Guide To The Perfect Shave For The African-American Man

andis29605That’s right my brothers, the perfect shave is something that we all seek but few of us ever achieve. It used to be that the smoothest your face would ever be was right after you hopped out of the barber chair, but I say no more. In this economy we all have to look for ways to make our money stretch and being able to smooth out your face and neck can definitely make those haircuts go a little bit further. I am here to tell you that I’ve tried it all and it was only a few years ago that I found the secret to the perfect shave for men of color.

The first thing that African-American men need to understand if they don’t know already is that our hair doesn’t grow like other ethnicities. Our hair is naturally curly and because of this it tends to grow back into our skin creating the dreaded and often times painful razor bumps. Traditional shaving methods don’t work for most of us, so the commercials that you see on TV with the razor and the whole nine are more fantasy than reality. The one time I tried to shave with a razor after I finished my face was baby smooth, I was like I finally got it. Two days later I looked like I had gotten stung by bees all over my face and that isn’t cool. Most of us just concede ourselves to the fact that when we need to get smooth, it’s going to take a trip to the barber and some dough out of our pocket. Well I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. The method I am about to hip you to has worked for me for almost 10 years and never fails. I won’t say it’s the only way, but it’s simple and effective.

First you have to have the right tools. You’re going to need a pair of trimmers and a good pair at that. These aren’t the kind you kind buy out of Wal-Mart for $20. These are much closer to the kind your barber actually uses. My favorite is the Andis 29605 LS Headline Shaver which currently retails for around $50. Don’t trip on the price, these will last you for years and are easy to add a new blade to when it starts to dull. Next, you’re going to need a good electric shaver. This one here is more about preference; I prefer the ones with the three tracks that you rotate against your face versus the flat ones, but to each man his own on this one. I’m also partial to Norelco’s but there are plenty of good ones out there just make sure you get a quality one, again the price may be a little high but it will be money well spent and you will have it for years. The final piece to this puzzle is a little purple bottle. A few years ago one of my friends put me on this stuff and I have sworn by it ever since. The product is called Tendskin and it works like a charm. Tendskin is designed to fight and prevent razor bumps by forcing your hair to grow straight which prevents it from curling like it would normally do. I won’t lie the stuff smells like vinegar when you first put it on, but only for a minute and then the smell fades away.


Ok, so now that you have the tools, you need the method. The first thing you are going to want to do is use the trimmers to cut down the thicker hair on your face and neck. You are going to want to go with the grain as much as possible on this but to be honest you can freestyle it a bit. The key here is to get the hair down as low as possible with the trimmers, also take this time to sharpen up your tape line and get rid of any widow peeks if you have any. You might also want to groom your beard a little here. At this point be careful on your neck, especially if you already have razor bumps as you might nick them and they will bleed. Another truth here is that a little bleeding is a part of the deal but trust me it’s worth it. At this point, your face should be feeling pretty smooth, but you will probably still feel some light stubble on your face and neck. This is where the electric comes in; use it to smooth out any remaining stubble that may still be present on your face and neck. Now you’re like dang I am ready now but there is still one more step to this process. It’s never hard to get a close shave that looks good, but it is hard to keep it. The finale on this guide is Tendskin, follow the directions on the bottle and apply to your face and neck. By applying the Tendskin after you shave it will make sure that as the hair starts to grow back, it grows straight which will make razor bumps a thing of the past. Whether it’s for that hot date or that important job interview, how you look says a lot about you. This is just one small thing you can do to give yourself a leg up on the competition. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you fellas. Also feel free to share what works for you.


  • Apply Tendskin in between shavings or a few days before you plan to shave to get rid of any razor bumps you might already have which will make for a less painful and smoother shave.
  • Tendskin isn’t just for use after shaving, it can be used to get rid of nasty bumps almost anywhere on the body, so to all you ladies out there that like to keep a “close cut”, it will work like a charm for you but it will sting a bit. Beauty is pain right?


  1. Derrick says:

    Nice bit of info playa. Razor bumps aint a good look at all, I’m ordering some of that Tendskin stuff right now.

  2. Monica says:

    I am looking into getting my husband a set of shaving instrument and products. Your info seem great. My question is, what do you mean by three track electric shaver. I tried looking for it on line but can’t seem to find any. What I saw speaks to three rotator. Can you be more specific. Thank you kindly for your help I will definitely be getting him sorted out with his bumpy face.

  3. Joan says:

    That’s not even 10 miuents well spent!

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