Teaching your son how to shave

It's time to think about how you'll prepare your son for the milestone. First time shaving! There are no standard or universal age when it comes to shaving for the first time. So there is no point to set a time for your son to start shaving. Most boys won't grow facial hair until they are well into puberty, generally around the age of fourteen or so, while others may need to start shaving in the late twenties.

Highly recommend to have have your son watch his dad shave several times or even watch a few YouTube clips to get an idea of the process. Next, select a razor. There are two main types: manual and electric. Electric may seem like the easiest way to go at first, as there is little risk of getting nicked. However, electric razors have a high upfront cost and don't give the closest shave. But at some point, all boys should learn to shave with a manual razor. It's like learning to drive and bike. Well, you get the idea.

  1. Have your son moisten his face with warm water soften the facial hairs and open up pores.

  2. Have him apply a shaving cream or gel. For sensitive skin, find a cream that is hypo-allergenic.

  3. Using a razor with a sharp, new blade, have him follow his facial hair grain. For most males, facial hair grows down the face. Show him how to make a pass with light, even strokes, not pressing down too hard. Two or three light passes is better than one hard stroke, which could lead to cuts. Have him rinse the blade under water every two to three strokes.

  4. Keep a styptic pencil on-hand for the inevitable nicks. Dipped in water, the white alum tip can be touched to the cut to stop bleeding, and it also reduces risk of infection. Bits of toilet paper can also help stop the bleeding.

  5. Rinse the face with warm water and put on a gentle after-shave, and he's good to go. Make sure he replaces his razor often if he is using a razor. For electric shaver, make sure blades are cleaned and oiled on a regular basis.

Most teenagers won't need to shave every day, and those first shaves may just be a pass over the upper lip. But encouragement from his parents will help them remember that shaving should be part of his a hygiene routine. After all, he's on his way to becoming a man. #MenAfter

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