How to avoid making common shaving mistakes

How many of you hate shaving? It’s one of those necessary ‘adulting’ rituals that you can’t avoid and you hate having to take the time to do so only for the hair to grow right back what seems the next day, right?!?! And I can’t stand the pink tax that has been imposed on us for doing something that is necessary in our culture just because I am a girl. It’s bullcrap!

I have been going back and forth about going to an electric razor to even getting laser hair removal as I’m absolutely over shaving and I would prefer if I could avoid it at all costs. But I can’t. I recently had the opportunity to try out Harry’s shaving products and figured this would be a good time to reeducate myself on how to shave to see if I can turn things around.

Harry’s is a shaving company with a really cool mission and backstory. The founders Jeff and Andy became tired of paying ridiculous prices on razors and waiting for someone to unlock the case so that they could buy them. So they took it upon themselves to do something about changing this and founded Harry’s. By purchasing a factory in Germany, Jeff and Andy were able to create innovative shaving products that could be delivered to your doorstep. And you may be wondering if is this a company that creates shaving products for men only. The answer is no, they actually create unisex products. I actually thought the same thing prior to my research.

Let’s get into the mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Mistake #1: Did you know that you are suppose to prep your skin/hair? Are you asking what the heck am I speaking of? Well, there is a fine line between over-prepping and under-prepping. You shouldn’t expect that a splash of water applied to your skin will do the trick. More prep is required before you pick up your razor.

How to avoid: Stick with shaving in the shower, ladies! The steam from the water in the shower will do wonders as it allows the outer layer of the hair to become soft which makes it easier to shave (and much safer).

Mistake #2: Not knowing which way the “grain grows.” Translation: you are shaving against the direction that the hair grows.

How to avoid: First, learn which way the hair grows. To find out your grain pattern you can let your hair grow out so that you can literally feel the hair against your skin by sliding your finger across the skin to determine the direction it is growing. When shaving, the first pass of the shave should go with the grain when the hair is at it’s longest length. The following pass should go against the grain now that the hair has been shortened and the dead skin cells have been removed during the first pass. You will find that the process is a lot easier as the chances for any tug and pull on the skin have been relieved.

Mistake #3: Being heavy handed. Have you ever thought “oh, if i apply more pressure I’m going to get to the root” or you are going to achieve a “closer” shave? Um yeah, not the case boo. Putting too much pressure on your skin while shaving will actually lead to unwanted cuts and nicks. I know I have been guilty of making this mistake and it’s an easy one to avoid.

How to avoid: Just gently glide the razor across your skin. This technique will actually work the best for a close shave. And all that time we were thinking opposite smh lol.

Mistake #4: Now I am guilty of committing this cardinal sin. How many of us thought using soap or body wash might be a good idea (and cheaper) when we are out of shaving products? [Play music here: “womp, womp, wooooomp.”] No, it isn’t. I actually didn’t realize this until recently but not using shaving products actually causes more trauma to our skin.

How to avoid: Soaps appear to have similar properties (they are slick) to shaving creams but we have to remember that soap removes dirt and oil from our skin which is counterproductive when shaving. This is one lesson I have had to learn the hard way but shaving products actually provide moisture and slip agents to decrease friction. So trust me on this one, stick to using shaving products – your skin will thank me later.

Mistake #5: Using too much or not enough shaving cream.  Did you know that not using enough shaving cream or your using too much can have the same effect as not prepping the skin appropriately? Using too little of the product can cause a rougher shave because the hair may not soften up enough. Using too much of a product is a little dangerous as it can cause your skin to become too slippery and you will become more prone to cuts.

How to avoid: When applying shaving cream, only use a almond-sized portion as this will allow for a smooth shave. If your surface area is larger then add a tiny bit more than an almond-sized portion. I would recommend using Harry’s Shaving Gel as it provides an ample amount of hydration and I promise it will also help eliminate irritation. I suffer with eczema and I did not experience any irritation to Harry’s shaving gel and I found the razor just glided across my skin. Harry’s uses natural ingredients like aloe and cucumber which help to hydrate and refresh your skin.

Mistake #6: Leaving your razor in the danger zone. Storing your razor somewhere like the shower ledge or bathroom sink is a breeding ground for bacteria and the water droplets that are flying around will cause your razor to become dirty and dull.

How to avoid: You should avoid storing your razor in places where it is exposed to water.  Now, don’t go and place your razor in a drawer because bacteria can live there as well. You can opt for a quality razor stand that is designed to keep your razor safe above water and your blades sharp.

Mistake #7: Not knowing when it’s time to let go of your razor. Using your razor longer than you are suppose to will cause more harm than good. Using a old razor will makes you more prone to cuts and nicks which is not a good look.

How to avoid: Most of us are not exactly sure when we should switch out our razors. Harry’s is a subscription service that will send you quality razors in time so you don’t have to worry about guessing if your razor has expired. It is recommended to change your razor blade every 6-8 shaves. The benefits of enrolling in a shaving subscription club is that you can customize a delivery schedule you so that you will have your razors on a timely rotation.This means you don’t have to worry about ever going to the local supermarket to pick up one of those expensive (yet, cheaply made) razors to “get you by.”

If you would like to try a trial of Harry’s products, you can do so by click here and trying one out for only $3! You can keep going to the grocery store and buying the ones there but I promise you these razors are all you will need in your life. I actually didn’t think I would impressed by the razors enough to become a subscriber but I was actually shocked how nice they are (and how silky smooth my legs feel after each use) that I am a believer now. I am set to receive my razors every five months and my next shipment will come around my birthday in July. If you are ready to start your subscription and are looking for a discount to help you on your way, click here for $5 off your next box.



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  • whitney

    “um not the case boo” haha I love how easy your posts are to read! This post was so helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jesseca Cantral

    Good tips, thank you!

  • Enjoyed reading this! Sometimes, I feel happy that I am a male, haha 🙂 Thank you for the post and the positive mindset.

  • These are really great tips, type of shaving cream and prepping the skin is the most important to me. Really does help.

  • Annie Cho

    Hehe I didn’t realize I make soooo many shaving mistakes! I will go get that shaving cream now. :p

  • Maritza Baez

    these are some great tips for people who need to shave. they are so simple to follow

  • Lisa He

    I definitely have committed some of these shaving sins haha. Thanks for the tips, I’ll have to make a few adjustments around my bathroom.

  • Great suggestions. I have broken that cardinal rule of using soap before and boy have I paid for it.

  • Julie Ventura Plagens

    I didn’t realize my razor was getting bacteria on it while on a shelf in the back of the shower. I guess a razor stand would help.

  • Rose Mont

    That was a whole lot of razor information. I have used bodywash and soap almost all the time but I do also ‘prep’ my skin before I shave so yeah point for me. 6-8 shaves seems really minimal. Some people shave more then once a week so that’s only a months use? I do appreciate your tips though and will use the shaving gel in the closet that I was too lazy to pull out and change out my razor because even I know it’s long over due.

    • I thought that minimal too especially for someone like my husband that shaves every 2-3 days. For this reason he switched to a shaving club (a different company) where he is getting an abundance of razors for a low cost to help. My husband is bald and finds that if he doesn’t switch out that razor in time he will pay for it as he will bumps. I also think though if you can keep the razor away from water you may be able to stretch it out a little past the recommendation. I found that I was stretching out my razor most of the time because I didn’t want to go to the store and pay almost $30 for maybe six blades. I will say this though that the shaving clubs have helped out in the cost dept as you can get six blades for half of the cost you are find at a grocery store. Great point though. I REALLY appreciate your honest feedback! Thank you for checking out our post!

  • Kati

    Shaving is THE WORST. but thank you for the tips to make it almost bearable! hahah

  • Dee Jaye

    Thank you for the tips. I am forever making crummy errors when shaving and I hate it

    • It’s not one of my favorite thing to do either. lol. Thanks so much for checking out the post!

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made these mistakes in the past. Getting shaving bumps can be annoying and sometimes I want to resort to waxing.

    • We may have a post on waxing here pretty soon as I am curious to find out its benefits (and cons) as I just recently had a friend that crossed that bridge. I’ve always been afraid most that it would hurt and cause more irritation than I already have experienced. For now though I will stick to shaving and keep following these tips. If you would like us to let you know when the waxing post is up feel free to email us at or hit us up on IG/FB under @realwomentalk2. Thanks so much for checking out our post!

  • I am guilty of using soap or shower gel instead of shaving foam. I don’t think I have ever used shaving foam, I always thought it was just for men, haha.

    • I had always seen the shaving creams and the ones geared for women but thought it was a gimmick to get more of our money! lol. I guess I never realized though there was a real purpose behind it as it’s not something you think one day and say “hey, let me research into the intent of shaving cream.” I have been continuing to use it the last two months and I will say though that I am not getting as much irritation afterwards. If you should ever decide to try it out I hope that you see great results from it. Thanks for checking out our site!

  • KC Puentespina

    I am guilty of just letting my hair grow out because I’m lazy hehe but these are great tips! My biggest challenge though is shaving around the private part. I wish you can write tips on that too! 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

    • Ah. Great idea! I will definitely start researching into this as I had a friend that recently went for waxing and I know of other folks who are not comfortable doing that. Could you do me a favor please and email me at I would like to credit you for the idea when the post is created 🙂

      • KC Puentespina

        Yes please!!! ☺️ I will keep in touch with you asap… Thanks a lot! ☺️

  • Kristyn Caasi Medriano

    Great tips. When I don’t having shaving foam or gel, I grab my conditioner. I hate getting those shaving bumps because it irritates the heck out of my skin.

    • I have sensitive skin and I usually really irritated afterwards where my legs become very itchy and bumpy a couple days later. I previously wasn’t using shaving cream and the last few times I have switched back to shaving cream I haven’t had this issue. So I’m wondering if the shaving cream is helping and possibly help you too.

  • Ally Jones

    These are so good! I usually use baby oil when I run out.

    • Lol. I understand. I heard coconut oil was good to use but I’ve always been afraid it would make the shower floor too slippery so I never tried. Do you find the baby oil works pretty well?

  • Laura Dove

    Oh I totally make the mistakes all the time! This is so helpful, I really need to take them on board!

    • I’m trying to do better too. It’s hard when you are use to shaving a certain way though lol. Glad you found our tips helpful. Thanks so much for reading this post!

  • Fiona Newsam

    I wish we didn’t have to shave at all! Life would be so much easier! Great tips though!

  • I never really thought about how shaving in the shower was easier, but it makes sense. I suppose I will continue doing that. Also I tend to leave my razors in the shower or in a drawer. It’s good to know that that is bad.

    • Yeah, I never thought about tips either for shaving until this post. When you first start you aren’t really given a tutorial you just kind of figure it out as least we think. Let us know if any of these tips help you out. Thanks for checking out our post!

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