questionsdo you shave your face with or against the grain?

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Always with the grain. I use a razor. Sometimes on my cheeks I go against the grain but on sensitive areas like my neck it would leave me full of razor bumps.

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i try not to shave my face. being a female moose makes it hard to hold the razor.

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I'm with @jjilk on this one. I usually go with the grain on the face area, then up the neck on the first passes, then down the neck on a few more. It works for me. YMMV.

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I also do a bit of both. Disposable razor, no cream. I've never had a problem with bumps or cuts.

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Don't trust me because I'm just a loser baby but you should probably shave your face with some mace in the dark, saving all your food stamps for burning down the trailer park

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@rprebel: stuck in your head for the rest of the night now!

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@jjilk: And I said, what about Breakfast at Tiffany's

We're even.

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both ways. Keep your razor sharp longer by completely drying it for a few seconds with a blow dryer and it'll last 5 or 10 times linger.

Cheap disposable razors slash my face every which way, schick hydro & mach 3 razors are ok, but gillette fusion are unbelievably smooth.

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I shave against the grain because the cheapy razor I use doesn't shave close of I shave with the grain.

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I use a rotary razer and make circles. I suppose you can say with, against, and at right angles to the grain

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I shave against the barley, but with the rice or corn, usually. Sideways with the millet, though...

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With and/or across, depending on where. Straight razor. Not a GB Buckingham either. :-)

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WHY WOULD YOU SHAVE OFF A PERFECTLY GLORIOUS BEARD-IN-THE-MAKING??!!

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I tend to wear a beard though at times I have shaved my cheeks and always shave my neck, though not necessarily every day. Generally, I shave in multiple directions, up and down, left and right as well as on the diagonals. In fact, the "grain" of my beard changes from the left to right side of my face.

I switch between an electric razor and assorted twin and triple bladed disposable razors and almost always shave without water, cream or soap. Due to little use, I usually get about four weeks or more out of a disposable blade.

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Normal days I go with the grain. It gets me plenty smooth.

If I have something special planned where I need to be ultra-baby-butt-smooth, I'll make a final pass against the grain.

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With my beard I have to shave in multiple directions, and yes even against the grain on my last few passes. As long as you prep your face well and have a really sharp razor and some skills you can pull it off.

I shave with a straight razor and a double edge razor and there is a learning curve. I've shed some layers of skin during the learning phase, but it has made shaving a more tolerable experience for me. It has also allowed me to go against the grain when I need to............ YMMV

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I always shave in the direction of my jawline. So, above it, I shave downward, and my neck.. I shave upward. So, I think that's half with and half against.

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Using a DE razor, I typically do one pass wtg (with the grain) everywhere, then one pass xtg (across the grain) on my face, follow my jawline with a pass, and xtg on my neck.

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Doesn't matter what I do... Its always uncomfortable and I always bleed.

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@jertyrael: I was that way in the beginning, you just have to stick with it till your face gets used to it, it does take time for your face to adjust. Also check your kit, make sure the items it contains are quality, and they are maintained.

I've cut myself with a sharp blade.....I've cut myself worse with a dulling blade! We think if the blade starts to dull we can just add more pressure.........bad with a DE and deadly with a Straight!

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@jertyrael: Also, the times I have cut myself were my fault.......going to fast with my straight, or trying to get another shave out of my DE. Don't let cuts discourage you. I'm man enough to admit I do it. If any wet shaver is honest........it happens, and 99.9% of the time it's our fault!

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I don't shave anymore. I HATE shaving. My wife keeps wanting to str8 razor shave me since we took a class on it. Best tips from that class was to take your time, hot towel first for 1 minute, lather well, grain ultimately does not matter.

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@jkaleda: I did too with electrics and 2 to 5 blades. If was a necessary evil, and it was a chore. I love knives and sharpening them. So when I tried my skills at sharpening a straight for a friend, I started getting into it.

I then started DE shaving, as the days when I worked I could shave faster. I saved the straight for days when I had more time. When I use my straights I like to prep my face really well and enjoy it, yes I said enjoy it!

I hope you keep up with it, it just takes some time to master. If your wife wants to shave you and she's good at it, go for it...............just stay on her GOOD side! ;)

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I shave with the grain first, then rinse off, re-lather, and against the grain last. Ultimate shave, but I can't do it everyday. At least 48 hrs between when doing this. But, I have a thick, coarse, black beard that grows unbelievably fast. Going with the grain only gets me a 5 o'clock shadow at 2...

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I'm growing my beard out now but when I do shave I go with the grain. It just seems to work better for me that way