Scissors skills you need to trim your beard

June 8th, 2015 § 0

how to trim your beard with scissors

Scissors skills you need to trim your beard

Trimming your beard with scissors isn’t easy – it takes time and patience to master the art. You need the right tools, and given the hard to reach areas around the moustache and under the chin, a steady hand as well. You may make mistakes along the way, that happens to the best beardsmen, but like anything, over time and with practice, you’ll become a scissor master and enjoy the most accurate trimming results possible.

Don’t skimp on the scissors

Scissors at Fendrihan

 Scissors will be your primary tool for creating a neat and stylish beard and moustache, so don’t go for a cheap pair. Avoid scissors that may rust or have imperfections that can pull at your skin resulting in an uncomfortable and inaccurate trimming experience. And whatever you do, avoid kitchen scissors or garden shears like the plague, the hassle is simply not worth the risk. Trimming your beard and moustache with scissors is a delicate job, so make sure yours are top quality.

Treat your beard like a beard

Bluebeards Original Beard Saver

Preparing your beard is the first vital step, after ensuring you have a great pair of scissors, to enjoying a great trimming experience. The hair on your face is vastly different to the hair on your head, so whatever you do, don’t wash your beard with hair shampoo and conditioner. The result will be dry skin and clogged pores, which are counterproductive, so always use a beard shampoo and conditioner.

After washing your beard, don’t even think about trimming it until it’s completely dry. Use a towel and hairdryer if you need to trim straight away, or wait for it to air dry naturally. As your beard hair dries it will contract slightly, so trimming while damp may result in a shorter trim than expected once the beard dries.

Final pre-trim step

For some this is the best part of beard maintenance. Grab a beard brush or comb and brush down the hair in the direction it naturally goes. Then comb it out in the opposite direction to puff it out, before finally combing it down again. Repeat these steps until you’re satisfied all of the hairs are out and available to be trimmed, and you’ve had enough of the awesome feeling a good beard brushing provides!

Let’s get started!

The best way to trim your beard and moustache is with a great pair of scissors and a comb. Hairdressers and barbers use combs to help ensure they maintain an even length in the hair during the cutting and trimming process, and you should do the same.

The best place to start trimming your beard is along the jaw line and cheek area. Insert the comb from the jaw line up and into the beard, and trim the desired amount that is protruding through the teeth of the comb. Be careful not to trim too much off; you can always trim more off if it’s still too long, but you can’t replace it if you cut too much away! Keep trimming both sides of your face from the ear down to the outer edge of the chin area until you’re happy with the length. Give your face a comb to ensure you’ve got every hair and there aren’t any stragglers.

The moustache and chin can be tricky!

This is where your steady hand will play a major role in creating a stylish, even beard and moustache. There are lots of angles to work with in this region, so take your time and get it right, especially if you’re new to using scissors to trim. Start by brushing all of the hairs in your moustache down, then insert the comb from the top lip up and into the body of the moustache and trim just the ends. Comb the hairs down again and trim the ends of the hairs that protrude below the top lip freehand. Once you’re happy with the moustache, repeat the process for the chin. Comb the hairs down, insert the comb from underneath the chin into the body of the hairs, and trim just the ends until you’re happy with the length.

Now for the neck!

Shaving Your Neck with a Good Razor

This is a delicate area to trim with scissors because one small mistake could mean a cut to the skin. A steady hand is required to trim the hairs close to the skin without causing any damage, so if you wish to go down this path, be careful. Use the comb to guide you along the way, and trim slowly and carefully until you get the hang of it.

Alternatively, a good beard trimmer is a great option as it’s faster, safer and you still get an accurate trim. Use the guides to ensure you trim your neck hair to the desired length, and then grab your safety razor or straight razor to shave any hair from the top of your Adam’s Apple down. Don’t make the mistake of shaving all of your neck hair off, or not shaving any at all, so you need to find the right balance.

The finishing touches

When you think you’re done give your beard a good brush down to ensure there aren’t any stray hairs that have escaped the scissors. Brushing your beard at the end will also remove any trimmed hairs that have been caught up in the beard that could result in ingrown hairs and other irritations. Apply a few drops of beard oil or beard balm to give your beard a nice healthy glow while moisturizing the hairs and face.

Time to show the world

Now that you’ve trimmed that awesome beard into a style that perfectly compliments the shape of your face and the way your beard grows, it’s time to stand tall, pin the shoulders back, puff the chest out, get outside and conquer the world. After all, there’s no point in growing a magnificent beard if you’re going to stay at home. So get out there and enjoy the envious and admiring glances that are certain to come your way!

5 steps to Growing the Perfect Beard (For Beginners)

May 28th, 2015 § 0

5 Steps to Growing the Perfect Beard

Men grow beards, always have, always will. Some appear to do it with effortless ease, while for others it may be more of a struggle. Some men are blessed with super beard growing genes, while others struggle with patchy beards or other beard growing issues.

However, regardless of your ability to grow a beard, if you’ve decided it’s time to attempt your first, here are the five steps you should follow to give it the best chance possible of reaching its full potential.

  1. Just let it grow

One of the biggest mistakes beginners make when growing a beard for the first time is to try and cut and shape it too early. The best thing you can do is just let it grow naturally; don’t cut, shape or style it until you got some length and can see how your beard develops. Set a commitment period of time, say six weeks for example, and let nothing stand in your way to achieving that goal. You are going to experience beard itch as the whiskers that you’ve been shaving into a sharp edge curl and grow back towards your face. As they hit the face you’ll experience a certain level of discomfort, and this is the time when most men crack and shave their beards. This period will only last from a few days to a week at most, so get yourself mentally ready for this time and just get through it.

  1. Make the style call

As has already been mentioned, the speed of growth varies from man to man; however, there will come a time when you’ll get a good idea of what sort of beard you’ll be able to grow. If, after a month you’ve got a full, thick beard then congratulations, you’ve hit the beard-growing jackpot. Your options for the style of beard you can grow will be extensive. If, on the other hand, you’ve got bald or sparse patches mixed in with significant beard growth, your options are more limited. You can always go the Keanu Reeves route and ignore those patchy areas and grow your beard out, but unless you also look like Keanu Reeves this can be a mistake. However, no matter how your beard grows, the type of hair you can grow, or the shape of your face, there will always be styles to suit you once all of these considerations are factored into your final decision.

If you look like this guy, maybe a patchy beard is your thing.

If you look like this guy, maybe a patchy beard is your thing.

  1. Take care of your beard

Throughout the beard growing process, and long after you’ve achieved your style goal and move into the maintenance phase, you simply must take care of it with a range of products. These include:

  • Beard trimmer, scissors and comb – It’s a great idea, particularly in the early stages of growing and maintaining your first beard, to visit a barber every 2-3 weeks to get it styled and learn what’s required to keep a great beard. But you still need to keep it in shape in between, and these three tools are the bare minimum to snip away any stray hairs while maintaining a uniform length.
  • Beard shampoo and conditioner – Under no circumstances should you use shampoo and conditioner designed for head hair. It will dry your skin and clog your pores causing more problems than you need. Get a good quality beard shampoo and conditioner and use it every few days to remove dirt, dead skin cells and other unwanted foreign objects.
  • Beard oil or balm – Applying beard oil or beard balm must become part of your every day grooming routine. It will moisturize your beard while adding weight, sheen and a pleasant scent. Get one of each in the beginning, use them both and decide which one you like better.
  • Beard brush – As soon as you have any length in your beard, you need to start brushing it once a day. This will train the hairs to grow in the desired direction and give it shape and style while removing any tangles. It also feels awesome!

However, while these are essential items that you simply can’t do without if you’re going to grow and maintain an awesome beard, there are other tools of the trade that will come in very handy.

  • Safety razor  or straight razor and shaving cream – Depending on the style you’re going for, there will probably be areas that need to be shaved. For example, if you have a patchy beard so have decided to grow a goatee, you’ll need to shave your cheeks, jaw line and part of your neck. If you’ve gone for a full beard, you still may need to shave stray hairs above the natural beard line of the cheek, and below the Adam’s Apple on your neck.
  • Moustache wax – If your beard includes a styled moustache, you’ll need some wax to mould it into the look you’re going for.
Movember 2012 mustache styles

Never underestimate a good moustache.

  1. Go and see a barber

You’ve never grown a beard before, right? So there’s no shame in going to see a barber for a while to get you started. Professional athletes still have coaches, Fortune 500 company CEOs still have business advisers, and some of the world’s best beardsmen still go to the barber. Once you’ve got some length in your beard, head to a quality barber for a good education as well as your first styling. That way, not only will you walk out confident in your beard style, but also armed with plenty of information you have either already discovered online and has been reaffirmed, beard growing myths you thought were true get busted, or new information you didn’t already know. Some questions you can ask include:

  • What styles best suit my beard hair type and face shape?
  • How do I use the essential beard products I need (found above) to maintain the health of my beard?
  • How do I take care of my beard tools – scissors, trimmer, razors, etc.?
  • What direction do my hairs grow in the various parts of my beard, and how do I shave them correctly?
  • What is the best place to shave my neckline to suit my face and beard style?
  • How often should I see a barber for a professional cut and style?

These are just a few of the questions you can ask, but there are many more. Just explain that you’re a beard growing newbie and you need some advice. If your barber is any good, he’ll offer plenty of great advice without trying to sell you one of everything he has in the shop.

  1. Ignore the naysayers

Along the way you’re going to get a few wisecracks from family, friends, work colleagues and even complete strangers. Just like dealing with beard itch during the first week or two, you need to treat these comments with the contempt they deserve by ignoring them. In no time at all you’ll be sporting an awesome beard, which will take less time than you think, and you’ll find those negative comments will be replaced with compliments and envy.

Every man should attempt to grow a beard at least once in his life, and truth be told, it’s a lot easier than you may think. Yes, it requires regular maintenance and effort, and you’ll find yourself fighting the urge to shave it off when it starts itching or someone makes a cutting remark, but the feeling you’ll experience when you’ve grown the beard of your dreams will make the effort completely worthwhile.

Good luck.

What to do if you’ve got a patchy beard

May 21st, 2015 § 0

For those of you who desperately want a thick beard, but can only muster a patchy beard instead, confidence can sometimes be eroded. The inevitable “what do I do next?” questions start swirling in your minds, and confusion sets in. Do you just suck it up and go clean-shaven, even though it’s neither wanted or suits you, or do you put up with patches in your beard?

While there are no guaranteed ways to instantly turn your patchy beard into something more substantial, there are steps you can take to help it along the way.

Facial Hair

Time is your friend

The reason why patchy beards occur is because of the uneven spread of hormones, particularly testosterone, in your face. This imbalance causes hair follicles to grow at different speeds, so hair will grow earlier and faster in some areas, while it may take a few more years and grow slower in other areas. In the short term the best course of action is to simply let your beard grow out as much as possible. Give it 5-6 months and see how it looks; you may be surprised how well those patches fill in when given the time to grow. In the long term, as you age you are more likely to grow in fuller and more evenly. As your hair follicles mature in the patchy areas of your face, they will grow just as thickly and quickly as the more mature areas. While this may not be the answer you’ve been searching for, the fact is patience is the key to growing out those patchy areas.

Take a chill pill

No, we don’t have a magic pill you can take to fill out your patchy beard. However there is a direct link between the levels of stress you endure on a daily basis, and the amount of hair you lose across your body. To assist your hair growing goals, particularly when it comes to your patchy beard, try and rid any stressful situations from your life. High stress jobs or unemployment, high maintenance family and friends, financial problems and recurring health issues are just some of the stresses we are exposed to throughout our lives. Whatever you can do to alleviate stress in your life will not only help with your patchy beard, but can also lead to a far happier life in general.

Fill up the tank with proper fuel

By eating the right foods you’ll not only give those hair follicles an almighty push, but you’ll also feel much better anyway. Hair follicles are made from proteins, and filling the dormant follicles in your face with extra protein may give them the push they need to speed up the growing process. So add more lean meats, fish, eggs, beans and nuts to your diet so your body is full of wonderful natural protein. In addition, vitamins B6, C and E are also recommended for hair growth, so supplement your new high protein diet with some of these as well.

Get creative

OK, so you can’t grow a full and bushy beard right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have awesome facial hair. Experiment with different styles and see what works. For example, if the hair on your cheeks is patchy, shave it off and grow an awesome goatee or chinstrap beard. If your moustache doesn’t connect to the beard, shave the beard off and go for a monumental handlebar moustache instead. The idea is to embrace what you’ve got, experiment with various styles, and own your new look. By really owning your new facial hairstyle your confidence will be sky high, and you never know, you may just discover a style you never thought would look great on you but does.

We do not recommend Minoxidil

If you’ve been researching ways to help your patchy beard, chances are you’ve come across recommendations for Minoxidil. This product was developed to treat high blood pressure, but during the testing phase they discovered it stimulated hair growth. However, the fact is this product was not developed for hair growth and can have side effects. If you use Minoxidil you could experience a sudden loss of blood pressure, which is what it was developed to do, and if you’ve had no blood pressure issues in the past, this can cause real problems. Our advice: steer clear of Minoxidil and try natural remedies instead.

shaving brush, DE and bowl

Embrace your baby face

Not everyone can have perfect beard growing genes, and this may be the case for you. It’s not something you may want to hear, but it is something you may have to accept. If you’re not willing to wait until the maturity of the dormant hair follicles have caught up with your more active facial hair, or don’t want to experiment with beard styles that exclude those patchy areas, then shave it all off and concentrate on improving other areas of your personal look. Buy a kickass wardrobe, smell great at all times, hit the gym, or concentrate on a daily moisturizing program.

There is no easy fix for a patchy beard. Without going down the unnatural and dangerous route of taking Minoxidil, your best chance of success is eating a healthy diet, removing as many stressful situations from your life as you can, and patience. Not only will incorporating these into your regular life encourage hair growth, you’ll also experience a much healthy and more satisfactory quality of life as well. In the mean time, experiment with various facial hair styles that don’t use the patchy areas and have some fun with your new creations.

10 best beards in movie history

May 15th, 2015 § 0

Hollywood has always led the way when it comes to beard fashion. Well before hipsters started dominating the men’s facial hair movement, movie characters have been pushing beard boundaries through every generation.

Why do beards play such an important role in so many famous movies? Because they set the tone of the character, so much so they’re almost a separate character in themselves! They give a man maturity and depth, and let’s face it, if the character requires scenes where they’re deep in thought, they simply must have a beard.

Here are our 10 best beards in the history of the silver screen, but we’re sure you’ll think we’ve missed a few:

Steve Zissou (Bill Murray, The Life Aquatic)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004

Do you really think Steve Zissou could have fought off dozens of pirates with just a little red hat and a single pistol if he didn’t have a manly beard? Or bring himself to spare the ‘jaguar shark’ that killed his best friend after searching the oceans and tracking it down, unless he had the wisdom that comes with such a manly beard?

Pai Mei (Gordon Liu, Kill Bill: Vol. 2)

Kill Bill: Vol. 2, 2004

Kill Bill: Vol. 2, 2004

Not only is this guy a kick-ass ninja who has mastered the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, but he’s also got an insane beard with matching eyebrows! There have been quite a few similar beard/eyebrow combinations in movie history from our South-East Asian thespians, but none come close to the magnificence of Pai Mei (which actually means ‘white eyebrow’….we think).

Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings)

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001

Could this be the best white beard in the history of movies? Coupled with that magnificent long, thick white hair, you could probably ask Gandalf any question on Earth and he would have the answer – he is that wise! Still, if you’re 2,000 years old, you really should be able to grow an awesome beard and hair combo, right?

Jeffrey ‘El Duderino’ Lebowski (Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski)

The Big Lebowski, 1998

The Big Lebowski, 1998

Arguably the most laid back character in movie history, The Dude’s goatee beard is a sight to behold. Granted it’s not the most well kept face rug of all time, but how could it be when he keeps spilling his White Russians through it every time he takes a swig! The point is it suits the character perfectly, which is why this gnarly looking goatee makes the list.

RJ MacReady (Kurt Russell, The Thing)

The Thing, 1982

The Thing, 1982

Kurt Russell sporting this big and bushy beard really was a no-brainer given the arctic conditions his character found himself in during the movie. It may look like it’s just some huge, thick pile of hair sticking as close to his face as possible, but the reality are these styles need to be nurtured and looked after on a daily basis. If man really is ‘the warmest place to hide’ as the movie tagline suggests, then Kurt Russell is clearly warmer than all other men thanks to his luscious beard.

Serpico (Al Pacino, Serpico)

Serpico, 1973

Serpico, 1973

If you want to learn how to grow an awesome beard, just watch Serpico. Over the course of 12 years you’ll see Al Pacino start with a little moustache that evolves into a handlebar, then moves onto a full beard, which eventually grows out to the masterpiece that seems apt given the quality of acting. It just wouldn’t work if Pacino’s beard didn’t match his performance. If you like watching men grow beards, make sure you watch Serpico.

Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 2001

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 2001

Seriously, it’s no wonder poor old Hagrid lives alone. His beard is so wild and out there, it looks like he saw an old homeless man in a backstreet near Hogwarts and said ‘yep, that’s the look for me’! But in its own strange way, Hagrid’s beard is incredibly impressive, and deserves to be revered by all men as an example of what can be achieved. And if you fancy being a bachelor for the rest of your life, you should try and grow one for yourself…just for fun!

Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks, Castaway)

Cast Away, 2000

Cast Away, 2000

When it comes to growing a beard and getting nominated for an Oscar, Tom Hanks has the formula nailed. The secret to growing a beard like this is literally to forget you own a pair of scissors or trimmers, throw every grooming product you have out the window, talk to a volley ball with a face painted on it for four years, then ‘voila’, you’ve got yourself a Chuck Noland.

Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump)

Forrest Gump, 1994

Forrest Gump, 1994

How is it possible that Forrest Gump’s beard is the only one on this list to take home an Academy Award? It seems crazy given the importance a great beard plays in setting the scene for a movie. And to think Gump’s beard is actually inhibitive for a guy who’s running back and forth across America a couple of times (too hot, too wind resistant, likely to attract nesting birds, etc.). It just goes to show, even with this holding Hanks back, he went on to win the Oscar…what an actor!

Alan (Zach Galifianakis, The Hangover)

The Hangover, 2009

Alan

When you’re a one-man wolf pack, you’ve really got to have the beard to match. Zach Galifianakis’ beard is superb and coupled with his shaggy hair, it’s not a stretch to imagine that he is exactly what a one-man wolf pack would look like. But what sets Galifianakis apart from everyone else is he’s brought beard comedy back. Normally a beard is associated with wise, elderly men, but Alan is definitely not that smart.

Seriously, these are just 10 awesome movie beards we picked for this article, but there are hundreds more that could have got the nod – Sylvester Stallone (Nighthawk), Sean Connery (The Hunt For Red October), George Clooney (Syriana), Lou Ferrigno (Hercules), Harrison Ford (The Fugitive), Brad Pitt (Legends of the Fall), just to name a few. If you were going to create a Hall of Fame for Hollywood beards, who would you induct and why?

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How to get rid of beard itch

May 8th, 2015 § 0

Ask any man why they gave up growing a beard and almost every one of them will give you the same answer – beard itch. Never mind the awesome beard that’s awaiting them, they just couldn’t stand the irritation for those few uncomfortable days. If you’ve grown a beard before, you’ll understand what it’s like for someone new to get through it. However, you’ll also understand that the rewards are well worth the momentary period of discomfort.

Have you got it? Set your beard up right.

Have you got it? Set your beard up right.

WHY DO BEARDS ITCH?

As you grow your beard, the ends curl and either start growing back towards your face, or lay down on your skin. The ends of your whiskers are sharp and pointy thanks to your razor cutting them at an angle. The discomfort you feel is when those ends make it back and start poking you in the face, causing you to scratch. Excessive scratching can turn your face red, even into a rash for some, and it’s at this point that some men head straight for the bathroom and shave the growth off. However, with a little patience and willpower, those ends will soften and become dull as the beard grows out.

WHAT CAN I DO DURING THIS UNCOMFORTABLE PERIOD?

 Long gone are the days when you just had to ride it out like our forefathers. We’ve come a long way, and there are many beard growing and maintenance products that ensure we can grow the best beard possible. It’s vital we take the time to understand how we not only grow a great beard, but keep it healthy and vibrant as well.

Clean your beard

Beards are robust, but still need a little TLC every day. They are at the forefront of many daily activities, resulting in foreign and natural objects becoming trapped within. These objects, such as dead skin cells, rogue hairs, daily grime, and body oils can cause irritation to the skin if left to move about and fester. To take care of your beard and keep it clean, you’ll need proper soap and shampoo designed especially for beards. Hair on your head is different to hair on your face, and regular shampoo can dry your skin and clog your pores. So don’t use it – it’ll do more damage than good.

Replace the nutrients

Moisture and nutrients can be lost during the cleaning process, no matter what products you use. Proper beard soaps and shampoos will minimise this loss, but you’ll need a beard conditioner to replenish and invigorate the hair. Again, don’t use head hair conditioner for the same reasons you shouldn’t use head hair shampoos. Beard conditioner will make your beard soft again, reducing the impact of those pointy hairs poking at your skin, and your beard is less likely to tangle when it becomes longer and fuller.

Use beard oil or beard balm to moisturise

Applying beard oil is the best way to moisturise your beard. It will add weight, give it a lovely scent, and a nice sheen. Alternatively, using a beard balm is another excellent option, and the only way you’ll know which one is best for you is trying them for yourself during your daily routine. Moisturising is a non-negotiable; it simply must be done, no excuses.

MY BEARD STILL ITCHES!!!

 To maintain a clean and healthy beard, you should follow the above steps even after you’ve grown it to the desired length. However, for some men beard itch is still a concern even after they’ve grown it out. If this is the case for you, there are a couple steps you can take to relieve the irritation.

Remove ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs are a common issue, even if you’ve gone to great lengths to maintain a healthy beard during the growing phase. Use a good pair of tweezers to remove the hairs, and if you don’t have a steady hand to do it yourself, ask someone to do it for you.

There are many like it, but this one is mine.

There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Brush your beard

This should go without saying, but make sure you brush your beard hair regularly. As soon as you’ve got any sort of length in your beard hair, you should brush it regularly using a top quality beard brush or comb. This will train your hairs to grow in the desired direction, and provide it with some shape and style, reducing the risk of ingrown hairs and whiskers poking you in the face. As an added bonus, brushing your beard feels absolutely incredible!

STAY STRONG!

If you’re growing your beard and going through this irritating period, stay strong and ride it out. Just remember there are many men going through exactly the same discomfort, so don’t be one of those who shave it off if you really want to grow a beard. Most men are so happy once they get through this period, while others regret shaving it off as soon as they do it. Like most things in life, great rewards come after a little hard work, and beards are no different.

Shaving a coarse beard with sensitive skin

January 12th, 2015 § 0

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A common issue with a lot of men who have a coarse beard is they also have sensitive skin. Hacking away at your beard with the wrong blade will either irritate your skin as you slice through the hairs, or waste time as you make pass after pass while virtually making no progress!

So what do you do, go with a really sharp blade to shave the hair, that almost guarantees skin irritation? For instance a brand new Feather blade will cut through the coarse beard effortlessly, but you are bound to nick or cut yourself. Or do you go with a milder blade that doesn’t shave the hair as well, but is less likely to irritate the skin? » Read the rest of this entry «

10 great Christmas gifts for the man in your life

December 6th, 2014 § 0

It’s that time of year again, Christmas is just around the corner and you need to start thinking about gifts for the men in your life. Instead of fighting your way through shopping mall crowds, trying to find a bargain for your husband/brother/uncle/son, etc., we thought we’d do the legwork for you. After throwing ideas at each other here at Fendrihan HQ, we came up with a list of 10 gifts we think any man would love.

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How to make the perfect shaving soap lather in 5 steps

November 5th, 2014 § 0

Wet shaving takes a time to master, but with patience and practice you can enhance what is already a fantastic shaving experience even further with these simple steps.

A well-crafted, rich and full lather will add another dimension to your morning or evening ritual, so the team here at Fendrihan HQ thoroughly recommend you make the effort to learn the skills outlined below to produce the optimum soapy blend.

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Our good friends at Jack’s Soap weren’t happy with the information that was out there on how to produce the best lather possible, so they came up with these five simple instructions. We like them, and we’re sure you’ll like them too. » Read the rest of this entry «

How to shave using a straight razor

October 23rd, 2014 § 0

Until safety razors were invented in the 1900s, men used the straight razor for their shaving needs. Well, recently the straight razor has made a big comeback not only because you can get a good shave with this method, but the ritual is just as rewarding as the results. Also, facial hair has made a comeback, but men like to make sure it’s groomed and maintained properly. As such a straight razor is used to ensure the lines separating areas of facial here and smooth skin are well defined, and the contrast is as great as it can be.

Young man holding straight razorThe transition from using a safety razor to a straight razor can be tricky. Initially you may find your shaves are of a poorer quality than with a safety razor, and you will probably cut yourself at least once. But stick to it, because with practice you’ll be able to give yourself a far smoother shave than you can now. You’ll have complete control over the entire shaving experience, from preparing your razor and beard, to the actual shave itself. You’ll feel a million dollars from the moment you start the prep work until you’ve splashed on your favourite aftershave at the end. Follow this guide to get your straight razor career underway… » Read the rest of this entry «

I want to start using a straight razor, what should I do?

October 10th, 2014 § 0

cut throat razorWe get lots of questions from our customers wanting to know which straight razor they should start with, and what other products they need to sharpen and maintain the blade. So our straight razor department here at Fendrihan HQ (i.e. me), decided to put this fact sheet together to give you a little more information. » Read the rest of this entry «