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Learn to Shave the Holly Hall Way

A few weeks ago I attended The Millennial Man, an event focusing on grooming & fashion hosted by a great friend of the brand, David Rochez of Ronen PR (s/o to David!) and wound up in a meaningful conversation with two gentlemen who expressed their frustration with shaving.

The first didn’t feel comfortable shaving because he didn’t grow up with a father in his life and he had never been taught how. The second gentleman grew up in the house with his father but was handed a disposable razor, a can of foam and told to go to town. I instantly appreciated the vulnerability in their truths and it occurred to me that many of us were never taught to shave properly; we are out here just winging it.

That being said, I want to take a few moments to teach you the Holly Hall way to shave. There are five easy steps and it only takes three minutes or less. While the technique was designed by our team of dermatologists for use with our Hydrating Shave Gel, it works well with most other gels and creams (if the best shave ever is not your idea of a good time).


Step 1: Apply our Hydrating Shave Gel on the shaving area. Apply a healthy amount, enough to lubricate (about a half-dollar coin size does the trick for most) the entire shave area, but no need to take a bath in it.


Step 2: Apply a warm towel to the lubricated shaving area for 15 seconds. I said warm. Please don’t burn your face off and end up looking like Skeletor (dated myself a bit there). This helps the patented formula soften the hair at the root to make for a smoother glide of the blade.


Step 3: Repeat Step 1. The lionshare of the gel we applied in Step 1 has been absorbed by the skin and hair so we need to reapply to prepare for the blade (prepare for the blade sounds like an ominous step in ninja training; I’m here for it).

Shower Pro Tip: While not ideal, you can skip Steps 1 & 2 if you’re fresh out of the shower and take a minute off the time it takes to shave the Holly Hall way, although keep in mind that this isn’t track & field; we’re not shooting for personal records.


Step 4: This is where the magic happens. Take the razor and apply gentle pressure as you make passes across the shaving area with the grain (in the direction in which your hair grows). For most people, with the grain will be in a downwards direction but everyone’s different so get to know your hair (this is called mapping). Each pass shouldn’t be more than 2-3 inches and be sure to rinse off the blade after every couple passes and continue along the shaving area until you have the desired look.


Neck Pro Tip: If you’re shaving your neck area, do that awkward thing in the mirror where you raise your head up while looking down in the mirror to make sure there are no missed spots. With our clear gel, you can see where you missed without having to reapply.


Beard Pro Tip: Our shave gel stays clear so you can catch your lines with precision. There’s nothing worse than being involuntarily clean shaven because your line got pushed down too far.


Anywhere but your Face Pro Tip: Non-face areas (legs, under arms, bikini, manscaping, etc.) typically don’t get a lot of love and get the “whatever is closest in the shower” treatment. Not only can these areas be sensitive to irritation, but using a high quality gel can help improve the appearance of the skin underneath.


Step 5: Rinse your face with cold water to close your pores, dry off and you’re ready to win the day (or go to sleep if you’re one of those weirdos that shaves before bed).


For our visual learners, watch the video lesson with yours truly here.

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