Do other curly men have problems with shaving?

Ok so, I normally don't shave myself. Usually I get my barber to do it for me every two weeks and he shapes up a nice goatee for me. But anyways Monday I found out i got this job that I wanted and I had to be at work later on that day and had to have a clean shaven face with no hair whatsoever. Since I didn't have time to go to my barber I went out and bought this Gillette Quatro thing and then looked on the internet on how to shave yourself. All the websites said to shave with the grain, in the direction that it grows, to prevent in grown hairs...and it said to shave with the grain: shave downward from your cheek to your jawbone and then upwards from your neck to your jawbone.

Anyway, my question is...Do any other guys have problems shaving with a razor? Because i'm getting some in-grown hairs on my neck and it hurts and itches alot. The website said that, in grown hairs can happen if you don't shave with the grain..which i did what they said..upward...but then i felt my neck hair..and mine doesn't grow upwards like they said..it grows from left to right?!?!? my facial hair grows sorta down and towards my mouth instead of straight down...is it because I have curly hair? I asked one of my friends who has curly hair and he said he uses an electric razor because it doesn't give him in grown hairs, but blades do. Does any other guy have this problem, or has facial hair that grows in different directions from the "norm"?
im not a guy but my bf is a curly. he would get horrible in grown hairs and razor bumps any time hes shaved. i picked him up some cream called bump stopper (from sally beauty supply) and it has helped so much! his face is so smooth and clean shaven!

you apply it before and after (and it also says you can use it on days you don't shave as a "conditioner" i don't think he does though)

good luck and i hope that helps.
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everyone is different. mine don't grow in the "norm" way either, i dont think there is a norm way.

u just need to figure out which way ur hair grows out, and shave with the grain.
part of it is a black thing to...
razor bumps is a common problem among black men.
idk, maybe its because our har is usually naturally curly. i kinda have the opposite problem. my face hates my facial hair. and if i let it grow out even a little, my face breaks out and itches like hell. but one i shave, my skin smooths out after a couple days. but in order to avoid that, i jusst try to remember to shave every other day. (also, do not shave everyday)

i start of with warm water (as warm as u can stand it). apply the shaving cream or gel. let it sit a min to soften the hairs. then shave with the razor, but rinsing it with hot water (that seems to help it run smoother to me). once im done, i splash cold water on my face to close the pores.

a little thing i do is put neosporin on where i just shaved. helps heal all the lil cuts you make when you shave, and help fight and bacteria that may get in when shaving (i assume this, cuz thats what it does to cuts, a doctor did not tell me this).

try the bumps suff that was reconmended too. i think i will and see how it works.
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I've shaved with a safety razor for fifteen of the last sixteen years and have never had problems. this past year i've started wearing a goatee and use an electric beard trimmer as well, leaves my face a little red and sore but that's it.

From other bits of hearsay I'm inclined to agree with CurlLee and think it might be a black thing, but I don't really know.
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I tried the full-on wet shave when the need first arose, but I soon gave it up as too much hassle for such a short-term end.

Ever since I have used an electric shaver. Does the job as well as could be expected, no question of going "with" or "against" the grain which (in my case at least) is a difficult concept to apply. I'm happy with the results anyway.
Thanks guys. Yeah I think my face just doesn't like regular razors. I bought an electric razor and it works just fine. it's it nice and smooth and it's pretty quick too..sometimes i have a little problem on my neck area..i don't think the three head pivoting device was made for really curly facial hair and it sometimes snags a hair and leaves a bump..but it's usually gone by the time i get out of the shower and leave the house.
I'm not a guy.. and come to think of it, I don't even know how I got here, but wanted to say that I have a hard time with waxing my legs because the hair grows in so many different directions, so you're not the only curly having problems in the hair removal department!
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I had problems shaving too until I started a routine. It's time consuming but it leaves my face smooth, stubble free, and feeling great. I take a shower first, or wash my face with warm water. Then I apply a lot of Neutrogena for Men shaving cream (not gel) and massage it everywhere I'm going to shave. Get a good safety razor with a disposable blade; I like Gillette, but try a variety and use whatever you're comfortable with. You'll probably replace the blades every one to two weeks.

Run the blades under hot water and then begin shaving with the grain of the hair. Apply light pressure but don't try to stretch the skin with your fingers or by making an odd face, we're trying to remove hair not epidermis. Rinse the blades with hot water as needed.

After that's done, give a quick rinse with warm water and then apply more shaving cream all over. This time around, lightly shave against the grain.

When you're done, gently wash off hair and excess shaving cream, pat dry with a towel, and apply a little oil-free moisturizer. Neutrogena also makes after shave lotion that works great for me.

I prefer this technique to any other because it's precise and it's improved the condition of my skin. Everything else feels so rough, but maybe my skin is just sensitive.

Hope this helps. Enjoy your face.
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My husband is Latino and has coarse curly hair, and is really sensitive to shaving. He's had many of the same problems as the OP; what's been working lately is the 100% Aloe Vera Gel (like FOTE) used like an aftershave moisturizer.

I checked with him and he says he does more or less what alex_infp does, but he uses Aveeno shave gel for sensitive skin because it cuts down on chafing and ingrown hairs.

I hope some of this is useful - good luck!
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I definitely have the same curly hair shaving problems and my solution has been to use an electric beard trimmer. There are some very close cutting trimmers out there; they cut above the surface so the hair can't grow under the skin. You'll feel the scruff and you have to trim more frequently, but the trade off is the lack of acne and inflamation caused by in-grown hairs.

During my period of frustration with this, I found that hydrocortizone is the best way to treat the itchiness and inflamation.
I know I'm not a guy and I'm not really posting any significant advice, but I usally use hair remover creams as opposed to razors to avoid bumps (I don't use it on my face lol).
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I definitely have the same curly hair shaving problems and my solution has been to use an electric beard trimmer. There are some very close cutting trimmers out there; they cut above the surface so the hair can't grow under the skin. You'll feel the scruff and you have to trim more frequently, but the trade off is the lack of acne and inflamation caused by in-grown hairs.

During my period of frustration with this, I found that hydrocortizone is the best way to treat the itchiness and inflamation.
Originally Posted by jrl290
Be very cautious and consult with a doctor before using hydrocortisone on your face. Here's a link that has a little more info about this.

From the article linked on the other side: "... some common skin conditions affecting the face can be caused or made worse by hydrocortisone (eg impetigo, rosacea, and acne) (1,2). Therefore all over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams and ointments have “use on the face” as a contra-indication, and pharmacists are not allowed to sell them for this purpose."
3a on a good day - fine-thick, thirsty hair
Inverted bob, love but debating more length

Hair likes: very small amounts of shea butter to keep the ends neat, AVG, FSG, wheat protein
Hair dislikes: Glycerin, too much salt
SLS-free, occasional organic low-poo
Co-wash and leave-in: Suave Naturals

Products: FOTE, Nexxus Alluring Curls
Trying: homemade FSG, Lustrasilk Shea+Mango

Winter DT: In 4oz bottle: 2 tsp each EVOO/conditioner; pea-sized amount of shea; eighth-tsp of mag-sulfate; fill with FOTE.
I definitely have the same curly hair shaving problems and my solution has been to use an electric beard trimmer. There are some very close cutting trimmers out there; they cut above the surface so the hair can't grow under the skin. You'll feel the scruff and you have to trim more frequently, but the trade off is the lack of acne and inflamation caused by in-grown hairs.

During my period of frustration with this, I found that hydrocortizone is the best way to treat the itchiness and inflamation.
Originally Posted by jrl290
Yup this is what I do now. Except the electric trimmer i got doesn't agree with my face...it's one of those three head circular shavers...yeah..for some reason whenever i finish shaving with it..a few minutes later i'll get a small red bump..it's not an ingrown hair..it's a irritation bump..those razor sometimes feel like it's pulling the hair out instead of cutting it...but it does have this flip on "trimmer" part for side burns..i actually use that part to do my whole face..and it works really well and isn't irritating...it's just really small and takes a long time. So i think i'm gonna look for a similar one.
A trick from a tattoo artist - when he would shave an area on someone before giving a tattoo, he always put unscented stick deoderant on the area to keep it from getting irritated. My husband tried this on his neck (he gets really bad bumps there, even with an electric razor) and it worked really well. No idea why or what ingredient does it, lol.
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I have my BF use St. Ives Apricat Scrub a couple days before he goes to the barbershop to get a shape up. He wears and full beard, but keeps it trimmed. Works well for him. I also use it a couple days before I wax. Razor bumps are the worst!

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