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Before the advent of safety and electric razors, most men shaved with a straight razor. If you'd like to bring this grooming skill back from antiquity, all you need is an open razor, a damp cloth and some shaving cream. Here's how it's done.

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With the winter cold snap showing no signs of abating, countless Aussie men are insulating their faces with a coat of natural fuzz. Unfortunately, we now resemble Wildling extras from the TV show Game Of Thrones. (Beards might be "in", but the shaggy mountain man look is taking things too far.) The Braun Beard Trimmer attempts to rectify this situation by taming unkempt bristles into the style of your choice. We put it to the test.

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Electric shavers offer a quick, comfortable and clean way to shave. There’s no messing around with creams or water, perfect for shaving on the go. But electric razors are also precision tools, and over time can become clogged and worn. To get the perfect shave you need to take care of your shaver.

Wear and tear will only increase if the shaver isn’t properly cleaned and lubricated. Make sure you clean the razor properly after every shave, but there’s also nothing like professional service. Braun, for instance, recommends you take your razor in for the experts to have a look at every 18 months.

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There may be more to shaving than you know. Done incorrectly, shaving can stress the skin, leading to dehydration, razor burn and bumps, and ingrown hairs. There are heaps of variables to consider — rough beards, sensitive skin, tools and the frequency of shaving all have a part to play.

But there are tested ways to improve your shave. Starting from before you pick up your razor, here are a few tested ways to achieve the perfect shave.

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Cleaning up after a shave is a right pain in the bum. No matter how rigorously I rinse and wipe, there are always a few stray hairs that escape my notice (invariably to the vast annoyance of my wife). If you regularly find yourself in the same hairy predicament, here's a foolproof "hack" that will help to keep your sink sparkly-clean.

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A sharp, sturdy razor ensures you experience a smooth, even shave rather than nicks, cuts and razor burn. Here are five of the best choices, based on your nominations.

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Nobody wants to take the time to shave every single morning when they're on holiday. The easiest way to solve this problem is with light maintenance, and the stylists over at Birchbox put together the above video guide for keeping your beard from getting out of hand without too much work.