There’s nothing more frustrating for a crossdresser than the problems of beard shadow.
Shaving is a quick remedy but may result in razor burn and in-grown hairs. It’s also not a long-term solution – beard shadow can return after only a few hours.
What other options are available? Well there’s little you can do that will prevent the hair from growing – unless you’re willing to put up with the pain of electrolysis – but it is possible to get a soft, smooth, feminine face on a budget and without any pain.
Don’t shave first thing in the morning.
When you first wake up your skin will be slightly puffy. Have some breakfast first, maybe pick out your ward outfit(s) for the day. Waiting for half-an-hour or so will allow the skin to tighten, exposing more of the hair shaft. This will allow for a closer shave.
Prepare your skin.
Wrap a hot, moist towel around your face and neck for several minutes to soften your beard and open up the hair follicles. If you have the time, taking a soak in a hot bath will have the same affect.
Use a washcloth or an exfoliating scrub to remove those pesky dead skin cells – this will also raise any hair stubs for a closer shave.
Use a regrowth-slowing shaving cream.
For a long lasting shave, use a shaving cream or gel designed to slow hair regrowth. Try to avoid using shaving creams that contain menthol as they can dry out the skin.
Use a decent razor.
Disposable razors are fine if you’re going about your normal business but are not recommended if you’re going to be getting girly. Splash out on a decent razor – one with at least three blades.
Don’t use a dull blade.
All good makes of blade nowadays will have some kind of indicator strip to show when to swap blades. Never use the blade once the indicator is telling you it’s been used enough times – dull blades lead to razor burn and in-grown hairs, not to mention the increased possibility of cutting yourself.
The “two-step” shave.
Your ‘pre-femme’ shave should preferably be done in two steps.
First, shave in the direction of hair growth. Then apply some fresh shaving cream and shave a second time – shaving against the grain for an even closer cut. Using short, gentle strokes should help avoid any irritation.
Follow these little tips and you should find that you have a cleaner, smoother shave resulting in a nice femme appearance. You will hopefully also notice that the dreaded beard shadow takes a little longer than normal to manifest itself, allowing you more time to enjoy your femme side.