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Don’t Make These Mistakes! A Men’s Guide to Shaving Before Hair Removal

Table of Contents

TL:DR Summary

  • 1. Shaving Technique Matters: Avoid shaving too close to the skin to prevent damage to the skin barrier and inflammation.
  • 2. Combat Ingrown Hairs and Folliculitis: Shave with the grain to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs and skin infections like folliculitis.
  • 3. Pre-Shave Hair Softening: Soften hairs with warm water before shaving for a more flexible and easier cut, reducing skin pull.
  • 4. Grain-Direction Shaving: Shave in the direction of hair growth to minimize irritation and achieve a smoother shave.
  • 5. Razor Quality is Key: Always use a sharp, clean razor blade for efficient cutting and reduced risk of infection.
  • 6. Hair Removal Creams as an Alternative: Consider hair removal creams for a painless method, especially if prone to skin sensitivity or allergies.
The table is a straightforward guide for men's shaving before hair removal, featuring eleven steps with concise descriptions and helpful notes, organized in an easy-to-follow three-column format.
A Men’s Guide to Shaving Before Hair Removal

Wellaholic Insider Guide To Shaving Before Hair Removal (Men’s Edition)

As the founder of a renowned aesthetic chain in Singapore, I’ve gained a wealth of experience and insight into the world of beauty and wellness treatments. One aspect that often intrigues and concerns our male clientele is the preparation process for hair removal treatments, particularly the dos and don’ts of shaving before undergoing such procedures.

In this article, I aim to provide an insider’s guide to shaving before hair removal, specifically tailored for men. This guide is born out of countless interactions with customers, feedback from our skilled staff, and extensive research in the field. I understand the apprehensions and questions many men have when it comes to preparing their skin for hair removal, especially those who are new to the treatment.

From the best techniques to the timing of shaving before your appointment, I will cover all the essential information you need to know.

 When we shave, this lipid layer is compromised, especially so when alcohol-containing aftershaves are used.

Try not to shave so close to your skin

How shaving affects your skin barrier

Shaving can damage your skin barrier, which is a layer of lipids that helps to keep your skin hydrated and protected from harmful chemicals. When you shave, you remove some of these lipids and make your skin more vulnerable to dryness and irritation. This can be worsened by using alcohol-based aftershaves that further strip away the natural oils from your skin.

How shaving triggers a flare response

Shaving can also stimulate the sensory receptors in your skin, which are designed to detect pain. When you shave, you create tiny micro-injuries that activate these receptors and cause them to release inflammatory mediators. These mediators cause a flare response, which is a reddening or burning sensation on your skin. This is also known as a shaving rash. People with sensitive skin are more prone to this reaction.

How to shave before SHR treatment

If you are planning to undergo SHR treatment, you need to shave before the session. However, you should not shave too close to your skin or against the direction of your hair growth. This can cause more trauma and irritation to your skin. Instead, you should use a gentle razor and shave in the s

Ingrown hairs happen when the tip grows out of the follicle, curves downwards and re-enters the skin

Shave to prevent ingrown hairs and follicultis

How shaving causes ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs are hairs that grow back into the skin instead of outwards. They can happen when you shave and leave a sharp tip on the hair. This tip can either grow out and then curve back into the skin, or grow inwards and penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Either way, your body sees this as a foreign object and reacts with inflammation. This can cause redness, itchiness, and pus-filled bumps on your skin.

How to prevent ingrown hairs from shaving

One way to prevent ingrown hairs from shaving is to avoid stretching the skin while you shave. This can make the hair retract under the skin and make it harder to get a smooth shave. You should also use a clean and sharp razor, apply shaving cream or gel, and shave in the direction of your hair growth. These steps can help to reduce friction and irritation on your skin.

How shaving causes folliculitis

Folliculitis is a skin condition where the hair follicles become infected and inflamed. It can be caused by bacteria or fungi that enter the follicles through cuts or openings in the skin. Shaving can create these openings and also block the follicles with dead skin cells or debris. This can trap the bacteria or fungi inside and cause them to multiply. Folliculitis can look like small red bumps or white-headed pimples around the hair follicles. It can be very uncomfortable, especially in sensitive areas like the pubic region.

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How to treat follicultis?

Medications for folliculitis

Folliculitis can be treated with different types of medications, depending on the cause and severity of the infection. Some medications are applied to the skin, while others are taken orally. The main categories of medications are:

  • Antibiotics – These are used to kill bacteria that cause folliculitis. They can be in the form of creams or pills. Examples include mupirocin, clindamycin, doxycycline, and cephalexin.
  • Antifungals – These are used to kill fungi that cause folliculitis. They can be in the form of creams, shampoos, or pills. Examples include ketoconazole, clotrimazole, fluconazole, and itraconazole.
  • Steroids – These are used to reduce inflammation and itching that accompany folliculitis. They can be in the form of creams or pills. Examples include hydrocortisone, prednisone, and dexamethasone.

Light therapy for folliculitis

Light therapy is another option for treating folliculitis, especially if it is deep or resistant to medications. Light therapy uses a combination of light and a chemical substance to destroy the microorganisms that cause folliculitis. The chemical substance is applied to the skin and then activated by a specific wavelength of light. This creates a reaction that kills the bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Light therapy can also help to heal the skin and prevent scarring.

Wellaholic’s treatments for folliculitis

Try Wellaholic’s Elight Facial Collagen Boost treatment or SHR hair removal treatment to prevent or treat folliculitis. The Elight Facial Collagen Boost treatment employs light therapy to eliminate infection and stimulate collagen production in the skin. Meanwhile, the SHR hair removal treatment uses laser technology to destroy hair follicles, preventing inflammation or infection. These treatments are safe and effective for all skin types, helping you achieve smooth and healthy skin.

Soak the target area with warm water at least two minutes before shaving. This can be best accomplished by showering before shaving

Soften stiff hairs before shaving

How to soften the hairs for shaving

To achieve the ultimate shave, first soften the hairs to make them easier to cut. Soak the target area in warm water for at least two minutes before shaving, either by showering or using a wet towel. Warm water causes the hairs to expand and become more flexible, reducing the force required to cut them and preventing them from pulling or tugging on your skin.

How to cleanse the skin for shaving

The next step for the ultimate shave is to cleanse the skin of any dirt, oil, or dead skin cells that can interfere with the shaving process. These can block the water from penetrating the hairs and make them harder to cut. They can also cause friction and irritation on your skin when you shave. You can use a gentle cleanser or exfoliator to remove these impurities and prepare your skin for a smooth shave.

How to lubricate the skin for shaving

To achieve the ultimate shave, lubricate your skin with a thick shaving cream that prevents water loss and enables smooth razor gliding. This shaving cream forms a protective layer between your skin and the razor, minimizing friction and irritation. It also lifts and moistens the hairs, making them easier to cut. Generously apply and massage the shaving cream into your skin and hairs.

Shaving provides only temporary results, as hair can begin to regrow within a few days.

Try to shave along the grain

Why shaving against the grain is bad

Shaving against the grain means shaving in the opposite direction of your hair growth. This may seem like a good way to get a closer shave, but it can actually cause more harm than good. Shaving against the grain can cut the hairs too short and make them curl back into the skin. This can lead to redness, irritation, and ingrown hairs. It can also damage your skin barrier and make it more prone to infection.

How to shave with the grain

Shaving with the grain means shaving in the same direction as your hair growth. This is a better way to shave because it reduces friction and abrasion on your skin. Shaving with the grain can help you avoid razor burn, which is a painful condition that occurs when your skin becomes inflamed from shaving. Shaving with the grain can also help you achieve a smooth and comfortable shave.

How to find the direction of the grain

To find the direction of the grain, you need to examine your hair growth pattern. You can do this by running your fingers over your face and feeling which way the hairs are pointing. The direction that feels smooth is with the grain, and the direction that feels rough is against the grain. You can also look at your hair growth visually and see which way the hairs are lying. You should shave in the same direction as the hairs are pointing or lying.

Use a sharp and clean razor blade with every shave. Dull blades require more pressure, which creates more abrasion with each shave and increases likelihood of damaging of the epidermal skin

Always use a sharp and clean razor blade

The quality of your razor blade can make a big difference in your shaving experience. A sharp and clean razor blade can help you shave more easily and comfortably. A dull and dirty razor blade can cause more problems and discomfort. You should use a sharp and clean razor blade with every shave because:

  • A sharp blade cuts the hairs more efficiently – A sharp blade can cut the hairs with less pressure and fewer strokes. This reduces friction and abrasion on your skin and prevents irritation and inflammation.
  • A clean blade prevents infection – A clean blade can prevent bacteria or microbes from entering your skin through the micro-injuries caused by shaving. This reduces the risk of infection and inflammation.
Grab a hand mirror and some sharp scissors and trim your hair in the spots you want to shave first. This will keep your razor from getting all clogged up. Then, hop in the shower and clean the area with some mild soap and warm water.

How to effectively shave pubic hairs

Grab a hand mirror and some sharp scissors and trim your hair in the spots you want to shave first. This will keep your razor from getting all clogged up. Then, hop in the shower and clean the area with some mild soap and warm water.

The Importance of Using a New Blade and Shaving Cream

​Once you’ve washed that area well, take a brand-new blade or a fresh-and-sharp disposable razor, apply some shaving cream, and shave downward with the hair, i.e. in the direction it’s growing or along the grain (as explained earlier). Using small strokes — and holding your skin taut with the other hand—will help protect against nicks and cuts. Don’t wait for your razor blade to dull before switching it out. Old blades carry bacteria and increase the risk of infection or folliculitis.

Deodorants can cause skin irritation when mixed with hair removal methods, especially when using wax or depilatory creams

If all else fails, try a hair removal cream

What are hair removal creams and how do they work?

Hair removal creams are products that can remove unwanted hair from different parts of your body. They work by dissolving the hair at the root with a chemical substance. You can apply them to your face, legs, bikini line, chest, back, or any other area that you want to make smooth and hairless. You just need to follow the instructions on the package and wait for a few minutes before rinsing off the cream.

What are the benefits of hair removal creams?

Hair removal creams are one of the easiest and most painless methods of hair removal. They do not involve any sharp tools or cutting of the hair, which can cause irritation or ingrown hairs. They also do not dry out your skin, as some of them contain moisturizing ingredients. Hair removal creams can be used for any hair type and any body area, making them versatile and convenient.

What are the drawbacks of hair removal creams?

Hair removal creams are not without some drawbacks. They can cause allergic reactions or skin sensitivity in some people, especially if they have delicate or damaged skin. They can also have a strong odor or leave a residue on your skin. Hair removal creams are not permanent, as the hair will grow back after a few days or weeks. You should always do a patch test on a small area of your skin before using a new product to check for any adverse effects.


In conclusion, drawing from my extensive experience in the aesthetics field, I’ve learned that proper shaving before hair removal is crucial for men. It’s not just a suggestion, but a necessary step for both the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

Based on client feedback and observations, the ideal time to shave is about 24 to 48 hours before your appointment. This timing helps to avoid skin irritation and ensures that the hair is the right length for the treatment to work effectively.

Remember, the right shaving practice is key to a successful hair removal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why is shaving before hair removal important?

A: Shaving before hair removal helps ensure effective and comfortable hair removal treatments. It allows the hair removal method, such as Wellaholic’s WellasSmooth, to target hair follicles directly, minimizing discomfort and improving results.

Can I use any shaving cream or gel before hair removal?

A: While it’s recommended to use a shaving cream or gel, avoid products with heavy fragrances or irritants. Opt for products that are gentle on the skin, as this helps maintain the skin’s barrier and prevent potential flare responses during hair removal.

How does shaving affect the skin barrier and flare response during hair removal?

A: Shaving can disrupt the skin barrier, making it more susceptible to irritations and flare responses during hair removal. Following proper shaving techniques and using suitable products, like those recommended by Wellaholic, can help minimize these issues.

What are ingrown hairs and folliculitis, and how can shaving impact them?

A: Ingrown hairs occur when hair grows back into the skin, causing irritation. Folliculitis is inflammation of hair follicles. Shaving incorrectly or against the grain can contribute to these issues. Proper shaving and exfoliation techniques can help prevent ingrown hairs and folliculitis.

How can I soften stiff hairs before shaving for better hair removal results?

A: Softening stiff hairs is crucial for effective hair removal. Using warm water or a warm towel before shaving helps open up hair follicles, making it easier to achieve a clean shave and minimizing potential discomfort during hair removal.

Can I shave immediately before a WellasSmooth hair removal session?

A: It’s generally recommended to shave the day before your WellasSmooth hair removal session. Shaving right before the treatment can sometimes cause skin sensitivity. Wellaholic’s specialists can provide personalized guidance based on your skin type and needs.


Founder and Managing Director for Wellaholic, an aesthetic chain with 8 outlets island-wide in Singapore.

Willie Chan, Founder

Willie Chan is the Founder and Managing Director of Wellaholic, a popular aesthetic chain with 8 outlets in Singapore. With a strong belief in evidence-based, effective, and affordable aesthetic treatments, Willie ensures that customers receive the best care possible. His ENTJ Myer-Briggs personality drives him to set clear visions and pursue them without excuses. Willie holds a CIDESCO as well as Beauty Therapy & Salon Management from Brentwood College UK and has studied Operations Management at The Wharton School and Management at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, equipping him with a solid foundation in the business of aesthetics. 

Contact Willie at [email protected]


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