We’ve all done it—shaving against the grain to make sure our faces are clean as a whistle. It gets down to the nitty-gritty and really gets that stingy stubble. Thought it may feel great at first, the tension can actually pull the root of the hair up and out from the skin and cause more problems than it solves. Nicks, burns, and even ingrown hairs have a higher likelihood of occurring when you go against the natural grain. Try shaving in nature’s favor first, and then, if you aren’t yet satisfied and willing to take the risk of going against the grain, make sure you have a high-quality, multi-blade razor that is actually designed to be comfortable against your hair's natural direction of growth. After that, all you can do is have faith that you'll come out unscathed.