While at the Salon International Expo just a few weeks ago, I paid a visit to the excellent Luigi to experience one of the famous shaves that saw him dubbed the 2015 Best Shaver in Britain. I was delighted with the results and, since he let me record the experience I can now share his shaving tips – helping you to give your clients a better experience!
In just ten steps you can shave like a true professional, although if you really want to give your customers a service worthy of Luigi then you might also be interested in checking out the barbering courses on offer from the Great British Barber Academy.
So, here are the 10 steps that you’ll need to give an excellent shave; don’t forget to watch the video so you can see Luigi in action.
Step One: Massage shave oil into the face, covering the whole area that you are going to be shaving. Here, Luigi uses a shaving oil from the popular Bluebeard’s Revenge grooming brand.
Step Two: This is followed by a hot towel, which is important not only for relaxing the client and giving them a luxurious experience, but also for improving the shave by opening the pores and softening the stubble. The towel covers the whole face apart from the nose, and Luigi firmly presses down for several seconds before gently dabbing the face.
Step Three: As soon as the towel comes off, start lathering; again, Luigi turns to Bluebeard’s Revenge for a high-quality shaving cream. Make sure to work it into the skin well, being firm but gentle and using circular motions with your brush. Take your time and ensure that the whole area is well-covered.
Step Four: Now that the preparation is done it’s time to start the shave, using a straight cut razor. With small strokes that cut a small section of hair at a time, Luigi starts with the forehand technique. This means holding the razor with your palm facing downwards and moving it towards your body.
Step Five: Luigi also uses the backhand technique, with the palm facing upwards and the blade now facing in the opposite direction. This allows him to give a more thorough shave.
Step Six: Use a post-shave balm to return moisture to the face. This is very soothing and nourishing for the face, and an important part of the after-care section of a shave.
Step Seven: Follow up with a second hot towel, again covering the whole face apart from the nose and pressing down on the chin and jaw area for several second.
Step Eight: Luigi gives me a quick facial massage, which is very relaxing and also brings the blood back to the face. This means that when your client leaves the barbershop their skin will be bright and full of life.
Step Nine: Towels can be used to fan the client, cooling their face and again improving the experience that they have while you’re shaving them.
Step Ten: One final step for ultimate relaxation – a gentle neck massage. These additional extras really do make all the difference!
So there you have it: ten steps to shaving like 2015’s best shaver in Britain, Luigi. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the tent, and I’m sure that your clients will be delighted if you start offering a professional shave of this calibre.
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