I generally have a beard, so it was lucky that when Gillette invited me to watch the new James Bond Movie, I was ready for a Movember touch up.
(Side note: Awesome Movie)
I got talking to Steve from Grand Royal Barbers who was there showing of the new Gillette ProGlide and its cool flexball head. He gave me a quick shave and was running me though the shaving process – this guy seriously knows his stuff. His 6 tips are below.
6 Grooming Tips that will have you looking like James Bond – via Gillette
Every guy, at some point in his life, has modified the iconic introduction, “Bond, James Bond.” Almost always, it is in a moment when he is feeling most confident. He is dressed to the nines; perhaps in a tux or black tie. He may be in a situation, in a particularly classy bar or a particularly classy car, where he imagines that he could be, for that moment, an international man of style and substance. These moments come with preparation, and, like James Bond, usually with the support of a great team. Gillette has teamed up with Grand Royal Barbers barber Steve Salecich to provide his top tips to achieve the perfect shave – so you can be ready for any Bond Moment:
#1 – Know your Shaving Terrain
Understand which parts of your face are the most sensitive and require the most attention such as the side of the neck and upper lip, this is vital for a precise and comfortable shave.
# 2 – Grain Shaving System
Take time to work out the way your bristle grows on your face, most importantly your sensitive areas such as the upper lip, side of the neck and bottom of the chin. Always follow the growth pattern of your hair to avoid irritation to the skin.
#3 – Prep like a Pro
Soften the bristle as best you can by having a warm shower, exfoliating and using a shaving gel such as Gillette Fusion Sensitive 2in1 Skin Gel. Taking the time to prepare properly will help in relaxing and softening the bristle to make it easier for the blade to run over the surface of your skin and those sensitive terrains of the face.
#4 – North to South
Once you have determined the growth of your bristle, stretch in the opposite direction from the growth and shave in the direction of the grain to achieve the ultimate close and precise shave. This is particularly helpful on the sensitive terrain of the half-pipe, which most men stretch using their tongue on the inside of their mouth.
#5 – Floating Steel
For the perfect shave to release the inner 007, use a precisely engineered razor such as the Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology. Apply little to no pressure on the blade, and let it glide across the face. The objective of the blade is to cut the hair shaft, not drag it, as this is what creates irritation. The razor has a unique FlexBall which allows the blade to pivot, bringing another range of motion to shaving, for better adherence to men’s facial contours.
#6 – Post-Shave Love
After shaving, always wash residue from your face with cool water to help close pores and apply a moisturising balm to protect the skin. Remember to shave 3-4 times a week to avoid stubble getting too coarse and difficult to shave.
Below video originally posted here: Movember Tips from Gillette