The Styler is 100% waterproof, so you can trim your beard hair while you’re in the shower to soften it further. Using a beard trimmer before going in with your razor means coarse hair is less likely to get tangled, and it’ll be much easier to manage for a more comfortable shave.
When you’ve trimmed your beard down to a much shorter length (you can choose from three interchangeable combs of 2mm, 4mm or 6mm), use the Fusion5 ProGlide Razor Blade that comes with your All Purpose Styler to give yourself a close shave. With five anti-friction blades, Fusion5 ProGlide is designed to get virtually every hair.
How to Shave a Tough Beard
Using the right razor blade is just one part of the equation – you’ll also need to adapt your shaving technique if you’re dealing with especially coarse beard hair.
Firstly, you need to apply shaving gel all over the area you’re planning to shave to help soften your facial hair. Let it soak in for a minute or two before going in with your razor – brush your teeth while you wait to speed up your morning routine.
Start by shaving your chin, cheeks and sideburns, letting your shaving gel soak in to the hair on your upper lip and around your mouth longest, as the hair that grows here is often the toughest. This is because this is where facial hair tends to grow first, whereas newer facial hair is usually softer and finer.
Shave with the grain (in the same direction that your facial hair grows) rather than against it. This will help to stop coarser hairs from getting stuck in your blade and will leave you with a more comfortable finish.
Always make sure the blade you’re using is sharp before you start. Although a Fusion5 ProGlide blade is included with every Gillette Styler, it will dull over time, and dull blades are more likely to lead to painful nicks and cuts. By signing up for a Gillette shaving subscription, you can get fresh, sharp blades delivered to your door. Learn more about Gillette’s shave club.