The Lions Mane

The Lions Mane

Maintaining Your Man-Fur



Today I wanted talk about a critical issue that is rather close to my heart; more accurately, covering it and most likely almost every area of your body: coarse, brittle Man-Fur. In specific, today we are taking a detailed look into how to correctly shave, cut, and tame that beard of yours to work for you. So before you raise your banners and wage another battle in the crusade between your face and that old disposable razor take a minute to read a few tips from us.

The Electric Razor – The Microwave Oven of Shaving

It’s not a bad idea these days for gents to own both a true bladed razor and its electric speedy cousin. Electric razors work well, but will never give you as close a shave as a razor. They are quick, leave little to no razor burn, and can be a money saver. Honestly these babies are the best for trimming body hair. This article isn’t really about that but since we are on the subject…

Your man coat is a lot like a yard or lawn. Have you ever driven by house who’s lawn is overgrown, desperately needs mowing, and looks like there may be something hiding in the tall grass? Not appealing. Next door is the house whose bushes are well shaped, the grass is trimmed, and the lawn looks welcoming. Let’s face it gents if you are letting the grass grow to 4-5 feet nobody wants to rummage around in there. Twenty or thirty years ago it was the norm for ole’ Dad to go Lion King and let that mangrove swamp grown in one seamless line from toe-knuckle to upper back, but thankfully those days are gone. I’m not saying we should all go for the fifth grader look and scorch the Earth, but every now and then you may want to edit that low budget kung-fu movie you have going on down there. Also while we are on this note, whatever you expect from your lady friend should be reflected in your own grooming; equal is equal (they can vote too you know). More likely than not these sweet amazing women have put their “jenny’s” through some form of cruel torture in the past few days that we would never dream of doing so the gentlemanly thing to do here is compliment, find out what they prefer, and reciprocate.

So remember whether you’re shaving down by the Hardy Boys or upstairs it’s no mystery, always use an electric shave solution, shoot for symmetry, and please be very, very careful.

The Razor Blade – Hair or Flesh I Cut It

The gold standard of shaving is a straight blade (or nowadays several blades stacked on a gel handled vibrator). This form of shaving definitely gives the closest and cleanest shave, but is also a great way to leave the bathroom looking like you just FaceTimed with Freddy Krueger. If you scroll down a bit I discuss the 5 S’s of shaving, but a sneak-peak will tell you to shower before shaving, use a sharp razor, and shave with the grain initially. If you are repeatedly the guy walking around the house with Quilted Northern stuck to gushing wounds, we here at The Gentlemen wanted to provide you with a few quick life-hacks to overcoming that never ending red stream:


  1. Ice – This should constrict the blood vessels and stop the bleeding, but it will melt and drip down and ruin your button –up.
  2. Witch Hazel – This oddly named substance can be found at most local grocery stores and is a known astringent. It will stop the bleeding.
  3. Pressure – Old school and time consuming but it works.
  4. Lip Balm/Deodorant – Lip balm is a sealant and will clot the cut but you will put a gleaming target on your face for everyone to stare at. Deodorant has differing amounts of aluminum chloride (or a substitute) and once applied will form a clot.
  5. Sugar (Pepper & Cayenne) – This last resort will work to stop bleeding as well as kill any bacteria present, but if you are debating whether to put pepper in your face or just walk around with a little blood, really weigh the pros and cons.
  6. Aspirin & Water Paste- Works and has a soothing effect.
  7. Hot Water – If you can bear the pain, extremely hot water essentially cauterizes the blood vessel and can stop the bleeding. Not my go to.

(There are also a number of products designed for this purpose.)

So before we jump into the art of shaving let’s talk quickly about what facial hair is appropriate for a gentleman to wear and what says “bush-league”. Generally the business standard is clean shaven; has been and always will be. If you do choose to grow out a certain style of facial hair, always make sure it is trimmed, clean, and well kept. Facial hair, attire, and physical presentation may be more lax of a subject for our generation, but typically in older circles what is acceptable and what is not is viewed with a strict eye. So if you notice your boss has never grown out any facial hair whatsoever, you may want to think twice before participating in No-Shave-November. There are a few styles of facial hair that need particular attention. No one our age should wear just a mustache ever; unless you’re a cop in which case you should always wear a mustache. The super-hipster Grizzly Adams style full beard is definitely rising in popularity amongst artists, stylists, and people who Instagram pictures of their food. But before you wrap a scarf around your neck throw on those black frames and beanie, please know that this style is usually totally unacceptable to anyone in a management role. We at The Gentlemen do not push conformity; always be yourself, but personal expression and “swagger” are hard to communicate when you don’t have the job that generated the income for those leathers and skinny tie.

Slice and Dice

So what is the textbook way to do this every day activity? The first thing to remember about facial hair is that is usually more sensitive than the hair anywhere else on your body. If you are shaving twice or more a week, you need to carefully negotiate a treaty with your face, and respect it’s boundaries. Have a routine and schedule for your shaves (every two to three days). Why? Because if you don’t wait for your face to recover before beginning another confrontation, then you risk ingrown hairs, skin irritation, razor burn, or those damn little nicks/cuts that seem to have a direct line to your aorta and never stop bleeding.

The next thing you have to remember is the 5 S’s of shaving.

  1. 1.    Shit (if you have to)
  2. 2.    Shower
  3. 3.    Shaving Cream
  4. 4.    Sharp
  5. 5.    Shaving Direction

Your skin needs to be soft and moist so post shower is the great time to crush a quick shave. If you are not going to be showering, but still need to shave hold a warm towel on your face for a few minutes before applying your shaving cream. Speaking of, if you have always used just the 1950’s Barbasol, try branching out a little. Jack Black makes a full line fantastic pre and post shaving creams (try the Beard Lube), but if you need to pick up something quick grab a bottle of Gillette – ProGlide Irritation Defense.

Next you need to make sure you’re using a sharp razor. Try to change to a fresh head every 5-7 shaves. It seems every year they add some weird feature to our razors, be it another blade, a vibrator, or some strange gel coating, but whatever your preference is just remember: small strokes and don’t push too hard. Also if you have the time and patience try to shave once with the grain of your hair and a second pass the opposite direction (for a closer shave). Lastly if you do use after shave, try to pick a non-greasy one and go easy on the volume.

So Gentlemen, best of luck this week gliding that razor sharp blade around the many curves of your face. Remember to always lube up before shaving, and keep it right here for the latest tips and tricks when it comes to being a Dapper Young Gentleman.



D. Y. Gennings