Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: How to test which way my hair grows?

  1. Default How to test which way my hair grows?

    I randomly stumbled upon a thread here at B&B and can't remember exactly where it lays.

    It invovlved cotton pads and scraping them (I think) with the grain, anyway I tried this unknown method. Now this might sound dumb but I still couldn't tell which way the hair grows as i just had cotton patches over my stubble.

    Does anyone know what the process to finding out which way your hair grows, especially under the neck?

    Little bit about me since i've been doing posts with no introduction:

    19 years old from Australia, Doesn't warrant enough facial hair to let it grow out, so shaving around twice a week, but sometimes quite more since I am an actor - and clean shaven is a priority.

    Gear: Proraso aloe & Green tea shaving cream, Men U boar brush - (Will upgrade to badger Vulfix brush around christmas) Merkur HD Safety Razor, Blades - Undecided - trying out Personna Platnium red package tomorrow.

    I have really senstivie skin prone to razor bumps which hopefully will slowly reduce due to correct angle,pressure and finding out which way the hair grows.

    cheers.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    3,100
    Images
    5

    Default

    Run a credit card across the skin. The direction which gives you the most resistance will be directly opposite of which way your hair grows. This seems to work best with the slightest bit of stubble for optimal feedback.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    1,033

    Default

    It should be easy to tell if you go a day or two without shaving. If you run your hand across your face with the grain it will feel relatively smooth and if you go the opposite way it will feel really scratchy.

    You should be able to see what direction it's going if you get really close to a mirror as well.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Posts
    19,490
    Images
    40

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeyboy View Post
    It should be easy to tell if you go a day or two without shaving. If you run your hand across your face with the grain it will feel relatively smooth and if you go the opposite way it will feel really scratchy.

    You should be able to see what direction it's going if you get really close to a mirror as well.
    +1. If you use a cotton ball then when you rub it against the grain more of it comes off.
    Jim P. - St. Petersburg, FL

    ackvil (at) badgerandblade.com

    Any questions? Just ask! Since I may not read all of the posts feel free to PM or Email me.

    "Winning is
    like shaving - do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum."
    Jack Kemp

    “Be a gentleman at all times. Shine your shoes, shave every day, be considerate of others, and don't chew with your mouth open.” Words of advice from my late mother.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    13,781
    Images
    11

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Montréal, Canada
    Posts
    37,599

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeyboy View Post
    It should be easy to tell if you go a day or two without shaving. If you run your hand across your face with the grain it will feel relatively smooth and if you go the opposite way it will feel really scratchy.

    You should be able to see what direction it's going if you get really close to a mirror as well.
    Exactomundo!
    Cheers, Luc - My Gear(Wiki) - Have a question, PM a mod. That's why we're here!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    enterprise, Alabama
    Posts
    1,351
    Images
    20

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeyboy View Post
    It should be easy to tell if you go a day or two without shaving. If you run your hand across your face with the grain it will feel relatively smooth and if you go the opposite way it will feel really scratchy.

    You should be able to see what direction it's going if you get really close to a mirror as well.
    +10 esp if you have a magnified mirror. My hair grows in a very weird pattern on my neck and chin. some is straight down growth the other comes in at 40 degree angles and half my chin is angle and the other straight.

  8. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeyboy View Post
    It should be easy to tell if you go a day or two without shaving. If you run your hand across your face with the grain it will feel relatively smooth and if you go the opposite way it will feel really scratchy.

    You should be able to see what direction it's going if you get really close to a mirror as well.
    +1, best way to determine the direction of hair growth. But, this is really not necessary if you adopt the Natural Shaving method I use. To do this just go over each part of your face with the stroke that comes naturally. You will get an excellent shave and minimize the chance of cuts, nicks and irritation, which in may opinion are largely due to trying to force an unnatural action on your hands and arms.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Twilight Zone
    Posts
    3,768

    Default

    I don't know guys...For me a simple mirror was sufficient or running my hands (sense of touch is very sensitive) across my face and feeling the landscape...More than any cotton method would tell me
    Cheers,
    Robert

Similar Threads

  1. Newbie needs help with thick, curly facial hair that grows flat
    By Toploader in forum Shave Clinic & Newbie Check-In
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 11-04-2011, 08:08 PM
  2. Replies: 17
    Last Post: 10-25-2010, 03:28 AM
  3. What kind of hair for Hanging Hair test?
    By Gentleman in forum General Straight Razor Talk
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 04-13-2008, 11:10 AM
  4. Beyond the hanging hair test
    By Anthony416 in forum General Straight Razor Talk
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-06-2007, 04:42 AM
  5. Hanging Hair Test (HHT)
    By visualco2 in forum Shave Clinic & Newbie Check-In
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 01-27-2007, 07:46 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
By accessing Badger & Blade, you agree to abide by the Terms of Usage. You can find our Privacy Policy here.
Once submitted, any posts, images, or content become the property of Badger & Blade.
Powered by vBulletin® - Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.