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To Shave Or Not To Shave?


Who’s Got One?

Robert Pattinson, Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom and Hugh Grant enjoy a clean shave. So do Superman, Spiderman and Batman. The message is clear: if you want to be a super-hero, or simply adored, cut out the facial hair.


Where Does It Come From?

In 30,000BC, Stone-Age Man first discovered flints. Men have been shaving ever since, encouraged by ever evolving shaving methods and the magnetic effect that a clean-shaven face seems to have on women.


No visible hair in the beard, moustache, sideburns, neck or cheek areas, preferably accompanied by none visibly sprouting from the nose or ears either. Eyebrows are allowed (in the plural), but should be kept short.


Optional Extras

Hairdo: short back and sides. Clothing: this style is clearly made to go with a Don Draper suit, although in fact any smart-to-casual (not Hillbilly) wear will complement it nicely. No piercings.


Impression It Gives

Smart, classic, profes­sional. A man with nothing to hide. (Or to hide behind.)


Hot Or Not?

The clean-shaven look is very popular, but it doesn’t last forever. If you’re a hairy guy, keep your shaver with you for a quick once-over. A five o’clock shadow doesn’t look great at lunchtime.


Did You Know?

Man is the only clean-shaven ape of the entire species. Now isn’t that something to be proud of?



- starts from halfway down your ears, or only slightly lower

- is preceded by a short, neat, slim, clearly shaped pair of sideburns

- may be performed on a dry or wet face (with shaving foam or cream)

- requires a clean face and maybe a touch of aftershave

- has outgrown itself when you can either see or feel stubble appearing


Top Tip

If you’ve got sensitive skin, a wet shave can help you avoid ending up with red spots.


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