2/10 A Well-Groomed Groom: The Shaving Episode

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Shaving. It can be kind of a pain in the ass, but we have to do it. Even if you have a beard, there’s some maintenance that needs to be done. For your wedding day, I’d 100% recommend you have a professional barber clean you up, but not all of us have that kind of time or cash. So, I’m going to share some ways you can get the next best thing at home.

The Clean Shaven Man

The most knowledgeable of clean-shaven dudes will know that taking shortcuts in your shaving routine will show. You can prevent frequent knicks, cuts and bumps in a few steps:

Take a quick second to apply a pre-shaving oil. This allows the blade to cut a little closer to the skin and lifts the hair, so the end product is a smoother feel.
Spinster Sisters Pre Shave Oil

Spinster Sisters Co. Pre-Shave Oil, $26 (Tip: A little goes a long way)

There are a lot of razors out there to choose from. Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s are both great because you can get them shipped to your house and at a fraction of the cost. Did you know Target has subscription-eligible items you can order directly from them?

Dollar Shave Club
Dollar Shave Club, $1 – $9 per month
Harrys Subscription
Harry’s Subscription Starter Pack, $25 (Refills are $8)
Gillette Subscription
Gillette Fusion Refill Pack, $22.50

Shaving gel or cream?

This mostly depends on personal preference — either will get the job done if you use it right. If you’re real fancy, you’ll use a shave brush and shaving soap. It’s going to give you the absolute best shave in the world, but it is more of a commitment.
Nivea Shaving Cream
Nivea Shaving Gel, $9 for a 3 Pack from Amazon
Proraso Shaving Cream
Proraso Shaving Cream, $10 from Amazon

After shave

This seems always to be thought of as optional, but it’s really one of the most important steps. Its main purpose is to help keep the skin from getting irritated and bumpy and typically works as a good moisturizer post-shave.
Art of Shaving After Shave
The Art of Shaving After Shave Balm, $18

The Bearded Bear

Having a beard doesn’t mean you get to slack off. Beards need daily cleaning and maintenance, but it can all be done pretty quickly. All you need to do is make sure you’re brushing through it, hydrating the hair and skin (that’s what an oil is for) and keeping it trimmed and tidy.

Southern Hospitality Beard Comb
Southern Hospitality Beard Comb, $30
Southern Hospitality Beard Oil
Southern Hospitality Beard Oil, $18
Phillips Beard Trimmer
Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer, $30

The Busy Bee

Sometimes we just don’t have the time to fuss with shaving. We’re not here to judge! Instead, here are a few good options at Target you could choose from.

ConAir Electric Razor
Conair Waterproof Electric Razor, $38
Braun Traveler Razor
Braun Mobile Razor, $15
Philips BodyGroom Shaver
Philips Norelco Bodygroom Shaver, $40

Grooms or groomsmen on your list? Spinster Sisters, Jack Black and Etsy have affordable gift options that have everything the guys will need.

What are your favorite shaving brands? Let us know in the comments or on our Instagram!

Ryan Moonlights as a guest blogger for BAB. His day trade is as a wordsmith for Michaels (yes, the crafting megastore). Outside the wild world of word-slinging, Ryan finds his joy in a pint glass full of hoppy beer, a good Stetson, an untidy bowtie, and murder mysteries. Follow him on Instagram @jellybeanmagician; view his shopping addiction on Pinterest @mistery</a?; and find his other work at ryan-creery.squarespace.com