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Shaving may help a person feel good. How often a person shaves can depend on their condition and their preferences.
Allow the person to do the shaving if possible. You can help by gathering the supplies and holding the mirror. If you need to do the shaving, ask if the person wants to be shaved in a certain way.
Start by collecting the supplies you need. You will have to decide if you will use a standard razor or an electric razor. For most people, an electric razor may be the best choice.
Electric razors are less likely to cause nicks and cuts than a standard razor. This is especially important if the person is taking medicines called blood thinners, which can cause even minor cuts to bleed more than usual. Also, using an electric razor may be easier if the person has lost weight, because their face may have more angles to shave around. If you feel comfortable shaving the person with either a standard razor or an electric razor, let them choose which they prefer.
It helps to have the person sit in a chair or sit up in bed. But you can shave a person who is lying down if you need to. Make sure the room has lots of light so that you both can see well.
Place the supplies you'll need in a spot that's easy for you to reach. You'll need a mirror, an electric razor, and a towel to put on the person's lap or chest to catch hair. If the person uses a shave lotion for an electric razor, have that nearby as well.
When you're ready to begin shaving, follow these steps:
Place the supplies you'll need in a spot that's easy for you to reach. You'll need a mirror, a razor, shaving cream, and a towel to put on the person's lap or chest to catch hair and shaving cream. You'll also need a basin of warm water.
If possible, select a heavier razor. It may help you shave more safely. The weight of the razor helps do the work and may keep you from pressing down too much.
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Current as of: March 27, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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