The Dry Shave
You overslept. Your meeting was bumped up to 7:30 a.m. You are in a hurry. None of these unfortunate occurrences excuses you from attempting to remove your facial hair with nary a shave gel, foam can or, for God’s sake, plain old water in sight. What happens to your skin when you dry shave? “Oh, it’s bad,” Alexia Saras, barber manager at Fellow Barber in Manhattan, says. “Dry shaving causes ingrown hairs, rashes, and skin burns. You really don’t want to go there.” At bare minimum, you need a pre-shave oil, she says, to soften the skin and help the blade glide smoother over the surface. “Then, follow the oil with light shave cream that you apply with or without a brush.” She, of course, recommends the in-house brand (Fellow Barber Shave Cream, $20, fellowbarber.com).
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