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    Im currently using gilette mac fushion. Is it best to shave with or against the direction my hair grows? I find if i shave with the grain the shave is not very good and stubble is left. If i shave against it irritates me.

    Im thinking of getting a Merkur safety razor, Will the direction of the shave differ with this razor?

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    you do a couple of passes with the grain to reduce, do a cross the grain (perpendicular to the grain) and then touch your face, if you want smoother, then you can go against the grain,

    going against the grain as first pass is basicly a way to ruin your skin,

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    when you go over an area again against the grain is there any need to re apply shaving cream?

    When i shave and then go against the grain my neck becomes saw and red but its thens mooth. if i dont go against the grain then i still have stubble.
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    It is best to shave in passes, where you lather, shave, lather again and so on.

    You will want to lather, shave with the grain, lather up again, shave across the grain, lather up again and shave against the grain. This will give you the closest possible shave with the least irritation.
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    First pass WTG. Second XTG. Subsequent passes XTG or ATG. I would avoid ATG if you're getting irritation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyBoston View Post
    It is best to shave in passes, where you lather, shave, lather again and so on.

    You will want to lather, shave with the grain, lather up again, shave across the grain, lather up again and shave against the grain. This will give you the closest possible shave with the least irritation.
    What he said.
    Also with a DE, go very gently on your last ATG pass. Some people's skin can handle going ATG, some people's can't, so go slow and feel out for what your face can handle. If it's painful in any way, stick with going across the grain on your last pass, possibly in cross-hatching (chevron) strokes.

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    A common question at B&B. Best wishes with your resolution.

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