When you want to remove stubble or a short beard, a shaver is now often the obvious choice of tool. Many of these appliances can even cope with heavy beards and can remove flat strands of hair. There are different types of shaver, and the majority now have cutting heads equipped with a number of blades, which cut the strands of beard beneath a thin, pierced, metal sheet. In general there two different techniques are used by these appliances. One is to have two or three round cutting heads on which the blades rotate. Another is to have elongated, parallel cutting heads where the blades move forwards and backwards. Some elongated models also have a kind of scissor section between the cutting heads to trim longer strands of hair. Both variants have a number of advantages and you simply choose whichever suits you best. For example, the elongated cutting heads make it easier to trim moustaches and sideboards, while the round cutting heads are often quieter.
A number of shavers today also include a trimmer accessory. This can be used for other body hair, such as on the back or chest. If you want to trim your eyebrows or the hair in your nose or ears, it's better to use a nose hair trimmer, which is specially designed for these purposes.
How to use a shaver
For a shaver with rotating cutting heads, the appliance is used in circular movements along the skin. Models with parallel cutting heads are used more like a traditional razor, with shaving taking place against the hair growth at a 90-degree angle to the face. After using a shaver for a little while you get used to either technique, and in fact neither is better than the other.
When using a shaver, you often need neither lather nor gel. Sometimes this is recommended for some models, to get a closer shave or a more pleasant experience. Some shavers are completely waterproof and can be used in the shower for wet shaving.
Counteracting stinging and skin irritation
Many men using shavers know that they can lead to a stinging sensation and make skin irritated, regardless of the brand used. A number of manufacturers have therefore improved cutting head flexibility to counteract this problem. Shavers with spring-mounted cutting heads follow the contours of the face better. In general, more expensive shavers have more advanced springs and thus are more flexible. If you have sensitive skin, we definitely recommend you to purchase an electric shaver with separate sprung cutting heads to counteract skin irritation and redness. This makes a big difference.
Cleaning and maintenance
Today the majority of appliances are waterproof and can be rinsed off under the tap. You might think that the cleaning stations included as an accessory with the more expensive shavers are merely a gimmick. But the fact is that this special cleaning fluid is preferable to water in order to retain the sharpness of the cutting blades. The mineral-free cleaning fluid prevents the razor edge from oxidising, which takes place if the shaver is left damp after cleaning under the tap. In other words, it's not use that makes the cutting blades blunt but simply normal corrosion. The cleaning stations thus significantly extend the lifetime of the cutting blades, and in the long term are a good investment. For some shavers, it is also recommended that you apply oil to increase the durability of the machine
Many men wonder whether they can take their shaver with them when travelling. Apart from it being helpful if it's small so that it doesn't take up much space, you also need to be sure that you can take it on the plane. You are permitted to have a shaver in your hand baggage, which means it's easy to take with you. But don't forget to find out what electrical outlets are available in your destination, and whether your shaver will charge using these or if you will need an adapter.