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10 Shaving Myths you've been sold!

Posted by Mr. Foster on Nov 1st 2021

1.Your shave product, i.e. foam, cream, gel or soap, will protect your face from nicks and cuts?

  • Shave lotions can't completely stop your razor from cutting your face. If the conditions are right, your razor blade can cut, nick or give you an irritating razor burn. There is a way to reduce this problem. Using a shave lotion that allows the razor blade to glide over your sensitive skin versus grabbing and cutting it. This makes the amount and type of lubrication extremely important as it relates to your shaving product.

2. Secret Shave products can soften your beard?

  • Yes, a water based shaving cream or shave foam etc. can keep the hairs soft but they can’t do the job as well as, as fast as or as inexpensive as warm water and a mild soap. After all, most shaving products are just a foamy soap formula made with chemicals or synthetic ingredients. Your hair, regardless of where it is growing, is easily softened by saturating it with water. You can do this with a mild Face Wash and warm water in just 2 to 3 minutes prior to shaving. Otherwise the razor will drag over the hair and skin making it uncomfortable and increasing the risk of cuts, nicks or irritation. Your hair is like a noodle, if it is soaked in water it will absorb that water and ultimately reduce its strength. It’s similar to how your fingernails react after being submerged in water for a long time. They also get soft.

3. Shaving will speed the growth or increase the strength of your hair?

  • This is an old wives tail that is completely wrong and proven to be false. Enough said.

4. Shave lotions or soaps applied with a shaving brush will lift hairs so the razor can cut the hair closer to the skin?

  • Many manufacturers of shave products have made this claim and we believe it to be false. Besides, it doesn’t justify the use of a shaving cream, gel, foam or soap that contains alcohol or covers your skin so you can’t see where you are shaving. The “lifting of the hair”, if any, is minimal and doesn’t work for 100% or even 80% of the hairs. Hair will grow the way it wants to grow and a foamy soap has little to do with making it stand up so it can be closely shaved.

5. My shave product says it is 100% organic?

  • As a manufacturer, we look at this statement and say so what? To be certified organic translates into more cost. A manufacturer must have their product certified to say it is organic. It’s a crazy, expensive cost that must be added to the product for the certification. Many times, to be certified, all the manufacturer has to do is pay a fee to the certification company. LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS. If you don’t know what it is, don’t put it on your sensitive skin. Or if there are too many ingredients then the company is likely using many of them just for the sake of marketing. There is no reason why a product should have more than 10 ingredients. And… you shouldn’t have to Google an ingredient to find out what it is. Look for ingredients made from natural plant oils. You can’t go wrong. Shave Answers

6. Razor blades go dull because the tough hairs wear out the blade edge?

  • This statement is partially true but it doesn’t explain the entire problem. First, how do we solve the problem of hair wearing out the blade? By saturating your hair with water prior to shaving the hairs will become soft and thus reduce the wearing of the blade. Just a little warm water and a mild Face Wash for two or three minutes will do the trick. Razor blades also go “bad” because of Water or Chemicals within the shave lotions we buy. Tap water commonly leaves calcium deposits on the edge of your razor every time you shave. These deposits build up on the razor edge over a very short time and cause the razor to drag making you think the razor is worn out. The chemicals within shave products are often derived from salt or are generally corrosive in nature. This also wears away your razor blade by corroding or leaving additional chemical deposits. Your razors edge is not made from space age metal that is 100% resistant to these chemicals. Nor does it repel the buildup of calcium unless it is properly maintained. As a result, we end up tossing them out after a few weeks of use. This is good for the makers of razor blades and bad for your wallet and our environment.

7. Is it important that a cartridge razor be cleaned out as you shave?

  • If you are using razor blades that don’t allow the cut hairs and shaving product to completely pass through, this is true. But I have yet to find a razor blade, especially a multiple cartridge system, that won’t allow the shave lotion and cut hairs to pass through. Clearing your blade doesn’t allow for a better shave but if you insist, use hot water to clear your blade as you shave.

8. Art of Shaving, The Henna Guys and the The Pacific Shaving PreShave Oils are so expensive. Why is Shave Answers Shave Oil so inexpensive?

  • This is true because most of the manufacturers that make “white products” i.e. shave soap, gel, cream or foams, don’t want customers to start buying just shave oil. They want you to purchase those “white products” and a preshave oil. So now you are buying two products verses just one.Shave Answers needs no other cream, foam or gel over the top of it prior to shaving.

9. Shaving with PreShave Oils will make your shave better than without?

  • True… but most any oil or oil formulation applied prior to the application of the“white Stuff” will increase the quality of your shave. The reality is, you don’t even need a preshave oil or the white stuff. Most PreShave Oils are slapped together without much thought. Most companies that market and sell it do so by promoting the scent vs a better shave. The fact is, they are very inexpensive to make but sell for as much as $45.00 per ounce. Most are a rip-off. Especially when a good standalone Shave Oil, without the “white stuff”, is all you need. They should only cost around $3.50 to $5.00 per ounce and require 3 to 5 drops per shave.

10.Shaving against the growth of the hair is a bad idea?

  • Most of the time it is a bad idea. Although many people have found that when the conditions are right, they enjoy a great shave result by going against the growth of the hair. When shaving against the growth of hair, it is important to completely saturate the hairs with water by washing with warm water and a mild soap. Two to three minutes will usually be enough time. Some men and women can shave against the growth and have great results although some find this uncomfortable and experience razor bumps or irritation.

It is suggested to first shave in the direction of or at an angle to the growth of the hair. Shave Answers .Then on a second pass, go against the growth of hair. When finished, wash your face with warm water and mild soap to clear the face from oil and hair. Lastly, splash cold water over the shaved area to close the pours and soothe your sensitive skin. In any case, apply a natural after shave to soothe the skin and lock in moisture.