THE FOUR PASS SHAVE

The four pass shave gives a seriously close shave and, done correctly will leave your face smoother for several hours than is possible only minutes later with a single pass. Each shaving pass tackles the beard at a different angle and progressively cuts the whiskers down closer.

SHAVING PREPARATION
Preparation is vital to any good shave, to soften the beard and to lubricate the skin. Soak the face with hot water to get the beard wet through. Apply a good quality shaving lather with a shaving brush to help lift the beard. A cream can be best for a four pass shave owing to the extra razor cushioning. For best results a shave should follow a shower.

FIRST PASS
The first shaving pass is runs North to South down the face. Start by shaving across each cheek, from the sideburns to the mouth. Pushing each cheek up with your spare hand pulls the skin from the jawline on to the the flat of your cheek making this awkward angle much easier. Keep the skin taut though, otherwise you might get cut. Let go and shave the remaining area under the jawline. Next up is the upper lip area, take short North to South strokes working from the left to the middle. Now take short strokes from the right towards the middle. Finally, shave the chin from left to right, as with the upper lip, then from right to left.

Rinse the face with hot water and re-apply a lather – a good brush will hold enough lather for several passes.

SECOND PASS
The second shaving pass is runs diagonally across the face- North East to South West. Start with short parallel strokes across each cheek, from the sideburns to edge of the mouth. Push each cheek up in turn with your spare hand to pull the skin from the awkward jawline on to the the flat of your cheek and shave this area whilst keeping the skin taut. Release the skin and shave the remaining area under the jawline. Shave the upper lip area, working towards the middle from the left and then the right. The chin should be tackled in the same fashion, from the left to the middle, then from the right to the middle. Keeping the skin taut on these areas will help to get the shave closer.

Rinse the face with hot water and re-apply a lather.

THIRD PASS
The third shaving pass is runs diagonally across the face- North West to South East. Once again begin with short parallel strokes across each cheek, from the sideburns to edge of the mouth, keeping the skin taut throughout. Lowering the chin and pulling each cheek up in turn will make shaving the area around the jaw line much easier. Release the skin and shave the remaining area under the jawline. Shave the upper lip area, still repeating the North West to South East direction, working towards the middle from the left and then the right. Again, shave the chin from the left to the centre, then from the right to the centre.

Rinse the face with hot water and re-apply a lather.

FOURTH PASS
The fourth and final pass runs South to North. Take parallel strokes across each cheek, working from the outside towards the middle. Keep the skin taut to prevent snagging. Moving on to the jaw area, pull the cheek up to save following the sharp contours, shave South to North. Release the cheek and shave the remaining area under each jawline. The upper lip area can be tough going South to North, depending on the individual. A South West to North East pass on the upper lip can be easier going. still repeating the North West to South East direction, working towards the middle from the left and then the right. Again, shave the chin from the left to the centre, then from the right to the centre.

The four pass shave is great way to get an extremely close shave but does require some double edge shaving experience and some adaptation to suit.