No girls al­lowed

The Sun (Malaysia) - - BEAUTY -

FULL beards may have peaked as a fash­ion trend, but that hasn’t stopped grow­ing num­bers of ur­ban men seek­ing out ex­pert at­ten­tion to get beards, side­burns or close shaves into per­fect shape.

Even full beards need fre­quent trims to avoid the birds-nest look, and that has breathed new life into bar­ber shops. Many beardies don’t feel at home in uni­sex sa­lons. The mod­ern man ap­pre­ci­ates crafts­man­ship com­bined with a feel­good at­mos­phere.

One of the few female bar­bers in Ger­many is Josie Waller, who of­fers cus­tomers an ex­tended wet shave.

“With a wet shave at a bar­ber shop, the beard is trimmed and shaved, and the skin is also mas­saged and groomed,” ex­plains Waller. Be­fore this stage, the skin and beard hair is pre­pared with a hot com­press.

“At the end, to avoid ra­zor burn and to close the pores, a cold com­press is used.”

For the fast and ev­ery­day wet shave at home, Waller’s ad­vice is to use a safety ra­zor, not a plas­tic dis­pos­able.

“It’s the per­fect tool for wet shav­ing.” It has a flat dis­pos­able ra­zor blade that is in­serted into the metal ra­zor head. Once this is locked into place, the blade pro­trudes by about one mil­lime­tre.

In con­trast to sys­tem shavers that have sev­eral blades, the head of the safety ra­zor doesn’t move. The type is out of fash­ion in Europe and North Amer­ica, but still pop­u­lar in much of the rest of the world.

Se­lect­ing the right ra­zor de­pends a lot on your hair and skin type.

Tak­ing care of the skin be­fore and af­ter shav­ing is im­por­tant.

“Along­side af­ter­shave, you’ll find shav­ing balms and pre-shave prod­ucts also on the list of fre­quently sold men’s cos­met­ics,” ex­plains Martin Rupp­mann of the Ger­man Cos­met­ics As­so­ci­a­tion.

As their name sug­gests, pre­shave prod­ucts pre­pare the skin for shav­ing. For ex­am­ple, they en­sure that stub­ble stands up, al­low­ing the ra­zor blade to bet­ter grasp the fine hairs.

There are other spe­cial prod­ucts for those who de­cide to let a beard grow. For ex­am­ple, beard creams or oils not only care for the hair, but also for the skin un­der­neath. They should be used on a daily ba­sis.

A pos­i­tive side ef­fect is that care prod­ucts like this make the hair beau­ti­fully soft. Too many beard wear­ers re­frain from buy­ing spe­cial prod­ucts, says Rupp­mann: “Eighty three per cent of men wash their beard pre­dom­i­nantly with nor­mal hair sham­poo,” he says dis­ap­prov­ingly. – dpa

Josie Waller, a woman bar­ber in Ber­lin who is proud to do shav­ing.

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