How To Shave Your Beard With A Shavette

I’ve been going through my site updating the pages with videos. I realize that if you want to learn how to shave a beard with a shavette that the easiest way to learn is by watching someone do it. I decided instead of deleting the old content with pictures I would just add to it.

Below is a video of me shaving a beard with a couple of weeks growth:

I figured it was time to add a page  showing you how to shave your beard.  In this particular instance I will be shaving my beard using a dovo shavette.  First things first, I’ll show you picture of where I started from.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember how many days growth of hair this is.  My best guess would be somewhere between 3-7 days.

Picture of beard before I shave it

This next picture of my face lathered up. I am using shaving soap that I applied with a badger hair brush.

My face lathered up

I’m going to be starting on the left side of my face. Start with whatever side is the most comfortable for you.

Picture of the left side of my face lathered up

Here is the proper way to hold the dovo shavette. I am holding it with my right hand. If you are left handed it’s going to be the same concept except reversed.

Picture of hand holding a dovo shavette

This picture is similar to the other picture of the side of my face. However, notice my hand. I am pulling up on the skin to make it tight. This lifts the hair off the skin and allows you to get a closer shave.

Pulling skin taunt

I was taking these pictures myself, so I wasn’t able to get any pictures in the act of shaving. However, this picture shows the position of the shavette I use in order to shave my cheek. The angle of the shavette is something that is hard to show in a picture. You will develop a feel for it as you shave with your shavette.

Now when I reach the jawline I change the position of the shavette so it is parallel to my jawline. As I shave down towards my neck the angle I hold the shavette is going to be changing due to the curve of the jawline. A trick you can use is to pull the skin up on top of the jawline. This makes it easier to shave.

The shavette is parallel to my jaw line

As you go down the jawline onto your throat you are going to have to change the angle again to match the slope. If you always hold the razor in the same position you are going to cut yourself. You have to adjust the shavette based on the contours of your face.

Position of shavette below jaw line

Once again notice how the position of the shavette has changed. Another thing to notice is the hair on my neck. On this side of my neck I have hairs that grow up towards my face. When you start shaving with a shavette or a straight razor one of the first things you want to do is study your beard. Notice the direction that your hair grows. This will help you reduce irritation by knowing what direction to shave.

Typically, you shave with the grain on your first pass. Some people go across the grain for the second pass, and then against the grain on the third pass. I personally think across the grain is a waste of time and opt just to do a second pass going against the grain.

Shaving the side of my neck with a shavette

I have shaved both sides of my faces. When I shave underneath my chin, I will point my chin towards the ceiling as this makes the skin tight on your neck.

Raising chin towards the ceiling

The chin can be a difficult place to shave and is a common place to experience nicks and cuts. My advice is to start off with shaving your neck by your adams apple. Then work your way up towards your chin. You will get a feel for how to hold the shavette. Then once you reach your chin you’ll know what angle to hold the shavette at to avoid nicks.

Shaving below chin

Here I am shaving below my lower lip. Right below the lip is easy. However, you have to watch out for where your chin starts. You have to change the angle otherwise you will nick yourself. This is a pretty tricky area as well.

shaving below lower lip

Occasionally, I won’t get as close a shave as I like on my chin. I will flip the shavette vertical and then shave side to side.

shavette flipped vertical below chin

When I am shaving my upper lip I will shave the sides first. You can start at the corner of your lips and work in or start below your nose and work towards the corner of your lips. Either way works.

Shaving upper lip

The middle of my upper lip is the last place I will shave. I will typically go straight down. However, this usually misses the hairs close to my nose.

Shaving the middle of my upper lip

If you look closely at these next two pictures you will be able to see some hard to reach hairs. At this point I flip the shavette vertical and come at them from the side.

Shaving hard to reach hairs below nose Shaving hard to reach hairs from the other side

Finally, I am finished. Dry off your face and apply some after shave balm or lotion. I really need to learn to smile more for the camera 😉

Finished shaving

6 comments… add one
  • Bill Apr 16, 2012 @ 0:44

    Thanks for the tips.

    Just started using a safety razor awhile ago, but I got a shavette to clean up hard-to-reach areas, like under the nose.

    • cutthroat Jul 11, 2012 @ 2:56

      Hey Bill,

      Sorry for taking so long to approve your comment and replying. I get a bunch of spammers trying to leave comments and it got lost in those.

      How’s the safety razor going? I have yet to use a safety razor. I was just at a family reunion and was able to pickup a safety razor and old shaving mug from my grandpa’s place. As soon as I get them cleaned up and sanitized I’ll put them to use.

      The great thing about shavettes and safety razors is that you can use the same blade for them(well at least if you have the red insert for the shavette).


      • Chacha Sep 9, 2012 @ 14:54

        The hubby and I have switched to using an old faonished DE (double edge) razor. I use a vintage lady Gillette razor. We buy the blades online (west coast shaving) or on ebay. 100 blades yes that is a hundred blades cost about $20 shipped. The hubby gets about 4-5 days out of each blade before he replaces it and I am lazy and replace mine after each use just because I don’t shave my legs daily or even every other day. Then I make shaving soap and shaving cream that we use an old faonished shaving brush to lather up with. It does take a little bit of an effort to lather up but it’s really worth it! Traditional shaving soap or cream is much easier on the pocket book than the stuff that comes in a can and is much better for your skin. The shave is also much better with a DE than a disposable or cartridge razor. 24 hours after the hubby shaves his face is much smoother than 12 hours after he would use an electric razor. So you can see why the electric razor was thrown away.

        • cutthroat Oct 5, 2012 @ 1:39

          Hi Chacha,

          Yeah, I’ve started using more often to buy my shaving stuff. It’s one of the closer places to me so the shipping is cheaper. I’ve started growing my beard out, I’m going for a handlebar mustache, so I haven’t shaved in three months. I’ve never used electric razors, they never really appealed to me.

          How long does it take to make your soap? Is it pretty hard?

          Thanks for your comment 🙂


    • Izal Sep 9, 2012 @ 23:26

      You can save tons of money like I do. I got my hydro5 from cvs when it was on sale and got ECB’s back for purchasing it. A culpoe of weeks ago it was on sale for $9.99, I had a $4.00 Off coupon, plus had $5.00 ECB from a previous visit which in turn made the razor only $1.99. this week I have $10 ECB to use on my next visit and will get the replacement blades free. I do alot of shopping at cvs because you get some great deals and get Extra Care Bucks. The other day I got $170.68 worth of products for $33.13. yes it took 8 transactions but well worth the trip! can’t beat 81% Savings!

      • cutthroat Feb 10, 2013 @ 11:45

        Hi Izal,

        Yes, it is hard to beat 81% in savings. That’s pretty impressive.

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