No girls allowed
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.