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Is it better to shave at morning or night?

Updated on February 4, 2012

Learning how to shave

Although you may not realise it, many men and young lads are asking how to shave. You might think it comes to males as second nature but that is not always the case. I grew up in a house full of females, I lived with my mom, sister and grandmother. Even my immediate family were women, I only had Aunties and female cousins, no surprise but my cousins dads weren't around either. That left me to learn how to shave all by myslef and I have found out what works and what doesn't. There is no one way to shave, there are many different methods of removing facial hair and this guide should help you choose how you can and how to shave.

Electric Razor and Shaver
Electric Razor and Shaver

Shaving methods

  • wet shaving - use of shaving cream or gel with a razor
  • dry shaving - shaving with no lubricant or moisture
  • electric shaving - shaving with a battery or electricity operated shaver
  • waxing - use of wax that sticks to hair which you then pull off
  • hair removal cream - cream that removes hair with no need for blades
Wet Shaving - This method has personally worked best out of all other methods, with plently ease and convenience. Buy shaving cream or shaving gel that is made by reputable manufacturer, many cheap ones leave my face dry and irritated so I advise to stay far from them. Without a razor there's no point in trying to wet shave, so get a set of diposable razors or another with interchangeable heads. You also can't hold back on the price them, you can find your face in spots from cheaply made blades. Use the disposable ones and throw them away, same goes for your shaver with interchageable blades - change them often! You first apply shaving gel or shaving cream to the area you want to shave, leaving out all the other parts. Don't cover your whole face if you only intend to shave your beard for example. Stand in front of a mirror and place the razor on your face and slide it along the surface of your skin. Make sure you shave in the opposite direction of your hair growth, this will make the whole job easier and cuts hair closer to the skin. You can literally continue this method, clearing the shaving cream at the same time. Wash the head of the razor every now and then to clear any hair clogged up between the blades
Dry Shaving - Many people who have mild skin problems or who allegic to shaving cream tend to dry shave. You use the same method as wet shaving but with no cream. Place the razor along the surface of the skin and cut away the hair you want to remove. I do not recommend dry shaving as it can damage your skin and cause in-grown hairs to form. Because of the lack of lubrication, the hair lends to curl under the surface of the skin causing a spot or boil to occur. In some bad cases, it can leave the whole area you shave covered in boils. When the boils are popped, a hair strand tends to pop out with it. If the hair strand is still left under the surface of the skin when it heals, the spot will re occur. Dry shaving is just not worth the risk.
Electric shaving - This is a very convenient way of shaving, with little maintenance, portability and ease of use, electric shaving is a very popular method used by many men to remove facial hair. They are normally powered by a motor with a moving head that cuts away hair, they can either be plugged into an electric socket or are battery operated. They make good investments as you don't have to repeatedly by new razors. If you want precision shaving, make sure you get one with a flat head which will allow you to cut sharp lines. If precision is not an issue then I recommend getting a shaver with rotating heads. These allow you to easily get real get to the skin and do the job real quick. You can also get them with adjustable heads and with different cutting blades, some including precision blades too!
Waxing - Using this method can be very painful but still some people out there prefer to use it. Waxing takes the hair off closer to the skin than most other ways. It employs applying hot melted wax to the area of hair you want to remove. When the wax drys and hardens it sticks to the hair, you then rapidily pull the wax off and the hair comes off with it. You can get home kits or go to a waxing or beauty salon to use this method. I recommend getting it done professionally because doing it at home can be messy.
Hair removal cream - This method uses a cream with chemicals that react with hair. Hair removal cream is applied to the area of skin you want to remove the hair, left for a few minutes and then washed off. The reaction causes the hair to fall off and despite any worries, it is a safe method. Some people are very sensitive to using hair removal cream but most times it is the brand of choice. 
So now you know how to shave, its very easy once you get the hang of it. Before you know it, shaving will become a part of you daily routine and you will find which method works best. Happy shaving!

Night or Day

Shaving at night or day is entirely up to the person and different factors. If you find that your face is very irritated after shaving, its better to shave the night before. Keep in mind that some people grow facial hair quickly, sometimes its visible after even 3 hours. I usually shave in the morning while showering, if I have a meeting in the night, I usually have to shave again.


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      DGC 3 years ago

      Shaving the night before is ok unless you are going to have a face to face meeting or interview the next day. The best method for sensitive skin is a hot shower before the shave to soften the hair, then once out get some water from the tap and rub it into your skin hard with your finger tips where you're going to shave. Immediately apply a good quality sensitive shave cream while the skin is wet and then shave with the direction of the beard using a good quality razor. Once complete apply a sensitive moisturiser or if particularly sore then apply some savlon antiseptic cream and rub it in. Guaranteed this is the best method if you have a lot of skin irritation. I have tried every method, every product. Cheers.

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      tk2000 7 years ago

      Wet shaving simple works better than any other method for me, and I've tried them all. is a great resource.

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      wet shaving 7 years ago

      Great Hub Good info.

      Some of the problems with dry shaving can be avoided with a pre shave oil. You may run into the same allergy problems but if you can tolerate them they can lubricate and soften the beard enough to make a dry shave comfortable and burn free.

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      TheWriterIVY 8 years ago from Savannah

      I did a HUB on this just now about sensual shaving - Let me know what you think.

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      divij 8 years ago from Bangalore

      After shave lotions are preferable to use? Is so what are all the care we need to take, for selecting one.

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      James Brown 8 years ago from United States of America

      Too long after shaving the night before?!! They might want to check their DNA!:). In all seriousness they will want to definitely consider using a tripple to five blade rasor for closeness. However, I believe shaving at night before bed would help.

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      retellect 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great info jxb7076, what would you recommend if someone had the same problem as you but found that their facial hair was too long when they woke up in the morning?

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      James Brown 8 years ago from United States of America

      I've been shaving for over 40 years and the first time I shaved was when I joined the military at age 18. I tried several methods but settled on the wet shaving method as I found it to be the most efficient. The creams and the electric razor resulted in boils of ingrown hairs which is quite common for black men as the hair tends to curve back under the skin. Whenever that happened I would shave at night before going to bed and wash my face with cold water and avoid any type of cream. This would allow the affected areas of my skin to dry out and tightened to prevent ingrown hairs. In the morning I would wash my face and use non alcholic skin tone lotions to moisterize the skin.

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      perfectshave 8 years ago from US & Canada

      Very informative. From among all these methods you mentioned, only wet-shaving works for me. I get my wet shaving items at

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      PillarComfortenya 8 years ago

      Great research; nice write-up.

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      directsaurabh 8 years ago

      Nice hub. Thanks