Last Update on September 29, 2014 // Written by Hank No Comments

Shaving to remove facial hair or beards has been a very old practice among men since ancient times. Nowadays, people tend to go for Laser Hair Removal Treatment in order to get the facial hair removed permanently which in turn saves them from the hassle of shaving frequently. Well, most people tend to stick to the process of shaving as they might like the stubble look. Having said that the purpose of shaving is to keep one's face clean of any hair or to style one's beard or mustache. When a person removes their entire beard the resulting look is known as a clean shave. There are two main types of shaving used everywhere today depending on how it is done and what tools are used- wet shaving and electrical shaving. shave1 Wet shaving is the traditional method of shaving using manual razors, either straight razors or safety razors. For wet shaving, the area on the face to be shaved is rinsed with warm water to soften the skin and then a shaving cream, soap or gel is applied to form a foamy lubricating lather over the area. Once the prep is done you are ready to shave with your choice of razor. Generally after shaving an aftershave is used to reduce skin irritation. Electrical shaving is the current modern method of shaving using an electric razor or shaver which has rotating blades for hair removal. It basically works like a lawn mower for the face. The advantage of electric shaving is that you don't require any shaving cream or lather and you get fewer skin cuts. The disadvantage is that an electric razor may not remove hair as closely as a regular shaving razor. shave2 Today both methods of shaving are widely used all over the world. Now let's take a peek at shaving habits from around the world.

  • In most European and North American countries men generally follow the trend of sophisticated facial grooming with clean shaves. You can still find gentlemen's shaving parlors like the old days in countries like England, Scotland and Ireland. However the younger generation today often experiment with shaving habits. It is common to see French beards, goatees, soul patches and five o'clock shadows or stubble among young men today. With the passage of time, the practice of keeping longer and fuller beards or moustaches has reduced greatly in these countries.
  • On the other hand, in most of the Muslim countries around the world like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and others, the trend is to keep long and full beards. Iranians especially prefer long beards and moustaches. One of the main reasons for this is religious custom. But once again young men are found to experiment with their beards. They get their beards trimmed and shaved according to new trends in shaving in these Middle Eastern countries.
  • In India men are usually found to keep moustaches and the rest of the face is clean shaven. There are of course many who like keeping beards as well. The Sikh men for instance don't shave their beards as part of their religious culture, they only trim and maintain them as per their wish. The latest trends in shaving and beard styling are however, commonly seen among youngsters.
  • In other Asian countries, like China and Japan, men generally keep clean shaven faces today. But you can find traditional men who keep the typical Oriental styled thin mustaches or beards.
  • In Africa it is not too common to find men keeping beards or any facial hair. It suits them to keep clean shaven faces and heads considering their climate and geography. It is also part of certain African cultures to be clean shaven for tribal face scarification or tattoos.
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