How to Prevent Irritation When Shaving Your Head

With celebrities like Jason Statham and Ross Kemp embracing a bald crown, the no-hair trend is here to stay. But before trying this style on your own cranium, you need a game plan. A shaved head may be the ultimate low-maintenance hair style, but it does require some basic prep and the right technique to achieve a close shave. Skip these steps, and you can expect razor bumps, skin irritation and ingrown hairs.

Start With the Basic Prep Work

Before shaving your head for the first time, start with a long shower to soften the hair. Then begin with a trim. Use a set of hair clippers to cut your hair so it’s approximately one centimetre long.

If you don’t have a shaving mirror with an adjustable arm, invest in one. That way, you’ll be able to see the back of your head easily. You’ll also be able to avoid shaving the same area twice, which is akey cause of general skin irritation.

Don’t own a set of clippers? Consider going to a barber for your first shave. That way, you’ll only need to shave regularly to maintain your new look.

Establish Your Regular Shaving Routine

Prior to every shave, take a hot shower and then cover your scalp with a shaving cream or shaving oil. Wait about five minutes to let the hair soften fully.

Shave with a sharp razor that has at least three blades. Start with the front of your head, and shave with the grain of the hair. Apply very little pressure when shaving, and let the blade do the work. Rinse the razor after every stroke.

Create an orderly pattern when shaving to avoid shaving over the same spot twice. Save shaving the back of your head for last because that area tends to have the coarsest and thickest hair. Don’t stretch the skin, which can cause ingrown hairs. However, look down when shaving the back of your neck to get an even shave.

Now examine your head carefully. If you want a closer shave, you can repeat this process, except this time you should shave against the grain of the hair. However, if you have curly hair, coarse hair or sensitive skin, you greatly increase the risk that you’ll cause ingrown hairs if you shave again.

Finish With Some Shaving Aftercare

Once you’re done shaving, splash some cold water on your scalp and gently towel the area dry. Use an alcohol-free aftershave balm or lotion to soothe the scalp. Also plan on moisturising your scalp regularly. Look for a moisturiser with SPF unless you want a freckled head.

On the days you’re not shaving your head, use an exfoliating face wash on your scalp to prevent ingrown hairs. Look for something with chemical exfoliants, such as glycolic or salicylic acid, to increase skin cell turnover. After your scalp is clean, apply your moisturiser to protect the newly exposed skin.

Address Persistent Skin Irritation

Some minor scalp irritation is common after your first shave. To prevent aggravating your skin, wait a few days before shaving again, but make sure to moisturise and wash the scalp daily. Most men wait one to three days between shaving sessions.

However, if you follow these tips but still end up with regular razor bumps, you may want to visit a dermatologist. Depending on the cause of your scalp woes, the dermatologist could prescribe a retinoid for better exfoliation or a hydrocortisone to minimise existing irritation. Sometimes a topical antibiotic is necessary to eliminate acne-causing bacteria from the scalp.

Shaving your head means you’ll never need to use conditioner again, but don’t mistake low maintenance for no maintenance. Give your scalp the same level of care as your face, and you’ll have a spot-free scalp that’s worthy of leading-man status.

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A Woman’s Guide to Shaving Your Face

While many women won’t admit it, shaving their face is a regular part of their hair removal routine. Most women have some peach fuzz on their face and, as we age, that hair can become longer and more plentiful. This guide will fill you in on everything you need to know to shave your face with ease.

1. Don’t Use Your Leg Razor

While it doesn’t seem like it would matter, don’t use the same razor you use to shave your legs or other body parts for your face. You don’t want to mix dead skin and bacteria from one area of your body to another. You also run the risk of getting unsightly nicks and cuts when using the same razor. And those nicks and cuts can lead to skin irritation, ingrown hairs and possible infection. Try Dorco Eve that has three blades, a vitamin-E moisturizing strip that will soften and protect the face. It will give you a close, smooth shave that will leave your face feeling buttery soft.

2. Ingrown Hairs May Be a Problem

Anytime you shave you run the risk of in-grown hairs. The friction caused from shaving may leave you with the unsightly hairs on your face. Properly prepping your skin before you shave can help prevent the hairs from forming. Shaving in the direction your hair grows is another way to cut down on ingrown hairs. Also, exfoliating regularly helps keep the unwanted hairs at bay as it removes the dead skin that is the foundation for them to form.

3. Lather Up and Shave

Outside of removing unwanted hairs, shaving is an excellent way to exfoliate the skin. Before you start shaving, thoroughly wet your face to soften up the hairs to make them easier to remove. If you really want to soften and prep your skin, place a hot towel on your face for a few minutes before you begin shaving.

Next, lather the gel shaving cream of your choice all over your face. You want to shave in the direction your hair is growing while limiting the number of passes you make. Shaving in the direction of the hair growth will help cut down on any ingrown hairs. After shaving in the right direction, complete one pass in the opposite direction to get the closest shave possible. Finally, rinse your face and moisturize to keep your skin feeling creamy and soft.

4. Try Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a professional procedure used to exfoliate the face. While not specifically meant to remove hair, hair removal is one of the side benefits of the procedure. Dermaplaning works by taking a straight edge razor or special scalpel, holding it at 45-degree angle to your face and using it to remove the top layer of dead skin cells.

It is not recommended you try dermaplaning at home. You likely won’t be able to get the exact angle needed to properly exfoliate your face, and you may end up hurting yourself since you won’t know how deep you need to go to remove the top layer of skin. Use dermaplaning as a nice addition to your regular shaving routine, but leave it to the professionals.

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8 Tips for Caring for Your Razor

Quality razors need quality care. But before you think razor care is too time-consuming, try these tried and proven ways to keep your razors and blades in top condition.
Here are eight ways to clean your blades perfectly, get rid of stubborn hairs and prolong your razor’s life.

1. Always, Always Rinse

After two or three strokes when shaving, rinse it with water. Don’t wait too long, as hair and bacteria will build up during usage and start to clog the blades.

2. Use Steaming Hot Water

When rinsing, always run blades under hot water. Reheating them gets rid of unwanted bacteria and gunk. Make sure that the blade heats up before applying it to your skin, as a hot blade will cut your hairs more efficiently. Rinse the backside of your razor as well, rotating the razor head when rinsing it out. This helps the water to flow through every part of the razor, getting the hairs to drain easily. When you are rinsing it after a shave, check that all the excess cream is flushed out as well.

3. Try an Alcohol Soak

If you find hairs and bits stuck in your razors, you might need to try a deep cleanse. Rinsing your razor blades with alcohol can also help to sterilise and clean them, getting those tiny, gritty hairs out. Simply put some rubbing alcohol into a small cup, then place the head end of your razor and soak it for a few minutes. Then, slosh it around in a sink full of hot, bubbly water.

4. Brush It Clean

Another easy way to clean your favourite razor and rid it of unwanted hair is to use some basic soap and a nylon-bristled brush. If you don’t have one, use an old toothbrush to get into the cracks and eliminate bacteria build-up.

5. Use Your Dishwasher

Here’s a hack that may surprise you. Place your razor directly in the rack for silverware and let the dishwashing machine do the work of cleaning your razor thoroughly! If you find yourself worrying about bacteria, dirt and grime, the dishwasher can take care of any sanitary issues.

6. Use Clean Paper Towels to Pat — Not Rub — Your Razor Blade Dry

Keeping your razor blades dry after use and washing helps to keep them clean. Also, make sure they have no chance to breed bacteria in wet and warm spaces.

7. Run Your Razor Along Your Jeans

Everyone has a pair of denims in their wardrobe, but not everyone knows this little trick to care for razors. Slide your razor along the diagonal threads of your jeans about 10-15 times, first one way, and then in the opposite direction. Folks who use this method say they can keep a single razor sharp for up to half a year!

8. Use Your Forearm

This old-fashioned trick is one that many people swear by. At the time that you feel it may be getting dull, here’s a trick that needs nothing but your own arm: To prolong the life of your razor, slide it backward for about 10 strokes along your forearm. The bit of natural body grease actually helps smooth out your razor blades, making them stay sharper and last a lot longer.

So now that you found the perfect razors, you can take your grooming routine to the next level. By keeping them clean and gunk-free, you extend their life, save costs and even save time.

Let us know which of the above hacks you’ve been using in your daily shaving routines or how you best care for your razors. Check out our community pages, plus the wide range of razors, blades and special offers for smarter shaving at DORCO.

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How To Get Your Skin Bikini-Ready for Summer Holidays

How To Get Your Skin Bikini-Ready for Summer Holidays

Before going on holiday, we all plan the necessities for our trip: what to wear, what sights to see, and what we’ll eat and drink. But for an excellent holiday, there’s something just as important as picking out a great bikini to wear to the beach: making your skin look great with your bikini. There’s no point in having a sexy new bathing suit without smooth, sexy legs to match. Here’s how to get your skin bikini-ready for summer holiday.

1. Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin will give you a better, smoother shave and allow moisturiser to sink in more deeply to your skin. There are several ways to exfoliate. One way is to manually exfoliate your skin with a loofah, which uses rough natural fibers to brush away dead skin. Loofahs can be picked up at most drug stores; you can find it located near the body wash and other bath supplies. You can also use a salt or sugar scrub to exfoliate. Salt and sugar scrubs work by scrubbing away dead and tired skin with salt or sugar grains, and they may contain some moisturising properties as well. These are also available at drug stores and beauty shops. Pick the exfoliating method of your choice and, after undressing, use it to scrub away all the rough skin on legs and body. You are now ready to move on to the next step, which is shaving.

2. Shave

Apply a good, moisturising shaving cream to your legs before starting to shave. And most importantly, use a sharp, good-quality razor: Razors that are dull or poor quality will make shaving harder and more painful, and the results will be not be as smooth. Shave in the direction that hair is going to avoid irritation, and keep a firm hand so that you cut the hair away at the skin. Make sure to get those hard-to-reach places like the backs of the legs and bikini area. Take care on the knees and other areas not to nick your skin. When you’ve completed your shaving and all the hair is removed, rinse off in the shower. Make sure to rinse away all the shaving cream from your body.

3. Moisturise

While your skin is still wet and warm from the shower, apply a rich lotion to your skin to lock in moisture and leave the skin feeling fresh and smooth. Coconut oil and similar oils make great moisturisers for beach-ready skin. You can also use a moisturising lotion. Some lotions come infused with scents: Pick one that puts you in the mood to relax and enjoy your holiday. Good scent options for the beach are sandalwood, coconut and vanilla. Rub lotion into the skin to allow it to really penetrate and deliver smooth, lasting moisture.

4. Tan and Shine (optional!)

If you like the sexy, tanned look, apply a self-tanning lotion to the skin or Visit a spray tanning parlour. After a few hours, your skin will be not just smooth, but glowing and bronze.

5. Head to the Beach!

You are now smooth, moisturised and ready for a brilliant day at the beach. Before you head to the sand, throw a Bottle of moisturiser in your beach bag to bring with you so you Can stay moisturised in the sun. And don’t forget sunscreen — all that freshly shaved skin can be slightly sensitive, and you want to avoid getting a sunburn. Add a hat, some sunglasses, a bottle of water and a good book. You are now fully prepared to have a fantastic holiday. Time to hit the sand!

 

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BE THE TOUR DE FORCE WITH YOUR CLOSEST SHAVE YET

The Tour de France is in fast approach, get set with Dorco’s Pace 6 Plus

 

This July will see the start of the infamous Tour de France; the world’s most notorious cycling competition. With teams rallied around and the spirit of competition in the air, no doubt many of you will want to take to the road and try your luck at a spot of cycling.

Just as the pros do, you’ll want to have your leg hair in check, to ensure nothing stops you hitting those high speeds! Dorco don’t want you to feel anything less than a champion of the track. So we’ve pulled together some top tips on keeping your leg hairs trim, so All you have to worry about is pedalling as fast as you can up those hills!

Here Dorco suggests some pointers on achieving cycle-ready legs:

  1. Make sure you have a great razor. Try to use a product that has a high number of blades, the Pace 6 Plus is perfect for this with its six ultra-sharp blades
  2. When? We recommend shaving after a hot shower, this way your hair is nice and soft, avoiding any tug on the blades. The steam while showering also causes skin pores to relax and open up. This results in much closer shaves
  3. Where to start? Make sure you begin shaving from your feet upwards; being careful around those hard-to-shave areas like kneecaps
  4. Get moisturised. Be sure to use shaving foam that includes an intensive moisturiser, Aloe Vera is a great ingredient for combatting dryness after shaving
  5. Benefits? Top cyclists suggest that having hair-free skin allows any cuts and bruises from the ride to heal better, removal of dirt easier and ensures your post-cycle massage is as smooth as possible! In addition, specialists also say you can save around 70 seconds on average over 40km by shaving your legs!

 

By using Dorco’s Pace 6 Plus razor you’ll be sure to achieve the closest of shaves for any sporting occasion. The Pace 6 Plus by Dorco has six ultra-sharp blades, promising to achieve a great shave!

To order the PACE 6 Plus from DORCO’s UK online shop www.razorsbydorco.co.uk or on Amazon UK.

Also available via a flexible online subscription service – delivered straight to his door for minimum fuss.

About DORCO

DORCO is an expert in razor innovation, providing millions of customers in over 130 countries worldwide with premium shaving products. Razors by DORCO is proud to introduce its shaving innovation to the UK market, including an ultra-sharp 6-blade shaving system, as well as DORCO’s innovative and patented common docking system.  With over 60 years of expertise in offering advanced blade technology, DORCO offers a flexible subscription service on their superior quality razors and replacement blades.