shave safely and effectively — in the comfort of your own bathroom.
Having the right tools for the job is every bit as important for personal hygiene and grooming as it is for doing construction work. They are just different tools!
Your facial hairs will be easier to remove if your skin is warm and damp. It is therefore always a good idea to take a hot shower just before a cut-throat shave. Cleanse your face with a moisturising face wash, and exfoliate if you need to. With your face, still wet, apply a lubricating shaving oil before heading straight to the sink to start your shave.
Choose an unscented, moisturising shaving gel and apply it liberally to your face and the front of your neck.
Select a sharp, high quality blade
For a safe and close cut-throat shave, choosing a sharp, clean and high-quality razor blade is imperative. This is just you, some shaving gel and a simple, single-bladed razor, so you can’t afford to wing it without the best possible tools for the job. Get a feel for the blade beforehand, as you will need to proceed with accuracy and care when negotiating your ears and nose. If you’ve used the razor before, sharpen it with a strop before starting.
Get your angles right
There is a very small window of safety and effectiveness when it comes to the angle at which the blade meets your face. The optimum angle is between 30 and 35 degrees. If you’re wondering what that looks like, start by placing the blade flat on your skin. Using the sharp edge as a pivot point, gently raise the blunt edge of the blade by about five millimetres — and shave downwards using slow, smooth strokes. Any more than that, and you run the risk of cutting yourself. Any less, and you will tug at the hairs — pulling some of them out and inflicting a great deal of pain on yourself.
Tighten your skin
A cut-throat shave is definitely a two-handed job. With your weak hand, pull the area of skin you’re shaving until it is taut. This will reduce the risk of causing nicks and cuts and make the process a lot more comfortable. Always shave away from the hand that is holding the skin tight — preferably with the grain.
Smooth and steady does it
Shaving the same area of your face repeatedly will result in razor burn. It is therefore very important that you use slow, steady and deliberate strokes when shaving with a cut-throat razor. If your blade is sharp and in great condition, you’ll never need to shave the same area of skin more than twice. Keep each stroke very short in length — around one centimetre is ideal.
Use a brush to re-apply shaving gel
By re-applying shaving gel with a quality brush, you’re ensuring your skin and facial hairs are always moisturised. This minimises friction and reduces the chance of razor burn. In addition, the action of continually brushing your face ensures any stray whiskers are removed to make way for smooth, uninterrupted strokes with your blade.
Wash and check
You can’t be sure that you have caught every stray hair until you can see yourself clearly in a mirror. It is therefore essential that you inspect your face closely, preferably after rinsing it with warm water. It’s also important to keep your face warm at this stage, as you may need to touch up your handiwork before you finish.
Once you’re happy with your shave, rinse your face with cold water, and apply a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
There is something exciting and primitive about a cut-throat shave, but it is not without its risks. A quality Dorco razor has its blades firmly fixed at the perfect angle for safe shaving. With a handheld blade, however, you are in full control of the experience — so planning and a great deal of care is essential.