Avoid razor burn and pesky ingrown hairs with these top grooming tools.
By Zachary Anderson
AUGUST 30, 2021
If there’s one go-to grooming tool that pays for itself the quickest, it’s the electric razor. Convenient and versatile, it’s both a bathroom counter and travel kit staple. Today’s electric razors for men can cut close with little irritation, and many guys now prefer electric over manual razors. And that’s understandable. Unlike manual razors, many electric razors are waterproof and can be used for wet or dry shaves. Another big plus of going electric is the power, speed, and smart technology that electric razors offer to prevent skin irritation, like razor bumps and ingrown hairs.
To narrow down the best electric shaver for your situation, visualize your groomingroutine. Maybe you’re looking for a razor that can trim, fade, and shape-up your neckline and beard daily. Or you could be in need of a tool that can effortlessly manscapeyour whole body. Shannon Davis, Senior Barber atFellow Barberin Williamsburg, Brooklyn offers her advice for narrowing the search.
“Guys should look for an electric razor that’s easy to maneuver and has multiple settings and guards,” Davis says. “For home, you will definitely want [a shaver] to line up your beard [and] to capture a range of looks — from stubble to a thicker winter beard.”
When it comes to the shaving process, Davis advises men to take their time and not to rush, or you might regret it later. “Make sure that your guards are on and clipped-in, says Davis. “I’ve had a few guys come in with spots missing from their beards.” Like most tools, ongoing maintenance is also crucial to optimal performance. Unclean razors can spread acne-causing bacteria. “Pick up Clippercide to disinfect it between uses. Brushing is also key to keeping [blades] clean, and it helps to add lifespan to your electric razor.”