Shaving at home for men made possible and easier with barber Fayeez Alslom

To protect yourself from the worldwide coronavirus, Fayeez Alslom suggests for men to frequently wash their beards. (Shutterstock)
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Shaving at home for men made possible and easier with barber Fayeez Alslom

DUBAI: As the region announces closure of salons and beauty parlors, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to ask experts for alternative ways for men to stay vibrant while self-isolating. 

Fayeez Alslom, a barber at Dubai’s Chalk salon, shared with Arab News tips for making shaving at home easier and safer for men. 

The key tip for a soft, clean, and professional beard shave is taking your time and concentrating. “You have to do it slowly and gently to follow the line. Do not do it when you are in a rush. Take your time because if you lose concentration at any time, you can cut yourself,” he explained.

Fayeez Alslom is a barber at Dubai’s Chalk salon. (Supplied)

It is also best to use both your hands, one to hold the razor or the clipper, and one to stretch out the skin, according to Alslom. 

The barber added that it is best to shave after a shower, as the hot water and steam soften your beard and open up your pores, making the process easier and more hygienic. 

“I’ve noticed some people (shave) dry. That’s wrong. It affects the skin and makes it very irritated and sensitive,” he said.

Using products to soften the skin and the hair is critical, Alslom added. If you have not prepared and do not have shaving cream or foam, Alslom suggests coconut oil on your beard before shaving to moisturize both the hair and the skin. Almond and castor oils are also good alternatives to use. 

All you have to do to shave your hair at home is to start from the front and slowly work backwards, he said. (Supplied)

If it is your first time shaving for yourself, Alslom advises doing so in the same direction as the hair growth. But, he prefers to always shave backwards: “If the hair grows downwards, then shave downwards. If it grows upwards, shave upwards, but I suggest (shaving) downwards,” he explained.

Do not forget to put a cold towel on your face after you are done, to close back your pores. 

To protect yourself from the worldwide coronavirus, Alslom suggests for men to frequently wash their beards as the virus, according to him, can rest in your beard for up to four hours.



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When it comes to shaving your hair, Alslom said it was best to set your electric shaver on levels one or two. “It is easier and the hair will grow back the same,” he said. 

Despite it being a difficult task, Alslom said you can always ask for help from your wife, mother, or children. All you, or they, have to do is start from the front and slowly work backwards, he said. And again, like your beard, follow the direction of the hair growth. 

If you do not have anyone to help you at home, then touch your hair and feel for uneven parts. You can always use another mirror to make sure your hair is the same length.

Missing your salon? How to care for your hair while you #StayHome

We speak to a hair expert on the dos and don’ts of at-home hair care. (File/Instagram)
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Missing your salon? How to care for your hair while you #StayHome

DUBAI: As salon-goers face the closure of spas, salons and barbershops, we speak to Haneen Odeh, founder of UAE’s Snob salon for her take on the dos and don’ts of at-home hair care.

Many men and women who rely on salon visits to keep their lengths healthy could be left wondering what to do between now and their next visit to a professional hair stylist. But just as important is what not to do (read: DIY trim job) to avoid ruining your hair and having to impose your own personal period of self-isolation once the pandemic is over due to a ruined haircut you tried to pull off in the bathroom mirror.

Don’t bleach your own hair
“For those who usually go to the salon to dye their lengths blonde, roots may be starting to show now. And while it might be tempting, I would strongly urge to not bleach your own roots. Lightening dark hair is a very complex multi-step process that requires years of experience and professional grade products only available at salons. Bleaching your hair incorrectly might result in burning and damaging your hair. Instead, opt for a root spray such as the L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Concealer Spray. Otherwise, you can always conceal your dark roots with a headband or try wrapping your hair up with a scarf.” 

Do deep conditioning treatments
“Use this time to nourish your hair with a deep conditioning treatment. A lot of people simply apply it in the shower on wet hair for a few minutes and call it a day, but that way means that your hair isn’t getting the full benefits of the product. Think of hair like a sponge, when it’s wet, it’s already full of water and cannot absorb anything more. So to make sure the product is fully absorbed into your hair, towel dry your hair after shampooing and then apply the treatment. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. You’ll see a huge difference.” May we suggest The Let It Go Circle hair mask from Davines, which is designed to boost hydration and revitalize dry and brittle tresses?  

Don’t pick up the scissors
“When you’re bored, it might be tempting to pick up the scissors but, and I can’t stress this enough, don’t trim your own bangs or make any big changes to your hair cut on your own. It will inevitably go wrong and you will end up paying more to get it fixed in the long run. Try out some new hairstyles instead. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube so experiment a little and get your hair professionally cut once it’s safe to do so.”

 Don’t over wash
“The more you wash your hair, the more you strip the scalp of its natural oils, and that in turn makes the scalp produce even more oil, which causes you to wash your hair more often — and the cycle goes on and on. Now is the perfect opportunity to give your hair a break and cut down on the washing. Your hair might get oily, but once the adjustment period is over, you will notice that your hair will require less frequent washing.”

Do try scalp treatments
“Too often, we pay attention to the lengths of our hair and give our scalp no attention. But caring for your scalp improves the overall health of your hair, stimulates hair growth and gets rid of dandruff due to product buildup. Scalp treatments range from serums to salt scrubs, so pick a product that suits your hair needs. Le Labo's basil-scented Scrub Shampoo uses black sea salt and menthol to clear away dirt and cool scalps down.”