Whisker Study Pattern

This example shows a whisker pattern that varies between the upper and lower quadrants of the neck area.

Shave with the Whisker Grain

Upper Neck: With the grain is from the center slightly downward and outward toward the ears

Lower Neck: With the grain is from the center going upward and out toward the ears

Arrows show the direction of the grain (with the grain).


Male Whiskers Study

The Cheeks: With the grain is from the nose/chin downward toward the ears

Jaw: With the grain is from the lower lip downward and slightly outward


For the first pass shave with the grain to reduce the stubble. Then, depending upon how sensitive your skin, you can go sideways to the grain or against the grain on additional passes for a smoother shave. Irritation and razor bumps can occur when shaving against the grain, so pay attention to the "with the grain" direction and make sure whiskers are softened with warm/hot water and warm, quality lather (preferably applied with a brush). For optimum comfort apply more lather before each pass with the razor. Let the blade do the work by using a feather light touch and no undue pressure on the razor.

What's your whisker pattern?