Finding the perfect shaving kit is not an easy task and accumulating a few select essentials that would be a part of this kit is something for which we all need guidance. From the numerous products available for personal grooming, one needs to choose just a few that would serve the purpose.
It can be a good choice to buy a ready-made shaving kit, however, here are a few items that you need to ensure are a part of the same.
- SHAVING BRUSH
A good shave is all about the right prep. While the perennially busy man saves time by dabbing foam or gel directly on his cheeks by hand, nothing comes close to the time-tested, traditional shaving brush that whips up a thick & creamy lather for that indulgent and luxurious shaving experience. Apart from the sensorially rich experience, a shaving brush helps by not just moistening the hairs and lifting them up for a smooth shave but also provides added benefits of hydration and exfoliation to the skin. Therefore, a shaving brush should be the first object that goes into your shaving kit and being prudent while choosing one would be a good idea. Shaving brushes come is all sorts of variants and prices based on the type of handle and hair used. While there are plenty of cheaper options with nylon bristles, the discerning gents get to decide among badger, boar and horse hair, the badger hair shaving brush being relatively more expensive than the rest owing to its super-soft bristles with considerable moisture-retention and lathering ability. But they are also prone to damage and molding if not used in hygienic way on a proper, drip-dry brush stand. Since animal hair is banned in many countries, imitation badger hair brushes have started rising in popularity.
A Brush stand is not just practical but also aesthetically value-adding for your shaving arsenal. A good stand will work like a complete shaving kit holder and elegantly hold your shaving brush, safety razor or scissors and also the lathering bowl. Thereby it ensures longevity of these tools apart from helping organize everything in one place. Hygienic and stylish at the same time!
- SHAVING RAZOR
If shaving is a battle, the shaving razor is your sword. And as with swords, the heavier the razor (especially the handle) the easier it is to cut through thick stubble. While the luxury seeker go for traditional straight edge-razors, the double-edged safety razor has also come back in trend due to its superior sharpness and closer shave. However, you may choose to go for a cartridge razor if you are a beginner.
- AFTER SHAVE LOTION
There are a variety of options available when it comes to choosing an after shave and depending on the type of your skin you can choose from lotions, balms and creams. The whole idea of an after shave is to reduce the irritation that your skin faces after shaving off your beard while also ensuring an anti-septic treatment to any open nicks or cuts that may have occurred during the shave. It is also designed keeping in mind a fragrance that will enhance the look and feel of your beard after the shave. For those with sensitive or dry skin, it is best to avoid alcohol-based after-shaves as they can irritate and dry out your skin.
- PAIR OF TRIMMING SCISSORS
Anyone who wants to groom their facial hair needs to own a good pair of scissors in their shaving kit. This is an item that allow you to trim and cut you beard as per your needs. It guarantees precision and is a must if you do not always wish to sport a clean shave.
While nasal hair is biologically important, nobody likes to see strands of hair sticking out of their nose -. Hence, trimming the overgrown hair from the nostrils and ears is a necessary routine every discerning gentleman should follow in order to look well-groomed and avoid social embarrassment.. However, one needs to be extra careful, while using scissors in such sensitive areas as it can hurt or cause cuts easily. There are precision tools like blunt-edged trimming scissors to handle those delicate and tough situations and choosing a handy yet sturdy pair is the right thing for you to do.
- PRE-SHAVE OIL
Pre-Shave Oil is probably a product that is significant and necessary for every shaving kit. Used before lathering the face, a good pre-shave oil complements your shaving regimen by softening the beard while hydrating and protecting your skin by forming a coating over the skin and allowing the blade to glide smoothly without dragging, thus reducing nicks, cuts and post shave irritation. Pre-shave oil also helps keep the skin moisturized and supple as well as keep your beard smooth, healthy and looking sharp. It is a must have for those living in cold & dry climatic conditions or having dry skin type.