My name is Alex Campbell and I have been cutting black men hair and shaving black men for years. Over the past 15 years, I have seen many men, black and white males, have problems with razor bumps. I have seen razor bumps be more of a problem with black males.

I have had razor bump problems myself because I did not know how to shave properly.  Learning how to shave can be very painful especially when the hair bumps surface.  The crazy part about the hair bumps is that you don’t know why you have them because you don’t even realize that you don’t even know that you don’t know how to shave.  Then you start itching and all types of other things.  You end up going to the store buying products that don’t really work because it’s not the product, it’s you.

If you knew how to shave properly, then the bumps wouldn’t have surfaced in the first place!!! But feeling that silky smooth shave is addictive I must admit.  But you have to ask yourself, do I want stubble or bumps? I would rather have stubble.

The theory is that black men have kinky hair and when you use a razor on the skin to cut the beard, the razor blade cuts the hair too short which is what causes the hair to start the regrowth process under the skin. But knowing how to shave makes a big difference in the outcome of the shave.

When the hair starts to grow under the skin, the kinky hair curls up and causes infection and razor bumps. All men would like to achieve and maintain a baby smooth face after shaving. But the sad reality is that everyone, especially black men, will not be able to achieve a smooth face for a long period of time after shaving because they may not know how to shave properly.


Once a man shaves, the skin will start out smooth, but after a few days, the skin will become irritated and razor bumps will start to develop. That’s mainly because he does not know how to shave. Sometimes razor bumps can leave dark spots on the skin as well. And then you have another issue which is trying to remove the dark spots on the skin. So even though men would like a nice clean shave, for some men, it will never become possible.

There are a few different ways to prevent razor bumps for black men. Shaving problems and hair bumps are something that every black man will probably have to deal with forever. With that being said you might as well think about the safest and most comfortable techniques on how to shave so that it can always be a pleasurable experience. Shaving without the proper tools or gels can lead to razor burns and razor bumps.

So you have to know of good products to help eliminate the risks of injury to your body. For starters, Aloe vera gel works great as a moisturizer and conditioner for the skin. Shave Therapy is also an extremely great product. Some say Shave Therapy is better than “The Art of Shaving” products. The Mach 3 and Mach 4 razors are great too. Now that you have your gel and razors, let’s get started.

Step 1 Make sure that you clean your face. Wash your face with warm water. Also washing your face can cut down on any type of infection in case you cut yourself. If you have a thick brittle beard, you may want to try a facial scrub as well.

Step 2 After you have washed and exfoliated the skin, place a warm rag on your face. The warm rug will soften the skin and also open your pores for easier shaving.

Step 3 Apply Shave Therapy or apply aloe vera gel and shaving cream to your face in an upward motion against the grain of the beard. Cover every section that you want to shave.

Step 4 Make sure you have a new razor. New razors cut the hair. Dull razors pull the hair which can cause injury to the hair follicle and cause razor bumps. Always use a fresh razor. Start at the top of the beard and shave down the cheek/jaw down to the jawline in long even strokes.

Step 5 Shaving under your neck must be done with the grain. Shave from Adam’s apple downward on the neck and shave from top of Adam’s apple upward toward the jawline.

Step 6 Keep your skin pulled tight but not extremely tight. Pulling the skin helps prevent you from cutting yourself.

Step 7 Now to shave the lip. Bend your lip into your mouth over your teeth. Now shave downward on the lip on both sides.

Step 8 If you notice the razor not cutting properly it is probably because of the hair clogging the razor. So remember to rinse the razor after every 2-3 strokes on the face to keep the razor from clogging up with hair.

Step 9 Now rinse your face with warm water so that you can remove the shaving cream and feel your face for missed sections. Make sure to keep the sections that you missed wet and also wet the razor so that you can shave over the missed sections again.

Step 10. Now rinse your face with warm water so that the pores of your skin remain open. Clean skin with witch hazel (not alcohol, because alcohol dries the skin and burns the skin)and then apply aloe vera to the skin as a moisturizer and conditioner.

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