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Self-Shaving Back of Neck

I am definitely not a new DE shaver. However, with the Rona and no barber visits, and with thinning hair, I've been just keeping my head really tight for the past few months. Honestly think it looks pretty good and saving some money on haircuts has been nice.

However, I continue to struggle how to shave the back of my neck. Obviously I can get it short with the trimmer and guard, but I'm having the difficulty with getting the hairline edge correct.

Especially as you turn your head to look in the mirror, it pulls your skin out of its "normal" position...you can't get the line straight.

Are there any specific techniques to doing this yourself? I'd ideally prefer to use the electric trimmer and then finish with a clean razor shave (I don't really care if I have to use DE, straight, shavette, or Gillette Fusion). Are there special attachments or longer handles or anything? How do you ensure a nice straight line?

Oh, and doing it yourself... having someone else do it isn't really possible.
 
I have done it two ways.

1- cleanup what I can see in the mirror from each side, then shave with a DE from left to right keeping it steady and trying to bring the razor across nice and level. It works well enough for me.

2- I wear a necklace. Basically allow the side of the razor to ride the necklace as you shave from one side to the other. Putting some tension on the chain to keep it in place. Cleaner more consistent results, but not as high up as I prefer.
 
Stand with your back to the big mirror. Hold a hand mirror in one hand so you can see the back of your head reflecting from the big mirror. Use the razor to shave with the other hand. Use shaving cream, but apply a thin transparent layer, so you can see what you are doing. Follow-up with cold water rinse, aftershave or balm.
 
I stand with my back to a mirror on the door of my bathroom cabinet and hold a hand mirror in one hand and the razor in the other. I swap hands half way across and that way I can view the back without turning my head. I never use shaving cream and just use a dry razor followed by some basic moisturiser and maybe a splash of aftershave. I have been using this method and also cutting my own hair with clippers for several years now albeit a simple grade 1 on the sides and back and a 2 or 3 on the top.
 
I do an ATG shave on the back of my neck--from the bottom of the neck to the hairline, usually shaving it each time I start a new razor blade. I use shaving cream, otherwise it burns afterwards. Like others I use a hand mirror with my back to the big bathroom mirror.
 

steveclarkus

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I am definitely not a new DE shaver. However, with the Rona and no barber visits, and with thinning hair, I've been just keeping my head really tight for the past few months. Honestly think it looks pretty good and saving some money on haircuts has been nice.

However, I continue to struggle how to shave the back of my neck. Obviously I can get it short with the trimmer and guard, but I'm having the difficulty with getting the hairline edge correct.

Especially as you turn your head to look in the mirror, it pulls your skin out of its "normal" position...you can't get the line straight.

Are there any specific techniques to doing this yourself? I'd ideally prefer to use the electric trimmer and then finish with a clean razor shave (I don't really care if I have to use DE, straight, shavette, or Gillette Fusion). Are there special attachments or longer handles or anything? How do you ensure a nice straight line?

Oh, and doing it yourself... having someone else do it isn't really possible.
In my experience, a cart or disposable is the easiest. It is something you just want to get over with.
 
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