Rites of Passage: Teaching Your Teen How to Shave

It is one of the more heart-warming and helpful lesson a parent gets to experience, accepting the fact that your son is growing up and teaching him how to shave properly. Rest assured there will be hiccups, nicks, cuts, and patches missed here and there. However, if executed properly, your son will be shaving like a pro in no time, and have you to thank for it! The most essential part of the whole equation is simple: the kit.

Buying your son his own kit is the first step you should take. Kids love ownership of something that is well and truly theirs, so buying your son all new shaving products with a neat bag to store them in will make him feel special. It will feel like the first day of school when kids show up with all new school supplies, eager to use them.

So what kind of things go into a first-timer’s shaving kit? The essentials and some preventative supplies.


Much like driving manual versus automatic, when it comes to a lesson in shaving your son should learn to do a razor blade even if he ends up shaving with an electric shaver later on. Select a high-end razor with multiple blades for a nice clean shave. A moisturizing strip will help create a smoother glide. If your son has sensitive skin, then you might want to introduce an electric shaver as well as they are usually more forgiving with irritation. Either way, emphasize the importance of a good cleansing routine prior to shaving to avoid razor burn, irritation and nasty breakouts. Bacteria is not your friend!

Shaving creams/oils

Just because he’s young, doesn’t mean he can’t learn to pamper himself! Introducing your son to good creams and oils will teach him good skincare routines early in life that will hopefully carry on into adulthood. Using shaving oils pre-shave will soften the skin and help prevent irritation and nasty rashes. Teaching your son how to choose a good shaving cream with moisturizing ingredients with no dehydrating elements like alcohol will be useful.


Teaching your son about pores is important. Cleansing the face pre-shave opens pores to help clean out bacteria and dirt. Using an after-shave will help close the pores to prevent blockages and ingrown hair. Instruct your son to use an after-shave with no alcohol to prevent dryness, and to look for moisturizing ingredients like shea butter or jojoba.

Styptic Pencil

This handy tool is a perfect gift for any novice when it comes to shaving. The styptic pencil is a short medicated stick generally made of powdered crystal and perfect if your teen accidently nicks himself while shaving. One swipe on the cut will stop the bleeding immediately by causing blood vessels to contract at the site of the wound. It does burn slightly, but it’s worth it!


This should be completely his choice! Let him choose a bag that he likes, just make sure it has neat compartments!

Now start thinking about how to teach your teen about the process. Begin by teaching him about proper cleansing, washing his face with a gentle facial cleanser not soap as it dries out the skin. Show your teen how to lather up his shaving cream and apply it, making sure not to use too much or too little – novices think the more the better and this will only clog the blades.

Demonstrate holding the razor in the dominate hand and applying the razor blades to the skin with some pressure. Holding the skin taunt can also be helpful. Explain the difference between going against the grain or with the grain. For light hair like a teen, there is no need to go against the grain (upwards) but as the hair grows fuller and thicker, going against the grain will results in a close shave.

Rinse the razor every stroke to keep them clean and clear for more hair removal. Finally, teach your teen good cleaning habits – rinse the sink!

Ashley Williamson is a freelance writer and blogger currently working for a company selling shaving products like the famed The Art of Shaving Safety Razor, pre-shave oils and various other goods. Feel free to drop her a comment if you have any questions.

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