I'm 14 years old, and I need to begin shaving. Because my hair is very thick and curly, my father thinks I should seek professional guidance. This is why I'm asking for your help.
By Answer Fella:
Honored, young sir. Razor-straight, then, from Maestro the Barber, who works his magic scissors at State St. Barbers in Chicago:
“Preparation is always the key. I would suggest three 45-second heat applications. If he comes right out of the shower, then maybe put one hot towel on his face and then apply the shaving cream, maybe a preshaving oil.
“You want a smooth glide across your skin. You have to pull your skin tight to get that stroke. You want to go with the grain, then if you want to get it a little closer, you want to go across the grain. Take it slow and easy.
“Follow it up with a good moisturizer. If you don't shave every day, a couple of days after — when you start to see the hair grow back in — take a small, soft-bristle brush and brush the skin in a little circular motion. That will stop the ingrown hairs from popping up.”
Good luck, kid. And don't forget Captain Myke's advice: Save the blood for basting.