Reduce or Eliminate Shaving Irritation

The problem of shaving irritation can often be solved once you have identified what is causing the irritation. Below we outline some common problems and solutions.

Improper Technique

The art of shaving is rarely passed down from father to son these days. Instead, young men find themselves in a department store picking up a disposable or re-loadable razor and a can of lather then go home and do the best they can to remove the unwanted stubble. It doesn’t always work out so well. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when shaving.

After a shower is the best time to shave because the hot water will help to soften and swell the stubble. The increased circulation in the skin will also help the stubble to stand a little more upright giving a better chance that you will cut straight through rather than snag and tear the hair. You can also encourage the stubble to stand more vertically by pulling the skin in the opposite direction than the stubble appears to grow toward. If your shower time doesn’t conveniently fall right before your shave you can always prepare your skin and stubble with a warm face cloth. A pre-shave regimen might also include treating dry and chapped skin with a special tonic. Consider applying a pre-shave oil to improve glide and enhance comfort.

Now that your face is prepped it is time to apply some lather. Never shave without lather. A shaving lather is intended to provide glide for the razor to pass over the skin thus reducing irritation as well as reducing the risk of “skipping” where the blade is likely to cut when it lands back on the skin. A lather also provides buffer to keep the stubble raised as you shave as well as carry the cut stubble away from the face so it doesn’t block the razor’s edge as you continue to shave. An effective shave consists of short overlapping strokes made in the direction of hair growth (“with the grain”). Generally speaking, facial growth tends to grow downward and inward toward the Adam’s apple, and upward and inward from the lower neck to the Adam’s apple. Whorls are common, and the direction of hair growth may not be symmetrical from one side of the face and neck to the other. Observe and take note of the direction your stubble grows. Shave only in the direction of growth. Rinse well and check your results. If you need or desire another pass to further reduce the stubble, don’t forget to apply lather first. It’s worth repeating – never shave without lather. The less sensitive your skin is to shaving, the more closely you will be able reduce your stubble. To achieve that “baby’s bottom smooth” result you might shave your second pass in the opposite direction as the first pass. This is called shaving “against the grain”. If this is too aggressive for your sensitive skin you might try adjusting your angle of attack to somewhere in the middle, which means directing your strokes at about 90 degrees from the direction of growth, or “across the grain”. If sensitivity is a big issue for you, simply conduct your second pass the same as the first. You will still cut that little bit more stubble for a closer shave. Rinse well and check your results. Apply lather to and shave the areas you wish to touch up then rinse well. Finally, rinse with some cold water to close the pores, dry the skin with a towel (avoid rubbing), then apply after-shave to calm and soothe the skin. After-shave balms are recommended for winter and dry skin while tonics are appropriate for oily skin and summer. Chose a tonic with low or no alcohol content if you are extremely sensitive. While alum (potassium aluminium) is great for treating minor nicks and cuts it can also substitute as an after-shave since it is both an astringent and antiseptic.

Incompetent Lather

Canned lather is convenient but not very good for your skin. Some lathers, especially gels often contain numbing agents to counter their shortcomings. Unfortunately, the numbing fades away and you’re left with irritation. These kinds of products are often referred to as “dry shaving” products since they don’t require water. The product reacts with the atmosphere as it leaves the can and quickly turns into a lather like substance. Wet shaving, on the other hand requires water. Wet shaving creams produce lather when you infuse water into the concentrated product. A shaving brush is the tool of choice for generating a profuse, luxurious lather but many wet shaving creams can be applied by hand as well. It is very much worth the 20 seconds or so to work up an awesome lather using a shaving brush. The gentle massage and mild exfoliation of the shaving brush action on the skin is a wonderful side effect that may leave your skin looking and feeling more youthful and invigorated. Once you own a shaving brush you are free to go beyond shaving cream and try a shaving soap. Shaving soaps typically provide even better glide than shaving creams.

Incorrect Tool

A multi-blade razor can protect you similarly to how a bed of nails works. By aligning multiple blades close together the manufacturer can help reduce the likeliness of nicks and cuts. The encasement of the blades also provides support to this end. In terms of friction, though, many blades means much friction and that friction is the source of irritation for many men. Some cartridge designs include a strip on the leading edge that is impregnated with shaving oil to help reduce that friction. By design, multi-blade razors lift the hair with each blade as the blade behind it is expected to cut and further lift and cut the stubble. This design can result in torn rather than neatly cut stubble resulting in a less than even shave. If the stubble is lifted too much it could end up trapped under the skin and reveal what are referred to as “shaving bumps”. If the hair is unable to break through the skin it can become “ingrown” which can lead to infection. If this is your typical shave then you might consider reducing the number of blades in your razor. A quality safety razor uses a single blade to slice away unwanted hair. No gimmicks. No lifting. No pulling. They are a simple tool that gets the job done and when used properly gets the job done quite comfortably indeed. If the switch to a wet shaving cream doesn’t solve your irritation problem, a switch to a safety razor just might do the trick. For the price of a package of premium razor cartridges you could own a quality safety razor that can last a lifetime. Replacement blades for safety razors are quite inexpensive. You can shave with less irritation for less money for the rest of your life. In terms of comfort and cash savings, it’s a win-win.

Drop in at Fate Salon and talk with Mike the barber to learn about options that are likely to improve your shave. The barbering section displays many popular products for you to chose from. You can even order online and pick up at the salon.

Father’s Day Special Pricing

We would like to help you celebrate Father’s Day by giving you an edge to giving him a great gift. View our catalog of premium men’s grooming essentials to find the perfect items to step up his beard game, bring comfort to his shaving routine, and help put the perfect finish on his hair and nails.

Online Orders

Enter coupon 4DAD18 at checkout and get 15% OFF* your purchase. Pay online (delivery) or in store (pick up). Offer expires June 18, 2018.

In Store Purchase

Display the barcode below during checkout of our products at Fate Salon and get 15% OFF your purchase. Offer expires June 18, 2018.

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Introducing Brush/Brushless Shaving Cream

The only reason we can imagine so many men continue to assault their face with harsh, drying foam in a can and not exploring the vast sea of choices among wet shaving soaps and creams is because they are not aware the option exists. Could it instead be a reluctance to spend 30 seconds infusing a comfortably hydrating and wonderfully luxurious lather using a shaving brush? We’re really not sure but we want you to know that we remain committed to making shaving more comfortable and even enjoyable. We will be here when you are ready to try a more healthful and natural alternative .

Elvado understands that harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrances have no place near a man’s face. Their Bio-Pure formulations are loaded with African Shea Butter and Avocado Oil that is especially healing and hydrating for skin. Their Classic Shaving Creams provide a rich, creamy lather that lubricates your beard and leaves your skin feeling ultra-smooth. They offer product combinations of natural fragrance and moisturizers that are blended with Healing Herbal Extracts and Pure Essential Oils.

Elvado has also innovated a brush/brushless shaving cream that you can use without a shaving brush. This welcome addition to our shelves comes in an airless pump giving you a familiar but aerosol-free dispenser delivering a formulation guided by nature and its healing simplicity. Are you ready to discover a wonderfully hydrating, slick and skin-friendly alternative to foam in a can?

Order yours online or drop in and visit the barber’s station at Fate Salon to pick some up today. These products have been tested in the chair by Mike the barber at Fate Salon and they easily made the cut and the claim to fame as exclusive back-bar shaving products. Experience the awesome glide and skin nourishing goodness with your next beard line-up or removal service.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2018

We just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support in 2017. We wouldn’t be here in 2018 without you!  We have been leading the escape from shaving irritation, saving customers money on their shaving expense, and helping tame the gnarliest of beards. From our annual team sponsorship with the Greater Fort Erie Minor Baseball Association to our selection of premium grooming products we are committed to Fort Erie’s men of all ages. We look forward to serving you in 2018!

Small Business Saturday

This November 25, we want to share Small Business Saturday® with you! It’s a holiday shopping tradition that celebrates small businesses like ours. And it wouldn’t be a celebration without customers like you joining us.

We would love to see you drop in and view products on display at the barbering station inside Fate Salon and hope you take advantage of the special pricing event we have planned for this exciting day!

Movember or No-Shave November?

September is prostate cancer awareness month yet we often hear about men growing out their facial hair in November. What’s it all about?

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. There is a lot of motion to this campaign that includes Move for November (get some exercise, have some fun, and raise money for health services). Founded in Australia in 2012, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a global motorcycle fund-raising event to raise awareness of prostate cancer and male suicide prevention. This year, the ride in Toronto raised $87,586 and was supported by sponsors and 430 riders dressed to the nines on their classic and vintage motorcycles.

The goal of NoShave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

Raising awareness about men’s health is a good reason to grow a moustache and even to sport a beard but remember that a beard is something that is groomed and maintained, otherwise it’s just scruff. Don’t let November be your excuse to stop taking care of your appearance. Trim and line your facial growth. If you can’t do it yourself make an appointment with your local barber. We can help you ditch the itch of a growing beard as well as provide products to improve hair health and shine to keep you looking your best. Have a look at our beard products. Shop online and choose to pick up your order at Fate Salon or enjoy free delivery within Greater Fort Erie.  You can also stop in and visit the barber at Fate Salon and get a recommendation for your lifestyle.

A Splendor of Autumn

Now that Autumn has arrived you might be thinking about settling in to the cozy and comfortable Cedar and Sandalwood fragrance made by D.R. Harris and known worldwide as their Marlborough line. Established in 1790 and renowned for their top-quality shaving and men’s skin care products, D.R. Harris holds the signatory HRH warrant from the Prince of Wales. We are quite fond of their products, too.

Introducing Rocky Mountain Barber Company

“Channel your inner lumberjack. Explore the world. Be a hero. At Rocky Mountain Barber Company, we believe premium hair, beard and body care products should be a part of every man’s journey. We’re inspired by nature and the great outdoors, value natural materials and ingredients, and choose quality over quantity, every time.”

Get ready to experience another great Canadian product line that is focused on creating products for active lifestyles using natural ingredients. To get you started we have selected Rocky Mountain Barber Company’s sandalwood shaving cream and after-shave balm to bring you an economical alternative to our higher end shaving products. They smell pretty awesome, too! The shave cream can be used with or without a shaving brush but you’ll get the best results using a shaving brush. If you are growing or maintaining a beard we want to introduce you to their cedarwood beard balm made with natural ingredients including Shea Butter, Jojoba, and Bees Wax and featuring over eight essential oils.

These Rocky Mountain Barber Company products are in stock now and will be available for drop-in shopping at Fate Salon beginning Wednesday, September 6. 2017.

  • Rocky Mountain Barber Cedarwood Beard Balm (60ml/2oz)

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  • Rocky Mountain Barber Sandalwood Aftershave (150ml/5oz)

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  • Rocky Mountain Barber Sandalwood Shaving Cream (5oz)

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Fragrance

Did Father’s Day sneak up on you or are you still wondering what would make a thoughtful gift? Take advantage of our clearance on Taylor of Old Bond Street products. Treat him to a signature fragrance bath and shower gel or shampoo, or help him lessen shaving irritation with a classic wet shaving cream or shaving soap (best used with a shaving brush). Pair up a lather product with a pre-shave and/or after-shave to really give him a treat. Add the products you think he will love to your cart and we will have them ready for you to pickup at Fate Salon the next day. We also have many Taylor of Old Bond Street products on display at Fate Salon so do feel free to drop in and browse.

Prices Worth Celebrating

We have many specially priced items to share this holiday season. We are also offering 20% off all products not specially priced. To claim the discount simply enter coupon YULELUVUS in your shopping cart or request it at the counter at Fate Salon when you check out our products. See our promotions page for details.

We always insist on a quality Merkur double edge safety razor as a solution for those who have been unable to escape shaving irritation. Although our premium shaving creams and shaving soaps are usually all that’s needed to elevate a man’s routine into a more comfortable (and dare we say, pleasant!) experience sometimes a change in the tool set is required when awesome doesn’t just come naturally. For those who prefer and enjoy a Gillette™ system razor we have some very attractive pricing to let you help them step up their routine in style.

Save more than $50 on the Bolin Webb Gift Set with X1 Fusion compatible razor. This elegant razor defies gravity with magnetic stand. Holiday pricing $146.02 (Reg $199.12)


For the Mach3 fan we are offering $40 off the Bolin Webb Gift Set with R1-S Mach3 compatible razor. Holiday pricing $110.62 (Reg $150.44)

If you want to impress that special someone with a meaningful gift – think Bolin Webb.


Save more than $60 after tax on this IL Ceppo 4 Piece Mach3 compatible shaving set (cream). Made in Italy.  Holiday pricing $88.50 (Reg $146.02)


Still more complete Gillette™ system shaving sets have been specially priced for this holiday season. Visit us in store or online to view.

We are your source for pre-shave and post-shave products as well!

We also carry a variety of beard care products that can go far to tame his mane. Let us introduce softness, sheen and manageability to his beard.

Visit us online at or in store inside Fate Salon, 31 Jarvis Street.