Razor Burn, Cuts, & Bumps, Oh MY! | No Bueno

So I’ve been sporting (and loving) faded sides since April and I thought it was appropriate to discuss razor burn, cuts, and bumps; something anyone who shaves anything may have to deal with.  I’ve had to deal with razor burn or bumps while shaving but it never occurred to me that I could experience this around my hairline after a shape up.

What is Razor Burn?

Razor burn is “technically known as Folliculitis, which describes when the hair follicles become infected by a bacteria or fungus. This results in the irritated bumps and pimples that appear around the shaving area” – More at Ask Game Day.

Unreal, Right?
Unreal, Right?

Razor Burn, Cut, Bump Causes:

  1. Damage to infected hair follicles due to friction caused by shaving
  2. Using an unclean or dull razor
  3. Clothing rubbing against an newly shaved or infected areas
  4. Being cut with the razor or clippers during the hair cut

Razor Burn, Cut, Bump Prevention:

  1. Ensure everything being used is clean and sterilized! To include the razor or clippers being used, combs, and brushes, etc
  2. Place a heated towel over the area to be shaved; the heat and moisture softens the hair and opens the pores, which can help to prevent the formation of razor bumps.
  3. Shave with the grain!  This will also ensure an even cut. My first time having my hair cut was by someone who did not recognize that my hair grew in different directions. The result of him shaving against the grain was that I appeared to have patches in my hair. Shaving with the grain (in the direction the hair grows) prevents this
  4. Disinfect immediately after shaving! Alcohol will do the trick!

What To Do If You Have Razor Burn, Cut, Bumps:

  1. Do not scratch or touch the infected area; this will only exacerbate the problem
  2. The traditional method is to take a warm cloth and apply it to the affected area. This only soothed the irritation for a few moments, in my experience.
  3. Cortisone or Neosporin will help heal the skin and sooth the itching
  4. Avoid shaving the infected area until the skin heals completely
  5. Honey: Prevents bumps and irritation after shaving. Apply to shaved areas immediately after shaving and rinse off after 10-15 minutes. Honey can also fade old shaving scars.

Razor Burn, Cuts and Bumps are not merely discomforting, they can also be unsightly! I mean, what’s the point of having a funky cut if you can’t show it off due to bumps and scarring? I hope the information presented here will prepare anyone who’s thinking about getting a fade for the possibility of what they may experience.

How do you prevent razor burn, bumps, or cuts?

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  1. This has been my EXACT experience after cutting 11yo locs down to a hi-top then a mid-rise caesar. GIRL…the struggle has been so real. And I couldn’t find an articles from women for help…until today. So thank you for this. I’ve tried Hydrocortisone and it’s kinda worked. I feel like the products I’m using as I try to keep my hair hydrated as it grows only aggravates it further. This is such a new world for me. I’ll try that honey option soon though and see how that goes.

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