how do i do a beard map?Please, take this advice with a grain of salt and YMMV:
1. Give your face some time to heal.
2. Forego the ATG final pass, altogether, at least until you've eliminated the redness.
3. Only shave where there is shaving cream (avoid multiple passes within a pass). No cheating.
4. Aim for a feather touch.
5. Imagine a one to two inch band along the lower neckline and only shave upward along this band, including your during your second XTG pass (in other words, do not go across the grain on this region). Also, consider avoiding XTG on anything below your jawline for a while until you've improved your technique, which often means learning your face. This translates to only a downward motion on the region immediately below the jawline and upward motion along the aforementioned 1-2 inch band of the lower neckline. (If you eventually do a beard map at some point you can and should modify this step to fit your particular patterns of growth.)
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In addition to what has already been offered, maybe the following links may be helpful. Full disclosure, I've never done a true beard map but feel that over time I have learned my beard pattern, and what works for me.how do i do a beard map?
Yes, that's something. One can get a good close shave and still feel stubble. Don't try to achieve a BBS finish. Try to achieve a good serviceable shave. After shaving and your post-shave routine let your skin relax around 40 - 50 minutes and much of the stubble feel will be gone.im using the viking chieftain with their non mild blades i use proraso sandalwood and switch between it and the sensitive skin formation. do you think a milder blade might do a better job?. i try to do 3 passes, first wtg second across the grain and against the grain. i have learned that the you feel more stubble when the face is wet than when its dry so maybe thats something
This suggestion should all be in BOLD type! Excellent advice combined with all the input from others.I get that kind of irritation from buffing the same spot over and over during a pass. I try to make a conscious decision to only glide over an area once, only going back over it in the next pass with new lather on it.
Also, use your non shaving fingers to slightly stretch your skin before making a stroke with the razor. It helps me to twist, turn and tilt my face to get a more comfortable angle for the razor.Yes, that's something. One can get a good close shave and still feel stubble. Don't try to achieve a BBS finish. Try to achieve a good serviceable shave. After shaving and your post-shave routine let your skin relax around 40 - 50 minutes and much of the stubble feel will be gone.
The milder blade is probably a good idea you had. I would do that, for a while at least.
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I second the notion that this might be a blade angle issue. It takes a while to get the angle right when you're used to using cartridge razors, there's a lot of muscle memory to reprogram. Look at those examples in the wiki and read up on "Riding the Cap" - you may be holding the razor with a steep angle so the handle is too close to your face, and the blade is scraping rather than slicing the hair away.
is it normal to have this amount of irritation in the beginning? what do i need to do to stop this? should i wait till it completely heals before trying again. any help is welcomed
Sadly for a large number of newbies Yes. Especially for dudes with sensitive neck skin. I shave full face and head. Neck skin ultra sensitive skin, face skin sensitive, head skin normal. Transitioning from carts to DE my neck skin in early shaves was irritated, bleeding and very painful. Can you change this Yes. Can you learn to do it in a dozen shaves NO.is it normal to have this amount of irritation in the beginning?
Develop good shave practices and develop good technique. Start with the basic 3 pass WTG, XTG, ATG shave.what do i need to do to stop this?
There isn’t anyone in this community or any other that can shave irritated skin without increasing skin damage. What can you do? In the early going you may want to explore pre shave products for skin nourishment and protection. Gentler, soaps, brushes. Always keep the fundamentals in mind. A shave is a three part event. Pre- Shave prep and routine. The Shave. Post- Shave routine. You should explore pre and post shave soothing and healing tonics, lotions and balms. They will aid in healing and soothing shaved skin. Electric razors, Carts, DE, SE, & SR‘s all remove skin when used to shave, in my experience. I have not used SE but suspect they are the same.should i wait till it completely heals before trying again.